Tuesday, September 1, 2020

More Tatting Added to the Jacket

 Using the medium shade of green thread left over from the center leaves (plus yellow and orange), I made up the 1st long floral side motif as I went along. Then, I used the finished piece as a guide for tatting the 2nd motif to match. The techniques included are encapsulation, daisy picot, Josephine rings, and a little bit of spiral chain near the bottom.

After pinning the tatting in place I sewed it on using white thread to match the jacket. 

For the jacket lapel, I wanted a 3 dimensional button look, so I sewed around the center of the flowers only, leaving the petals free. Pattern is Double Flower Celtic.

Butterflies on the shoulder. Pattern is Flutterby Heart.

I'm already happy to wear the jacket as it is. But it will continue to be a work in progress.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Jacket Project and Easy Weaver's Knot


With the doily finished (knot stitch pattern from Priscilla Tatting Book No. 3), I've decided to sew it onto a white jeans jacket. I'm planning to continue adding more and more colorful tatting onto the jacket until it's a totally fabulous art-to-wear garment. ☺

I pinned the tatting in place, and am in the process of sewing it on with white thread, catching the outer picots of the round motif, then the outer picots of the leaves. I decided to not use any adhesive because I want the tatting to be safely removable in the future, when the jacket eventually wears out.

Since I used a dark green as the ball thread for tatting the chains (the edges of all the leaves), and sometimes a different color thread for the rings (the centers of the leaves), I'll share here the way I tie a weaver’s knot (smallest knot to connect 2 threads).

Loosely tie a slip knot in 1st thread, then put the 2nd thread through the loop.

Pull both sides of the slip knot until 2nd thread “pops”.

Voilà! ♥

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Old Tatting, New Tatting


New doily in colors on the right, old doily in white on the left, both tatted by me 40+ years apart. Pattern from a library book. I don't have the book, just the 1970s tatting I did from it. Yes, I am old.

All that I could remember about the book was that it was small, hard cover, the title was "Tatting" and it was already time-worn in the 1970s. So, I did an online search something like "mid 20th century small hardcover tatting book" and found this picture on eBay:

It was described as having been common in libraries, so I thought this could be it and purchased it. I've been waiting for it to come but received a message from the seller with an apology and a refund. The seller didn't actually have the book; it was a "drop ship" arrangement that apparently didn't work out. Oh, well.

Moving on to the mysterious origins of the House of White Birches Tatting Book No. 5 that's sat on my shelf for years. Turns out, it's actually a reprint of Priscilla Tatting Book No. 3 (published 1924) which is available as a free download at The Antique Pattern Library. Scroll to about the middle of the page to find it, look for a greenish cover.

I'm doing the Knot Stitch pattern from that book. I interpreted knot stitch as split chain. It's used only in the round medallion. 

The leaf pattern is now one of my favorites! The original directions indicate that the leaves were to be sewn on separately, but I've decided to join them while tatting. It's resulting in overlapping, closely crowded leaves, but I like it!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Color of Thistle

 Nature walks in the area around the ballpark (Miller Park in Milwaukee) is one of the best places to avoid crowds these days, as strange as that may seem. There's abundant plant life including thistle, which is beautiful in its own way. 

I tried to dye colors like what I saw in the thistle flowers. Nature is much more vibrant than I can capture with a camera or dye, but the results are pretty, and have been listed in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hand dyed Interpretation of TotusMel's Bracelet

 Many thanks to TotusMel for generously sharing her beautiful Corsage pattern. I chose to use my hand dyed thread in size 5 and followed her pattern using a shuttle. The gauge seems to work up about the same as the needle tatted original in size 10, but with less stretch. Of course results will vary according to the thread tension of the individual, and I tat very tightly.
 Instead of the hook and eye closure used in the pattern, I added an extra ring to each side piece, attached nylon cord and finished with a sliding macrame knot.
 This unique tatting shuttle from Rita Richmond's Shuttle by Design has a picture of "Our Lady of Guadalupe". The image of the saint gave me a feeling of peace, and I needed that. 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Double Flower Celtic

My video demo of this tatted flower is now on YouTube https://youtu.be/gn5G3aeHesg 

There's a left handed video there too, but I am not ambidextrous! I simply use an app to flip the video mirror image. Here's the left handed link: https://youtu.be/A8SWcA0BCMQ

This simple design originally appeared in 2013 in this blog post: https://yarnplayertats.blogspot.com/2013/07/double-flower-using-celtic-shuttle.html 

By the way, since I sometimes get asked: 
No, there will NOT be a needle tatted version, since needle tatting really isn't my thing. But needle tatters can absolutely tat this pattern using the tatting techniques that correspond to your tool.

Have fun tatting and stay safe!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Hand Dyed and Good News

"Garden Afternoon" hand dyed thread
If you have purchased classes from Bluprint/Craftsy or had a subscription there, the good news is that the classes will live on! Bluprint has been acquired by TN Marketing, more information here: https://www.mybluprint.com/

It is quite a relief to me that this amazing video library of knowledge will not simply disappear. TN Marketing will be launching a new website (with a new name to be announced later) for the Bluprint classes in September 2020. Existing subscribers to Bluprint, and past buyers of individual "own forever" classes will continue to have access to their content on the Bluprint site through August 2020, after that they'll be hosted on the new website.

So far, the communications I've received from the new owners have been friendly and encouraging.

In other news, fresh batch of hand dyed "Garden Afternoon" has been added to my Etsy shop!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Free Pattern! "Flat Carnation"

 This happy little flower showed itself when I was experimenting with daisy picots and folded rings. The downloadable pattern is here: https://www.keepandshare.com/doc/8251628/flat-carnation-pdf-567k?da=y 
 My video demonstration is posted on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PyVJKPP2Lwk 
Have fun!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Been Doing Macrame and Walking at the Beach

Macrame Flat Rose
 If you're interested in macrame, there are a great many excellent instructional videos on YouTube. I made these projects following the directions by Macrame Tita.
Macrame Rhomboid Pendant

Macrame Seahorse

Lake Michigan
 Away from the city on a weekday, the shoreline is not crowded and offers tranquil views and cool breezes. 
Fun fact: I've moved several times in my life, yet I've always lived less than 20 miles from the shore of Lake Michigan.
Rawley Point Lighthouse
A vacation outing, even for just a few hours, refreshes one's outlook. We surely all need it!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Tulip Jimmy

 The pink and orange colors of this tulip inspired a new dye batch. Since the name of the tulip cultivar is "Jimmy" I'm calling this batch "Tulip Jimmy". Look for it in my Etsy Shop.

Friday, May 15, 2020

In the Sand

"In the Sand" hand dyed size 5

"Footprints in the Sand" Daylily inspired the "In the Sand" dye batch
Since the new "Elisa" thread became available I bought a few balls to try for hand dyeing. I like it! Substantial, yet not as chunky as size 3. I'll buy more size 5.

I have been reassured that there is no way coronavirus could travel through the mail, so hand dyed thread is again available in my Etsy shop - BUT - a word of caution: always wash your hands after handling the mail. If your mail carrier happened to be infected (people can be carriers of the virus and contaminate others even if they don't have any symptoms yet) the coronavirus might be passed on to you. 

Of course tatters don't need to be reminded to wash their hands!

"Lilac Sea" size 20

"Nectarine" size 40

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Macrame Nylon Loop Zipper Pull

How to add a zipper pull loop to a motif using macrame cord:

Cut a piece of nylon or polyester macrame cord about 12 inches (30 cm) long. 
Fold it in half. Put the cut ends down through the motif where it will be attached.

Pull the ends through until the loop is at the desired size.
It is easier to keep the cord in place by pinning it down.

Now begin a square knot sinnet. The 2 cut ends are the working cords. The loop is the filler.

Bring the right working cord over the filler to the left. 
Place the left working cord over it, under the filler, and through the loop formed by the right cord. 
Tighten, and you have the first half of a square knot.

Bring the left cord over and to the right of the filler.
Place the right cord over it, under the filler, and through the loop formed by the left cord.
Tighten, and you have a finished square knot.

Repeat square knots for desired length of sinnet. If you forget which half comes next, look to see which side has a completed knot "bump". That's the side to pick up the working cord from.

Trim the tails to about 1/4 inch (6mm).
Carefully melt them with a safety lighter, observing all safety precautions. Press the melted drops into the knot with the edge of the lighter. Or, press with your thumb, but take care to not get burnt.

Attach to anything!