Saturday, March 17, 2018

Because I was bored

Honey and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby. His involvement was more to entertain me so he can be left in peace while he plays his video games. I went with the purpose of getting a felting mat. I did pick up a little one that included a pair of needles as well.
Going through their clearance section I found a package of felt for a quarter. I picked it up as well to practice felting with before I begin my Daiso project. I went in search of something to make and decided on a Pokemon: Gengar! This has no pattern or tutorial to teach me. I just picked an random image off the internet and watched a few basic felting tutorials on Youtube.

Omg, this craft is not for the impatient. Making the body went at a smooth pace. Making the ears, hands and legs, was a test of my patience. Just forming the hair took an hour! The smaller the details, the longer it takes. One thing I discovered is that as I began, I thought I had compressed it correctly. As I continued to work, I found that I needed to tighten the fibers more. The 7 needle tool was a life saver on my hands. I did use the single needle to touch up the piece, but the tool made it faster to add and do an overall shaping. In hindsight maybe I should have recorded the process for others to use as a tutorial. I need some red and white felt to finish the face, but I'm proud of what I created from scratch as my first run.

Exploring the store I found some metallic thread in the quilting section. There was also some thin bakers twine. With a reloaded spool included, I picked them up. 

The twine crocheted up real nice but I didn't care for the way it tatted up. It reminds me of the Twirlz thread from Lizabeth. Speaking of, I found 1 ball of the Blue Ice, I had to get it even of it is in size 20. 
I have a lot of neglected tatting balls of size 20. Maybe I'll crochet with it, I do need to make some Pokemon in that color scheme for my "Trainer".

Thursday, March 15, 2018

They finally sing again, these shuttles

Today was a light tatting day. There have been a lot of days that I felt like tatting but can't seem to pick up my shuttles. Later this evening I was finally able to.
This pattern is by Robbin Perfetti from Tatting by the bay. I don't know what it is about the pattern but I just started and my shuttles kept dancing. I took a break after doing that first turn and moved onto something else.

I must tat tighter than the normal masses, because my little squares for the Brussels Movement are turning out smaller than expected. With the deadline extended until the end if the month, I hope to finish a dozen of them to send. They tat up really fast, so it's just a matter of staying focused.

Here we have the current progress on the El Dorado.
The instructions are confusing as far as to where to join so I'm going based off the photo. I've also omitted what may or may not be a ring in the corner. It's difficult to make out in the photo. I seem to be running into an issue on where to join. I've cut off the strips so much that the joining picots are starting to show serious wear on them. I think I will work on the motifs that make up each arm section first then go back to the center of the piece.
 I ordered this set of 6 on  Ebay and they took about 5 weeks to get here. When I first opened the package, I thought I got scammed. I couldn't make out the shuttles against the background packaging! Taking the photos with the flash on shows them up better. I love that little kitty sticker. They feel exactly as my SewMates just with a very light tint to them. I like them, and I'm keeping one set for my collection. I should have done the same with the other Daiso shuttles, so I ordered another set to keep in the original packaging. I've moved into that type of tatter, one who has shuttles for just their aesthetic properties. Well, I suppose I should get a shadowbox ready and add the 3D printer shuttle into that case.

After casting some cabochons I wanted to try and get this rectangle shape into an Ice Drop. The pattern is on the Facebook Group's files section. This pattern is by Nicola Bowersox, The Posy Ice Drop. To keep that cabochon in, I had to add rings and a final chaining around the top edge. I think I'm going to be doing these for a bit.

I was working on a Tatting tea set. The plate is by Roger Freeman, and I plan on making his cup and spoon as well. I made this set last year, and realized the plate was different. I like the look of it better. I can't recall who the designer is, but I have it in my files, so I just need to do some research.
Tatting this in size 50 makes it the perfect size for that plate resin mold I have. I do have to wait to go pick up more gloves to work with the resin. For now, I'm making a bit of small items I can embed into the molds I have. I did receive the UV resin I ordered today, however, this is for my daughter to use for her creativity. Plus, it would take a crazy amount of that UV resin to make this plate. Not to mention that it is so thick that getting bubbles out would be a nightmare.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines day everyone!

I want to tat. I can't seem to make my hands cooperate. I look at various patterns, I gather the supplies, I prep my materials....then nothing. I lose the will to continue.  Sigh. It's very frustrating. I think it's because Honey has to work today, and today's the last day of my vacation. I was really hoping to spend the day "Treasure Hunting/Pokemon hunting" with him and the kids. Antiquing is something we all enjoy doing and I thought it would be a perfect way to spend the day. Unfortunately, by the time the kids get out of school, he'll be heading in to work.

I suppose I'll work on some of the pink blocks for the Brussel's Womens Project and send them off at the end of the week. I'm sorry that I can't seem to get my links to work. I'm having small issues with blogger right now.