Saturday, 18 February 2017

Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect or so they say,  BUT there is a (mini) pattern error in every one.  I continued on and the hearts can still be great giveaways to promote tatting.

Tatted with  Manuela Size 20 color 213, this is the Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo.

One of my friends asked how long it takes to tat one heart, I said about 45 minutes but that is without stops which rarely happens. Two full clover shuttles will be enough for three hearts.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentines Day

 I'm sitting here eating some chocolate and I just finished this lovely heart bookmark for my partner. He has a few tatted bookmarks already but not a heart one.

I have used a Manuela Size 20 color 213. The larger heart is one of my favorites to tat, the Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo.  The smaller one on the end of the tail is the Celtic Heart 2013 by Ruth Perry. We will be shopping later and I will have a chance to pick up a book for him and slip this in.

I've tatted the Butterfly Heart many times before and coincidentally wrote about it on Valentines Day 2015.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentines Day.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Tat it and see 1 2 3

Another year of Tat it and See has come to an end, I share my progress and the resulting tatting with you.  Of course I never guess what it is but many had it figured out early. This was done with size 20 Lizbeth 109 Wild Flower and measures 2.75 inches or 6.5 cm finished.  So much fun seeing all the tatting threads, shuttles and needles from around the globe. If you'd like to see what others have done and join in next year here is the link

I have a few repeats of round 17 completed on the Monster Doily and it continues to be my main focus. Happy Tatting. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Round 16

Believe it or not I am on round 16 (of 18). This is the last of the quick rows. The following two rounds are more ornate and wider so they take quite a bit longer to get around so I am trying to enjoy this last one.  I've just finished one scallop, nine more scallops to go.

I can't believe how long this "Monster" has taken me and I am feeling strong and determined to finish it.  Meanwhile the Tat it and See event is keeping me occasionally distracted.

I slipped a bit of card-stock behind the scallop so you could see the  pattern more clearly.  The bottom left is a Moonlit shuttle for size. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Jan Stawasz Moje Robotki 8/2007 Huge Doily tat-along Row 14

Excuse the wrinkles, it is not blocked and I usually don't sew in ends or cut off tails until I am past that row.  There are four more rounds from this picture. and unblocked it is 33 inches in diameter. I am guessing that another six inches will be added by the time I finish. 

I am using ball and shuttle filling a moonlit shuttle four times on the last round.   I won't need two shuttles again until the final row.  

Tatted with  Aida 10 color 926 ecru; I am on the fifth 50 g ball.

This size of thread is very tiring to work with and when I move to other projects using smaller thread they seem so easy. 

At the end of tatting I fold the doily up nicely and place in a white sheet to keep it clean.   I really need to finish this because I have so many other tatting projects I want to do.