Thursday, December 29, 2016

Last Row

After 22 inches, the edge...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Penultimate Renulek Row 16

Wow. Getting there!

Loving Rita's shuttles!
Thank you, Diane, for 
your enthusiasm.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lightening Speed

Yes! Almost at Row 16, the penultimate row. That seems so quick, after months of lolygagging.  That word is for you, Nin! 😂.)

Here I am, a few motifs back:

Rita's large, smooth and wonderful shuttles have certainly made the process easier. As a bobbin-tatter, I am surprised this is going so well. The shuttles hold a ton of thread, so I don't have to keep rewinding, which is also a time-saver.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Newly Obsessed

I have completed even more than this and also - ta-da- had to apply the scissors! The row looked weird in one place and finally I realized I had tatted an extra motif. See what happens when you do not move like a snail!

The good news is that I managed to fix it easily and without any emotional or physical trauma whatsoever. Bonus.

Back to work...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Not fooling around!

Row 15

Monday, December 12, 2016

Failure Averted

I had firmly decided; a) never to finish the piece; b) to throw it away so as to never see it again; or c) to give it to Little Boss unfinished, with the last three rows left off. Those were my only choices.

Then, in a moment of serendipitous sanity, I questioned what it was that was so bothering me about this tatting misadventure; I realized a number of things.

At nearly twenty inches in diameter, I had not missed beading on any row, and I was absolutely fed up with beading; I was done with it!

Also, I was fretting that I would very soon run out of the beads, before the end.

Frustrated with the tension of my shuttles, I determined that the bobbins had become quite loose.

The only upside was that the piece is very pretty and also, I had not perforated a finger with all that hook work! Do you remember in the past all my macabre tatting injuries! The memories still cause me to cringe and shudder!

Upon contemplating these factors, I came to a conclusion. I would forge on and finish, making a few necessary adjustments before picking up the shuttles again,

The shuttles would be larger to hold more thread so I didn't have to reload every few inches and they could not spin! 

So, I am using a new Moonlit, kindly sent to me be my friend, Denise. Forgive me, Denise, but I un-blinged it, as the stickers caught the thread! However, that shuttle was just the one I needed. 

Next, I have put away the beading hook and all traces of lilac beads. The finished piece will be just fine without beads in the last three rows. My secret is safe with you and no one in the real world will ever notice!

The solution seems to have worked as I have tatted many inches in one night as you can see here:

With luck, it shouldn't take me long to finish now. 

I am so looking forward to tatting Frivole's newest star. It looks positively minuscule!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fun With Frivole

Look what came in the mail!

One Shuttle: front and back

 Quelle surprise! That Frivole makes such beautiful shuttles and one with a zentangle on it is wonderful.

She will make you one for you with one of my designs on it, if you are so inclined - or one of yours if you want!

I had to search my files to see which tile she had used... Sneaky!  She uploaded pics from my Instagram site! Clever Miss!

This shuttle is definitely an effective inducement to tat!

Thank you, Frivole!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Not On Jane's List?

Oh, really? I guess I have not posted enough or gotten very far on this piece and tatters have lost interest! I've been eliminated from the blog list! Woe is me!

Well, I am happy to say I have now completed Row 14, and this doily now measures over 18". Progress. AND, the ruffling has just about disappeared; bonus.

Even Muskaan said that she has never known me to take so long to finish a pattern. Zentangle has really usurped my spare time, I'm afraid. I have become truly obsessed. However, my trusty shuttles are always nearby, ready to spring into action whenever I lay down my pen!

It would be great if I finished by the end of the month, but - sigh- that may not be in the cards. I'll give it a go, though.