Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tatting and The Tongue...

I agreed when Maureen commented that dark green would work. Unfortunately, colour choices have become so restricted that the suggestion was simply not an option. I had only medium green and not much of that. But, so far, so good:


Tatting Trick

Midway through this tat, while tatting 
the yellow row, I re-discovered something.

My thumbs are very sore, resulting from use of #40 Lizbeth, which is a rough thread compared to softer threads on my shuttles. They both have a tiny split at the tip which when rubbed tends to open and - gasp - bleed on my work!

In desperation, when I saw this had happened the first time, I stuck my tongue on the spot and my impulse was fortunate; enzymes in the blood immedietely removed the offending splotch!

Drooling whilst tatting shall henceforth be allowed, 
even appreciated, forthwith. 
: )


27 comments:

  1. Sometimes I tape certain fingers when I am using rough thread. It makes tatting slower, but it gives the skin a much-needed 'rest' from the thread without having to stop tatting for several days. Usually after a couple days my fingers have healed enough to do without the tape (for a while). Never realized I could remove a blood spot from my thread/tatting with my tongue.
    StephanieW

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    1. Me too, but the tape always gets caught. There is a certain surgical tape I used a few years ago, but I cannot find it now in the drugstores - 3M or something. Was great. : )

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  2. Okay -- that's funny! My first impulse is always to run for the sink and the COLD water. I try not to bleed on my tatting though. I usually tape vulnerable portions of my fingers before I start. I use the tape portion only of Curaid flexible fabric bandages and put a strip across the top of my left middle finger, and around the top knuckle of my left little finger. :)

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    1. Marty, doesn’t the tape get stuck in the thread and the edges curl?

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  3. That interesting, I would like to see how you both tat, because I have had other problems but not the bleeding, and going blind yes, horrible cramps in hands yes. but have bleed with sewing I do remove it very well from cotton with cold salt water. Oh yes this is looking well!

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  4. Now, I know why my tatting is so slow!! I am not yet addicted enough, so as to consciously hurt my own body. ROFL!!!
    Fox, honestly, I have a seen a lot of pictures on tatting , but never one like this doily.I am now reassured that people will continue to tat in the next centuries. :))

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    1. You write the most interesting comments!
      Fox : ))

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  5. Hi Fox

    I go with Marty run to the cold water tap, it's looking very pretty keep up the good work and hope you have enough green.

    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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  6. I think your med green will work very well. There is med green in the Wisteria, it just doesn't stand out very well.

    Yes saliva will take out blood. Have used that more then once. Learned it from my grandmother when she was teaching me to embroider. I stuck myself more then once and bled on the work.

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    1. Here's some unseemly advice from my Gram ...ahem.... Dab urine on a boil! Actually this works magnificently! : ))

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    2. I know things like this actually work but I always think "just how did they figure this out???" :-)

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    3. I'm not going to think about that... : ))

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  7. The doily is looking very pretty in those colors. Glad you were able to get the blood out.
    If my finger (usually my left middle finger) gets sore from the thread I put a bandaid around it, the patch side where the thread passes over. I don't have much trouble with it curling - if/when it does I change bandaids. :-)

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  8. That's an old quilter's tip! I stabbed myself so many times when I was quilting that I was tempted to only make red and white quilts. ;-)

    I use udder cream for cows, honest! It's amazing stuff, and it's cheap if you buy it at the farm store... much more expensive if you buy it at a needlework shop.

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    1. Too much lanolin in it for me...Makes me gag!

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    2. Well , now that i think about it,... I have stabbed myself in the rihjt breast a few times, with the shuttle's hook. Maybe uddef cream.. Euh.,

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  9. You must have been Hungry For Your Art........

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    1. It just keeps getting more entertsining in this comment section!! : ))

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  10. I cut myself at work one time and got blood on my favorite cream colored sweater. A co-worker told me her grandmother always uses peroxide to get the blood out of clothes. I dabbed a bit on when I got home and even though the blood had well and truly dried by then . . . you couldn't even see where it had been! It bubbles up and right on out!

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  11. Good tip. I have heard the expression 'spit and polish', but didn't realise that spit was good for blood marks too. I've stabbed myself with a needle, but bleeding doesn't come into my tatting!

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  12. It took me a while to understand but now I can't stop laughing! Beautiful doily, it's so different with coloured thread.
    Nin.

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    1. Ninetta, I did wonder how all this would translate! : ))

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  13. Love the doily. I think the medium green blends in nicely: the dark green would make a great contrast, but might try to take all the attention from the other threads! lol.
    I spit, too, when pricking myself and bleeding, although with a sewing needle--not my tatting needle.........oh, that would really hurt

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  14. The color seems to go very nicely with the others!! And I think the doily is looking very beautiful!!! :)

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