Monday, January 30, 2012

Purple tatted set

Back of necklace
The earrings are my Carnival pattern found in Tatted Jewelry, and the necklace is a design that I made up as I went.

People often ask if I'm going to write it up, but first I think I need to experiment with it awhile. The large medallion wouldn't lay straight until after a lot of blocking with steam, so I'm going to see if there's any way that I could adjust the stitch counts.

The beads were added to the center of rings using a technique that I learned at Jane Eborall's site. I like this technique a lot, so I made a video too. One of the tricky things about adding beads in this way is figuring out how many double stitches will fit around a certain bead. A change in size of bead or thread will need a change in stitch count as well. It's fiddly to do but worth the results, I think.
Beaded ring in progress

The thread I used is Lizbeth size 20 in Country Grape. The round beads are Swarovski Crystal Pearls in Light Green, the seed beads size 11/0, just some that I had in my stash.

I kept the neck cord simple with a zigzag chain, as explained on Tatting Fool's blog.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Olde Rose and Peaches 'n Onions

 "Olde Rose" and "Peaches 'n Onions" hand dyed thread batches have been added to my Etsy shop. I dyed and listed them both at the same time, since they go so well together.

Examples of where I used these threads together include the tatted earrings and necklace shown here. Both designs are original; the earring pattern I still need to write up, but the necklace is my "Duchess" pattern which appears in "Boutique Tatting".

By the way, I just started microblogging on Tumblr. Not that I really needed yet another venue on the Internet, but with Tumblr I'll have short posts that link back to this blog or my Etsy shop. Other folks on Tumblr can re-blog my posts and they will still link to my site, so, it's a great way for artists to get their work seen by people who might not otherwise see it.
  February 24 edit: I have deleted my Tumblr account. Tumblr is not a family-friendly site and there is a lot of trash there.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

...and spears into pruning hooks...

A design to compliment the "Swords Into Plowshares" necklace.
Even though the imagery isn't obvious, I still think they're pretty. And, as a gift to my blog readers:

The earring pattern is available for free!
I've prepared it as a PDF file,
CLICK HERE to download.

Other exciting news: I've been informed that I will soon have a tatting article published in Bead & Button Magazine, in the April 2012 issue. Yippee!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Swords Into Plowshares" pattern finished

 The pattern for this tatted necklace is finished!
The design was inspired by the Biblical passage, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks...." Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4.

The file is 6 pages of written instruction, in-progress photos, and a diagram, and is now listed in my Etsy shop. It's quite a challenging project, using techniques that include floating ring, split chain, and bead in center of ring.

In the directions I put, "just a normal join" in several places for clarity - mostly for my own benefit! During the designing process I kept thinking I was going to have to use a Catherine Wheel join somewhere, but didn't need it after all.

As these photos show, I've been having fun trying different color combos while testing the pattern. Several colors that I wanted to use didn't exist in my stash, so of course that means I need to get my dye equipment out for more hand dyed thread batches!