Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Entredeux

I don't often tat Entredeux but there are some very beautiful ones about.  I need to find ways to use them.  Here are two by Mary Konior:  they are both to be found in the book "Tatting in Lace".


The first one is called "Corn & Chaff"
and I really like it.
I just appeals to me in its small perfection.
Motif No. 6
And it's so nice to tat, with only one shuttle.

And Blue River Glades (Lizbeth) which this is tatted with
has gone right into my top favourite variegated Lizbeth colours.
(Right up there with Vineyard Harvest, Autumn Spice, and Leafy Greens)
But this could be my number one...



This second entredeux I'm not so happy with but I'm showing you anyway.

This is called "Trellis".
The chains are made with what Mary Konior calls "Victorian Sets"
which are 4 first half of the ds followed by 4 second half of the ds.
Motif no. 7

However, the sample in her book looks much better than mine
with a much more obvious "zig-zagging" of the chains.
Where did I go wrong?

I'm going to have to try that again.

Best wishes,

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Bracelet

I kept playing with edging no. 11 from the last post
and it evolved into this bracelet/cuff.




Motif no. 5

I think I might work some more on this and make a wider cuff from it.

Best wishes,

Monday, 23 January 2012

Edging No. 11

Still exploring the same book (DMC Tatting, Th. de Dillmont),
here is edging no. 11:

Motif No. 4

I have made most of the one pass edgings from that book in the past
but had not tackled those, like this one, which are made in multiple passes
(two in this case).

Simple, but very pretty I think.


Best wishes,


More Thérèse de Dillmont

Here is another small Medallion from DMC's Tatting (ed. Th. de Dillmont).

Motif no. 3


I don't know why but one of my centre four rings is smaller than the others... I must have got the stitch count wrong?  Just noticed it on the photo.

Best wishes,

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Heart's Desire Diagram, Tidying Up and 25-Motif Challenge

Really, Heart's Desire deserves a blogpost all to itself but I wanted to mention a couple of other things as well.

I have been in touch with Susan Fuller who kindly gave permission for me to post my diagram of her lovely Heart's Desire.  There were so many positive comments about her design but I was personally finding the written directions a bit confusing to follow - nothing wrong with the directions as such but because there are many different counts for the rings and chains, I was easily getting lost and thought I would find it easier to follow a diagram.  So here it is:



Clicking on the picture will take you to the pdf file to download and print.



I thought my blog was getting a bit cluttered - too many things on the right sidebar.  So I decided to add pages instead.  If you look at the top, there are now tabs for you to navigate to other pages where I have moved the Techniques and the Patterns.  It needs a bit more work... now I have the space, I will add thumbnails to all the videos and patterns which I think will be an improvement.

So I removed (or moved) some things but I've added the Random Post Widget at the top which is a nice way to explore the blog and see other posts you may have not seen (even for me!  I forget what I've done and it's nice to revisit past projects as springboards for new ones).


And I've decided, AT LAST, to join in the fun at the 25-motif challenge.  I've looked so many times at that website and enjoyed seeing other people's creations so I thought it was time I participated.  So the two small squares in the previous post will count as motifs 1 & 2 and I will keep counting now.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes,

Friday, 20 January 2012

Little Squares and The Single Shuttle Split Ring (SSSR)

One of my very favourite books is "Tatting" from the DMC Library, edited by Thérèse de Dillmont.  All the samples in the book are so perfectly tatted, I always find them very inspiring.  I was just tidying my books and had a leaf through... and tatted these two little squares.


The one on the left is tatted in size 10 DMC Babylo and the one on the right in Lizbeth 20.


I also uploaded a new video on the single shuttle split ring (Shall I keep making them?  Are there any specific techniques you'd like me to do?)  This also shows finger-tatting so I probably won't be making another video specifically for that I don't think.  I've been trying hard to improve the quality of my videos, so feedback is welcome.  I'm wondering now about eventually re-doing the ones that I made with the red background... what do you think?



If you click on the picture above - clicking once will start the video
and clicking again will take you to Youtube -
where you can view the video in larger format
(and higher resolution if you wish)

Best wishes,

Monday, 16 January 2012

Butterfly Heart Diagram

I liked Irene Woo's heart so much that I decided to make a diagram of it.  I hope that's ok?  And I hope some of you will be pleased to have it.  If you prefer the written directions, they can be found here.


(added 22 January)
I'm sorry I've been contacted by someone who said I might
be infringing rights by posting the diagram so I have removed it.

If anyone knows how I can contact Irene Woo, I'd be grateful for the information.
I have not been able so far to find any contact details for her.


Best wishes,


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Butterfly Heart

Whilst on my cyber travels... I came upon this pretty little heart by Irene Woo.  I feel silly now because I printed it and the pattern had a photo but now I cannot find the link again!  Does anyone know where to find it?  I found a link on Tatting Chic's blog on the wayback machine but it doesn't have a photo.


It was tatted with Yarnplayer's gorgeous Tourmaline thread in size 30.
It reminds me of Lizbeth "Vineyard Harvest" which is one of
my favourite Lizbeth...  I think I may have to re-tat it to compare colours.

A couple of chains are looking a bit "wonky" and I'm not happy with them
so that's a good excuse to make it again, is it not?

A quick tat which would look pretty on a card.

Best wishes,

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Heart's Desire

A member of In Tatters made this little heart recently.  And I thought what a nice motif it was.  When I first saw the new "Blue River Glades" by Lizbeth, I knew straight away I needed to have that one.  Just my colours.  So I thought this would be the right thread for my Heart's Desire.


And I do love the colourway, just gorgeous!

The pattern was not the easiest to follow as only the first half was written and then you had to reverse everything to complete the other side - and for some reason, the way it's written was confusing me...  So I think if I were to make it again, I would draw myself a quick diagram.  I did miss one picot in five of the rings (crikey, maybe I should have gone to bed early instead of tatting tonight) but managed to balance it by missing the same ones on the other side, except in one place.  Anyway, I don't think it's too obvious, the overall shape still seems ok to me.  I completed this with a single-shuttle split ring so no ends to sew in on that one.

I particularly like the inside top curves of the heart, I think they're very graceful.

The pattern can be found here on Georgia Seitz's website.

Best wishes,

Monday, 9 January 2012

How to Use a Picot Gauge

Here is another short video - especially for Michelle who said on her blog that she found it hard to get the long picots looking right on her snowflake and wondered if she was doing the gauge thing right.


You can view this video right here but if you wish,
the image is larger if you click on it to view it over at You Tube.

I tried a different setting and lighter background for this video - is it better?  Clearer?  I even have no dark nail varnish on this one! 

Best wishes,


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

I Was Curious...

First of all Happy New Year  to everyone!
Wishing you a happy, successful and creative 2012.


Yes, I was curious:  I just had to give this mysterious needle tatting a try.  So I received some tatting needles this morning and here is the product of my first try.  Far from perfect of course, I felt all fingers and thumbs to start off but eventually got some sort of rhythm going...  

I shall have to ask advice of needle tatters - like for example, do you really need to tie the thread after every ring and chain?  It seems to me that it doesn't make as neat a transition between elements as the shuttle does, as tying twists the thread a bit before starting on the next ring or chain.  But I'm always prepared to be put right!



I don't think I'm at risk of giving up my shuttles any time soon but I felt I had to try the needle as perhaps it would be the right thing to use in some circumstances- and anyway, I was just curious!  I certainly don't feel I could ever achieve the speed I can with my shuttles as I find there is a lot more movement involved in making the loops for the stitches on the needle as opposed to the smooth "to-ing and fro-ing" of the shuttles.

Best wishes,