Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Second 25 motifs completed:

I've been doing quite a lot of tatting, but much of it was given away before I managed to get a picture taken.  Counting each pair of earrings as a 'motif,' the gifts I've tatted for a small group of people will put me past "25."  All of these earrings are BEANILE Lace, designed by Nina Libin, and all are (or will be) in books she has published.  She graciously gave me permission to tat these earrings to use as gifts.  If I tat a few of something solely for my own use, that's one thing, but if I want to tat MORE than 'just a few' and use them as gifts, I normally ask the designer's permission first.  Nobody has ever said 'no,' and I consider it good manners, if nothing else, to ask them if it is ok. 

I am eagerly anticipating tomorrow morning, when each person chooses a pair of earrings.  I am sure they will be very excited.  (Not a good picture, sorry.  It was dark outside, so it's an 'indoors' photograph.)

Happy tatting!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Motif #17

I've been doing just a bit more experimenting with tatted, beaded fringe.  This time I tried using size 20 Lizbeth (because I had an almost-full shuttle left after finishing something), size 11 beads, and a nylon thread that is about the equivalent of size 80.

The rings were made with size 20 thread, which was also what I used as the 'core' thread for the chainsl  The fringe was 15 beads long with a 16th bead used as a 'stopper' bead to keep the rest of the beads in place on the 'string.'  I used the thin nylon thread for the 'knotting' thread on the chains (and for the beads). 

Our weather has been mostly cloudy for the last couple days, so the picture is a bit dark.  We had a small amount of sunlight TRYING to get through late this afternoon.  DH noticed there was a little light, and he was kind enough to grab the camera and my tatting to rush outside for a quick picture before the clouds completely covered the sun again.  You can see part of the shadows from my pins.

Happy tatting!
- Stephanie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Motifs 14, 15, and 16

Motif #14

I've been experimenting with beads lately.  This is my first attempt at a beaded fringe.  I think my thread was too large - I used size 20 Lizbeth and size 10 beads.  My tatting was a bit too tight, also - the fringe doesn't move much; it is pretty stiff.  With a smaller thread size, I think the fringe will be more flexible.  The beads were some of the last in a bag of mixed beads - all size 10, but some had AB coating on them, some were clear glass, some were silver-lined, a few had a slightly 'different' shape.  If you look closely you can see the variegated thread color showing through the clear beads.

Motif #15

My next experiment was adding long beaded picots to a tatted 'wheel.'  When I had almost finished the entire wheel, I realized that I should have put some beads on the shuttle to use in the center on the bare thread spaces.  Thread is a white nylon thread - approximately equal to a size 40 cotton thread.  Beads are size 11.  Instead of putting the completed wheel into my 'stash' of tatted things, I got restless one day and sewed it to one of my small 'project' bags.  It's already filled with one of my current tatting projects!

Motif #16

I ordered the Shuttle Brothers' book Tatting GR-8 Baubles, Bugs, and Blossoms recently. 

Here's the web site if you want the book, too:


It took me a few days to get 'brave' enough to try my first bauble.  These are my first two.  The second one was MUCH easier than the first one.  I've already got gray and pink thread, so I'm ready to try a mouse and a possum (opossum) once I have a little more practice tatting the simpler baubles.

I'm still working on Renulek's WIOSNA 2015, but don't have a picture to show you.  I've been doing some test tatting, also, but don't have pictures I can show you of those pieces, either.

Happy tatting to you!
- Stephanie

Friday, February 20, 2015

Motif #13

This is another 'sample' edging I did while deciding which one was going to be used for a large project.  This classic tatted 'wheel' is one of my favorites.  I sometimes use large thread (size 10, size 3) and use these wheels as coasters.  Size 3 thread is great for that purpose - it's thick and soaks up the drips that form on the outside of glasses of iced tea in hot weather.  It was late afternoon when we went outside to take a picture - you can probably see the shadows under the lace.  This was tatted with size 40 Lizbeth in "Pink Parade."

- Stephanie

Monday, February 9, 2015

Motifs 4 - 12

Motif #4 is a bookmark.  I started with a traditional tatted 'wheel' and added a chain around the outer edge, then added a long lock chain and a tassel.  Thread is size 20 Lizbeth, but I can't remember the color number.

I've been tatting some 'edging' samples - trying out various patterns and sometimes various 'orientations' of the same pattern.  My 'samples' are large enough - and some of them took long enough tat - that I decided to count them as 'motifs' for the challenge.
Motifs #5 and #6 are different thread sizes, same pattern.  I think it was a 'vintage' Coats & Clark pattern.

Motifs #7, #8, and #9 are different thread sizes and different orientations of the another pattern.  I couldn't decide whether I liked the rows going lengthwise or widthwise, so I did a bit of each.

Motif #10 came from a book of 12 Handkerchief Edgings, by Nikolajsen and Nikolajsen.  I added some extra rows to see what it would look like if it were made a bit wider.
Motif #11 was a tiny snowflake using size 80 DMC ecru thread.  I wanted to see if ecru matched a piece of fabric, and the best way was to make something with the thread and place it on top of the fabric in question.  It's close, but not quite the same.  There wasn't a specific pattern for this little snowflake, but I've seen similar ones in several books, so it's not my 'original' design, either.
Motif #12 is my completed TIAS 2015.  Jane Eborall's design kept me guessing until VERY close to the end.  I love the scissors!  It's a clever design and great fun to tat.
I have the first three rows of Renulek's WIOSNA 2015 doily tatted, but no picture to show you yet. 
Happy tatting to you!
-  Stephanie

Monday, February 2, 2015

Jane's TIAS, My version of "Day 9"

I'm a terrible guesser - even when it is pretty obvious to almost everybody, I still don't usually have a clue.  This year is no exception.  I don't have the faintest idea what this is yet, but it sure is fun tatting along.

There are only a few clues left in this year's game.  I guess soon we'll all know what we're tatting.
-  Stephanie

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 8 of Jane's 2015 Tat It and See

If you haven't joined in yet, there is still time to take part in the fun!  Go here for the introduction and the pattern 'clues.'


Jane gives the pattern out in tiny bits, which serves three purposes:  it keeps us guessing longer, it introduces/reminds us of techniques many of us don't use frequently, AND most of us can fit in 5 or 10 minutes of tatting a few times a week, so it allows us to take part easily, even if we're constantly busy.

I must say, I'm totally stumped with this latest clue.  Yes, I could say it looks like the beginnings of the letter X, or a lobster claw, or a starfish missing a leg, but somehow I don't think any of those guesses are quite right.  I'm sure once it is finished we'll all say 'oh, of course, why didn't I see that right away?"  For now, though, I haven't the faintest idea what it REALLY could be, other than a 'whatsis,' perhaps.

Here's my Day 8 "whatsis."

Whatever it is, I am having great fun tatting it AND trying to figure out what it could be.
- Stephanie

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jane's TIAS - up to Day 7

I'm a bit behind - today Day 8 was released, but I've only finished as far as Day 7 so far.  Although I really have no idea what it is we're tatting, I do enjoy making crazy guesses.  Upside down, it looks like a bunny head (a cartoon bunny, perhaps).  The way it was oriented in the scanner, it looks like a tooth - or maybe the tusks of a walrus.  I'm sure it will change quite a lot more by the time it's far enough along to be identified.

Whatever it is, it is great tatting fun!
-  Stephanie

Thursday, January 8, 2015

An ending and a beginning:

Motifs 22, 23, 24, 25

These four Christmas trees (Pattern is "Beady Little Christmas Tree" by Erin Holloway-Moseley, from one of the Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days 2014 classes) finish my first 25-motif challenge.  There were more, but quite a few were given as small gifts during the Christmas season.

I enjoyed participating in the 25-Motif Challenge so much that I'm starting a second one right away!

Second 25-Motif Challenge, Motif #1

The Celtic Christmas motif, designed by Linda S. Davies, is the first motif of this 'new' challenge.

Hers were done using Christmas colors, but I thought they were great fun to tat in all sorts of color combinations.  I tatted quite a lot of ornaments and let people choose which one they wanted.  There were very few left - only the ones pictured here today.  I'd also tatted quite a few of Linda S. Davies "Starry Snowflakes," but there were none left to scan, sorry.

Motif #2

This cute snowflake was designed by Wanda Salmans.  It's called the Sydney Snowflake.  It is supposed to be tatted around a metal center with 6 sections.  When I was looking for metal 'doodads' to use, all I could find had 12 sections.  With just a minor change in the joins to the metal piece, it made a cute little snowflake.  Started out with quite a few of these, also, but the two shown here are the only ones left.

Motif #3

No specific pattern for these, I just used a 'classic' tatted wheel, climbed out of the last 'outer' ring with a split ring, then added a chain around the outer edge.  I was looking for a snowflake that would fit into a bangle, but came across a statement on someone's blog that said you didn't really need a specific pattern, MANY snowflakes would fit into a bangle.  I really enjoy tatting those wheels, so I thought 'why not?' and discovered they DO fit into a bangle! 

 There were quite a lot of these bangles, too.  As you can see, there are only two left.

 I won't count the Jane Eborall's TIAS as a 'motif' yet - will wait until the 'whatsis' is complete before assigning it a place in the 25-motif challenge for this year.  Meanwhile, here is my Day 1.

The TIAS (Tat It And See) is great fun.  You tat a small piece of the 'puzzle' every few days, send a picture of your efforts to Jane, and - if you want - make a guess about what it is you're tatting.  I've decided that this is a seal balancing a ball on the end of his nose.  If that's what it turns out to be, NOBODY will be more shocked than I.  It is amazing how much variety there is, even with everyone tatting the same thing - color, shuttles (some people leave their shuttles in the picture, others edit out everything but the tatting and part of the thread that is still attached to the shuttles), and ALL sorts of guesses about what is being tatted.  As I said, it is great fun.

- Stephanie