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.
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.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
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.
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.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Time to update my neglected blog. I have been tatting, just not scanning or photographing or blogging. It is so much easier to snap and share on Facebook, but I have not been doing a lot of that either.
A Facebook Tatting Friend shared that she was going to make this snowflake. I remember back in 2008 when Ruth Perry shared this pattern with the On Line Tatting Class. I attempted to make it, made one heck of a mess and went back to tatting other things.
Time passes. I've now attended Palmetto Tat Days 8 times (#9 is just a month away and I can hardly wait.) I've been to Fingerlakes 4 times, Fringe Elements Tatting twice. I spent 2 weekends in Indiana in classes with The Shuttle Brothers. I've had tatting classes with many talented tatters. I even spent a weekend at Ruth Perry's house tatting and chatting in January 2016.
I printed the pattern and loaded shuttles with size 20 thread. First attempt I got most way through arm 4 and realized that arm 3 was not twisted correctly, attempts to fix it resulted in a major mess. Twisted, tangled and frustrated, scissors were brought out.
I briefly considered tatting this with size 10 thread. The arms were 2.5 inches from center to tip, and I still had the outer round to complete, and I did not want a humongous snowflake so I continued in size 20 thread. Above is the second attempt when I stopped for the night.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
blog. This was a one shuttle pattern and easy to follow. I used a 5x8 mm crystal (all I had on hand) on the green earrings and it came out OK. Now to wait for the Pearls I ordered to arrive before making more of these lovely earrings.
Monday, March 13, 2017
This is Eileen Stafford's Blue doily. I did it in Cream Lizbeth size 20. It measures 4.75 inches or 12 cm across. I think the center round would make a pretty earring with some beads added. There was something on my ironing board which left a few dark spots when I blocked this. I will have to wash it and block it again after I wash the ironing board cover.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
I have neglected my blog. I have been tatting. I have not been photographing or documenting my tatting. shame on me. I do so enjoy reading the blogs of other tatters, and admiring all the pretties on Facebook. I have not finished the previous Renulek doilies, and I tried to talk myself out of making the Spring 2017 doily that was started a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I gave in. I got out several balls of DMC size 30 cordonet in ecru and loaded shuttles.
I had to refresh my memory on how to do onion rings. I practiced, and silly me, tried to do the outer ring as a chain. Needless to say, that did not work well. I then looked up the technique at the On Line Tatting Class and finally to you tube. Thanks Tamie for clearly showing how to do the onion rings as rings.
This photo was done with my phone and is not the clearest.