Wednesday 27 February 2019

Why I Love Tatting

There are many reasons... but one of them is how easy it is to carry a little shuttle in your bag or pocket and when you have any time to spare, are waiting, or are travelling, you can get your little shuttle out and tat.

I was on the train and grateful that I had a shuttle in my bag and worked on trying to create a new one-shuttle edging (I only had one shuttle).  I  felt maybe I was getting somewhere... but then ran out of thread!

So really a minuscule amount of tatting but just so you know I'm still thinking about it and miss having more time for it!

Best wishes,

Sunday 17 February 2019

A Bit of Beading for a Change...

I had a gift to make for someone's birthday... so I went for a beaded bracelet.  I had not done any beading for a while and I really enjoyed making it.  It didn't take very long to make at all.

In fact I liked it so much that I made another one in different colours...

I used magnet clasps...
but then ended up changing it for a lobster clasp on the second bracelet.
Any of you use magnet clasps?
They are so easy to attach...
but I find they are also easy to just knock as you wear them
and then the bracelet comes undone!
Is it just me or has anyone else had that experience?

Back to the topic of ceramics,
I glazed several of my pieces.
Not all successful.
But it's such a learning curve!

One little pot has now become our butter dish:

I'm continuing to practice with throwing.
Here are the last couple of pieces I made last week.
I was particularly pleased with the round pot:

And I had a special order from my son for a handle-less tea mug
with the specific shape as per below:

I'm happy I'm finally managing to make thinner rims.

Tomorrow, I'll turn and tidy the bases and send them to the kiln... And then try some more!

Best wishes,

Thursday 7 February 2019

Ceramics (and a tiny bit of tatting!)

Still busy enjoying ceramics at the moment.  Throwing is getting a bit better though very inconsistent!

The little cups at the back have tatted snowflakes stamped into them (like the vase from the previous post).  I have now glazed them and they are waiting to be fired again.

First time throwing "off the hump"

The pieces below are waiting to dry
before finishing off the bottoms
so they can then be bisque-fired.

I also attempted a pot with lid.
It turned out looking very "pearish".

So I tried a second time...
to make a pear...
And even shaped the top like a leaf.
This one is waiting to dry enough so that I can cut the lid.
Can't wait to see what it's like inside
and if I've managed to make the walls thinner.

And to finish,
I'm trying to make moulds of lace to use in pottery.
This was one attempt:

It's not going to work for what I wanted...
but I can still press clay into it and get a pretty good imprint.
I'll try it when I'm next there and show you.

See?  Lots of pottery... but still tatting!  :-)

Best wishes,