Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Another Pair

I was tempted by another beaded earring pattern.  This one is called Lisette (a click on the word will take you to the pattern if you're interested).



The mini tassels were a little fiddly to make... perhaps I need a better technique for them but I do like the design by Nela Kábelová.

And I decided to draw a new number for my snowflake giveaway as one was not claimed and it's number 16 that came up this time and that comment belongs to Stephanie.  I have your contact details Stephanie so I'll send the pattern along!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Beaded Earrings

I do like a bit of beading every once in a while and I often see things on my "cyber travels" which inspire me.  This time it was a pair of "Piazza" earrings by Deb Roberti which I saw on Linda's Crafty Inspirations.  They didn't look overly complicated and I thought it wouldn't take too long to whip up a pair.

The only thing when you start beading is that there are soooooo many types and colours of beads!  It's difficult to restrain yourself.  I have a small selection of beads and when I see a pattern I like, it's a matter of searching through my box to see if I have all or any of the beads required.  This time I struck lucky and was able to make the earrings with what I had in my box.




I only had a couple of colours of superduo beads (or 4mm beads for that matter) but I'm still happy with the way they turned out.  I'm now thinking I'll make another pair for a friend as a gift.



They measure 3.5cm across.

And I've not heard back yet from one of the winners of the Aeris pattern (from the last post), I'll give them until Sunday and if not, then I'll draw another name.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Sunday, 18 October 2020

And the Winners Are...

 





Number 3 is Marilyn, Number 12 is God's Kid, and number 22 is Pop Lenuta Maria.  Marilyn and Pop Lenuta Maria, can you please contact me with your details so I can send you the pattern!  God's Kid, I have yours already so I'll send the pattern along.

Thank you so much everyone for all your lovely comments and I hope the winners enjoy tatting the pattern.  It's a bit of a challenge with the many techniques used in this design but I hope you'll be happy with the snowflake.




If anyone else would like to make Aeris, I will shortly be listing it in my Etsy shop.  I thank you all for your support, interest in my designs and kind contribution on my blog. I really appreciate it!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Aeris Variation

Whilst looking at my new pattern and the snowflake photo, I decided that maybe the "arms" needed to be a  bit fuller with extra picots to look more like the real snowflake.  So I made a new version without the JKs but with more picots instead.  And this is what it looks like:




And here's the photo of the real snowflake again, for comparison:


And then I decided to pin all the picots before pressing to make it look
more pointy and sharp, more like a real snowflake
and this is what it looks like:

... but I think I prefer the softer shape of the first (unpinned picots)






So there you have it:  Aeris and its variation.  I will put both in the pattern and people can choose which one to tat!

As I've done in the past, I'll have a draw for free patterns (three chances to win!) so please leave a comment if you'd like to be entered.  I'll hold the draw on Sunday (18 October).

Best wishes,
Frivole

P.S.  Thank you very much for your comments, I always love receiving them but I won't answer in this blogpost to make it easier to count them for the draw!

Monday, 12 October 2020

Snowflake 2020

It's already October... the weather is turning colder and it's making me think of one of my favourite things ever:  snowflakes!  For a few years now, I have created new designs inspired by Wilson Bentley's photographs of real snowflakes (after being gifted his book by a tatting friend) and I have done so again this year.


Below is the photograph that inspired this design.


Of course it's not exactly the same but I hope you can see some similarities.  Real snowflakes have straight lignes and sharp angles which are difficult to reproduce with tatting... but I enjoy a challenge!  In this case I used lock chains for straight lines as well as my 1SSCMR technique for sharp points.






Below are some of the several samples which I discarded
though there are features in each that appeal to me
and which I may use in future designs.













And the name?

I decided to call it 

Pattern coming up very soon!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Handkerchief Edging

I finally finished the green one-shuttle edging I had started a good while ago.  You can find the pattern under the pattern tab above.  I took the opportunity to make a video showing how I sew the edging onto the hanky (a question I had received a few times on my YouTube channel).  





Shade of green keeps changing depending on light and setting...
(the first photo is probably the most accurate)








Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

More Baskets

Following on from the previous post, I realised I'd not shown other baskets I made earlier in the summer.  First of all one of my daughters and her boyfriend had collected dogwood some months ago which they dried completely before soaking it in a river for several days before it was ready to weave.  It was a first experience of weaving baskets for all of us and we were all pleased to end up with functional baskets.  The dogwood was not the easiest and bendiest to work with.



Here are a few progress photos...







After completing this first basket, I was keen to make another but we had no more wood.  That's when I discovered you could make baskets with rolled up newspaper!  What a discovery.  I've already made three of those and here is the second one I made.  I tried painting the others but was not happy with the result and in the end, my favourite was this one, left showing the newspaper.  I varnished it and have been using it to do my shopping.  It's surprisingly sturdy to say it's only made of newspaper!






I like baskets a lot... I like using them and I like making them!  

Have any of you had a go at basket weaving?


Best wishes,
Frivole