Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Finally, I am on the last round, it is a tricky row with some odd stitch counts. I have found the diagram helpful and managed to understand what direction I was going. I hand drew and wrote out some instructions to better understand what I was doing until I had the pattern in my head. Finished one of points only 31 left to go.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Monday, 22 September 2014
Not quite halfway through but other projects in the works to distract me from this. I have noticed that the feel of rightside wrongside tatting is similar to crochet in that you can feel the difference between the smoothness of the work from one side to the other. I don't know how else to explain this. Perhaps other crafters have had the same experience.
Monday, 1 September 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
The only skill in this doily that I am not confident with is reading the pattern. It is confusing and I think I made the chains in this row too long but with just a light spray with water and pressing into a towel with my fingers it is quite flat now.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
My doily is quite crumpled but laying flat. Those long chains still giving me a challenge but I am hoping they will sort themselves out and behave once the doily is larger.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Working with the Coats Aida (10) is very comfortable. It tends to twist easily so I am slowed down by dropping the shuttles and waiting for them to stop spinning. I am also getting into the Jan Stawasz method. It will be interesting to see how it looks once I reach row XVIII.
There are a few other tatting projects going on and they will be revealed in time but for now they are a good distraction from this doily.
Monday, 28 July 2014
Whoops, had some problems with my phone and my computer each trying to blog. Here is row 2, I had a few problems climbing out but managed ok with a few split rings and a split chain then another split ring.
Friday, 25 July 2014
The thread is actually a nice creamy color and when compared to Lizbeth 10 it is slightly thinner. I am using a Starlit and Moonlit shuttle as they hold a lot of thread.
I am trying to do it "Jan's" way which has the picots on a ds as opposed to between. This is a new way of tatting for me and I am taking it slow. The doily is slightly cupped but I think if I dampen it this will disappear. I will just put it in a heavy book overnight.
I am not afraid of a large doily, the tablecloth in the header measures about 4 feet by 5 feet and I crochet it square by square about 35 years ago, now I wish I kept better track of my projects.
If you get this post twice, sorry, had some issues with blogger on my smart phone and this post was deleted.
Monday, 30 June 2014
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
In the past mostly with yarn or crochet cotton hanks, I have used the top of a chair that has two pinnacles (H) or a volunteer. With neither of these nearby I grabbed two large glasses and had them hold the hank while I walked around with the EZ-Bob. There happen to be a pencil nearby so I stuck that through my EZ-Bob to assist in the winding.
I attached the label that came with my HDT and ready to go.
Monday, 16 June 2014
Today I received my first batch of Hand Dyed Thread (HDT). I purchased a bit of Parakeet, Stardate and Corsage from Yarnplayer. I have been admiring from afar and now have some to tat. Any advice to move it from the hank to my shuttles?
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Thursday, 5 June 2014
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Thank you again Amanda.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
This is a little experiment comparing shuttle and needle. I admit it is not quite fair as the orange is very soft thread and does not shuttle tat well. The pale pink I was experimenting a bit with the joins so it’s not my best needle tatting either but nice to see them side by side.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
I love the Spring colors, I have lots of this thread and you will see many pieces that I have done with it. It is J&P Coats 6 cord Merc Cotton 20 shade 1228. Below the same pattern but Shuttle tatted this time. I was still having issues reversing work but it is getting better.
|First Shuttle tatted piece July 2013 Pattern: Heart's Desire by Susan K FullerJ&P Coats 6 cord Merc Cotton 20 shade 1228|
Sunday, 23 March 2014
I started to drop the shuttle through my rings on this project to see how it would work and I had a little twist at the end, it has been suggested to add a 2nd half ds at the end of the ring to see if it balances the ring a bit better. Oh and don't forget to hold the ring in the pinch as you close and make sure you dangle your shuttles to reduce thread twist.
I have finished my taxes and just one more hurdle at the office before I can devote more time to my tatting.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
I learned to knit and crochet more than 50 years ago and but most recently I have been tatting. I did learn to shuttle tat (rings only) more than 40 years ago, I only did one hanky edge and then never picked up another shuttle, Then in May of 2013 I taught myself to needle tat and picked up the shuttles again. Some people call me ambitatterous because I do both needle and shuttle. I am still learning to make rings and chains and tatting the patterns that inspire me.