Monday, May 21, 2018

Simple Filigree Heart pendant in tatting

Free pattern, folks! 

Tatting techniques used are ring, chain, join, and bead picots, with one shuttle and ball thread. Click HERE to download the pattern.

The story behind this pattern: 

I designed it in 2016 to teach at the Bead&Button Show. I intended to make it public after that, then "put it away" and forgot it.

I had finished a pink heart from this same pattern, but apparently never photographed it and I couldn't find the tatted necklace today. But obviously this little heart can be made in any color. The sample shown is in hand dyed "Stardate". The center is a metal filigree, and a link to where to buy that item is included on the pattern. If you don't want to add the metal piece, you could probably just tat a ring with 6 picots to use instead.

The story behind these colors:

I had used the same seed beads on another item and someone asked me this morning what brand and color they were. It took me most of the morning hunting through my "studio" to find that tube of beads, because, naturally, I had "put them away". You know how it is. I made it my goal of the day to find those beads :)

A lengthy search of the Internet showed that I indeed had a "rare" color of seed beads! I'm not sure but they are possibly Miyuki PF484 Winter Green Matte Galvanized. Apparently discontinued, it seems. I bought them at a local bead shop, and planning tomorrow to visit same bead shop to buy out the rest of their stock if they have any left :) Love that color!

I hope you have fun with the pattern in your favorite colors!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Pattern diagramming is in progress

You probably remember this milkweed pod from last year. I've been working on writing up the pattern for a while now, and although it still isn't even far enough along for me to be able to tat more pods to show, I am making progress.

One of the challenges I have is presenting a 3 dimensional object as a flat diagram that people will be able to follow. What I have so far (which, naturally, I can't show yet!) will work well, I think.

I have accepted the fact that I must write it up for without beads, and with beads. If I left either version out, there'd undoubtedly be some disappointment.

Just so you know, there are a LOT of split rings. Be careful what you wish for!

This'll take a while.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Painted Parrot

Hand dyed thread "Painted Parrot"

The snowfall here last week really got to me. I'm sick of winter...literally, I got sick. It was only a cold, so I'm okay and feeling much better now.

I turned up the heat to tropical, and I'm calling this new colorway "Painted Parrot". Looking at it makes me happy!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pictures from Finger Lakes

Here I'm teaching my "Atom" class!
Balls of yarn at Karey's shop, Graceful Arts Fiber Studio

Hand dyed yarns by Karey Solomon

Quilts and yarn in Karey's shop

Karey also has roving for handspinning and knitting tools in her shop

The food at the conference was delicious!

We were all well fed indeed!

The auction had many fantastic items, one of which was this treasure box brimming with booty! Many tatting people contributed to the contents. My offering was the blue tatted jewelry set ("Cool Circles").

The view from my vendor's table, where I sold hand dyed thread and books.

Sharon's thread winding service came in handy!

Tatting classes in progress

Pretty shuttles that I purchased from Rita Richmond. Check out her website: Shuttle By Design

While in the Finger Lakes area, I took time to enjoy the natural beauty! Here I'm standing by Rainbow Falls in Watkins Glen State Park.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, in spite of the April snowfall!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tatting a chain and joining a ring with one hand

Inspired by the book “Tatting With One Hand” by Helen A. Chesno, in this video I'm tatting a chain, and then another ring joined to the 1st ring. This is a method of tatting for people who have the use of only one hand. It may also help anyone to understand the “flip” of shuttle tatting.

To see as left hand, watch the video in a mirror.

Basically, the pillow and pins are doing the job of holding the thread and tatting in place of what the other hand would be doing. Other than that, it's the same as regular shuttle tatting.

The pillow I used for the demonstration is just an ordinary decorative "throw" pillow, with a synthetic pillow form insert. A small round "cookie" pillow designed for bobbin lacemaking would work well.

Blog post with still photos:
I used a different method of tatting the first half in those photos, with the same results.

Video of tatting a ring with one hand:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Tatting a ring with one hand

Inspired by the book “Tatting With One Hand” by Helen A. Chesno, this is my attempt to show the technique. A method of tatting for people who have the use of only one hand. It may also help others to understand the “flip” of shuttle tatting.

To see as left hand, watch the video in a mirror.

Blog post with still photos:
I used a different method of tatting the first half in those photos, with the same results.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hand dyed thread "Peace" and travel plans

Named for the Peace rose, this new batch turned out with a brighter yellow than some of my previous ones. Just like the roses, each one is slightly different!

By the way, I'm busily making travel plans and preparing to teach my "Atom" pattern at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference. 
Don't forget to register for your classes and choose your food preferences. It's coming up fast: April 6 - 8, 2018. 
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The "Adelia" pattern

  Another pattern written up! I like this one because it can look so different just by changing the colors of the thread and beads.

Techniques used include ring, picot, chain, join, lock join, bead picot, folded join, bead on core thread, bead placed over a picot. 

The pattern gives instructions for finishing with a simple necklace chain. But, I'm sure you'll come up with many creative finishing ideas! A few examples shown below.

The pattern is listed for sale in my Etsy shop and also in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mardi Gras, tatted hearts, squares, loops, and atoms

A new batch of hand dyed thread "Mardi Gras" has just been added to my Etsy shop.

Last week I finished a heart necklace and matching earrings, both in my hand dyed "Raspberry Sorbet". The pattern is my own "Devotion" but I did a little experimenting:

The pattern calls for size 10, which I used for the heart but  -
I changed the earrings to size 20 and substituted a size 4mm bead instead of 6mm. Also, I changed the seed beads to size 11/0. As you can see, the changes worked just fine!

 I also mailed in my finished pink squares to the Tat A Monument In Pink Project. If you haven't participated yet, do it quickly, since the deadline is March 1st and the mail can be slow.

I've started to tat some "Loopy" earrings, which have for their base the "Beaded Path" pattern from "Tatting With Beads Jewelry", but I add an extra layer using a Celtic shuttle. Hard to explain what I'm doing, but maybe someday I'll figure out how to teach it!

 Speaking of teaching, yes, I will be teaching my tatted "Atom" design at Finger Lakes this year!

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Clover Bobbin Shuttles and Cases Review

So, want to hear what this die-hard post shuttle fan thinks of the new Clover bobbin shuttles?

They're fantastic!

I'm normally a bobbin shuttle's worst nightmare, since I tat with a very tight tension, and tend to give the shuttle thread a good jerk with each stitch. Many other brands of bobbin shuttles can't take the exertion and the bobbin slips. But, the bobbin in the new Clover shuttle stays put!

UPDATE February 5th, 2018: I've tatted with these shuttles for a few weeks now, and the bobbin is starting to slip. I really am a bobbin shuttle's worst nightmare! If you’re a very tight tatter, you may prefer Clover's post shuttles :)

Here's how it comes packaged:
So far, the color choices are white or brown. The shuttle comes with 2 bobbins and a stopper.

Here's a close-up look at the bobbin, which fits onto the end of the stopper for winding:
The bobbin has a hole to attach the end of your thread to.

The bobbin can hold up to 6 yards of size 20 thread (I measured). There's another handy use for the stopper:
While winding, thread can become all twisted and tangled. By putting the bobbin into the stopper, you can let the bobbin dangle to spin out the excess twist. Then, remove the bobbin to continue winding.

If you prefer to wind your bobbin on a sewing machine, there are washers included in the package to facilitate that, also.

Packages of spare bobbins are also available:
Just like their post shuttle counterparts, the Clover bobbin shuttles have a very nice point for doing joins (also useful for picking out mistakes).
The bobbin stays in place while tatting, yet turns easily with a push of the thumb to advance or retract thread.

More new products - storage cases! 

First, here's the Clover storage case for tatting shuttles:
It holds both small and large sizes of Clover post shuttles.

Next, here's the case for bobbin shuttles. It holds a lot of bobbins, with spaces for a few shuttles and stoppers. The tiny slots are a good place to store the washers.

These products are new to me, so I've only tried them out for a short time, but my impression so far is that they've got the high quality I've come to expect from Clover Needlecraft. I'll keep on playing!