Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 8

 My head still hurts, using vintage thread is trial and error. After thread breakage four times at the start of this round I unwound the shuttle and tried with another ball.  Sometimes the thread is dirty on the outside and sometime rotten on the inside of the ball. The second ball was not any better but I managed to get to the end of round 8.

I did climb out of this round but it is time for a color change so I'll be cutting thread this time.  

This is the third Renulek Doily I have tried and it always amazes me how they seamlessly come together.  So far this one is laying nicely without blocking.  If you need the link to Renulek's blog it is here.

So what did this round teach me?  How to add thread ....

Monday, 17 April 2017

The Day After Easter

I forgot to post these tatted eggs for Easter so I offer them up to you today.  The tatted bits are a design by Sally Kerson, Button Egg Pattern and can be found here.

We dyed some hard boiled eggs over the weekend and the last of the dyed eggs were eaten for lunch.  In some of these I used a small Chinese coin instead of a button but beware the right size button must be used.  Hope you all had a great day and Happy Tatting. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 6

I have completed Round 6 of the Wiosna 2017. Row 5 seemed too tight but this last row settled the cupping even though this ball of  vintage thread broke at least three times.  

Warning, do not tat with moist hands. These old threads are very dry and just a tiny bit of moislure will cause them to swell. Just wait for the thread to dry and then close the ring. 

I climbed on to round 7 using a split chain and split ring, very useful techniques since I am not changing color yet.  I have a plain green on the core thread S1 and a  variegated green thread on shuttle 2. Currently just over 5 inches in diameter.

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.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

For his Guild

I had a request in mid March for some "tattings of jewelry nature" that would be for sale. The request was for a door prize at a "Twisted Sisters Craft Guild".  I offered all I had and two earrings were chosen.

The top earrings are Sweetheart by Marilee Rockley, they are actually navy blue, size 20 Hakelgarn.  The pattern is in her Boutique tatting book. Available from Yarnplayer or her Etsy page.

The lower pair in black is by Corina Mayfeldt  Waves done with silver beads and size 50 Altin Basak.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Around the world in 8 days

I ordered some Clover bobbin shuttles and am taking them for a spin tonight.  They arrived from Japan in 8 days. The shuttle length is the same length as the post shuttles with the pick having the exact curve. Once a full bobbin is inserted the width does increase slightly.

Each shuttle comes with two bobbins and a bobbin winder. The winder holds a bobbin either in the cradle part or the winding end.  In the cradle it doubles as the ball thread and does not spin. To change shuttles, just exchange the bobbin in the shuttle.  

I have never been in the habit of pulling on a shuttle for more thread, rather I use my thumb to turn the bobbin and this is how you must use these shuttles.

 When I bought these, the website said that the bobbins do NOT fit other shuttles and they are a bit taller than Aero or Aerlit bobbins. I did squeeze one into a pop-a-bobbin but I am not short of bobbins. I have some cheap shuttles that have hooks that the clover bobbins fit into.  Extra bobbins can be purchased and they come with a bobbin winder. Lucky me the bobbins do fit my bobbin winder.

Each bobbin has a little corner loop on the post which you are instructed to tie the thread through. The instructions I received were in Japanese they have one page with shuttle and bobbin instructions and the other side with tatting instructions and diagrams.

I also  bought the shuttle and bobbin case shown below. So far I am quite impressed with these clover bobbin shuttles.  

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Happy ITD

April 1 marks International Tatting Day and tatters around the world are encouraged to celebrate and participate by tatting in public.  For some reason unbeknownst to me eating chocolate is also involved. I celebrated with tatting at home and chocolate was involved. I also attended the online tatting class which is always a pleasure to reconnect with other tatters.

Speaking of other tatters this lovely maple leaf arrived yesterday as part of an exchange from another tatter in Canada.  She is reminded of maple syrup time which means that Spring has arrived.  If you have ever spent a winter in Canada you will know how wonderful the first signs of Spring feel.

I have heard that my exchange has also arrived to the home of a tatter in the UK.

What did you do for ITD?

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.

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.  

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tat It And See 2017 Links

Get Ready for 2017 Tat It And See (TIAS).  The fun begins on Wednesday January 11, 2017 and what you need for this year can be found here.    The TIAS is a pattern that is given out in bits (every few days)  and your progress and your guess is collected and posted by Jane Eborall. Tatters participate from around the world. Jane  provides instructions in English, French and Dutch.

Last year we created this bunny complete with carrot and teeth.  To see others from 2016  and visit the Tat it and See page go here.  I have my shuttles, thread and bead ready.

Sunday, 1 January 2017


I have been working on my monster doily over the holidays and should be starting row 14 any day now. Today I wanted to share some angel creations from my holiday tree before all is put away for another year.

This tree topper angel has some added tatted lace to her skirt.  She is 30 cm or 11.5 inches tall and as wide as she is tall.  I made her in size 10 white cotton. The halo is a covered plastic ring.  A few years ago she needed to be re-stiffened and now is stowed in her own box so she does not get crushed year to year. 

Some of the sequins and beads are extras from my wedding dress.  I have used her as a topper for my tree for more than twenty years.  

The pattern is from a the pamphlet Crochet Angels 7 Exquisite Creations by Wilma Bonner.   The pattern called for some very thin arms and braided cotton hair on the head which I had omitted.  I did stuff the head with cotton balls.

This smaller gal is crochet and is made from an angel I saw once at a craft sale.  I used a gold pipe cleaner for the halo. I have made hundreds of these over the years.

Made with size 10 crochet cotton she stands 11 cm or 4.5 inches. The pattern is a basic shell stitch skirt, overskirt and wings. Single crochet for the head and neck.

Years ago from the back of a craft magazine you could order stitched cloth labels with your name on them. I sewed a custom label into the skirt of each angel before giving as a gift.  I still have many labels left.

Wishing all my readers and especially those who comment all the best of the season and a most blessed new year.