Thursday, December 27, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Frog closures...I just got the notion to make some! I think these are cute and I put them into my shop to market to people who sew. These are my own simple designs, but there is a pattern for a really elaborate one in the "Priscilla 2" book reprint, otherwise known as "Tatting Patterns" by Julia Sanders.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here is a view of our snow outside!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Got these added to the shop today!
The "Tigereye" is slightly different from the batch I made a few months ago with the same name. Not quite as much distance between color changes, and the colors are slightly lighter, but still very similar.
The "Fern" thread has more variations of greens than did the "Leafy" batch of a while back. It seems different enough to deserve its own name.
Whenever the skeins appear "striped" like this, it means that there is longer distance between color changes than my more "solid looking" skeins.
Notice the real Tigereye gemstone in the top photo? No fern frond available for the "Fern" photo, though - I didn't feel like trudging out in the snow to get to the flower shop to buy one!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I thought they were sort of pretty! Then I thought that some other tatters might think this would be a fun thing to do, so I added a few of the polyclay shapes to my Etsy shop.
The green ones were done with a chain on top. However, I prefer not to have to hide the ends in chains. So I modified the pattern to end with a ring.
Hope this half-baked idea leads to other ones!
Friday, November 23, 2007
In this case, I did not think it was necessary to tie any sort of knot to connect the new thread to the old. I simply started a new ring, and put the old end through in the same direction as the core of the new ring. The photo above shows the first half of the first double stitch.
In the photo above, you can see the old end sticking out of the ring. It's best to just leave it while you tat some more past that area, before trimming the end.
The new end that was left by adding the new shuttle thread, is now being worked under the chain.
Here you can see both of the thread ends sticking out of the new ring and chain. When more tatting has been done past that area, give the old ends a firm tug before trimming them off, to make sure the all the tatting is firmly in place.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This photo is a close-up view of my latest working of my "Vision" pattern. I used size 20 instead of the size 10 called for in the pattern. It works, but using a different size causes some minor adjustments to be made.
Nothing ever is perfect, but hey, if I waited till I got it perfect - it would never get done at all!
With total disregard for hiding ends, I just let them stick out at the end of the neckcord, added beads, and frayed out the ends. Shabby chic, funky, or whatever the fashion people call it - I'd wear it! But I decided to put it up for sale instead.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The row of split rings with beads between is simple IF you have mastered the split ring! Definitely a technique worth learning, since it opens many possibilities.
Sharon has a couple of great videos on her website demonstrating it.
There are also some good photos showing how it is done on Jen's Tat-ra Sutra.
More good photos and description at Tattered.
Many other places as well - these are just a few I know about.
The snowflake earrings are from my own pattern available here. I did these in quilting thread. They seem stiff enough without adding any kind of extra coating.
One of these days I should figure out a snowflake for earrings that holds up well on its own without needing a special thread or coating to help it hold its shape! I don't use any type of stiffening on my other earring designs, and they seem firm enough.
Sometime I will need to do more of the "Weathered Stone" colorway, the one that is in the top photo. I made 2 sets of earrings in that last week, and each of them sold in just one day!
Apparently dull greens are a popular color! Well, this week, however, I am going to be shooting for dark greens! We will see how it turns out!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
...I like it! I decided to name it "Pizzazz"!
Actually, according to my schedule in a previous post, I was supposed to be coming up with dark reds. Er, um, well... I didn't get there --
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Coming this weekend - "Deep Ocean" blues, black, gray, white.
Next week - "Deep Reds"
Following week - "Deep Greens"
Week after - "Golden Glow" Golds, ochers, yellows. If possible I will try to do a repeat of "Tigereye" (with the browns added) at this time, or maybe the following week.
Hope this helps. I am so grateful to have found a "niche market" that enables me to make some money to help pay bills, while using a God-given talent. Tatters are wonderful patrons!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
7 facts about myself:
1. I grew up on a dairy farm.
2. I like chocolate chip cookies! Homemade are best.
3. I learned to play the cello as an adult.
4. I enjoy going to the zoo.
5. One of my favorite flowers is the Morning Glory.
6. I like pretty tissue boxes. I pick the prettiest ones they have at the store.
7. I don't eat red beets. Yuk!
I'm going to tag: Sharon , Elizabeth , and Celtic Dream Weaver
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I like ending earrings with a tatted ring joined to the finding -- it gives me somewhere to hide the ends!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The earring I am working on here is another new design I thought of this past weekend. It was inspired by some large square earrings I saw a friend wearing.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
These are just some photos of things I have made in past years that I am submitting to a lace exhibit. As you can see, I did tat a lot of white! That would help explain my madness for color...been there, done that, you know.
The heart with the calligraphy (yes, I did the calligraphy!) is from one of Elgiva Nicholls' books.
The collars are from patterns appearing in the Priscilla Tatting Book No. 2 or books of similar vintage.
This teal and white is another example of tatting appliqued onto net. My own design. Not quite a collar, not quite a necklace, so I call it a "neckpiece". This was the forerunner to my necklace designing.
This doily is from the pattern "Noel" in the book "Floriade" by Ben Fikkert. It is only the center part of the pattern, and I added the beads.
I'll be taking these to the Lighthouse Lacers meeting on Saturday, Oct. 14 where examples of all sorts of lace will be brought to prepare a presentation for the exhibit committee. It'll be a while before I find out if any of my pieces are accepted for the exhibit, but I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
"Briar fragment" from "Tatting with Visual Patterns" by Mary Konior.
Actually, my attempt has more picots in some of the petals. I inadvertently added an extra picot in the first of the larger petals, so I just decided to be consistent!
This motif is something I'm going to use on a note card.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Then for the earring, I tried a pink quilting thread used together with a fine sparkly metallic blending filament. I like the stiffness of the quilting thread, and I like the sparkle of the metallic filament used with it. I found the rings a bit difficult to close, however, and of course working with 2 threads used as one is tricky!
I started with a mock ring, leaving a big loop at the start. Then halfway around, I slipped a glass pearl over the loop, put the shuttle through, and tightened around the bead.
The other beads were added over picots, with the exception of the drop bead -- that one was