So back to "just tatting" for a bit. No obsessing about improving things (it's hard but I'm trying!).
I'm sure some of you saw these cute minnows on Two Shuttles's Blog? Of course, I had to follow the link and go check the pattern out. Isn't it fun? I love how the lock chains make it look like little bubbles floating above the fish.
The pattern is by Antonina Caruso (Ninetta). Worth checking out her Flickr pages, she has lots of interesting stuff on there. Including this ingenious way of making clunies! For those who are finding it difficult to handle the loom on the hand, this could be a solution. The cats and little people edgings are really sweet too.
Don't you just love internet?
You can see I made a mistake and have one fish facing the wrong way. But they would look nice facing that way too, "à la queue leu leu" as we say in French. The Josephine Knot facing down from the chain was causing me problems - does anyone know of a good solution to make it?
On another note, I've been exchanging message with Megan who does many things as well as tatting (see her website for lots of free crochet patterns) and she told me about new information she has just put on her site and which you may find useful: the amount of thread of different sizes needed to fill a bobbin - you know when you're winding your shuttles ctm and you're wondering how much to pull off the ball to fill the second bobbin? Megan has worked it out and here's that information.