I've been doing a little bit of tatting lately. Above you'll see the beginning of Jane's Fandango bookmark. It's really pretty and the pattern works up quickly. I'll post a picture of the completed, blocked bookmark soon.
I can't seem to get enough of these bookmarks that I started a few posts ago. They are so much fun to make and I love having a few around as thank you gifts, etc.
Well, this past month has just flown by! We've been so busy. At the beginning of the month, I watched our four grandchildren while their parents went on a Hawaiian cruise. Everyone had a good time. This was their first cruise together and they really enjoyed it. It was also the longest time they had been away from the kids since the first one was born six years ago. All the grandchildren were fantastic and I really enjoyed being with them.
My husband has been remodeling a house and finished it just a week ago. He must be exhausted because even though he was up early and gone all day while he was working, now that it's done, it's hard to get him out of the house. LOL
We just got home from a four day motorcycle trip with a bunch of friends. Most people wonder if I ride on the back or ride my own. I ride my own motorcycle. It's a very shiny white Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and I love it.
But even with all the stuff that has been going on, I've still been able to get some tatting done. One of the things I love most about tatting is how portable it is. I pack it in my motorcycle bag and take it with me everywhere I go. I made two bookmarks for the friends who put this four-day trip together and while we were gone I was able to make a third one just to have as an extra.
One last thing. I just bought an embroidery machine! I've never had one before so I'm very excited about it. I love to sew all kinds of things and I know this will be a lot of fun to use. I can embroider on clothing or pillowcases or quilts and with all the grandchildren (8 plus 2 more on the way), I'm sure it will be well worth the investment.
Well, I have lots to do so enough writing for now. I'll post more pictures later - some tatting, some embroidery, and maybe even some motorcycle pictures if anyone is interested in seeing them.
Like so many other tatters, I love Mary Konior's patterns. This is Duet out of the Tatting with Visual Patterns book. The pattern consists of rings only and for the book, it was done with two rows but I added a third row to contrast the plain white center row.
Her patterns are lovely and I will be tatting more of them in the near future.
If you click on the photo, you'll be able to see it full-size.
It's a little late on Valentine's Day to be sending gifts but I finished a heart motif that I wanted to do for Valentines so here it is.
Instead of tatting a simple heart, I used Jon Yusoff's Hearts in a Snowflake so that I can add this snowflake to my collection of flakes that will be sent for use on the Palmetto's Tat Day's fundraising quilt.
I've never had a chance to attend any of the tatting conferences so I'm going to try to make it this year to Palmetto's Tat Days. I'll keep you posted on my progress of getting that confirmed.
Jon's snowflake tatted up so quickly that I also did Birgit's Simple Angel pattern just for fun. I enjoyed making both of these motifs and am looking forward to making more snowflakes for the quilt.
A belated but heartfelt Happy Valentine's Day wish to all of my fellow tatters. I hope you were able to spend a little special time with your loved ones!
They don't have anything in common other than being finished during the same week. I know, what a letdown, huh? Sorry.
The beaded wreath, pattern by Laura Bobay, is something I started right after the holidays because I tatted one and gave it away. I only did the first round on the wreath I tatted and gave away and I really wanted to do both rounds because it is such a pretty wreath. So here it is:
The second item I just finished was Jane's Tat It And See (aka TIAS). She had all of us guessing until the very end and I was very surprised to see that it turned out to be an airplane. I know Jane loves critters and I was sure it was going to be an alligator. Oh well, that's part of the fun doing her TIAS motifs - you never know what it is until it's done. Thanks Jane for another wonderful TIAS. It was fun!
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I think I'll go tat a pretty heart to celebrate.
It's amazing what a few months away from tatting does. I've really missed it and now that I'm starting up again, I have so many new patterns to try and beautiful thread to use that I don't know where to begin.
I figured I would start with some simple motifs and increase in complexity as I get back into my comfort zone.
The first thing I chose was a needle tatted bookmark from Roger's Needletatting Proboard forum.
The instructions were fantastic and it worked up very quickly with a butterfly at one end and a clover at the opposite end.
As part of the 25 Motif Challenge, I decided that I would learn as many new tatting techniques as possible, well, hopefully, at least one per motif.
This section will briefly list the new techniques I've incorporated into my tatting and some of the ongoing things I continue to practice. Here goes...
Split rings (very important and a lot of fun to use in a motif); adding beads; lock joins; switching shuttles, SLT, and the Magic Thread Trick.
Two ways to hide ends and how to add new thread.
I made my very first piece of 'jewelry' which was a pendant for the InTatter's April Pendant Exchange.
Created a rose motif for a crazy quilt block and made my first doily.
Finally figured out how to tat a cluny leaf!
...the list will continue as I progress through the 25 Motif Challenge and the other projects I'll be working on this year.
Thanks to Jane's TIAS in 2011, I learned how to do the Continuous Thread Join to hide a thread along the tops of my tatting as a way of moving both threads to a different spot without having to do it by making a chain.
Frontside/Backside tatting. Who knew such a small thing could make such a big difference? I love the way my tatting looks using frontside/backside tatting.