Sunday, August 13, 2017

Motifs, Techniques, Ornaments and Ice Drops

Fox tatted a second Edelweiss pattern, since she missed a join and didn't have the patience to work through it, so she cut it off. Maybe we should stage an intervention and take away her scissors to help her learn to live with her mistakes. Or would that constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

Muskaan was intrigued by Ninetta's Tuft Picots and when she shared an excellent video demo & application, there was no excuse not to try it out. She tried to use them in chains and also compare them with interlocking picots, in size 40 red. She also tried out Mrs Mee’s Picots in the same sample. Here's a Comparative Study of Picots - Interlocking Picots, Mrs Mee Picots and Tuft Picots.

Sue saw a snowflake sitting by some patterns she wanted to try to tat for ornaments so she tatted the second snowflake, joining it to the other and then around the glass ornament and she loves it. Here's is her whole collection of ornaments. She finished her 12 Ice Drops. The 2 on the left are the same pattern different beads, the 2 at the top same pattern different beads, the 2 on the right same pattern different beads, which just goes to show all the variations you can get just but switching out the beads.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bracelets, Motifs, Doilies, Snowflakes, Techniques, Ice Drops, Edging, Runner, Ornaments and Earrings

Usha has created some Rakhis with tatted centres and cords for tying. The first one features two clovers joined with an embellishment in the centre and lock stitch chains for cords, while the second features split rings with a bead in the centre. The following samples show variations with different types of cords. Her Tatting group came up with even more designs along the same lines.

Vera has enjoyed playing with Robin's Magic Square in all of it's variations, but she's going to put it aside for a while because she's interested in making a design on Facebook.

Sharon printed off the pattern to Ruth's 2008 snowflake and started tatting it, but somehow one of the arms twisted and attempts to fix it resulted in a tangled mess, so she cut it off. She finally got a finished version, but she can't see tatting multiples of it and this one will be going on her tree at home.

Melanie used a 4 ply yarn that is marketed for baby things for her cro-tat project and it seems to have worked.

Diane used the Green Coral Sea thread left on shuttles to tat an Ice Drop and this ribbon has an edging that picks up the colours in it. She tatted the centre of the Rose Cross from my Tatted Crosses book in size 20 Lizbeth, Azalea Lt., but at 2 inches across it was going to be huge. Then she pulled out this tatting magazine from 1944 and the very first pattern, #8894 was one she wanted to try using Coats and Clark's size 70, colour #8. Of course, what is a day without an Ice Drop. Another Ice Drop and some work on her edging, which is a finer thread than she has used lately. She tried an idea on this Ice Drop in size 20 Lizbeth #122, Caribbean,  adding picots on every other chain on the inside chains, but rather than being effective, it just looks like she forgot the picots. Diane started the next motif on her sister-in-law's runner, but something didn't look right. It turns out she omitted the second ring.

Fox used a handy gadget to help her tat with the very little end of thread she had to work with. Even with that, she didn't have enough thread for the last 2 repeats, so she went with the only thread choice she had. It's a close enough match that it's not too obvious. Now she's on to one of Renulek's patterns, which she's tatting in  Light Silver, Lizbeth #40.

Marie is up to round 7 on her doily and each round is getting longer and slower to finish. Round 8 is looking more polished. She took a little break to tat something quicker. Round 9 is done and only 3 more to go. Round 10 shown on light and dark backgrounds.

Sue has 10 of 12 Ice Drop ornaments done in red and white, and this one is Diane's Pink Fudge Ice Drop pattern. Diane's Rootbeer Fudge Ice Drop pattern was modified by using 3 tiny beads forced into a triangle point instead of the large bead. Her final one is Barbara's Snowflake Ice Drop pattern slightly modified. She thought this one would look good just as a snowflake, and she was right. She finally tatted a second Woodland Medallion by Robin Perfetti in size 20 Lizbeth Christmas Delight and joined it to the first around an ornament. Yarnplayer's Small Maple Leaf pattern tatted in Lizbeth size 40 Autumn Apple Pie thread makes lovely earrings.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Motifs, Doilies, Mixed Media, Ice Drops, Earrings, Edging, Bookmarks,

Vera has been tatting the Magic Square and didn't have to cut it and the thread didn't break, so all is well with her tatting, although the storm caused other kinds of problems.

Marthanne has row 12 done on Renulek's 2017 Doiley, which is the #20 done in white. She's working on row 12 with the Latte Foam #40 but is slow in tatting this summer.

Melanie is using Cotton Perle in size 8 for her cro-tat project which is shown here front and back.

Cindy finished another Ice Drop – this time with a faceted gem from Diane and she loves the royal blue, but ended up running out for the rings to enclose the gem and a little darker blue worked just fine. Which, of course, made her start to think about using a different colour on purpose for those last 6 rings!

Claire tatted Elizabeth's "Tiger Eye" earrings and loved them so much she couldn't resist doing them in other colours. These two pairs were both made with Lizbeth thread of size 20: black (# 604) on the left, and 'medium violet' (# 632) on the right; And Toho beads of size 15/0: transparent on the left and 'black of jet' on the right, although she decided to use the beads a little differently from the original model.

Diane finished up round 6 of Alenalea's doily. Then she started in on round 7 which was slowed in progress by her watching Poldark. Since she missed out on tatting an Ice Drop, she started her day with one in blue. She finished "Camilla" from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Lene Bjorn, and still has plenty of size 20 Lizbeth Green Coral Sea. She finish Alenalea's mystery doily and she's really glad she chose to tat it in blue and white, one of her favorite colour combinations. She had plenty of thread left on the shuttles to tat another Ice Drop. Reading kept her from tatting  much, but she did get in another Ice Drop. She started with Marigold Motif in size 20 Lizbeth #629, Azalea Lt from New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto. Since she had Azalea Lt and Green Coral Sea left on shuttles, she decided to combine the two for this Ice Drop. The switched the colours for this next one.

Fox was going to crochet a baby blanket, but decided to tat a button motif instead and give the yarn to someone who will enjoy using it.

Marie is on round 6 of her doily.

Muskaan has experimented with more Quatrefoil Squares and Flowers with lots of interesting combinations. This is a very simple insertion – rings and chains that can be worked with one shuttle and ball, which she has used to create a bookmark. She had an idea to tat a bracelet, adding beads but it was a size mismatch, as these seed beads were too large for size 40 thread. She has provided the steps for making a Rakhi bracelet which incorporates floral shapes for a layered effect.

Sue tatted Barbara's Snowflake Ice Drop pattern showing the front and the back, which is quite intricate. Number 6 is Diane's Purple Fudge Ice Drop pattern. Seven is Diane's Minty Fudge Ice Drop pattern. This little Ice Drop ornament was inspired by many others, and someone might have already tatted one like it. Diane's Minty Fudge pattern altered by leaving the large bead off and putting tiny beads on the rings where the picots would be.