Monday, March 24, 2014

Motif #12

This is from Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz.  Diagram is on page 77, I think.  Colors/thread used for this doily are DMC ecru (size 80) and Perfect Quilter color #021.  Sometimes you find a pattern that you just "need" to try in all sorts of color combinations.  For me, this is one of those patterns.

Motif #13

The leaves are for an upcoming Online Tatting Class event.  On the scan I tried to 'arrange' them so they look like they would if they were on the Rose Doily (by Lucy Consistre) we'll be looking at on 1 April (International Tatting Day).  One of the class members did a sample of the center, another did a rose sample, and I did the leaf samples.  If you're not already part of the Online Tatting Class, it's free, it's fun, and you get to meet lots of people (online), and we talk about tatting, techniques, patterns.  It's amazes me how much I've learned online!  Back to the leaves - I used Lizbeth size 20 in Leaf Green, med.  I'd started them in Sulky, but the rings are so small that they just didn't look quite 'right' in tiny thread, so I switched to something bigger.

Happy tatting to you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Motif #11

Lucky Clover, from Tatting Patterns and Designs, in Sulky #12-wt thread, color 4019 "Forest Floor."  Finished it late last night, just in time for today.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Motif #8

This is a 'glass mat' from one of Mary Konior's books.  It's done in Perfect Quilter thread, so it's not anywhere NEAR being big enough to use beneath a glass, but I enjoy tatting this pattern.  Color is 085, I think they call it 'Sun Rays.'  After a series of grey, wet days, I needed a bit of 'brightness' while I was tatting.  I tend to turn to yellow threads when the weather is dreary. 

I tatted this doily (page 77 in Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz) last year using Perfect Quilter 'Volcano' color and Sulky #12-wt cotton, color #1232.  It's been sitting in my tatting corner for the last 2 or 3 months.  The threads I used are approximately equal to size 80 DMC, so this doily is much smaller than Stawasz's original. 

Motif #9

This one was tatted in Sulky #12-weight cotton, color #1078 and Perfect Quilter #085 (Sun Rays).  Even after it was finished, I kept thinking it was much smaller than the first one (the 'volcano' and green one - above) that I'd made last year.  After a quick 'press' with the steam iron, I put the new doily on top of the 'old' one, and they are exactly the same size!  The orange and yellow one just looks smaller when you lay them side-by-side. 

The other Stawasz doily is progressing slowly.  The penultimate round is finished, and I have done a few rings and chains on the last round, but nothing much to show yet.  The teal variegated thread outlined the arches of this round just the way I hoped it would.  Thread is DMC 80 ecru and Sulky #12-wt. cotton blendables - the label identifying the color number has fallen off, but it's called Truly Teal.'  The doily is too large to fit on the scanner, but I can show you part of it.

Motif #10

This is "Ice Crystal," from Tatting Patterns and Designs, by Blomqvist and Persson.  The design is amazing - no cut and tie from beginning to end!  First the center part is tatted, then you just make a chain and keep going for the outer round.  Very clever, and great fun to tat.

I used the Perfect Quilter "Sun Rays" color again - it reminds me of the way the sun sometimes washes everything in 'gold-colored' light to make everything look gold for just a few moments.  The sun has to be at a certain angle as it is setting, and it doesn't happen every day, only sometimes.
On the set of 2 chains near the outer edge - between pattern repeats - I altered the two chains a bit.  The inner chain on my 'Ice Crystal' faces the opposite direction from the original pattern.  If you look very carefully, you may be able to find 3 'versions' of that inner chain before I settled on the one I preferred.  Altering the direction of the inner chain made it necessary to lengthen the outer chain, too: I added 3 DS and a picot - so the inner chain's picots did not overlap.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Back to the Lucky Clover doily (Blomqvist & Persson).  Here it is with the first two rounds finished.  One more round and it will be finished.  I am very happy with the color.  There is just 'something' about this design that calls to me to tat it:  not sure if it's the 'swirls' it seems to create with the chains and groups of rings, the use of 'negative space,' the lack of decorative picots, or the back-to-back 'points' that show up once the next round is added.  It all adds up to an attractive shape that makes me want to tat another, and another, and another. 
I haven't forgotten about the other two things, but I do tend to 'rotate' among several projects.  Everything seems to progress more smoothly when I work on at least three things.  Which one gets the most attention on any given day seems to depend on my mood - whether I feel like looking at/working with bright colors, dark colors, or something in between.  Sometimes it depends on whether I am awake enough to focus on a complicated pattern or whether I need something simpler.
Happy tatting!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Back to the "Lucky Clover" doily: I started again with a different color. This is Sulky Cotton Blendables #12-wt, color 4015. I like it much, much better in this color.

Ever wonder just how much thread we use? Sounds crazy, but I've been wondering about that today. My spools of Sulky #12-wt are all 330 yards (300 meters).  A 330-yard spool goes a long way.  If a person used 5 1/3 whole spools of it, that would be about one mile of thread.  That would be a tremendous amout of tatting!