Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hearts, Ice Drops and Doilies
Usha tatted Nina Libin's Heart for Kay pattern, then she did it again with Catherine wheel joins. The smaller dot picots aren't quite as frilly and small picots have a nasty habit of disappearing over time as use ans washing shifts the thread.
Diane has been starting an Ice Drop at night and finishing it in the morning which always makes her feel like she has accomplished something, even when she's rushed. Being familiar with the pattern means she can mostly tat on autopilot which helps when she's subbing and minding the kids while they finish their school work and is responsible for the fact that she got 3 Ice Drops finished. Another Ice Drop is completed in Marilee's size 20 Candy Mint HDT. And another Ice Drop in Candy Mint, but she thinks she'll keep this one. still enjoying tatting with my skein of Candy Mint hand-dyed thread. She wasn't sure if a red glass gem would look right, but it works for her. This Ice Drop features a clear crackled glass gem and she loves that it picks up the thread tones. Her friend Sue suggested a pattern for an Ice Drop, but she misread the directions and came up with this. The second attempt at Sue's pattern wasn't much better, although the first round is more what Sue had in mind, and she played with the second round, which really did nothing to enhance the bead she used.
Fox thinks this is maybe the prettiest of Renata's patterns and she's enjoying working with the size 40 thread and really liking the look of the darker purple beads she used on this round. Here's how it's looking so far.
Sue received some laser disks and used them on one of Diane's Ice Drops. It didn't quite come out as planned, but it still looks great and didn't waste any precious HDT. It looks pretty both front and back. She tried again to make the beautiful blue flower "gem" into an Ice Drop.  She decided to try her own idea, but this bit didn't work as planned. This blue gem was a gift from a friend that she paired with size 40 Blue Ridge HDT. Another sparkly laser disk Ice Drop tatted around with size 80 Lizbeth Razzle Dazzle
and small purple beads. She started with the back, but she tatted the long chains, then when she tatted the front she tatted the small chains but she thinks the next time she will try to tat the small chains like Diane's original design. Another wanna-be Ice Drop in her own design, tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Tropical Punch.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doilies, Butterflies, Dog, Cat Doodles, Ice Drops, Crosses, Bookmarks, Heart, Snowflake and Easter eggs

Vera is on the 8th round of Renulek's Spring 2017 doily which is now 27 centimetres across. She's now into the row that seems to have caused other tatters some grief, but so far so good.

Marthanne has continues working on her two doilies. The #20 is 11.5 inches and the #40 is 10 inches across.

Melanie is working on Wiosna round 4 adding some clear round crystal type beads which she hasn't used previously because of their tiny hole. She's also been experimenting with photographing her lace, looking for the optimal background, settings and options to get the best picture.

Lelia enjoyed her visit with the Tollway Tatters and managed to empty some shuttles. Diane provided them with some origami bags she had made and suggested decorating them in tatting, but Lelia give away most of her tatting and didn't have a lot to work with. Her Mom has stockpiled the laces she received and Lelia used some of the piece to decorate her bag.

Diane had a wonderful time with the Tollway Tatters and managed to tat three Ice Drops while tatting and chatting. The origami bags she and Carol made have been decorated in tatted bits and scraps. Having the kids visiting hasn't left a lot of spare time but she did manage to add ribbons to the ones she finished. She finally finished round 8 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017 but round 9 is looking much more complicated. She's still working with the sample skein of Afternoon Garden by Marilee Rockley to make her Ice drops.

Fox missed a ring on row 9 of Renulek's doily and since it doesn't seem like it's affecting the lace and she can't face cutting it off and redoing this enormous row, she's decided to leave it as is. Row 10 seems to have worked out. She's decided to leave it as is and mail it off. She's already started another doily in purple for a friend and she's thrilled to be working in size 40 thread again.

Margaret two tatted Ice Drops and both are the same pattern called Spring Garden by Diane,  the top one is tatted in variegated yellow with a gold glass gem and the other is a blue thread with blue beads instead of the picots and a blue glass gem in the middle.

Marie had to leave her Workbasket magazines behind when she moved, but luckily found a couple at a local yard sale. The puppy is from Inga's "Tatted Animals". As is the Cat.

Muskaan started Mimi Dillman's Kite with Cluny tail intending to use it as a bookmark, but now she's wondering if she should use this as a charm and combine 4 motifs to create a larger diamond for the main body. She has had the Chinese Coin Bookmark by Jon Yusoff for years and is only now getting around to tatting it, which is just as well since she couldn't have done the things 4 years ago that she can do now. The Heart for Kay by Nina Libin called out to her just like Irene Woo's Heart of the Butterfly and she turned it into a bookmark by sewing on a ribbon. My Merry Christmas snowflake has a flower in the middle, but she decided this time to tat it in size 40 white which made it 2 inches across. Jon's original Chinese Coin Bookmark ends in a long tassel, but Muskaan wanted something different, so she played around with it coming up with a design that reflects the original design and adds the tail she was looking for. Check out her blog for pattern instructions.

Nikki tatted this pattern that comes from the book Tatted Easter Eggs by Kirsten Wind Hansen in Artiste #10 thread called Spring. She finished off 17 of these eggs in time for Easter.

Sue tatted another cross for another senior using Elaine P. Gan's My Portion Cross in size 40 Blue Ridge HDT from Tat-ilicious.

Wanda used the Tatted Bunny she designed and a scattering of flowers to decorate bookmarks for Easter. Just a few minutes of tatting and it made such an awesome bookmark for her mother and her sisters.