Monday, November 23, 2009

"Remembrance" tatted ring

A tatted ring - actually!
Okay, I know it's not much of a pun, LOL.

In a way, these are almost easy enough to be a "no-brainer" pattern. But wait - there are ends to hide! 4 ends for one color, or a whopping 8 ends for two colors.

I've been using Lily's Way to sew in the ends. Of course, with two colors the first ends can be tatted over, so that helps a bit.

If you would like a free pdf of my "Remembrance" ring pattern,
Click here.

Video added June 28, 2015.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Original bracelets in the "stained glass" effect

The large bracelet is tatted in size 10, the small in size 20.

I had several unsuccessful starts trying to come up with a bracelet design that would coordinate with the "Wondrous Window" pendants, but I like these. The large measures about 7.5 inches, the small about 6.5 inches.

I decided on using a toggle closure since that seemed easiest to close.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

From messy to beautiful

Hand dyed thread, so special for tatting and other lace work, begins as plain white thread (of high quality) and messy dye (I use Fiber-Reactive dye).

I wear a protective face mask to avoid breathing in the dry dye powder until it has been mixed into liquid form.

The wet dye color looks much darker than the finished color will look on the thread.

The way I make hand dyed thread (HDT) is to lay out the skeins onto plastic wrap and paint the dye on with a brush. There are other methods too, but this is how I do it. For cotton thread, I just roll up the skeins into the plastic and let them "cure".

If I'm dyeing a yarn with a wool content, I add some vinegar to the dye, since wool fiber needs an low pH, as opposed to the high pH required by cotton. Then I give the plastic-wrapped wool a "steambath" for 45 minutes.

(I use a pot dedicated to dyeing purposes).

Then, the skeins are rinsed, rinsed, rinsed! Washed and rinsed some more, to make sure that the finished HDT is clean and will not "bleed" color when it is in use.

The straightened skeins are left to air dry, then twisted into attractive skeins to show.


Beautiful HDT!

Friday, November 6, 2009