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.
-Stephanie

5 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

Oh my goodness Stephanie, your work is super impressive!

God's Kid said...

Oh my goodness! So many beautiful things to see!! You have done such beautiful work and I love the colors and designs!!! :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I love seeing what you've tatted with the very fine threads! I haven't tried that MK pattern yet, but it looks like one I'd enjoy. I'm hoping to go to the Sewing and Quilting Expo to get some more Sulky Blendables in the 12 wt. It is a very nice thread for tatting. I also like the Perfect Quilter!

Ninetta said...

what a beautiful tatting! I love the colours and those patterns!

Susanne said...

The Stawasz doily done in the Volcano is the most stunning I have seen for some time.
The other doilies are lovely too.
Well done.