Sunday, August 4, 2013

Stawasz Satisfaction!

I am delighted with this tatting. 

Firstly, it was actually FUN to tat and secondly, I did not have to un-tat more than a few times! This is a monumental leap forward for me - especially with Jan Stawasz’s patterns.

The thread is Lizbeth, #40 and I have realized something about it. Compared to tatting with Altin Basak, which I am currently using, the Lizbeth is certainly not plush or consistent in texture. Though it is lovely and stiff, it is not tactile in the way that the Altin Basak is. 

My pal Suneeti sent me some pink in the AB and I am tempted to send away for some other colours as it is nice to have a completely different feel to the Lizbeth once in a while, and it is not as soft and fuzzy as Cebelia.

However, I have just ordered some Cebelia ( the least inxpensive thread to order in Canada) for I want to tat that Victorian Trellis that Jane and Frivole have completed. Looks like a nice challenge and I wanted to be sure to have a full ball of ivory before I begin. 

Gian is hankering for some dedicated attention as I try to write up the pattern for my design...


Is anyone out there in Tat-Land interested in test-tatting the Pine Plains design when I compete it?

38 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, love the design and the way you have tatted it and the colour suits it so well. Sorry no time to test tat at the moment, but I am sure you will have many offers.

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    1. Hi Sally!
      Lovely comment! Thanks for the kind words and the visit. : )
      Fox

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  2. Wow, that's beautiful Fox! Excellent tatting.

    I like Altin Basak too. It has a nice texture which I find really pleasant to work with. I'm planning on ordering more myself.

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    1. Seems to be a good choice of colours in this brand as well. Goody!

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  3. If you need a tester, I am available. Just let me know.

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    1. Thank you Phyllis. I have sent you an email.
      Fox : )

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  4. what a wanderful job! This tatting is stunning!
    I've never tested any pattern for anybody so far, but I will be happy to help you if I can :)

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    1. Hi Mary! Thanks! Please send me your email (I am not on Google+, so I can’t get your address)
      Fox

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  5. Beautiful tatting as always! Lizbeth comes in such vibrant colors too. If you still need someone, I would love to help test your pattern.

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    1. Hi Mandatory,
      Thanks! I ned your email...
      Fox : )

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  6. Your tatted piece looks great!!!
    If you would like a needle to try your pattern I am always available.
    Kelly

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    1. Good idea! I will send it to you when it is done! Thanks!
      NN : ))

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  7. Your tatting is beautiful and nice style. I also enjoy reading about the types of tatting thread. For I can see problems with different kinds I use too.

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  8. What a lovely motif you tatted from Jan Stawasz. Live the colour too.

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  9. Beautiful motif. I love tatting Stawasz's patterns. They are usually not too complicated, but I do hate the small numbers on the diagrams and having to search for stitch counts all over the pattern. But the designs are beautiful, as you proved here.

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    1. Oh I know. i have to use coloured markers all over the place and make little accompanying diagrams! : ))

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  10. Hello Fox, once again you provide huge inspiration to me. While I am new to tatting I would love to test for you if you would like the opinion of a tatter not so experienced.

    Gian is looking as handsome as ever!

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    1. Thanks, Synderai,
      I think I have enough tatters for now, and I much appreciate your offer. : )
      Fox

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  11. Love that motif! I've answered your question about the size of the Victorian Trellis on my blog, but it'll be easier for you here: The width of the tatting itself is 12 cm or 4 1/2 inches, the diameter of the whole doily is 35 cm or slightly under 14 ins, in size 20. Look forwards to seeing your version, happy tatting!

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  12. What a pity that so late, I saw that you need testers ... maybe next time I'll be able to try out your pattern :)

    I greet You and Gian,
    Marta

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  13. A wonderful tat, Fox! Nicely done. Sorry, would love to test tat, but I'm still unpacking! (I obviously have too much stuff and trying to fit it into a smaller house has been a real challenge.)

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    1. Thanks, Suz! Hope the move went well - as well as these things go, that is. Also hope you find a place for everything... Especially all things tatting!
      xxoo Fox : )

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  14. Hi Fox

    Beautiful well done,
    Gian certainly is in the picture and I am glad to see he's looking so well.
    If you want a test tatter then I don't mind trying out your new pattern.
    Margaret

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    1. Thanks, Margaret,
      I have lots of testers, but thank you. Next time! Now I just have to finish writing it up....Ugh...
      xxoo Fox : )

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  15. Do send for some Lizbeth. I think I have around 60 balls now. I (obviously) love the stuff. I order from Zig Zag Tatting corner. Their shipping charges are quite reasonable. There is also a site called Crafting Corner in Canada, a sister to Mary Maxim. But do watch their shipping cost. It might be more than coming from the US. I have yet to pay duty.

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    1. Yes, I go to Zig Zag a lo Jennifer is a delight to deal with.

      Never heard of Crafting Corner, and find Mary Maxim the best around as the shop is close to me.

      However, though I can order what I need, the selection is so limited.

      Also, if I order online, the cost is minimal (about 2$ for the ball of Cebelia I am waiting for - worth the convenience).

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  16. Can I get a "Here, here!" for how far you've come? What absolutely beautiful work Foxy!!!

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  17. Is it really you? Well, thank you! For the generous words and the visit! Lovely to hear from you, Krystle.
    Fox : )

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  18. I love that motif. And of course, seeing your cat is always a treat:)

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    1. Shhhh.... don’t encourage Monsieur! Thanks! I love this motif - may actually tat it again. : )

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  19. Looking good!! Jan's patterns aren't too bad once you work out which set of numbers to use. I love them because they always sit so well.

    As far as the test tatting??? I would love to for anything you design....Such leaps and bounds while I have been away. Great to see the confidence and growth in your tatting Fox!

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    1. Thanks, Liyarra! Never would still be here if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of Tat-Land!
      Fox : ))

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  20. Beautiful tatting! I look forward to trying all of the beautiful pieces I see in tat-land!

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