Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The new tatted collar


For several weeks I've been obsessed with designing a new collar, and here are pictures of the result. I'm mostly happy with it. The one thing I want to change is how it lays around the neck, to be a bit looser fitting without causing the 2 front points to overlap. But, that should be do-able, now that there's physical piece of work as a starting point.

I made a 1 minute video for TikTok and Instagram showing some of the process (very edited for fast speed), with music added from Wednesday plays cello "Paint It Black". 

Well, now that's out of my system, time to get back to hand dyeing thread! Next batch coming is expected to be "Mardi Gras".

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Collar designing in progress

 Still in the rough draft stage, I'm finding some elements for my new pointed collar that I really like but putting all together is a challenge. I'll keep going! 

Sneak peek at my design work in progress

The cello solo "Paint It Black" is the inspiration for this project. The first set of sheet music that I tried for it made it clear that it's way, WAY beyond my playing level. But fortunately an easier arrangement was prepared by cellist Wendy Law. I purchased it and wow! I can actually play it and it still gives the effect of awesome cello playing... at least I can pretend!

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Celtic Mardi Gras and Working on a Collar

The "Loopy" Mardi Gras items sold out immediately, but of course the pattern is still available at my Etsy shop. In the necklace shown above, I added 3 small charms using jump rings around 3 of the center front tatted chains. Seed beads on the Celtic chains weaving through the purple were strung onto the thread before tatting. These extra embellishments are not shown on the pattern, but are easy to add.

In life outside of tatting, I play the cello a bit. Well, I recently became aware of the social media buzz about "impossible arpeggios" in an amazing cello solo played by the TV character Wednesday Addams. Naturally, I searched online for the sheet music to "Paint It Black" and purchased it! 

More to the point, since this is a tatting blog, I noticed her white pointed collar and at times it's a lace collar. That excited me, so I'm in the process of designing a tatted pointed collar but with the front part mostly, finishing with necklace chain. Less work than tatting a full collar. Nothing to show yet, but will post photos when I have made progress!

Monday, January 2, 2023

New tatting pattern "High Gear"

New pattern! High Gear

Both the "with gear" and "gearless" instructions are included in the same pattern, now listed in my Etsy shop.

The brass gear of 15.5 mm diameter used in the pattern is available from Fire Mountain Gems, part number H20-B2153FN. (It may be available from other vendors, but that's where I found it.) With the gear, size 20 thread, size 11/0 seed beads and 6mm round beads are needed. The pattern is written from the shuttle tatting perspective. 

The "gearless" version of the pattern uses a tatted center in place of a gear. This enables different sizes of thread and beads to be used, making a larger or smaller motif. It also ensures that this pattern will not become "obsolete" should the gear component ever stops being manufactured! ☺

Thursday, December 8, 2022

More Poinsettia, Jane's Peace Dove


New batch of hand dyed "Poinsettia" thread has been added to my Etsy shop. I found a photograph of a grouping of poinsettia flowers that comes close to the impression that I was trying for in the coloring of the thread.

There's been some progress on the "Gear" earrings pattern. After much experimentation, I finally succeeded in designing a gearless version! No picture yet (I'm keeping it a surprise). The pattern will probably be ready in a few weeks - January, or next year, however you look at it. 

The picture below shows the ornament I tatted from the dove pattern designed by Jane Eborall. Old picture, since I haven't decorated anything yet, but leaving it here in case I don't have anything to blog about until after the holiday season. Wishing you peace and joy!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Hand dyed "Snowflake" is back

Hand dyed thread "Snowflake"

Just a coincidence that the weather around here brought the first snowfall the same week that I listed a batch of hand dyed thread "Snowflake" in my Etsy shop. (By the way, more "Poinsettia" will be the next batch.)

The snow covered the last of my late autumn flowers. This picture of purple "Sweet Alyssum" reminds me of the colors of spring crocus in the snow, so I will look forward to spring! (No worries in Wisconsin climate about Alyssum becoming invasive, as our cold winter freezes it out.)

I ran across this photo of my pattern of "Gear Earrings" and I decided to continue work on the pattern. I'm in the process of designing a variation with a tatted "gear" center in place of the metal one. This will make the pattern do-able for tatters who don't have access to, or don't want to use the metal gear finding. Hoping to finish this pattern before the end of 2022, otherwise it will be ready to list on Etsy in early 2023!