Monday, July 25, 2011

Purple and silver

Current tatting project in progress is a necklace to go with a purple blouse that my DH bought for me. (Isn't he sweet!) I'm trying to design a long-ish sort of jumbled collection of do-dads on chains, sort of like the necklaces that had been displayed with the blouse at the store, but I want to include tatting in mine. As usual, I'm just making it up as I go, and don't really have a clue to how it will actually turn out.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Winner! And 2 more winners!

The lucky winner of the Garden Afternoon Giveaway is Donna!

And, there are 2 consolation prize winners (they'll receive hand dyed thread samples).  They are Gemini and Kathy Niklewicz.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Garden Afternoon GIVEAWAY

Hey there, leave a comment on this post if you want a chance to win a mini set of 5 colors from the Garden Afternoon batch plus a skein of the multicolored thread - all size 20. The mini skeins are 20 yards each, and the multi is 50 yards, so the prize total is 150 yards of brilliantly colored hand dyed thread, done by me. I'll announce the lucky winner on Saturday, July 24.

Oh, and there is more in my Etsy shop, but it's going fast! When it's gone, it's gone...I dye all these myself, so naturally the supply is small, limited to how much energy and time is available.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Psychedelic Soft Boomerang tatted earrings

Usually I shy away from multicolored threads when I want the unusual shape of the item to be the main focus, but I'm pleased with how these turned out. I used my hand dyed "Summer Trail" to make them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The "secret" revealed 11-18-11

I can tell you now! I'm getting a book published!

NOT self-published, like my previous books, but by a REAL publisher!!! You've heard of Annie's Attic from DRGnetwork? They've informed me that my book, Tatted Jewelry, will go on sale 11-18-11, just in time for Christmas gifts. That's the "secret" I was working on April through June.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hot summer treats!

Mini sets in hot brights!
Plus, blue and orange together - what was I thinking?
When they're gone, they're gone - that's all, folks.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One handed tatting a ring

Shuttle thread arranged into a circle, and 1st half of double stitch

1st half of double stitch continued

Letting the knot "flip"

Flipped 1st half

Sliding into place

2nd half of double stitch

2nd half flipped

Sliding into place

Forming a picot

Enlarging the circle by pulling the thread below the ring

Closing the ring

Closing the ring - nearly done

A finished ring

My one handed tatting student is a beautiful teenaged girl who was born without a left hand. She is a very determined and talented girl! She was very attentive at her first tatting lesson, and did really well! Here is a photo of her very first one ring butterflies!

I really appreciated the expert assistance offered by Sue Anna who came (quite a distance!) to help. She taught the mother regular shuttle tatting while I taught the daughter the pillow method (learned from the book, Tatting with One Hand by Helen A. Chesno). Sue Anna devised some really cute little rhymes and songs to accompany tatting and kept us all "in stitches".

The one handed method of tatting a chain is shown on another post:

Monday, July 11, 2011

One handed tatting

The reason why I am learning this technique is that one of the students coming to tatting class was born with only one hand. The method of pinning the tatting to a pillow as a substitute for a left hand was invented by Helen A. Chesno and Gladys Flynn. The how-to is described in detail in the book, Tatting With One Hand (Tatting For the Physically Handicapped) by Helen A. Chesno, published in 1984. I purchased the book from Lacis. 
The photos below show my attempt at tatting a chain in the one handed method. The one handed tatted ring tutorial is on another post:
Working a chain - 1st half of double stitch

1st half of double stitch continued

Letting the knot "flip"

Flipped 1st half

Sliding into place

Tatting in progress

2nd half of double stitch

2nd half flipped and sliding into place

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bead on 2nd half split ring and other beady things

The 1st half of the Split Ring is worked like a normal ring. So, a bead on the 1st half needs to be slid into the working circle of thread before beginning the ring. But, the bead on the 2nd half (from shuttle 2) is slid up only when ready to make the bead picot. (Also seen are beads over picots, held temporarily with paper clips.)

The finished bead picot.

The finished Split Ring.
The photos above show a remake (in progress) of a pendant design that I never got around to writing up. I've called it "Lacy Lantern" recently, but in the past I called it "Swallowtail". If you have an idea for a name for the pendant, feel free to state it in a comment!

By the way, the blinged shuttle was a gift from Lace-lovin' Librarian - thank you, Diane!

The thread I'm currently working with is from my latest hand dyed thread batch, called "Summer Trail", currently listed in my Etsy shop.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Improvised necklace in iris colors

This purple, blue, and yellow necklace sort of just "happened", while I was trying to work out a different design. The first design didn't work (yet!), so I threw the samples into my "ideas bag". Then I got out some hand dyed thread and seed beads, and after a bit came up with an oblique shape that I thought looked pretty good. I then decided to try for a necklace, repeating the shape so there's one for each side and tatting a flower-like design for the center. I chose a solid color for the center for more contrast. I then had 3 separate motifs.

The pieces were put together by tatting around them, mostly chains. It seemed to me that a dark ecru would set off the hand dyed colors, then I outlined the whole thing with dark hydrangea color. I experimented as I went, putting in some "squiggly" chains (not sure about the proper tatting term for those!) and wrapping some chains in a vine-like effect. It was fun to do! Helped keep my mind occupied away from worries.