Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Oval Doily

This is what happens when you don't read a pattern properly!


I made the whole second round of chains with four picots… and there should have been three!

"snip, snip, snip"

Start again.



Those chains felt really tight with only three picots but I carried on as written.  Now the third row of chains and rings frill a bit.  This makes me think Mr. Fikkert and I don't tat the same (ie. have a different tension).  But I'll keep going and see how I get on.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Fikkert for a Change

I recently got a book from Ben Fikkert… in fact I now own two of his books but had yet to tat anything from them.  So I decided I'd start with this small oval doily.


The centre construction is quite interesting… it's working out a bit tight for me at the moment but I will persevere.  I like the idea of an oval doily for a change.  He has some lovely larger ones too which I would like to tackle eventually but for now I'll start with this small one and see how his patterns work out for me.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Hearts & Shamrocks

Today is Saint Patrick's day…  a good occasion to re-visit my trio of clover patterns (available on my patterns page, tab above).  I don't know why I hadn't thought to make a "lucky one" with four leaves before.



Top left was my first try with four leaves but although it was flattened by the scan, this was just too tight with the original stitch count on the centre ring and it frilled a lot.  Second version, top right, has an inside ring of 2-2-2-2-2-2-2 (7 picots separated by 2 ds) and that works well.  Bottom left is the original with three leaves.  But my favourite is still the bottom right one, made without a centre ring.  I think the leaves on that one have the best shape.  But if you were to make that one with four leaves, the space in the centre would end up too big so I think it's best with three leaves.

I think I'll play with this a bit more to improve the shape of the leaf of the version with a centre ring.  Perhaps by just making the leaf ring larger and the chains around it shorter, this will give it a shape more to my liking.



I visited Craftree yesterday.  I must admit I've not been a very frequent visitor since the move over from In Tatters (I miss the old website).  There I found this pattern for a little heart by Brintinpa (can be found under the "Members Patterns" section.  It's called "Kiss Curl Heart"… I rather like the name!



On the bottom version, I changed the small ring to a SCMR which helps give more of a pointy shape.


So if you need a really quick little motif to send on a card to someone, I think this is great.  My thanks to the designer.  It's also good practice to make a nice long smooth chain!  You have to make sure each ds is exactly the same height as the one before if you want the curve to be really smooth.  Mine are not perfect by any means… and I didn't do a very good job of sewing ends in either!  It's good that there's always room for improvement… keeps you on your toes.  :-)


Best wishes,
Frivole

Friday, 13 March 2015

Spring Flowers & Stawasz Tatting

Out shopping with my daughter yesterday, we spotted this very pretty version of grape hyacinth (Muscari).  I have the darker purpley blue ones in my garden but we both though this pale blue version with frilly edges was lovely.  I bought a pot for our garden and one for my mother-in-law.


It's resting on one of my favourite small mats,
a design by Jan Stawasz

I like to see the gradation of colour
as the flowers open…


I'm still only making very slow progress on this other Jan Stawasz piece.  The way I attached the individual motifs on the diagonal rather than square means I'd have to add quite a few to get to the right shape, if I decided to go with the same orientation as the original, before I can make a border.  



I was not actually planning to make this as big as the one in the book.  So I may carry on with it orientated the other way and improvise slightly for the border.  In the above photo, the small motifs are square to the border.  The way I was making it, the small motifs are diamonds.  I think it might work anyway.  



I think I'll make the next round of larger, eight-sided motifs and then re-assess the situation.  Even then it will work out fairly big I think.

I particularly like the big medallions in this.


Lastly, I'm sad to report that the sleeve of my red crochet cardigan IS NOT WORKING OUT!!  (can you tell I'm getting a bit frustrated with it?)  Still, I have been wearing it sleeveless and it's quite nice that way too.  But I do want it with sleeves.  I'll get there eventually.


Best wishes,
Frivole

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Quad_13


What a nice square this is!  And I like squares.  I must ask Ninetta where the name comes from…  The pattern for this lovely design can be found on her blog.


Thank you Ninetta!


I think it would be nice to see how it would look like repeated.  I think I'd also like to try it with less contrasting threads.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Ninetta's Square - Quad_13

I've not been very productive in the tatting department lately.  I'm still busy working on garments.  But when I saw Ninetta's post about her square design, I had to make it.  She has a great pictorial about it on her blog.

Here's an "in-progress" photo.  I got to the end of the first part of her pictorial:


It's not a lot of tatting to show for, is it?!
Still… hopefully, it's better than none.

There's probably too much contrast between my two thread colours but I will complete this first one as is and then I'll see about making it again with closer colours.

Oh, and the sleeves of my red cardigan are proving challenging!!  I remade the first sleeve (third time) and it's still not quite right.  Grrr….

Best wishes,
Frivole

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Next Project...

Apart from my favourite teal and turquoise,  another colour I like wearing is RED.  Bright cherry red makes me happy (with a note of blue in it, definitely not going towards orange).

While I was away in January, I started on a crochet cardigan.  The back and fronts are all done in one piece and then you just need to add the sleeves.  The only problem was that the pattern was written for short sleeves and the pieces are crocheted sideways (the back and fronts too).  A short sleeve is just straight but a long sleeve has to be tapered to the wrist.  I tried picking up the stitches around the armholes and crocheting down but the stitch is then worked the other way and I didn't like how it looked.  So I had to draw the whole sleeve on a piece of paper and just try to follow the shape as I go, increasing repeats of the motif where necessary.  This is my third attempt at making the sleeves!  I hope it works out right this time.  I'm feeling hopeful.

So here is it, in progress, I'm about halfway through the first sleeve.  I also added a collar that wasn't in the pattern so it can be worn up as in the first photo, or turned down as in the second, for more of a jacket look.





I really like the stitch.
The texture, and the look of it.
It also grows fairly quickly as it's trebles.



Not sure what closures I will use on this but all of a sudden I'm thinking that tatted frogs could look quite cool.  What do you think?

Something like Marilee Rockley's tatted frog closures:


I think they could look rather interesting on this jacket.
(Does anyone know if they're in one of her books?
I do have two of them but I can only locate one at the moment).

I could also make some of my own, using a motif
that I like and just adding an extra loop for the button.

But first, I must get those sleeves done!

Best wishes,
Frivole