Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back on track.

This round 2 looks much better.
I am ready to begin round 3. Hopefully after a good night's sleep I will be able to move along without any more major errors. It's a good thing I started with 3 full balls of DMC Cordonnet size 20 Ecru.  Pattern can be found at Renulek's blog. The first 7 rounds have already been released. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Another mistake

I climbed out from round one using a split chain and split ring and made my way around the second round. I scanned the work and got ready for round 3. And then I discovered that those lacy rings were supposed to have 3 picots and I had given them FOUR....
 Time to start again. Maybe it's time to learn to count again!  Oh well, these not quite right motifs can be used for something - maybe as crazy quilt embellishments.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

That's better

The second attempt for the 2018 Spring Doily looks much nicer.

Now I am ready to move on to round 2. 

Pattern can be found here

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Still tatting

I resisted started Renulek's 2018 spring doily for as long as I could. Yesterday I gave in. I loaded shuttles with DMC Cordonnet size 20 Ecru and started tatting.

It has been a while since I worked from photos with numbers and when I started round 2, I realized I had messed up. There should have been 2 picots on the chains. No wonder my chains did not fit nicely against the rings.   Nothing for it but to start over. 
Round 8 will be released tomorrow. Pattern can be found here. I need to get busy! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


I'm still around. Time gets away from me at times. I've been doing lots of knitting and tatting, just not photographing much of anything.

This past week a Facebook Friend posted a video of her Cro-Tatting. This is tatting with a long crochet hook. I have tried this in the past, and been frustrated and unsuccessful. I decided to dig out the books and hooks and give it another try.

I think I have finally got the hang of it.
Larger flowers were done with Annie's size 6 hook and Lizbeth size 3 thread.  Smaller flower was done with Annie's size 10 hook and Artiste size 10 thread.

 As you can see I did a lot of practicing. Top left is Lizbeth size 3 using Annie's size 6 hook. Top right is Aunt Lydia size 10 using the Annie's size 6 hook. I think it's a bit loose and floppy.  Bottom left is the same size 10 thread using the Annie's size 10 hook. I think it looks much better. Bottom right is Artiste 10 with the size 10 Cro-tat hook. 
I made a few snowflakes. These are made using the "strings" technique from Rainbow Valley shown here.  Larger flake was made with Red Heart size 3 and Annie's size 6 hook. Smaller flakes were made with the Annie's size 10 hook and an unknown  (probably Aunt Lydia's) size 10 thread. I want to try snowflakes with another ring on the arms.

Why am I determined to conquer this craft? I like the idea of using a continuous thread. I'd love to combine crochet and tatting for a shawl. Hmmm.... I have some Luster Sheen in my yarn stash, I wonder how that cro- tats????

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days

I had a wonderful time at Palmetto Tat Days. I get so busy having fun and talking with people that I take very few photographs. I did however manage to take a couple of pictures of projects in progress.

 This is the decorative sleeve designed and taught by Phyllis Schmidt of Phyl's handwork. It's an easy pattern, rings and lock chains. My brain was on overload and there were many distractions. Several times I found myself making lock stitch rings. There is no such tatting element as a lock stitch ring. It becomes the ring everyone made as a beginning tatter, where one pesky stitch did not flip (or unflipped itself) and then the ring will not close. Thankfully I was using size 3 thread and the Starlit shuttles I was using had picks on them, so the lock stitch ring was easily retro-tatted.

This is my completed Decorative Sleeve displayed on my water bottle.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Betsy Snowflake

This afternoon I helped a Facebook Friend with a snowflake Pattern. The Betsy Snowflake can be found here.  I find it helpful to work the pattern along with the student, so I loaded 2 shuttles with size 10 Lizbeth in my favorite snowflake color Blue Ice.
This shows the center, 5 regular rings and then a split ring.

The split ring is followed by a smaller split ring and then a chain. The pattern did not say, but this join is a lock join. 
This shows the clover on top of the snowflake arm. It is important to switch shuttles before and after the clover.

After  an enjoyable tat and chat, I completed my size 10 snowflake. I immediately loaded shuttles and made another in size 20 Lizbeth thread. A 25 cent coin is shown  for size comparison.