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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Delightful Design

I think this is perhaps the prettiest of Renata's patterns:

I am also enjoying the Lizbeth #40 thread. I have added a second darker purple bead, slightly smaller and less obvious than the center ones. I like the result.

It's about 6" now, and there are about 13 Rows. I think I am on Row 5.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Calling It A Day

Yes, it is finished. I tried to add another row, but it was not needed. 
I think it looks very complete as it is. Anyway, it is over 14".

It's all packaged up, ready to be mailed out on Tuesday.

Already started another for the 
daughter of a friend who asked for a tatting in purple.

Design by Renulek (Zebra - on Etsy)

I am so relieved to be using #40 Lizbeth again.To me the quality 
difference between #20 and #40 is enormous.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Re-Inventing Renukek - with Sincere Apologies

I received this tonight from a wonderful tatter I do not know who is trying to help me!

... from Italian...

Good morning, my name is Elizabeth and I follow it for several years and admire his work and trying to learn from his post. Yesterday I saw the last and I are very sorry to see that in his ninth lap there is a mistake that I hope will solve, is missing a circle than the Renulek model. I tried to comment on his blog but are not very practical and can not figure out if the comments are here. I hope you will be able to fix it because I know how long it takes to complete a lap as the 9. I greet you dearly Elisabetta

Thank you Elizabetta! Thank you so much! I was wondering if anyone would notice my near-fatal error. I left out the fifth ring of the "flower" in row 9 and saw this only at the very end of the row.
The Horror!

I could not bear to tat that row again... it was interminable, so I decided to take some liberties with Renulek's pattern and plough ahead anyway. Row 10 is working out well.

Thank you again, Elizabetta, for your thoughtful email. I am touched that you very kindly attempted to alert me to the mistake.💕

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tenaciously Ten

Next up, finally - the tenth row. 
That last one, row 9, was really something; LOTS of untatting.

14 inches

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Warning! Pay Attention!

When you get to the ninth row, you will tat a floating ring. I found it looks way better to use a Catherine Wheel join to continue the second part of the chain.

Also, the ring is better constructed if you add a half ds and post the shuttle, thus preventing the ring from turning in on itself upon closing.

You can see - count in 5 - where I made a fatal error and had to remove several elements. Still in all,  it is a lovely piece and I love the colour of the thread and beads.

There has been entirely too much cutting. You really must be focussed on this row. Unfortunately James Spader, in The Blacklist, has been captivating much too much of. My attention during the evenings when I tat!

I am fearing running out of thread on the new ball of thread, as I had to cut so much.

Now - RANT

LIZBETH THREAD SUCKS! I had forgotten how I loathe this thread. It is passable in #80, but in the larger sizes it splits, has slubs and was actually broken at one point, deep into the last ball. I am, once again, truly disgusted.

End of Rant
I won't mention it again - until the next defective ball...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Trudging Along

Row 9 is a trifle tedious; 
it's going to take some time...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Now At Nine

Yes, eleven inches and moving on to Row 9. However, there have been MANY errors, some due to neither reading the instructions completely nor correctly.

Began Row 8 about five times! I even wrote Renata to ask what I was doing wrong.

Here I am after much grinding of teeth: 

Also, I have thought of a perfect person to give this too! 
Makes it so much more worthwhile. 😊

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fun With Flu

Flu is not fun. Virus mending is boring. Fatigue is fatal for frivolite. So, it must be simple and small, ergo these four motifs designed by Corina Meyfeldt:

I am meeting up with four calligraphy class pals to celebrate another set of lessons under our belt and. thought a tatted trinket for each might be fun and appropriate!

Think he's interested?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Already Large At Nine Inches

I'm not used to the size #20 thread tats up to! This will be a large one.

I've ordered a second ball, and the postage is more than the cost of the thread! 

So, I will go as far as I can, but I will not buy a third ball. Hmmmph.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Thread?

I am wondering if I need to order another ball... Renata told me I would need only one, but I am only on Row 7 and the thread has diminished quickly. Anybody else using #20 Lizbeth for this pattern?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Curds And Whey

I didn't like the long bulky lilac bookmark, so I tatted another:
Curds and Whey by Mary Konior.

#40 Lizbeth 
Better? I think so.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Brother's Bookmark... finished.

Jon's pattern is an amazing example of her designing abilities.

This was tatted in one go, utilizing split rings. I was very challenged figuring out directions...

I really admire the mind that is capable of writing this pattern.

#40 Lizbeth

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tats and Tats


Getting pretty large.

Finished a bookmark as well
Pattern by Jon.

Lizbeth #20 and 2x#80 for ruffles edge

Got carried away...

Forgot to show you something. 

Remember a few years ago I had some dots tattooed on my finger for measuring picots, but they disappeared after a few weeks?

I was instructed that hand tattoos do not last; many places will not do them. 

Well, a year ago, I had a new one done and it is as good as it was the day I got it!

Voila! No one has apparently seen this little number. It was my idea as for me, I didn't like the band patterns that are so popular.

Blame it on Zentangle...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Brown Beaded and Beautiful!

Renulek pattern, 
the new one, in #20 Lizbeth, 
with turquoise beads.

Love it!

Love it!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Beautifully Brown

Lizbeth #20 - fun! 
This is Renulek's new one. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mine - For Now!


There is thread waiting for me at the post office. I ordered three balls of #40 - at least I think it's #40! 

So, I will choose one of the colours and begin the new Renulek pattern. They are always entertaining.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pour Moi!

I'm thinking of keeping the lilac piece for a bit!

Maeve is getting the big, beaded one, so I'll fondle and admire the lilac one, till I'm ready to once again whittle and wean my little stash of tatted goodies. I'm njoying working on the lilac mat very much.

This one is the about same size and in similar colours to the ones for the boys, so it is a suitable replacement, I think.

Tatted in #80, Lizbeth 
(because I admired the one 
I saw tatted by Monidido (Elena) on Crafttree.)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Egg McTatted

These were tatted with #20 Lizbeth thread, 
using the patterns from the Easter Egg book.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Loving Lilac

Slow going again. Blame the beads. 
However, it is pretty lovely, says me. 

Only one more beaded row to go. 
Then... Renulek!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Old Fickle Dog Can Learn

I am surprised that I have ordered three balls of #20 Lizbeth! Who would have seen that coming?

However, after begging some samples from Diane and Frivole, I am happy to report that I quite enjoy the change - enough to actually make the purchase. The delivery costs are almost as much as the thread and that is in Canada, so it's a big deal!

I find that after fine thread, it is very pleasing to see the individual stitches  and half-stitches so very clearly, as with #80 that is just not possible. I am also liking the sturdiness:

How pretty is that? It is a pale blue colour that unfortunately is not showing up on the screen. This will be an egg from the Easter Egg book. I wanted something small to try before I ordered the thread.

Here is the #80 piece,  like the larger ones for the boys. I admit to liking this one much more because the pattern seems to really suit fine thread and beads. Also, the beads are the perfect colour with the lilac thread. I am happy with this.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

He's Busy..., not at all interested either in my mistake, or in my ensuing language as I hunted for the scissors.

Kitty Live Entertainment 

In the chain, there needs to be 2 picots. I had finished the row which was impossibly tight and then saw the reason. Sigh...always too late.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two Down

The green one is smaller, though they are both tatted in #40. It's also not as pleasing, though I hope my grandson likes it because of the colour.

Now, on to the purple...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And Then There Were Three

No more #40, but lots of #80 and Maeve loves purple,  so I thought I'd name a smaller motif for her, using the same pattern as the one for her brothers.

It is too bad the pinkish, opalescent quality of the beads is not evident on the screen. They are actually very pretty with this thread. :(

Almost done with Shrek!