Thursday, July 22, 2021

Beading with Tatting, Color and Roses


Work in progress: tatting with beads, beading around 8mm beads, and a retake on a previous design in peppermint green.

This beading is peyote stitch, using a doubled thread as shown in the 2nd photo. I've been using 6 lb. "Fireline" thread but have observed that it's a bit thick to use doubled with the size 11/0 Delicas beads and tiny size 15/0 seed beads that I'm working with. So have placed an order for 4 lb. Fireline to use in the future. Oh, and if you are looking for a tutorial, I'm following the top bead design shown by Viktoriya Antipova in her YouTube video here: And it would be nice to support her by giving her video a "like".

Last weekend was a classic car show and I fell in love with all the aqua and teal colors I saw! So, having realized that I've never done a dye batch completely of aqua shades, that's definitely on the to-do list. (^^ )

The Peace rose that I had been using in photographs up to now was one I had seen at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. But theirs died, so since I really need a Peace rose in my life I bought one and planted it in my own garden. So here's a photo of its 3rd rose produced this summer!

Now that I've learned a little bit about roses (I was clueless!) now I have a deeper appreciation for the "faithfully blooming every summer for 22 years" red rose given to me by my mother. 

I don't know the name of this rose, but with the help of a rose expert friend, we've decided that it's a beautiful red rose! (And the inspiration for my original "Roses" batch of hand dyed thread.)

Monday, June 21, 2021

Tatting the "Vision" necklace demo


The "Vision" necklace video demo is on YouTube here: 

The pattern is my original from 2009. To download the free PDF click here.

Many techniques are used in this design, including strung beads on a long picot, beads placed over picots, Victorian sets, and split rings. 

Let me explain about the way I did split rings in this pattern: I started each split ring with shuttle 1. This causes the split ring to turn over "back side" when it's finished. Important in this pattern because there are differing stitch counts on each side to cause the row of rings to curve. If started with shuttle 2 the split ring won't turn over and that would cause curving in the wrong direction for this design.

Split ring in progress

Row of split rings

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Jubiloso doily in color!



All done! I'm really pleased with the placement of the colors. The complete list of the thread colors I used are on my previous post. The Jubiloso pattern is listed in my Etsy shop

I put a short video of the process of tatting this doily on TikTok, and was very surprised it went somewhat "viral" with over 65 thousand views at the time of this writing. Well, there's 21st century technology being put to use for learning about handcrafting and art, I think that's a step in the right direction.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Jubiloso doily progress continuing


Round 7

As of this morning I have rounds 10 and 11 remaining to do. I'm pleased with how the color choices look together! So here's the list, in order of appearance:
  1. Lizbeth 612
  2. Lizbeth 630
  3. Lizbeth 615
  4. Lizbeth 608
  5. Lizbeth 622
  6. Lizbeth 612
  7. Lizbeth 630 and hand dyed "Tulip Jimmy"
  8. Lizbeth 667 and 624
  9. Various hand dyed greens, including "Leafy", "Celery", "Forest", and Karey Solomon's "Map of the World"
  10. Lizbeth 667
  11. Lizbeth 676
Photos of the finished doily will be posted when it's done! The original pattern for Jubiloso is listed in my Etsy shop.
Round 8

Round 9

Friday, May 28, 2021

Doily in progress


3rd round in progress

It's been 11 years since my "Jubiloso" doily pattern was listed on Etsy. I had only tatted it in white at the time, and the goal then was to design an easy "cut and tie after each round" doily that had only a few simple Celtic elements that did not require any special shuttle.

The urge to see how it looked in colors came upon me, so I've started tatting it. Here are pictures of what I've got done at the time of this writing.

5th round in progress

6th round in progress
On nice warm days I tatted outside. Today is cold and windy, so tatting will continue inside today. Later I hope to have some skeins prepared for another dye batch which will be "Brilliant Sunset". Not to be used in this doily, because I already have enough of a hand dyed I plan to use which is "Tulip Jimmy". Side note, all my "Jimmy" tulips must have been eaten by critters because none of them came up this year. Not complaining though, because the new tulips planted last fall did come up and bloomed beautifully!
Towering Perennial Tulips 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Interlocking rings with any shuttle


Here are some screenshots from the video demo I made for TikTok. I'll do another in horizontal format for YouTube, eventually! Size 10 thread is easier to try this technique with.

To do the last ring so that it interlocks with the first ring, remove enough thread from the shuttle to tat the ring, and cut the thread.  Put the thread down through the previous ring, and wrap around your hand to form the working circle for tatting the ring. Then put the thread down through the first ring made, and down again through the previous ring. I find it easier to finger tat the first double stitch, then I tie the thread back onto the shuttle to finish tatting the ring. Close the ring.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Observations about Interlocking Rings

The tail of the first ring can be hidden by tatting over it with the first few double stitches.

Leaving a loop of thread sticking out gives me something to hold onto while putting the narrow Celtic shuttle down through the ring and down through the ring again.

Then I turn the ring over (back side) to get the first half of the first double stitch snugged up tightly against the previous ring, making the sticking out loop disappear.

Tat the ring and close, turning the tatting to front side. Continue the same steps for subsequent rings until the final ring.

To tat the final ring, go down through the previous ring, down through the first ring, and down through the previous ring again.  Tat the ring and close. 

I find that moving and turning the other rings out of the way helps with closing the final ring tightly.
I did not invent the technique of tatting Interlocking Rings with a Celtic shuttle, these are just some things that help me remember how to do it, so sharing in case it helps you too.

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Winners!


The winners of my Spring Giveaway, chosen by a random number generator as shown above, are Occhitat (Katie V.) and Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane. Congratulations to the lucky winners! And, thank you to everyone who commented! I enjoyed reading all the comments ♥ and only removed duplicates prior to using the number generator so that everything would be fair. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Spring Giveaway!


Giveaway prize 1

Giveaway prize 2

For a chance to win one of these tatting books including a sample assortment of my hand dyed thread, leave one comment on this post.

I'll choose 2 winners on Friday, May 7. Be sure there's a way for me to contact you if you win, either a blog I.D., or an email address, otherwise I'll just draw another name.

*Readers of this blog from outside of the U.S.A. are welcome to enter this giveaway - but - be aware that even though I'll mark the package as gift, sometimes customs fees may still be charged.*

Each book has Japanese text. The excellent diagrams and photographs enable any tatter to be able to make the projects even if they don't read Japanese.

The hand dyed thread is sample skeins of varying yardages and thread sizes as shown. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

"Phoenix" pattern is finished!

All done and now listed in my Etsy shop.

The instructions have taken 16 pages and include both the small necklace design and the large high collar, with many photos.
I have written in this style: "Ch 2+7-2 (to last picot of previous ch)." So, to clarify, I've used a + to indicate a join, and described the location of the join at the end of the sentence in parentheses.

Each design is basically constructed in the same way from a total of 6 sections with cut and tie after each. 

I used "front side/back side" tatting for this project. I know that many people don't notice any difference so of course that is an optional choice for the individual tatter.

To join the side sections to the center, I described the way I did it, starting each section in a slightly different place. Of course those sections could be started in any number of ways so just do what makes sense to you. The point is, you don't want to find yourself in an awkward spot for joining to the center last, so that's why it's better to get those joins done early.

Anyway, I hope those who tat this pattern will have fun with it!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Hand dyed thread "Crocus" and pattern progress


Always a thrill to see the first crocus bloom in the spring! Inspired by the purples, yellows, and orange colors of the flowers and the green of their leaves, I hand dyed a fresh batch of thread and it's listed in my Etsy shop. (Next batch is planned to be "Beach Cafe".)

Returning to my new pattern in progress, "Phoenix" I did successfully complete a smaller prototype that pleased me, so I've begun work on diagraming it. Both the large and small versions will be included in the finished pattern, along with in-progress photos. Here's a teaser photo:

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Behind the Scenes

These aren't all the scraps, some have already been thrown out. 

People have asked me "How do you come up with your designs?" 

Well, the answer is, "Experimenting". That actually means to learn from mistakes. To see what works, what doesn't, which parts are pulling out of shape, where to add more stitches, thinking, tatting, cutting out, more thinking, more tatting.

The design I'm still working on is "Phoenix", and I actually thought about taking a lighter to singe the scraps, making it literally rise from the ashes, lol. The "Leave Her, Johnny" sheet music background is because I'm starting to think of leaving this mess, giving up on the small Phoenix design. I have the large Phoenix done, and that went surprisingly well, but I really want a small, pendant style version with shorter wings retaining the essence of the original. A "baby Phoenix" as it would seem. 

Well, I won't give up. Once I have figured it out, I'll get to writing it up, including how to tat an excellent spiral from both front and back sides. Yay!!!

Just saying, I "waste" a lot of thread. Cotton biodegrades and more plants grow. Support designers.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Revamping My Earlier Design

Some folks familiar with my Tatted Jewelry book published in 2011 by Annie's Attic may see similar design elements to the "Newcastle" necklace in those pages. Well, 10 years have gone by, and I think I can do better. ☺ So, this week I came up with what you see here.

I like it as a high collar or choker necklace, but it's too wide to wear lower on the neck. I'm thinking that with some more changes a smaller variation could be made for a pendant style necklace. If that is successful, then I'd write up both versions to put into one pattern.

Not sure what to call the new pattern, but probably something to do with wings or flight.

Blue hand painted shuttle by Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design
looking good with blue thread!