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.