Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Beanile Tatting



This is an Amulet Pouch designed by Nina Libin for the 20th Annual Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop. I was fortunate to be able to attend in April of 2016.  I finished the front and back during the workshop. It has taken me almost a year but I finally did the final round attaching the front to the back.

The Amulet is shown beside an Aero bobbin above so you can get the idea of the size. The second picture shows what the backside looks like.  It is tatted with Silver DMC Diamant metallic embroidery thread.  Navy beads are added to the tatting using the Beanile method.
It is a difficult to get a good picture so I've added another below.  

There are a pair of matching earring and the chain which are still in the NUTS (nagging unfinished tasks) pile. 


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ice Drop Fever


I've been bitten by the Ice Drop Bug. Ice Drops are tatted using florists beads in the centre, The beads are quite heavy and make a nice ornament.

I put a brooch pin on the back, size 20 makes a 3D brooch 3.5 inches across tip to tip.


The pattern is by Diane Cademartori and here is a link to a free pattern. You may know her as Lace Loving Librarian.

The choices of color combinations are endless and I searched my stash for something smaller to use as earrings.  I found some shank buttons and was able to twist the shank off without too much damage.

I used a size 30 vintage Coats thread and kept the stitch count the same as the brooch.  I only did rounds one and two of the pattern.  I added a jump ring and the earrings sit straight on. They are light and look pretty from both sides.

Thanks to Diane for the inspiration for these earrings.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017

I have completed Round 3 of  Wiosna 2017.  I have tatted two other Spring Wiosna and really enjoyed the pattern.

 I messed up a but on the final ring but I hope it won't detract too much once the entire doily is completed. Working with vintage J&P Coats size 60 you never know what you will meet.  I had to cut out some thick thread and join back in on this round.

If you are interested in starting this doily you can find the pattern by Renata Niemczyk on her blog. She releases a new round about once a week. She also sells the entire pattern on her Etsy page.




Thursday, 23 February 2017

Just a little oops


Sometimes the only solution is to get the scissors out and cut away the tatting.  This is Round 17 of the Monster Doily and although I had to cut, I am thankful that I found the mistake so quickly.

That is a little round magnet on the scissors as they usually are attached to a metal cabinet next to my tatting table just within reach.

Carollyn has suggested that I reuse the tatting and I have put it into my design binder for future inspiration.   This was cut from Row 17 of the "Monster Doily", yes I am on Row 17.

But I am also full of distractions too and have started the Renulek Spring Wiosna2017  Doily.  I am using up some of my Vintage threads, this is some J&P Coats size 60 Color 21.  I plan to climb to Row 3 once it is released.                            

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.