Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Birgit Phelps' blog. Gorgeous. I was a bit disappointed as it turned out a bit lopsided, and it wasn't until I did another one a week later--and several more motifs under my belt--that I realized my mistake. As I went around to finish the heart, I acquired an extra ring instead of linking up the chains to the first ring I made. Ah well, c'est la vie. Jon Yusoff's blog. Heart o' Daisies has a lot of split rings in it. I practiced up, and I got pretty good at them before I started, but this was a real challenge. And though I had the technique for the flowers and rings down, the join of the first petal to the last was messy. Really messy. Thankfully, this is the point at which I found a local lace group, and Marie was kind enough to help me with the joins. Yay! Practice makes perfect, and I got plenty of practice with this design. And now Tuesdays are lace days. Coincidentally, that's my day off work. Jon's blog. It includes multiple split rings as well. Who knew you could get calluses from thread?
Handy Hands, and then I sat back and waited. The time passed so slowly. Amazingly slowly. Here's some of the first stuff I tatted. Tat-a-Renda. The bottom two rings on the pattern, though, are a single shuttle split ring with a floating ring dropped off it to create the point of the heart. Try as I might, charts, pictures and videos, I couldn't achieve that. So I just did a regular ring at the bottom and then left off the floater. Ta-da! Mickey's head. F A I L. But never fear! I didn't give up.