Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Nouveau Tatted Jewelry Set pattern is finished

Nouveau Set original tatting pattern is all done! It's for sale at my Etsy Shop and also in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

The curving, natural forms of the Art Nouveau style was my influence in designing this jewelry set of necklace with matching bracelet and earrings. To create these undulating curves in tatting, I used 2 shuttles and reversed direction of the chains frequently.

The level of pattern difficulty has been set to "advanced" and although this is definitely not a beginner's pattern, it would be an enjoyable challenge for someone already comfortable with basic tatting skills and working with 2 shuttles. There are many in-progress photos to help with unusual techniques. The pattern includes written instruction in English and diagrams.

There's a lot of possibility for thread and bead color combinations. Since the necklace structure has small motifs surrounded by a tatted framework, the small motifs can be a different color than the rest of the tatting.  In the green necklace in the picture below, I choose a bright lime green for the small motifs and a darker green for the rest of the necklace, for a shaded effect.

The pattern came out to be 11 pages, and I estimate that I put in at least 400 hours of work into the whole project of designing, tatting, photographing, diagramming, and writing.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Greater Milwaukee Tatting Guild, June meeting highlights

 Good times! Sue Anna and Barbara G. were able to join us this time, too. We heard about their experiences at the Lafayette Lacemakers "Lace Day" on Saturday, and got to see some pattern books and other goodies they had bought while there.

We tatted, chatted, and admired new patterns and latest creations.The beginners worked on mastering the "flip" of the double stitch with help and encouragement from the rest of us.

Sue Anna brought tatting in size 3 and size 20. The size of the thread sure makes a difference!

A fun, relaxing time, tatting and visiting with friends, and making new friends!
Sure is convenient having the meeting in the Mayfair Mall food court, where there's plenty of food available.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Still working on the "Nouveau" tatted jewelry set pattern

It's much more work writing up a pattern that will make sense for others to follow, than to just tat it :) I am making some progress, though. Showing the bracelet in process. The pattern when finished, will have the necklace, bracelet, and earrings, all in the same style. Using a lot of "switching shuttles" to change direction of the chains in order to give a natural, wondering vine sort of floral effect.