I'm calling it like that because it is tatted in an AlenAleaDesign shade called "Wink". I realised after tatting the last heart that I was working from an old version of the pattern, and not the one that is in my shop. But after tatting both, I'm wondering now if I don't prefer the blue version... It's taller whereas this one is wider.
I'm not completely satisfied with this design if I'm honest. I like the heart in the centre... but it's the negative spaces around it that I'm less happy with. Maybe it needs reworking. Or maybe I could make a new one altogether? Yes, that would be nice. Now, to find the time though! :-)
A lady contacted me recently because she was having some difficulties with this heart pattern. It's funny but sometimes I just can't visualise all the twists and turns of a design in my head, just reading the pattern, and I have to tat it to make it clear. It was the case with this one because she wanted to know which shuttle to use for particular elements and I couldn't work it out without tatting it.
So here it is. I'd not tatted this heart for a long time so it's always nice to re-visit designs. I even found a couple of things to correct in the pattern so it was time well spent.
Sorry, feel a bit bad, but no new tatting to show you! Instead spare time is taken up with knitting a waistcoat for my mother-in-law for her birthday coming up.
As mentioned in previous post, she loves green... so this is green too!
I hope to find time for tatting again very soon. It's been so busy since the return from holidays. I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. January can be a bit dreary... it certainly is weather-wise here! So it's nice to have new projects and ideas to keep us cheerful.
My mother-in-law really liked the blue bag I made for myself sometime last year. Perfect - I could make her one as a Christmas present. I took photos before giving it to her. She loves green so it had to be green. I found a really nice matching fabric to line it. I'm also pleased with the straps: I used my faithful old Prym Knitting Mill to make a long strap into which I inserted a cotton cord to give it body and prevent it stretching. It's worked out well.
Prym Knitting Mill
My children and I have loved playing
with this over the years.
And I've been looking back at some of my designs that I have not published and decided to re-visit this necklace pattern. Can't think of a good name for it yet.... Ideas anyone? This design makes a nice frame for any pretty flat stone or bead... or you can even add a dangly ornament as in the apple version. I'm going to make one for a friend whose birthday is coming up so that was a good excuse to re-work it.
I like to add beads to tatting for jewellery because it gives a bit of weight to the lace and helps keep it in place. This is tatted in one round, so the whole necklace in one go... just the way I like it!
How about you? What are your new projects for 2016?
Hello everyone, I hope you all had a fabulous holiday! It all goes by too quickly though, doesn't it?Now it's time to get back to work, get organised, children to school, etc...
Whilst away I re-visited a pattern: "Twinkle Twinkle". After Bentley, I fancied trying it with crystals. Although I first made Twinkle Twinkle as a star pattern (with five points), on this occasion, I preferred the snowflake version with six points, which gives a better shape to the centre chains, more curved. I made variations.
Apologies for the lesser quality photos from my phone
(I didn't have my camera with me)
Below is the version with crystals. I added a stitch to the chain on each side of the crystal (so 6 ds instead of 5 as in the pattern). The one in the photo above, 2nd row, left, has 5 ds each side of the crystals. The photo doesn't do it justice. The crystals and added filament do look lovely and sparkly IRL.
Then I tried it with a pointy chain instead, using my 1SSCMR technique and I do like that version too. This one doesn't have the added sparkly filament that I used in the version above. I think the 1SSCMR on the inside round combined with the SCMR above on the points gives it a nice shape.
This is a quick motif to tat and the pattern is available for free under the "Patterns" tab above. That was about all the tatting I made during our holiday. The rest of the time was spent knitting socks!
I hope 2016 will be a creative one for every one. I have ideas already and patterns I want to write up.