Thursday, August 18, 2011

'Adiratna' by Jon

#4 Motif Challenge
 tatted in Tatskool's Hand Dyed Thread  
Yummy!

I promised myself I would try and tat more tastefully.

Uh-huh. If I am to use beads, I will do so with a more  delicate hand.  I think that all the bead-adding keeps me from mastering the ds; focuses on glitz and glamour, missing genuine arrtisry in the act of producing tatted lace. In my opinion.

So, to set myself on this self-imposed journey to seek quality, I have elicited an agreement with myself.  Just a few beads, here and there, till I see some improvement.  I tried to go cold-turkey a few times.  No go.  That tack simply invites failure and we, none of us,  need to do that!

A Discovery While Tatting Ardiratna 
While Adding a Few Beads...


**I lost the photo here!  When I put the bead onto the thread, I  pulled up a large loop  and pulled the chain shuttle through that loop and jockeyed the bead till it was tight to the motif.  THEN I tatted the ring.  Next, I tatted the chain and tightened up that thread holding the bead. 
 I gave up on this border for the socks:


and tried another... uses too much thread:


I am using a #80 thread that Ladytats sent to me.  I must admit that the thin thread is the most comfortable for me these days, though this vintage stuff is fragile and breaks easily.

Worth it though - very pretty colour..  As much as I adore Tatskools threads, tatting with the #20 feels like I have a fistful of sisal! I am enjoying this thread very much.  Thanks, Ladytats!  Should be a pretty sock edging for Mini-Boss.


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If you are still here and reading, and if you have contributed a comment to tat-ology in the past, I invite you to post a comment here.  

I will draw a winner for this book on Sunday evening.  : ))

41 comments:

  1. Love the book! I love working with beads too!!!
    Blessings,
    Diane

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  2. Ooooh, I'd love to win that book! Please add me to the draw. Thanks.
    Love the header pic: paws for thought? Okay, shoot me now. heheh
    Your Adiratna looks beautiful in that thread, and I love the subtle hints of beads.

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  3. Loved reading your post today! I have been intensely curious over the beautiful names of Jon's latest snowflakes. I wonder, do they have meanings? (Do you know?)

    Your new trick to add beads is intriguing!

    Please don't consider me for your marvelous giveaway. I already have the book!

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  4. Isdihara, Jon explains the this in her book! Very interesting way to name her patterns. : ))
    Fox

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  5. I would also love to be considered for the draw! I constantly drool over all of these lovely books and patterns that you have :) Thanks, as always, for your blog and inspiration!

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  6. I love the new header pic! I hope you were able to get the shuttles back from him!

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  7. Love the new header - kitty paws for love!

    Count me in for your contest - I want some of the goodies!

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  8. It looks like Your kittie wants to tat. Very nice header. Please add me to Your contest.
    Petra

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  9. oooooo, would love to be added to the drawing :) the new header is really cute, he looks like he is helping you up there at the top of your screen, lol. I really love the snowflake in the colorway you picked and the new bead adding trick. thanks for sharing that, I am always trying new things since I hate adding all the little beads to my shuttle thread in advance. Keep a smile on, and smooches :X

    Bri.

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  10. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. It has been very inspirational for my learning to tat journey. Thanks.

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  11. Fox I have today that I look forward to reading your blog daily. You have inspired me with all your work. I love your last several posts from Jon's new book.

    Please count me in for your giveaway

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  12. You keep coming up with the "neatist" patterns.

    I too, love Jon's snowflakes, she does a great job and her patterns are easy to follow.

    Would love to win the book, please enter me in the drawling.

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  13. Your Adiratna is awesome in that bright color! And I love seeing all those wonderful edgings on the socks! Can't wait to see this one done! :)

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  14. OH OH OH MEMEMEMEMEMEMEEE!!!! I want in!!! I've been eyeballing that book forever!! :)

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  15. i would like to be entered in your contest....personally i think if you want to go off the wall with beads, then thats just great...i like many beads opposed to too little :) I really like the bead in the center of the two rings...i thought it looked very nice.

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  16. I see Gian toes! Cute header, and thank you for the giveaway, too. That is one tatting book that I don't have.

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  17. ...I just need someone to "show" me how to add beads...especially when I didn't plan ahead!

    That book would be a lovely addition to my tatting arsenal!

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  18. Hi Fox, please enter me, I don't have any tatting book, so I would like to win that one:-)

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  19. I would also love to be added to the chance at the gift set! Thank you for the opportunity, whoever wins will be fortunate indeed.

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  20. Glad you like the thread Fox. it will be a very pretty addition to her socks.

    adding beads or not adding beads, is up to the personal tastes of the maker. you do whatever you feel comfortable with. Since you have earned Master Tatter status, I can't imagine that you need to work on your technique as much as you say you do.

    Do the beads come with the book?
    I am at work right now, but I think I have that book at home, so please do not enter me in your contest.

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  21. Fabulous - please enter me in your drawing for this great book!

    Love the kitty paws tatting :)

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  22. Please enter me that book looks great! Love the motif and the beads add a nice touch!

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  23. Your tatting is lovely - with or without beads! I know Gian loves to watch your shuttles flying ~~

    Please also enter me in the drawing - I don't have this book, and it looks interesting.

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  24. I never ever ever win anything but I'm going to try anyway!!!

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  25. I already have a copy of that book and love it so don't put me in the draw. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy following your tatting explorations. You have a gift for color and display. This motif looks so very cheerful. And thanks for sharing how you got the bead into place.

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  26. Ladytats, Yes, the beads are included and the winner will also be subjected to wee motifs tatted par moi!
    Fox ; )

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  27. *Wipes away drool* I've commented before, I'm SURE I have! LOL.

    What I don't think I've ever mentioned: You actually inspired me to use beading in tatting in the first place, LOL. Even if you could go cold-turkey with it, I'd protest!!! :-P

    By the way, Ms. Perfectionist, you're tatting is beautiful! :-P

    -Stephanie Grace

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  28. Your tatting is beautiful and already tasteful! Cool giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Love the new header! You come up with such neat ideas. You are quite an advertisement for Jon's book, doing them in wonderful colors and they all look so yummy. Please add me to your list of wishful tatters, that books looks interesting. And a little something that you tatted as well? Oh, boy!

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  30. So generous of you to offer the book.
    Replying to Isdihara - I'll write up a post in my blog giving the meaning of the names for the snowflake gems.

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  31. Hi Fox,

    Your tatting is gorgeous and I love the way you use beads, when I learnt to tat beads had not been thought of, so I am having to learn with beads. The motif is gorgeous with or without beads. I am sure whatever pattern you use on mini bosses socks she will love them.
    Lovely giveaway thanks for sharing.

    Margaret

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  32. I have been lurking on your blog for a while, just wanted to say I love that it is all about discovery and self improvement instead of being self congratulatory. I have learned a lot through your open, honest, and critical ( in a good way) observations. When/if I ever start my own blog yours will be one of my inspirations.

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  33. Thanks, Jennine, your kind comments mean a lot to me! Fox : )

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  34. hm, did my comment come through? I was not logged in, and I can't find it now that I am, so no idea if you got it or not... Anyway, just wanted to add my name to the hat!!!
    Thanks Fox for your generosity!

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  35. The Tatskool colorway on your first piece is gorgeous, and I know how you feel about vintage threads.
    I'd love to enter the draw.

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  36. Love the tatting, but really love the kitty paw header. I really need to get a cat....must move first though, sigh.

    I would love to enter the draw.

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  37. This is a lovely color choice for 'Adiratna'! I'll have to try your bead idea next time I tat w/ beads. I haven't done much tatting w/ beads b/c it's such a hassle to load them onto the thread! You are so generous with give-aways:)

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