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...

22 comments:

  1. Rant on! I still like my Lizbeth - I haven't had nearly the issues with it that you have. And I do fear for you - a new addiction once again! πŸ˜‚ Nice work already.

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  2. Your Spring doily is looking awesome!!! :)
    I agree in some instances with the Lizbeth thread troubles, but it's the best I can get currently so I will keep with it, plus, I love the color selection!!
    And your Armenian lace project looks wonderful!! :)

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  3. Do you think they put all the defective balls in one corner and then send them only to Canadians? Honestly I never have more problems with LIzbeth than any others. I must just be extremely lucky! Your doily is truly gorgeous and I like the technique, let's call it the Fox method.
    And the Armenian lace is quite pretty. Is it slow?

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    1. It must be a Trump thing... Yes! It is very slow. :)

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    2. They apparently send them to small towns in the US, too.
      StephanieW

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    3. πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‚

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  4. Thanks for the tips on the 9th row. I'm still on 8, so I hope I remember to look back at your blog post.

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  5. Thanks for this tip Fox. I'm up to this row now and haven't been entirely happy. But have just completed one pattern and it's a lot neater.

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    1. You are welcome, Hilary! Glad it is working better! πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ»

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  6. Thanks for the advice! It's good to have you pioneering ahead.

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  7. You have a rant, I don't seem to have many problems with lizbeth thread.
    The mat is looking lovely
    Love to Mr G

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  8. Glad to have your advice. I'm WAY behind, but using a very smooth, very pretty thread (Sulky Cotton Blendables, #12 'heavy' weight - about equal to DMC 80 in size). Your Spring 2017 looks wonderful - no one would ever realize from looking at it that you've had to cut and had thread quality problems.
    Fond regards to Mr. G.
    StephanieW

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  9. Armenian Lace? - I've been offline for a few days, so maybe I haven't caught up - but I have looked back at a couple of your older posts and it's not there!
    Regarding Lizbeth - I think that the imperfections must occur towards the beginning of the balls. You are just about at the end of this one, and I've had the same experience when tatting something large. The thread nearest to the cardboard core becomes kinky and unsmooth and seems to have knots and splits. I used to love the 80 until I had to throw away an entire ball of orange which I was using for a hanky edging. I never finished it. these days I stick with the tiny balls of DMC when I can get them.

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    1. I removed it! The #10 thread was tearing up my thumb! So, it's been shelved again for the moment...

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  10. Thank you for the heads up. I hope I remember your tip. I'm still tatting Round 7. I sympathize with your Lizbeth thread troubles. Always difficult to hear when one has to cut tatting out. James Spader, stop distracting Fox.

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  11. Well if one must be distracted let it be James Spader. I sympathize with your thread woes. Lovely work, thanks for the tip.

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    1. I'm not too good with explanations, but here is what you do.

      1. Finish tatting a thrown ring. Do not close.
      2 Tat one half of a following ds
      3 Put the shuttle down through the ring centre (from the top) and then close the ring; that is posting the shuttle.

      Sometimes this makes the ring close neater. I find sometimes it does not!
      This time it seems to work. The thrown rings were kind of floppy before. Make sense?

      Check Jane E's site for techniques. She may have it listed there... Or Frivole's...

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    2. Thank you so much. You provide very good directions. I will try it when I begin that row. Glad you are ahead of me, you have GREAT experience and skill.

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    3. Thank you! You are very kind. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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