Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TIAS, Motifs, Ice Drops, Doilies, Star, and 3D Flower

Claire, at Day 7 thinks that at TIAS looks like it might be a snail or a turtle.

Diane tatted more of Eightsome Reel from A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior. She managed 3 motifs, but she had to cut off the fourth one because of too many mistakes and she wants to get the pattern down pat before she starts the runner for her sister. After her trip to Alabama she started back in on St Patrick's day themed Ice Drops. She managed to add a little extra decorative loop between rings 21 and 22 of TIAS, which she didn't notice until this morning, and she wasn't about to retro-tat, so it has become a design element.

Fox finished the doily in blue, omitting the last row to leave a more masculine design that to her eye looks mildly heraldic. She started on another in green, this time using two different colours of beads.

Marie made another necklace for her Garden Collection using an old pendant from Italy.

Muskaan has done a beautiful rendition of Ninetta's Bugle Bead Star. As usual she has shown her step by step instructions and noted why it was important to keep the thread on the right side of the bead because it creates problems later on if you don't. She went on to tat Jane Eborall's 3D Beaded Flower Earrings but she didn't add a bead between 2 petals, preferring to join to plain picot, and keeping the petals inside the hollow calyx.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Picture, Angels, Motifs, Edging, TIAS, Ice Drops, Doilies and Snowflakes

Pop Maria is dreaming of summer and creating a lovely tatted picture of spring flowers.

Sarah really enjoyed this adorable angel pattern by Anne Bruvold, a clever use of both single shuttle split rings (SSSR) and self closing mock rings (SCMR) which tats up quickly.

Elsa was looking around for another long term project to replace the Harlequin shawl and she thought this Jan Stawasz design might work but it wasn't the shape she was looking for. Then she thought about the  two "Flower Carpet" bracelets design which was created by Tomoko Morimoto to design a portable pouch (model published in the book "Fascinating frivolity" and it seemed just right. She wasn't sure whether she should start on the long side or the narrow side and finally decided that she needed to work from the long side to make sure that it came out to the projected length of 140 cm. She's working with  Lizbeth size 20 colours 626 and 627 and has started the first side of the edging.

Claire tatted Day 6 of Jane's TIAS, and other than knowing it's not symmetrical, she has no idea what it will be.

Diane is in love with shamrocks, tatting green Ice Drops and adding shamrock charms. She finished the Masquerade motif from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior and although she likes the way it turned out, she thinks it's a bit too fiddly for a runner. She tatted another green Ice Drop while she thinks of what to do. She tried this motif from Jan Stawasz's Tatted Treasures and it's another possibility for her sister in law's runner.  Eightsome Reel from Mary Konior's A Pattern Book of Tatting is another possibility she tried out.

Fox has three more rows to go on the blue doily and it's tatting up quickly. She decided that it looks more masculine without the last row so she's going to leave that one off. She started in on a green doily, for the boy who loves green, thanks to Shrek.

Jane has Day 7 of TIAS done and she doesn't only not know what it is, she doesn't know which way is up.

Muskaan has Day 6 of TIAS done and still no clue what it is. She has tatted the Twelfth Day of December Snowflake by Lene Björn and she had some interesting experimentation trying to get the colour where she wanted it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

TIAS, Name, Ice Drops, motifs, Doilies, Edging, Necklaces, Bracelet, Earrings and Snowflake

Melanie has her Day 5 of TIAS done. She has her nametag done except for a few more beads she wants to add. Here is the completed nametag ready for a chain or something. (I'd mount it on contrasting felt to make the lace pop and add a bar clip at the back.)

Sue is busy crocheting a bag to hold her wound teaching shuttles, but she had to jump in a ta along with Jane's TIAS, where at Day 5 she thinks it's an Humber Ella. Wasn't it the last one she thought was an umbrella stand?

Lelia, at Day 4 is thinking maybe it's a bunny, but still guessing and tatting several TIAS samples at once.

Claire at Day 3 of TIAS thinks it's a horse. Day 4 of TIAS with the zigzag chain was something new but she still thinks it's a horse. She was really hoping for a horse, but at Day 5 she has to admit it isn't likely.

Diane has laid the blue aside to tat Ice Drops in pink, pink thread, pink gem, pink beads, pink ribbon. Then she changed the gem, beads, and ribbon to purple. In spite of being told red and pink don't mix, the red gem, red beads and red ribbon work together in this Ice Drop. Pink, purple and red with charms on the back. Day 4 of TIAS with that zigzag chain is a change of pace. Day 5 brought on more practice with split rings which she's okay with until she has to start adding picots on the second side. (For a challenge, try tatting whole rings off the second side of a split ring.) Day 6 of Jane's TIAS and she's still not fond of split rings that have a picot on the second side, but she's getting better with them. She's looking forward to St Patrick's day and the advent of spring with all it's green so her Ice drop is green with a 4 leaf clover charm. She's practising Mary Konior's Masquerade in size 20 Lizbeth #628, Salmon Med, but the runner for her SIL would like will probably be done in something like Linen Med.

Fox couldn't figure out why her motif wasn't working out, but a closer inspection showed that she needed 8 not 6 repeats in the centre and had to snip out the beads and start again. Done again with 8 and that's looking much better. Back to where she discovered the error. (Counting stitches, counting picots, counting pattern repeats, have you ever noticed that tatting is a lot of counting?)

Jane tatted Day 6 of TIAS and wondered why it didn't sit straight until she realized she'd missed a split ring on Day 5. When the options are undoing a whole bunch of split rings or starting over, starting over is easier and quicker. So she did and it also gave her a chance to re-tat the zigzag chain so it looked better.

Lilas made a delicate lace border for her lingerie. She liked the idea of using silk but didn't know if it would stand up to the strain. She opted for the durability of Tenax 40.

Marie's sister gave her this raspberry thread for her birthday so she dad to try it out. She created a lovely pendant with pearl accents and added a matching necklace with pearls. Of course what lovely necklace would be complete without matching bracelet and earrings?

Muskaan thinks Day 5 of TIAS looks like a butterfly, but the pattern calls for a single size 11 bead, so it might be one in profile. She remembered Eliz commenting on the Nineteenth Day of December Snowflake by Lene Björn from 24 Snowflakes in Tatting and started hers with a tiny picot held with a paperclip. After completion she wanted to add glitter but wasn't too happy with how it turned out.

Wanda designed and tatted a doily as a thank you for the vintage shuttle her aunt gave her.