Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Etsy shop as PDF eBooks.
It took me a while to figure out how to get an entire book into one file.
July 5 edit: With Kersti's help, the files have been reduced to a much smaller size, which is easier to download. Yay!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Inspired by the bright pink to dark violet colors of a purple variety of Morning Glory flowers (Grandpa Ott). I had the flowers growing in my back yard last year. They re-seeded themselves, and are now growing again. But, this year I have a plan for when they get too high, because last year they were climbing their way up to the roof! Gorgeous when blooming, but when winter comes what is left is dried mess where it can't be reached. So, this year I will be smart and prune them!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
In the meanwhile I'll get back to hand dyeing thread - Purple Glory coming up next. My Etsy business has suffered just a bit while I devoted a great deal of time to the big "secret project", but it should all be well worth it - I hope!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|1st side with Alligator Join|
|1st side with modified Alligator Join|
But, then I ran into issues with the joins. On one side, considering the direction the threads were going, it seemed logical to do an "Alligator Join", which resulted in a smooth curve around the central beaded ring. But, when I reached the other side, my only option there was a Lock Join, which breaks the curve. The 2 sides don't match - that's unacceptable!
I experimented some more, and discovered that a regular Lock Join at the 1st side just looks messy. So then I tried doing the 1st half of an Alligator Join, followed by the 2nd half of a double stitch unflipped, to lock the curve. The 2nd photo shows how this makes the 1st join look more like a regular Lock Join, while keeping the tatting going in the direction that I want for the design.
Well, I've now re-read this post and it all sounds very tedious! Maybe I'll go back to tatting it in 2 halves, after all.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It took me quite some time to work out this design, and now I'm working on writing it out, along with some of my other designs which I never did get around to writing down. Writing out patterns is work!
Other things I'm doing include preparing for teaching my tatting class which will be June 13, and I plan on attending the L.A.C.E. day at Downer's Grove, Illinois on June 18 along with some tatting friends.