Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tat-Along

Here is the link to Alenaleah's tat-along. Lovely pattern!
Thought I'd join the fun. Thanks, Margaret!


My centre is not part of the pattern as I had begun something else and then decided I wanted to join the tat-along... The centre looked as if it would be fine and indeed it is, so I just kept going. Getting brave in my dotage!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another

Robin Perfetti's pattern in purple:


Two inches tatted with #40 Lizbeth

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thanks Robin

Great pattern, Robin Perfetti! 
You can find it here.



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Following Frivole

Seeing how Frivole enjoyed Robin Perfetti's onion ring square pattern, I had to try it. So far:


I'm tatting this in #40 Lizbeth, so it's a bit small; a bit fidly, but it is a lovely design.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Is It Now A Dead Art?

I am not pleased to have the thought that I am not optimistic about the future of tatting. Today, anyway.

There seems to be fewer blogs and most of the known commodity are familiar to us all, including mine; they display the same things, more or less, over and over again.

Not that they are not displaying beautiful tatting. No. Most of the tatting is truly lovely, but there is nothing new and innovative. Fresh. Dynamic.

I have no answers; I continue to ho-hum tat and tat. But I wish I could see or imagine creative avant-garde designs, patterns and something youthful and creative, instead of the old masters re-created again and again. I want to be wowed and mesmerized by tatting that has never been done before.

Now - some old-hat, kitchen-table tatting by me:


Buttons are keeping me busy and focussed. I really thought I was going to hang up my shuttles this Spring, but the buttons have inspired me and I am even going to order more thread . I am in the process of deciding which colours to purchase...


This pattern is Karey Solomon's and I had to tat it twice because I messed up this first one. I always make mistakes galore with her patterns on initial run:

First one


Second try
I have to add that since I was first inspired by Pamela Queuedo - TotusMel -  nine years ago, I continue to check her blog for new posts. Her work is the closest to being in the vein of what I am addressing - or trying to put into words that have some meaning about the creative process. Thank you, Pamela!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Design À La Karey

Pattern by Karey Solomon tatted with #40 Lizbeth. Unblocked.

Lovely new shuttle by La Cossette on Etsy. 😊

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Button Beatitude

I can't seem to move along; buttons are fun!

Thread colour is limited but I have a lot of beads,thanks to Miranda's generosity years ago. (Where IS Miranda??)




Also, a small motif by a Renulek:


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mary, Merry and Mail!

I am merry : it is finally finished. I am merry: I love getting mail!

The Mary Konior is 7" and feels very solid and dense, though it is tatted in #40. I must admit, I really like that weight best - not to thick and hard to tat, and not super-skinny like #80.


Part of my problems with the chain rows probably originated with the extra ring, tatted in error. I wasn't going to mention it as I'll wager no one would have noticed, but in the interest of sharing important tatting information, I have opted to spill the beans!

It is critical to notice where you are to join on the chain rows: I joined between chains AND on the picot meant for joining. If you look at the penultimate row, you can find my error.

Dismay when I found the flaw turned to rank determination as I had used a lot of thread and spent many hours working on this little mat. So, I figured I could fix the mistake by adding, in the final row, a sixth ring ( there are to be 5) to the motif just before the extra picot. It worked!

I really like this mat and even with the mistake, I might use it as a gift, as the errors are not noticeable at all. What do you think?

Mail came twice from overseas this week. First, Margaret sent buttons! And thread! Thank you Margaret! I will enjoy tatting them. They are terrific little giveaways. 


Then from Singapore, Umintsuru sent me birthday gift. Her memory is something else! I really love the hanky she sent in order to inspire me to tat an edging. I will have to find one which suits the fabric pattern - it is a lot of fun, searching through my books for a just the right look. Thank you, Wendy. I love it.

My grandson,who is away at camp and is the main reason lately that I lately journey to the post office,  will receive the lovely stamps included in his letter.  :)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Not A Favourite

Those long chains... I don't find them amusing! Thank goodness this is the final row. Tatted in #40, this is not a large motif:



Funnily enough, those books behind MrG's head are my T.A.T. Binders! 

This is his about-to-bolt face. I was trying to get a decent photo. Right.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nobody Noticed!

.....and it was a beaut! 

I really messed up on the Posy pattern and couldn't figure out where the problem was. Blame it on the splitting thread at the end. Obviously, I can't multi-task with an end-join plus faulty thread!

At any rate, I tatted a new one and you can definitely see the difference:



Some progress on the other Konior piece:

    

By the way, I noticed that the quality of the green #40 Lizbeth is much superior to the magenta.  

It is obviously due to the dyeing process of the magenta that makes it so awful. I seem to recall that 
the purple threads with the red base are a lot worse  than the ones with the blue. 

Also, I remember navy being particularly bad - which makes no sense in light of what I just wrote! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Confounding Curves

I had to use the scissors twice on the next bit as the curves 
were not co-operating well. 
It looks wonky but I think will 
lie flat when done:


I also finished this one - one of my faves...
Mary Konior's Posie:


I think you ll believe a exaggerate when complaining about Lizbeth, 
but honestly, I have SO MUCH trouble with it:


This happened at the last join of a row - of course it did...

Splitting terribly in #40. 
Maybe #20 is better and I think most tatters prefer that one. Or #80. 
Perhaps I should be using another size. I never learn.
Grrrr.

Someone has been having a lovely lie-in...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can You Guess?

This pattern can get messed up 
if you do not pay attention.
😊😯

Monday, June 19, 2017

Buttons Bonanza

I seem to have been busy with "fiddly" tatting that I generally do not enjoy, 
and I seem to be having a very good time nonetheless:


There were two more, but they are the "magic" ones, 
now residing with the Toronto Grands.

Then, a small Jon Yusoff pattern:


Then, I caved and tried Diane's Ice Drop:



The beautiful wee button is from Ninetta and is Venetian glass.
She sent it to me a few years ago and I've been saving it. :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

And One More

I'm getting the hang of it! Got a new ball of thread - Lizbeth #40.

Nice to have a new colour. However, not so terrific to see Lizbeth still splits and has knots...😡


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Disdain For Da Buttons

He couldn't care less:

I, on the other hand, am enthralled:




I am running out of buttons, but had a Cabone ring and Jon Yusoff's book, Tatting With Rings. Being hasty, I just glanced at the book and figured out what to do - amazing! - and with a few errors, I managed the ring, improvising as I tatted. 

Love it, so I'm going to have to sit down with the istructions and some elusive patience.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Waiting For New Thread

Using what I have: #40 Lizbeth


These are "dot picots!"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Practice While Waiting For Thread

I ordered two balls of#40 Lizbeth. Yes indeed. New thread. In the meantime, I had some #40 left from the winter projects:

front
back
It's a small one -only about 2"; Karey Solomon's pattern and fun to tat. 

My tension is good, the picots smaller, and I enjoyed the experience of concentrating on a very small project, thus being able to be more of a perfectionist.  

Working for months on a big pattern can wear be a bit tiresome and I think my technique suffers as a result. This was fun. :)


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Idle Shuttles?

Can't  have that! I'm not sure what I want to do now, but have ordered 2 new balls of thread - both in #40 Lizbeth.  Two colours.

What should I tat with one ball, not two, of thread, I wonder. After a Renulek marathon-tat, the rest is quite a letdown.

I received some #20, sent to me by kind tatters, when I wanted to reacquaint myself with thicker-than-#80-thread. This is what happened. Now I am bored!

Mary Konior 
#20 Lizbeth

I saw these dot picots on Muskaan's blog... 
The pattern is on Georgia's site. Cute, eh?
#20 Lizbeth

Monday, June 5, 2017

Done!

Zebra by Renulek
14"
#40 Lizbeth 
Patience!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On To The Last Row Of Zebra


#40 Lizbeth
Two kinds of beads: lilac and purple 
and quite a few months of tatting!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10th Almost Done With Clover

I quite like the new shuttle. There is even an Aero bobbin in use with this one - who knew?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ninth and Counting


The eighth row took a while, 
but the next few look fairly routine. 

I'm still enjoying this one.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On To The Eighth Row


Renulek "Zebra" on Ebay 
Over 7 inches
Lizbeth #40