Sunday, January 13, 2013

Making Moving More Manageable

I am preparing to move, so lots of going through stuff, getting ready to pack up my little place; I had a look at my tatting stuff, and in fitting Fox fashion found enough flavour for a fine, fun giveaway.


Please leave a comment. If I cannot identify your name, I will not include you in the draw, which will be on January 20. : ))

Sorry if you are a regular reader and I do not include your name - but this giveaway is for the tatters I recognize. There are just too many giveaway-chasers; folks who comment on every giveaway they can find on the Internet, so that I have to very discriminating. 

Apologies to those I may not include because I do not recognize them as legit. : (

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The game is on!


With great dismay I made the same mistake! Can you believe it? Last night I had to cut out about 8 repeats in the centre of this row

I have never done that kind of repair before and it was challenging to ensure that the ‘fix’ is invisible. The result is okay - I cannot find the re-do, so I am ready to move on to the 15th row. It feels as if I have caught up to where I was before the little meltdown.

As I tatted, I paid attention to the up/down joins (could be why I messed up!) to see what I was doing on the fs/bs.

I figured out, thanks to Martha’s comment on the last post, that in fact I have not been doing this wrongly. The confusion came about because of joining so the red or beige blips do not show. At any rate, all is well.
To double check, I looked at my favourite reference book:


Mags commented on the previous post:

For FS/BS tatting, down on the front and up on the back is correct. At least according to Judi Banashek's book Impeccable Tatting, which is where I learned FS/BS.

Thanks, Mags! That is exactly what I did! I always run to Judi when I am confused. : )

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I started this border weeks ago.


It is from this book:


I am using #40 Olympus and it is lovely indeed!

58 comments:

  1. I don't know if you will recognize me or not, but I am a faithful reader :-) I hope your move goes smoothly! Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to give your tatting lovelies a new happy home.

    Thanks! Deborah

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  2. i would like to enter your giveaway, who is the author on the bottom-most book? can't say i recognize it.

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    1. Hi Shannon,
      The author of this booklet is Joy Blotchlet. It is about how to tt clunies. : )
      Fox

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  3. I hope your move goes smoothly!! :)
    I still absolutely love your doily!! You have done such a beautiful job on it!!! :)
    Your border is so sweet!!! :)

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  4. I always enjoy your blog and love your tatting and telling reality of making tatting mistakes. Some day I will learn to tat. I should have paid attention to my grandma and her friends...but alas was too young to realize it back then. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

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  5. WOW, a generous giveaway in Fox fashion. :) Good luck on getting ready for the move and the move itself.

    Glad you sorted out your picot joints. The new edging is very pretty. Waiting to see it attached.

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  6. Me, me,me!

    I've never seen that book before- looks like a "must-have"!

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  7. Moving? Are you moving here? We could have lots of fun together! I'll enable you. You'll enable me...

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  8. Oh boy. That could be one dangerous combo!
    Fox ; ))

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  9. I seldom enter giveaways because my name almost never get drawn, but the book on clunies decided for me to join this giveaway. Cluny tatting is something I don't have the confidence to try yet, and hopefully the designs in the book will motivate me.

    I have only moved twice in 30 years but I can still remember the hassle of it. I hope it will be a smooth one for you.

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  10. Beautiful tatting and love the giveaway!! I dread that word Moving but hope it goes well. Just don't misplace your computer so you can keep in contact and up to date where ever you are.Lots of prayers and hugs...Linda in NM

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  11. From Marie at West Pine Creations

    I would love to enter your give-away, but something is wrong with my blogger, so I can't leave comments (even on my own blog). I read your blog everyday you post. Your tatting is just gorgeous!!!
    Thanks,
    : ))

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  12. Your blog is the first one I read every day and then follow your tatland bloggers so I don't miss any thing thats going on in the world of tatting. I really admire your work and your tenacity in perfecting your tatting. I learn alot from you and other tatters online, even though I have been tatting for 20+ years. I would love to give your extras a lovely home.

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  13. What a wonderful giveaway. I enjoy your blog + look forward to your posts. What a challenge to part with tatting stash!!! But, good of you let it get passed along to another tatter ; )
    Before I forget to type --- I recently acquired the Occhi book, isn't it wonderful? On Saturday I took it with me to the Lafayette Lacemaker's meeting + the members there enjoyed flipping thru the pages. Our class was on onion rings .... Guess what? I finally can do them. All the while, I tried on my own, and struggled ... just by watching it done, I realized I was holding the ring wrong + then had a dandy good time with the pattern. It is so exciting to learn new things.

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    1. Congrats on that, Leila! They are so muc fun to tat and they add something special to designs. I am rather partial to them. : )
      Fox

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  14. What a wonderful giveaway! I love reading your blog and seeing the beautiful things you tat! I would love to win!

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  15. Would love to add the Cluny book and patterns to my collection. Have not done any clunies yet this year, but must get back to them soon.

    I know your move will go just fine. Keep the shuttles and thread out to the very end.

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  16. What a wonderful giveaway!!!
    Beautiful tatting

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  17. I hope your move goes smoothly. It's a good reason to do some streamlining! That edging is very pretty in pink and white. Glad you managed to fix the mistake without starting the whole row over again.

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  18. If only moving was as simple as being able to give some stuff away! We may be moving...and the dread of having to empty all five houses plus all the outbuildings gives me nightmares!
    However I know you don't clutter and hoard, so I am hoping it will go very smoothly. <3

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  19. I wish you luck with your move, Please could you enter me into your little giveaway.
    I am a hoard so my moves are very stressful trying to pack up all my bits.
    Love to Gian I hope he does not get too stressed when he watches you pack up your things, thank you for the hug Gian and love and hug to you Gian
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog
    Margaret

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  20. I tried clunies once and it was not very satisfactory. Maybe it was time I tried again? And that little Eiffel Tower brooch looks very appealing from here...

    But poor Fox! I can't believe you've had to cut out more of your doily. You honestly get (at least!) five stars for perseverance!! Hopefully it will all pay off soon and you'll be the proud to have completed it. How many more rows?...

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    1. Four big ones. The last row is a lot of repeat motifs that are each a lot of rings and chains!
      Fox : )

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  21. No need to include me in the giveaway-- I'm not a fan of clunies, and I already have the other book. I just wanted to say once again how much I admire your perseverence on the doily. It is looking fabulous!

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  22. Please do not enter me in your giveaway Fox, I just wanted to say that your doily is ... WOW! How many more rounds?

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  23. I'm a recent follower, but do enjoy seeing your creations. Don't know how you can get so much tatting done! Good luck with your move!

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  24. I would love to be entered in your very generous giveaway.
    You did a great job with the doily--can't tell that it was repaired.
    Good luck with your move.

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  25. Fox, I read your blog daily and you always do great work. Love the color combos you choose, You have a good eye. Hope your move goes well and you must forward me your new address as I'm to send you on "the book" after I've gotten it. You can e-mail me at drewrd@optonline.net Marie.

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  26. Just caught up once again and realised I'd forgotten to comment on this giveaway!!! PLEASE count me in. Good luck with the move too.

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    1. Hi C.M.!
      Just around the corner on feb 1.
      xxoo Fox

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  28. Oops, I spelled both her first and last name wrong...Sorry, Judi, if you're reading this! I love Impeccable Tatting (I might have read about it first on this blog...not sure) and made a photocopy of that chart to carry around with me when I was first getting into FS/BS tatting. I don't always do FS/BS, but when I'm making anything for competition, I certainly do. I'm less likely to use it for size 80 thread.

    Good luck with your move, Fox!

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    1. Mags,
      Yikes! I misspelled it also!Thanks for the heads up. I changed your words as well in the body of the post. We’re good! : ))
      Fox

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  29. ooh please include me! I've been reading your blog for about a month - from when I started reading Tatting blogs.

    I'm going to have to move house in the next year or so and I'm really dreading it we have so much stuff.

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  30. Your blog Inspires me to keep tatting, I've been following your blog for months. I'm looking forward to see your completed doily.

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  31. I always read your blog and could not resist sending in my name.
    Good luck with the move.
    Elizabeth
    LeVert92 at aol.com

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  32. Hi Fox :) I don't need to be included in the give away, but I did want to say I hope your move goes smoothly!! I've been away for a while, but now I'm back (mostly) so I'll be stalking your page again!! I have alot of catch up reading to do!! ~Randa*

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    1. Hi, RandaGray! Nice to “see” you!
      Fox : )

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  33. Fox, hope the move is smooth for you and Gian. Since shuttles and clunies are both beyond me, please don't enter me in the draw. Good for you for sharing your extras. I've been making trips to the second hand shop to unload in prep for a move (we hope!) later this year.

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  34. Entry for my friend Denise - whether she wants to enter or not!
    xxooxx
    Fox : ))

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  35. Just think -- after you finish that mat, you'll be able to tat (and repair) anything!

    I might need to find myself a copy of Judi's book. The illustrations look very clear and believe me I need all the help I can get. Being self-taught gives me a feeling of accomplishment but it also pretty much guarantees that I'll find the most difficult and inefficient way to do something!

    Thanks for the nice giveaway. Give Mr. G a good scratch behind the ears for me. :)

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  36. Hi Fox, my Miss Kali wants me to tell you she needs you to post more pics of Gian as she is redecorating her hideaway by papering the wall with her favourite pin-up boy. I hope you move goes smoothly. Your quest for tatting perfection is inspiring to me. Such beautiful work. Do you still Zentangle? I enjoyed seeing your creations.

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    1. Mr G has been preening all day in forn of the mirror saying, "Well, Hellooo, Miss Kali!” See what you have done!

      No, I do not Zentangle at all. Though I enjoyed it immensely I found it much too time consuming if I want to tat too!
      Fox : )

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  37. Judi's book looks like an excellent one...the illustrations you showed look quite understandable. I believe I will have to put that on my acquisition list. The Occhi book is one I got for my Birthday last May...I have really enjoyed it, there are a lot of lovely things to tat in there (other than the gorgeous peacocks, which are a bit intimidating). I like the edging you have begun...just right for the hankie and a lovely pattern. Your doily is beautiful, I am impressed at your fortitude on that project. As to the giveaway, I almost didn't comment as I wasn't sure I ought to enter...the cluny book is frightening and if I had it I should have to try. However, the rest is intriqueing...so I will leave that to you, and besides...I wanted to comment on the rest and to say good luck with your move!

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  38. Hi, Julie! I am intimidated by those birds also! Big time! Maybe one of these days we should give it a go together?
    Fox : )

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  39. I do hope your move goes well - I bet it will be hard to pare down your treasures :( but I would love to take some off your hands!

    DO NOT LIKE that you had to cut out of your big, beautiful doily - the edging looks like a soft, calming tat :)

    I love referencing good books when I make time to do it - and it looks like you have some of the best and ones I've never seen. Where do you look for tatting books? I guess I maybe don't hit up Ebay often enough.

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  40. Whoa, I am in total awe of this beautiful doily! Great work! And the Occhi book with the peacock on the cover-- yes, I am with any of you who stand with knocking knees at the complexity of the bird patterns within it. :-/

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  41. I was coming to comment on your TIAS thread choice - so I might as well comment in the giveway post, right? ;-) I am sure you recongnize me, even with my multiple on-line names ;-)

    My comment on the thread is that I love it! I think I make this comment each and every time you use Karey's threads. I love how recognizable they are! I am tempted to try a "very short bits of colour" thread dyeing, but I am afraid I will not have her eye for choosing the combinations...

    Also, congratulations on the great doily, I hope it will be deeply treasured when you finish! I love all the bits and pieces you have been doing in between too :-)

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  42. Your huge doily is really amazing. I've given up on great big things -- I've got too many UFOs that are big things. It's easier to turn little UFOs into FOs. I'd be happy to give some of your stuff a home since you're moving without it. :)

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  43. I like the edging you chose for that hanky, very feminine. On ward and up ward on the Honey Napkin. That is so pretty, what a work of art. Congrats on the repair, if you can't find it, no one can.

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  44. I am delighted to enter your giveaway! And I stll can't believe the amount of tatting (and re-tatting) on the doily!! It just wears me out reading about it!

    This 'moving' thing is certainly a surprise, and I'm wondering how much of a shock it's going to be for Gian! (Of course, you took him with you to get his approval of the new digs, right? LOL!) I hope the new place has a similar shelf above the fridge!! I'm hoping this was something you've wanted to do and not due to reasons outside your control!

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  45. I would love to enter your giveaway -- hopefully you recognize my name. :)

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  46. That doily is coming along nicely. We just moved, hope yours goes smoothly! I love the color choice on the edging...you're color sense is great :)

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  47. Hope everything goes okay with the move and everything arrives in one piece!
    Gotta try for a giveaway please - Thanks SO much

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