Friday, May 11, 2012

Substitution Setbacks

    Fancy Fields ( so pretty!)      HDT by Jess at Tat-ilicious                 #14

Firstly, I tatted this small motif from this book:


It seemed to take forever because I was not using my usual LaCossette shuttles, but GR-8 Shuttles, which arrived this week - two of them to replace the ones that were lost in the fiasco last June, when all my shuttles in the red tin disappeared... Can it already be a whole year ago? Yikes!

Notice the little flowers - some of them roll at the end of the ring.  Half I tatted regularly. With the others I used the ‘posting’ method before closing the ring when tatting on the backside.  The latter rings are far superior. [ If you are reading, do you not agree, Suzanne? : ) ]


It has taken me this long to be able to order two of these and I am surprised at how long it is taking me to adjust to them.  

Anyone out there in Tat-land know what I mean?  My fingers are sore today from the manipulations I use to forward and reverse the thread.  I really hope that I will get used to them again, as it is nice to have a change once in a while. They are small and sturdy little tools and I love the colours I picked.  The other one is white with a hint of green.  Very pretty.

At any rate, I did finish the socks for Mini-Boss.  I will be seeing my daughter, her mom, at the end of the month, so I will give her the socks then rather than trust these beauties to the postal service!

11 comments:

  1. Your color choise is always so stunning.
    The little socks are so beautiful.

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  2. Oh how beautiful that top motif is!! :)

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  3. Those GR8 shuttles are very nice looking. I have one but sadly could never get used to the tension thing on them. I was spending all my time adjusting the screw and it still seemed to tighten too much every time I wound (or was it unwound?) the thread. Shame though because they do look very nice.

    Mini-boss is lucky to have such a selection of pretty socks - but I have a question? How does the tatting withstand all the washing?

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    1. Hi, Frivole,
      It is The Boss who has the biggest and oldest selection of fancy socks, and they seem to stand up to the washing machine just fine.

      Generally, I tat the edgings with #30, #40 or #50 thread and lately have been sewing it on through picots with#30 Cecelia, which is very secure.

      I have had no complaints and I do see the socks on little ankles, so I know they are being worn!
      Fox ; )

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  4. I do know what you mean! As I've been tatting with La Cossette's shuttles, I've become accustomed to the feel of them. I just switched to a SewMate, which is obviously larger, and I'm having a terrible time getting the consistency I want. I love my GR-8 shuttles, but I don't use them very often because of their bulk.

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  5. Hi Fox

    I love the colours that thread is gorgeous. Lovely pattern, I know what you mean I can't tat with strange shuttles, it takes me a while to get use to a new shuttle.

    Margaret

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  6. I love the way that edging looks in two colors. The shapes formed by the green chains would never stand out so well otherwise.

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  7. Always reading...not always commenting. Of course, I agree. Not that that makes either of us right! :-)

    Mini-Boss is going to have superbly elegant ankles. Very pretty sock edging.

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  8. P.S. I never did make friends with my GR-8 shuttle. The hook is defective, and tensioning the bobbin properly proved to be nigh impossible. Pity, because it is a very nice size and shape.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I am having trouble with the GR-8 shuttles... Yes, it is a pity.
      Fox : )

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