Sunday 14 April 2013

Gifts across the counter (Motifs #1, #2 and #3)

Working as I do in a retail food outlet in our small country town, I often talk to my customers about my tatting.  Before christmas when I was wearing my snowflake earings, one of my older couples, told me how his mother used to tat.  Yesterday when I went to work there, waiting for me was an old tatting book that belonged to his mother.  So I am now the proud owner of this little gem.

Gift from Glen and Margaret Muller, belonged to Glen's mother Vera

I believe the book is likely from the 1930's or 1940's going by the style of pattern in the book.  They are very similar to the pattern of the Lace Mat that Jon rewrote.

I also recieved from Jon her Elegant Tatting Gems  for my Lace mat being placed in the top 5 when she held her poll.  I have tatted 3 of the motifs, Galuh (in which I miscounted the outer rings), Baiduri and Kencana.  I have used a HDT from Jess at Tat-ilicious called Just Jonquil which she dyed last year when she asked for colour palattes.

Galuh, Baiduri and Kencana 

I am still teaching Alison to tat and will have a post to show her progress soon.
Happy Tatting.

Tuesday 2 April 2013

12 Hearts (motifs #21 to #25)

During the last 12 months I have been tatting all 12 hearts from Tatting Hearts by Teri Dusenbury for a special project.  I have finally finished them, and will count them as the final five in my second 25 motifs challenge.
While tatting the hearts I found an easier method for doing the half daisy's on several of the patterns.  Instead of adding the third shuttle thread I used a SSSR (single shuttle split ring) to carry the thread to the otherside, then tatted the petals of the flowers.  This makes the patterns so much easier to do.
 I found the hearts challenging but satisfying to do and am proud that I have completed all of them.

motifs 21 to 25
12 Hearts from Tatting Hearts by Teri Dusenbury
in Milford 2 ply Satin ombre Red 

Sunday 3 March 2013

40 Tulips

Hello everyone,
for a Christmas exchange I received the following supplies and book.

Masterpieces in Tatting by Ben Fikkert
 I then tatted the pattern 40 tulips from the book, with the rainbow HDT perle 5 cotton.  I had to add a contrasting green for some chains at the outside, and yellow for the tulip centres, so that I had enough thread to finish it.
Forty Tulips
detail of final rows with contrast green and yellow
This was a lovely pattern to tat and apart from the thread issue I could of tatted it in one pass, as I was doing with the centre.
This will be a present from my cousins daughter, I hope she likes it.

Monday 28 January 2013

A New Begining and Motif #20

Sorry for being absent for so long.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Over Christmas while wearing my snowflake earings at the shop, one of our regular customers asked where I got them, when I told Him that I made them and that I tat, he asked if I would teach him.  So this year I have started teaching Alex, Alison, Amanda and Isabel how to tat.  3 weeks ago we had our first Tatting Tuesday.  By reading other peoples blogs when they are teaching new tatters, we started with two colour chains.  After an hour and a half of concentration, mistakes and success, they all left having mastered the flip and putting picots on their chains.  I was really proud of their success.  Next week onto rings and butterflys.

Since November I have been tatting more snowflakes, christmas ornaments as presents and using the supplies I got in a christmas exchange.
Here are some of the christmas ormaments that I gave as presents to DH's family.
motif #20 Christmas ornaments
 I also remade the Minor flying Norwiegen Dragon as a present for a girl for her 21st. I beaded it and stiffen and placed jump rings on it and threaded a ribbon to make a necklace for her.
Beaded Minor Flying Norwiegen Dragon
Hopefully it wont be so long between posts.

Thursday 8 November 2012

My Heart (motif #19)

Since April I have been playing around with a little heart medalion.  This heart has eight rings in the centre and chain around the outside.  By changing the ring and chain sizes I have shaped the heart.
Pink heart with beads (size 5, 5cm)  white heart (size 40, 3cm)
This is a versatile little heart that can be embelished, left plain or decorated. It is great for emptying shuttles. Below is the plain pattern as I developed it.  Add picots where required.  The pattern is also on my pattern tab.
This counts as Motif #19

Tuesday 2 October 2012

The Lace Mat (#18)

Like so many others I joined the tat-a-long  that Jon Yusoff started of the Norma Benporath Lace mat.  Here is my mat.
The Lace Mat size 10 white
finished size 27cm or 10 1/2 inch 

 I like how the rewriting of these patterns encourages us to look again at the old patterns and to try them. Thank you Jon.  Now I think I will go back and make some more snowflakes from Tina's books.

Serindipitious Edging (motif #17)

At Damien's School as the final year is such a small class, the students invite their parents to come to formal as well.  For this night I purchased a 3/4 sleeve royal purple dress to wear.  It was a bit plain so I edged the neckline in tatting.  I used Jess's Serindipity HDT size 40 to create a colour splash with the same pattern as motif #9.
this realy needs some more colour

Jess's HDT Serindipity size 40

Dress with trim attached
Me Damien and Paul ready to go.