Thursday 23 December 2021

Threes Snowfake

I have been supporting a family member who has been in hospital and we put these little ornaments on the tree at the nursing unit for all to enjoy. I also added tatted Angels and Stars.

A few beads and some Sanbest metallic thread and these beauties were created. Based on Jeanne Lugert design of "Threes Snowflake".  The pattern can be found here. It is easy because you only need to count to three.

 I was also inspired to incorporate some ice drops, but soon realized that I need some practice on the  patterns.  Even so they look great on a tree.  

Monday 20 December 2021

Silver Bells

Sorry, no Christmas tunes here, just tatting.  These are two bells I have tatted before but with a Sanbest thread to make them sparkly and using up my chandelier crystals.  

The first bell is a pattern by Ewa, she shares the pattern on her blog.

The second bell is by  Renulek and the pattern was available on her Etsy site. I left off the last row. 


Wednesday 15 December 2021

Needle Minder

Made some needle minders. used a craft bottlecap. some E6000 glue and magnets.   Yes, they work. 

Monday 13 December 2021

Gold and Silver Flakes

Just a few gold and silver stars as ornaments.  This was a pattern I test tatted a few years ago. The original pattern is by Joelle Paulson and she called it Crystal Star. It remains one of my favorite patterns.

I used a Sanbest 6 strand thread, 4mm bicone beads,  each star measures 4 inches or 10 cm across.

Thursday 9 December 2021

First Snow

We had our first snowfall a few days ago.  I tossed this ornament in the snow and took a picture.  I have placed a clear chanedelier crystal in the center.  Below is another ornament with red chandelier crystals added.  

This pattern is by Marie McCurry, Icy Blue Snowflake. 12 rings and chains with 4 beads on picots and bead/chain intersection.



Wednesday 8 December 2021

Inspiration Angel

She is called "Inspiration Angel" and the design is by Elaine Gan, who sells it on Etsy here.  I tatted in in a Sanbest thread and made a gold seed bead halo. 

The angel is very lightweight and measures 3 by 3 inches or  8 x 8 cm.  There is a red bead used for the head and a red drop bead inside the body. I used a bit of fishing line (8lb) to tie the beads and the hanger as one. 

Monday 6 December 2021

String Art

Ever have a thread that you just can't tat with? This Altin Basak size 50 was gifted to me but because of the silver metallic thread wrapped around the cotton core it was impossible to shuttle tat with,  the metallic thread kept stretching or breaking. I have not tried it with a needle. I have been trying to create gifts from my stash so this bit of string art was created.  

This pattern is for nails in a board but I stitched it instead and I think it turned out ok.  The card is from  a create your own wedding invitations package.  Yes it was my wedding and a long time ago.  That metallic thread did not make it any easier to stitch on the card either.  

To cover the back of the stitching I used some pink cardstock, now the inside right of the card has room for a personalized note. 

The pattern was purchased from Etsy StringingAlongWithMe.  She also uses Facebook and Instagram.  

Friday 3 December 2021

Little Bowl

This bowl is a design by Ineke Kuiperij.  Made in size 80 thread it measures about one inch high (22mm) and two inches (50mm) across. 

The pattern instructions were to tie and cut (T & C) between a few rounds but I was able to use split rings and chains to do in one pass.  As suggested I used a small condiment bowl from IKEA as my mold.  Diluted school glue was used to stiffen.  You need to dap off any excess between coats so there is no obvious residue on the tatting. I like the idea of having a small bowl by the sink for your rings when you give your hands a good scrub.


Thursday 2 December 2021

Icy Blue

Just me using up more chandelier crystals.  The designer is  Marie McCurry, Icy Blue Snowflake.  I used a Sanbest silver thread with blue seed beads and added a simple chandelier crystal to the center.