Saturday, March 24, 2012

Heading somewhere hot!

I've got my bathing suit and tatting ready for the beach.  See you guys in April!   

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On-line scavenger hunt

looks like a bird?
 So I'm still only at week one of the scavenger hunt. These are my shuttle face pictures.  I'm pretty up on the new techniques so instead I created a pattern using lock stitches and Victorian sets.

If the punisher was a tatter

Creating pattern with lockstitches and victorian sets.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Online Scavenger Hunt

Heather at tatted treasures is doing an online scavenger hunt.  This is her list for week 1:
Here are your first scavenger hunt challenges: (do as many as you like)
1.Photograph your shuttles making a face.

2.Find a reference to tatting in literature or a popular publication and quote or photograph it.

3.Tat a motif that uses a technique you’ve never tried before.

4.Photograph a coin dated the year you learned how to tat.

5.Poll 15 strangers and ask them if they have ever seen tatting before. Record the results.

I haven't done anything from her list yet but I think its pretty funny.  Tonight I'm going to make a face with my shuttles.  I know that Robin D. Owens makes a reference to tatting in one of her books.  I can't remember which one.
Unfortunately I've blocked my teenage years from my brain (its all one big boring blur) and cannot remember when I learned to tat. That makes number 4 impossible.   

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Onion rings

Front view of heart...can you tell the difference?
  I made a mistake by showing the wrong side of the heart in the last post.   You guys were correct in saying the onion ring join (ORJ) was on the right.   From the front it looks the same but from the back it looks different than a Catherine Wheel join.
 The ORJ isn't meant for chains, its really meant for patterns where the rings are concentric.  Basically you join the outside ring to the inner ring to hold it in place and ends up looking like a slice of onion.  Hence the name onion ring join.  It has its own little foibles so I leave it up to you whether or not to use it. 

Picture from
I found a couple links for anyone interested in the join.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Catherine Wheel terror?

 Fox over at tat-ology is currently working towards Catherine Wheel perfection.  I think she's just addicted to making this little heart by Frivole.  I can see why, its a very fun pattern.    To tell you the truth I don't do the Catherine Wheel often.  Instead I cheat and make an onion ring join.   One of the joins in the picture is an onion ring join and the others are Catherine wheel join.  From the front I don't think you can tell the difference. 
I intended to show more pictures but blogger isn't cooperating.  Since the last update I've found it harder to move the pictures around.  Also, I don't understand why they only give us a little window to see what we're writing?  That last part isn't new but it's always bothered me.
I was able to upload one more picture and not accidentally delete it.  I did a few more candy arrangements with my friend Sal.  She took them to Mosque to be auctioned after prayers.  The money raised goes to the Mosque.  We made 4 and they went for about $20 each.  Some of them were Ferrero Rocher arrangements where we stuck the chocolates on tooth picks or bamboo sticks.

ps  I forgot to mention that I added a bunny bookmark to the right side.