Monday, September 26, 2016

Motifs #30-36

 I made this bracelet for my mother for Mother's Day this year. It's made with size 70 cotton vintage thread using a design by Shannhob I purchased on Etsy.

Below is a pansy from a Priscilla book from the 1910s era. The thread is size 40 cotton Lizbeth in the center and middle (purple colors) and the cream on the edge is a glossy polyester.  Made it into a pin.

Left, I came up with the design for this bracelet myself, size 20 Lizbeth in rootbeer and ecru with glass beads painted gold.  The rings overlap and weave together.  Gift for my niece's birthday.

Below right is another birthday gift for a 1st grade niece--so the pattern is more simple and so teensy! and cutie cute.

My grandma made the white motif 20 plus years ago and Fox sent me the burgundy motif recently.  (below left) I loved that they were they same pattern!  It looked familiar but I couldn't place it.

Fox told me it was from the Blomqvist/Persson book, and so I made my own (right) in a multi size 40 Lizbeth.  

Last entry for this blog post--Gold Dust size 40 from yarnplayer on Etsy, pattern from Tatted Animals by Inga Madsen.

Giraffes made for gifts (as usual lol) to use as bookmarks. 

Next time, friends!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Motifs #25 through 29

More catching up to do!

I made this pendant for my sister's birthday back in April, my design adapted from a sample in the American Civil War Museum, with glass beads in honey and Lizbeth size 40 thread in Coral Splash and Sunkist Coral.

You may remember my trip last summer and the collar, which I have on an old blog post --->

I started work on my own collar but still not complete! Always stopping to make presents.

Below, set of coasters, Blossom Medallions in DMC size 8 perle cotton, pattern courtesy of Gloria Nelson this spring.

New motifs, no posts forever!!! Numbers 7-24

It's been a crazy strange year.  So no posts for months here.  :(  I do frequent YOUR tatting blogs but my motivation for doing anything constructive is at an all time low.  

This pretty pink snowflake is from the end of last year, from Jennifer Williams' book.  Made from Edda Guastalla's Master thread size 30 color rosso.  Glass czech beads.  I love this pattern and made several silver/multi color ones.

 The pattern at right and lower left is Unfolding Heart by Marilee Rockley, purchased from her Etsy shop (yarnplayer). Size 20 Lizbeth dark purple and purple Twirlz.  My first attempt was less than successful but I was happy with the second try and made a wedding card with it.

Below is doily #13 from The thread is DMC perle cotton size 8. About 6 inches.  Given as a wedding present.  The patterns at this site are notoriously hard to follow but the end result (attempt #2) is very satisfying.
At left, pattern AnnaMarie by Alenalea Rako, available on her etsy shop.  White one in size 20 Lizbeth and pink is vintage size 70.  I have two partially done pieces in this pattern, making a book mark.  I'll show it off when complete.

Earrings at right from Edda Guastalla's pattern Poyel angel. Thread is viola Master thread from her website, contrast dark purple size 20 Lizbeth, gold plated earwires and crystal beads.
Cross from Rita Weiss Traditional Tatting Patterns, thread is size 70 Coats and Clarks vintage, gifted to me.   I made a second one with longer side arms to be more in proportion with a crucifix, not pictured.

Shamrocks (5 of them in March) from Marilee Rockley's free pattern on her website, HDT size 40 Celery from yarnplayer (Marilee) on Etsy. Delica beads.  This is one of my favorite colorways.  

Stunning mauve earrings based on design by Edda Guastalla, Minuetto. Cyclamen thread from Italy (Edda's shop) and Lizbeth 636. Crystal beads and glass pearl.  These are just stunning!  I had to mess with them a bit to get them to work for me and I'm absurdly proud of them.  

At right, trying out the double square from Edda's blog. Made with rame and bronze Range thread from her store. It's like 3-1/2 inches long so maybe a big LARGE for an earring?

What a lovely bookmark gifted to my sister for her birthday along with earrings based on the short arms.   I think I counted this last year without the tassel so won't count it again.

Below:  Earrings before ear wires attached, 2 pairs of leaves in Marilee Rockley/yarnplayer hand dyed thread, Delica beads. Adapted from a cross pattern by Elaine P Gan, available for purchase at Craftsy.

 And finally, me wearing my TotusMel pendant from the center of her Gothic Doily pattern available at her Etsy store (totusmel).  The pattern is designed for needle tatting and has Celtic weaving so you will need to use needles or get some Celtic shuttles.  This is in size 60 Sunlight thread from Edda's shop.  And that catches me up to March!  :D

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Avoiding tatting gaposis (with left-handed pix only)

Here’s a nice little trick—snug up your rings and chains to avoid small gaps.  The picture of the doily I’m making has noticeable (though very small) spaces between the rings, but I’ve got a couple of tricks to minimize that space.

On ring #2 of your set, wrap the thread as usual but OVER ring 1 as pictured at left. Make that first stitch, and you will see that stitch overlaps ring 1 just a touch (at right).  

With 3 stitches complete, that first stitch still overlaps the prior ring just a teeny bit.
 After you've finished all your stitches for the ring, secure the ends of the ring before pulling closed, as pictured at left and right.  Pinch firmly and pull closed.

Tip: I add a second half of double stitch just before I close each ring.  It helps them to lie flat and not pull under.  Learned from Joelle Paulson.

Finish ring grouping as per your pattern.  There are three rings in my grouping.  
Now, to minimize gaposis with the chains, fold the ring grouping toward you as below:

Begin your chain, making sure your first stitch is as snug as possible.  
When you've done maybe 3 stitches, fold up your already completed chain and check the spacing/gap.

So these are my tips!  Hope you have success with them!  Happy tatting.  (Pattern by Iris Niebach)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016 Challenge Numbers 1 through 6

 Christmas presents for my sister and her daughter.  Rose is tatted in Master 30 color rossa, silver glass beads, silver bail on a ribbon necklace (purchased).  The earrings are from Edda Guastalla's Poyel pattern available on her Etsy shop.  Thread is Range Multicolor and aqua is Altin Balsak polyester.  Gold plated wires and crystal beads.

 This is the Poyel angel from the same pattern as the aqua earrings.  Master thread in turchese.

 Two versions of the Flowery Crinoline Angel, designed by Erin Hollway Moseley, available on the 2015 Palmetto Tatters CD.  Left:  size 20 Lizbeth thread.  Right:  Master thread in rosso, modified skirt with an extra row of the crinoline and no roses.

Pendant design Ewa M, Sunlight size 60 rame/black, crystal drop and satin ribbon necklace.

Friday, January 29, 2016

UFOs tatting only

We all have them, Unfinished Objects.  WIPs- work in progress.  PIGs- project in grocery sack.

My tatting objects:
Starting top left:  Ribbon Christmas tree by Jane Eborall, little black thing is the first bit
of a Celtic doily by Totus Mel that I decided I had to use needles for because I was going
to lose my mind trying to work it with shuttles, Renulek 2015 doily, purple Hearts and Flowers
cross  (Julie Patterson) just needs a tassel, blue cross needs only one ray, Amusement Doily
 almost finished (pattern by Celtess), Star Doily from Workbasket only needs 4 more rows to
 finish last point, then a super easy border,and of course Jane's tat along is the light blue bit up
 there by the cat shuttle.  Ecru doily with yellow rings around the border is from
Doily #13.

Jan Stawasz' giant doily in Polish magazine from 2008.  Just touching it today
made me want to get back to this project.  It is so beautiful!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Motifs 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46


Collection of earrings above were a Halloween present.  I looked at a few patterns and came up with the pumpkin, size 20 Lizbeth.  I think the stems are Leafy Greens.

The snowflake earrings are from Decoromana's snowflake pattern on Etsy.  Done in white size 10 Aunt Lydia's with iridescent twist.  The red ones are in the thread I featured a couple of posts ago, size 10 with a metallic twist, Garden Metallic.

Light blue wreath is Posy from Mary Konoir's book Tatting with Visual Patterns.  It's reversed because I'm left-handed.  Hehe.

This is Nell Angel from the 2015 Palmetto Tatters Guild CD.  I love this!  After making one in straight red, I saw a holly motif in the center.  I used a short piece of red thread, encapsulating it to make the center berry.  The red is the size 10 Garden Metallic and the green is Lizbeth 167.

My husband commissioned me to make a collection of five angels for his boss's Christmas present.  Four of them are new to me, so counting 4 of them in my motif count.  If I counted ALL the tatting I've done this year and not just new to me motifs, I would have gone well over 50, perhaps 75.  Wow.  I tat entirely too much, and I'm not going to stop!

Below left, Donata Jones Angel in an Hour.  Pattern not available at large.  I asked her personally for it.  Below left is Lenore English's Dimpled Ring Angel.  Rather than all the shoelace tricks (SLT) I used 2 shuttles.  Collection entirely white size 20 Lizbeth.

Left to right, Gladys Angel by Sharren Sarver Morgan (2012 Palmetto CD),
Recumbent Angel by Donata Jones, Dimpled Ring Angel
by Lenore English, Angel in an Hour by Donata Jones,
Ice Angel by Anitra Stone (also on 2015 Palmetto CD).

Displayed in beautiful light up box my husband made.
He also made the angel statue for them another year for their gift.
There are a few more things I made in 2015, but I'm counting everything after 12/15/15 in the new year as I joined a Facebook 25 motif challenge too and that's where they are starting their count.  I may count mine differently this year, counting everything just to keep track and see how much of my time I truly spend on this beautiful art!