I should mow my lawn.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I purchased my shuttle and case online from Artisanthropy which has both an online store and a store front located in Cobourg, On. They were one of the vendors at the Fringe Element Tatting Seminar last year and I love their colour palette. Hopefully they will cary Lizbeth thread in the future. I was surprised to find that they not only have the Clover bobbin shuttles but have free shipping on orders over $40 before tax. Although there are great tatting stores online they are mostly in the US and its painful to get a package over the border and timing is unpredictable. It took less than a week to for the order to arrive at my house and it was delivered to my door.
I really like the idea of the tatting case with the slots for the different items. It helps to keep things from tangling and the crochet hooks can't puncture the case. It is lighter and thinner than the plastic pencil cases from the dollar store. The shuttle itself feels like the traditional clover shuttle but a little bit bigger. I have over used the post clover shuttle and now have issues gripping the clover post shuttle. I didn't have that issue with the bobbin shuttle. The bobbins are easy to use and they pop in and out with no issues. I like the pic on the tip of the shuttle. The design is overall a win and fits in with what you would expect from a clover shuttle. I have to say that I find them pricey compared to other plastic shuttles. Even though a bobbin shuttle allows you to change out bobbins so you can use one shuttle to do several projects the bobbins themselves are pricey compared to other bobbin plastic shuttles. Overall its a good middle of the road type shuttle where you aren't spending a fortune but you get a really nice shuttle.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Unfortunately they seem to coincide with the Finger Lakes Seminar every year so I miss it. I will be in sunny Lodi this weekend for loads of tatting fun. I've brought my favorite chocolates to celebrate International Tatting Day. If you are heading there this weekend come over and say Hi!...I'll have mint chocolates from Laura Secord to share assuming I don't eat them all on the drive down.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
I joined to the wrong spot. If you look at the picture you can see I skipped a chain and joined to the next one. Unfortunately I'd already made the next ring so it was painful to think of undoing everything...
So I thought I'll use split chain technique in reverse to get to the join, redo the join and then use split chain technique to finish the chain.
Which works except...
How do you undo the join? Couldn't figure that out so I ended up cutting the ball thread to undo the join and join to the right place. I finished the chain using split chain technique. Not quite the way I thought it would happen but I didn't need to retro tat the ring... So I was kinda SMRT
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sorry I guess I wasn't thinking and it didn't occur to me yesterday that you might want to see the wrist warmer attempts.
This one of the wrist warmers. I've done a few unmatched pairs because the tops are all slightly different. There's still some changes to be made depending on the top of the wrist warmer.
They are suprisingly comfy. If you've tried tatting with wool before you know that really fuzzy wool doesn't tend to work. Its too hard to close the rings and it tends to break. The alegria is more sturdy and less fuzzy than other types I've tried.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I've tatted myself to a standstill. I've been addicted to tatting with this Manos del Uruguay yarn called Alegria. Its a cozy superwash merino blend that I bought for a crochet project but ended up using it for tatting. Cause I use everything for tatting.
Unfortunately there is a limit to how long my thumbs will cooperate. No pictures yet but the yarn ended up being tatted wrist warmers.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I came back, got distracted organizing some other tatting stuff and realized that I needed to finish a completely different motif. The green thread on the shuttle matched so I pick it up and started tatting. I was on the second ring before it hit me I was using the 6 yards shuttle! D'oh!
I debated retro tatting then decided to forge ahead. The motif I actually finished (not the one I originally started) is for some kits I donate to the fundraiser at the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar. So if your planning to attend bring a dollar for the kit. I'm calling the project the rose bud snowflake (pic below). You can't see from the picture but there is a diamond shaped gem in the middle. Inspired by Diane's ice drops.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I'm a huge fan of split chains but I know others don't feel the same. I like to use them as a design element but it brings up an interesting question- is it still a split chain if there is no split?
If you look at the example below you can see that there are chains linking to the center ring. Would you consider these split chains? And what about the ones made on shuttle 2 thread? I think of them as split chains because I still attach to a vsp and then tat back to the main line of tatting. Just curious as to people's thinking on what makes a split chain.
Did I mention that I really like split chains?
Saturday, February 18, 2017
I have finally finished what has seemed to be everlasting project! These 4 doilies are for my business partner's (Sal) aunt in England. They are for her to use in celebration of their spiritial leader's (the Aga Khan) diamond jubilee. You can't see in the picture but I used preciosa crystals in the center and around the outside edge.
I had some issues because I ordered thread that didn't come in time. When I realised this was going to happen I adapted the original plan. I changed the size of thread so I had less tatting to get to a certain size in a short period of time and used a readily available thread from the local yarn store. The result is softer than Lizbeth thread but seems to suit the project. Unfortunately I've developed at wicked case of tendonitis in my forearms. I'm not sure but I think the higher quality Lizbeth thread would not have cased such a severe problem.
I used Renulek's Spring Napkin 2015 as the base design and added a row of beaded mignonette tatting around the outside. The final row is beads only. I sewed 6mm and 3mm preciosa crystals into the center.