Saturday, May 20, 2017
I was all excited as I transferred the files to my laptop. As I began to open Windows Movie Maker to do the actual editing, it was gone. The icon's still there but when I click on it, I get the "program is not found please reinstall" message. Come to find out, it was phased out in January of this year. WTF? I can't re-download it to use it. Now I have another program on my computer for video editing, but it is the most basic. I can't trim clips or add subtitles (FYI's and other random titbits that I wanted to add instead of voicing over). I wasn't about to drop $70 for video editing software either. I went back to the cellphone and found a program that was similar to W.M.M. in the Playstore. I do have to add that I don't care for the background that auto-generated in the video when it was finalized. I love that it allowed me the freedom to edit and change everything else that I wanted.
I was able to finish editing everything in half a day. I was trying to find ways to decrease the play time without cutting out information. I think if I would not have done a slowed down version of how I normally tat, I could have made this a 15 minute tutorial. Then I thought that I couldn't really call it a tutorial if I didn't show the entire process. I did not create a catalyst for the rose, it is just how to make and shape it. I also added a couple of pictures at the end to show how the same technique can be applied to make other flowers like this water lily:
The wonderful thing about this technique is that there is no actual stitch counts. What?! Why is this good? Well it allows to you join wherever you need to, to be able to create each petal. This gives you creative freedom to literally make any flower you can imagine. Now there are some minor limitations to this. The width of the ribbon used determines the size of the flowers final size & shape. Also the wire can be a pain to keep out of the way when you first begin. I was reminded of my early days of tatting, when I began with a needle, and had to fight the the tail of thread. Why not just load the wire on a shuttle? You can't. You need constant access to the other end of the working wire for joining,.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Working on making the tutorial for the ribbon roses. As I was assembling one of them, a idea came into my little tired mind on how to improve it. It began as a way to help stabilize it, since it is in 3D and I work with fine threads. The first "good" rose was still a bit floppy because of it. After making a successful prototype, it occured to me that writing it down with pictures would still be confusing. Or have the potential to be confusing.
As I worked on the second rose, I knew the best way to describe what I was doing was to "show it". As in video tutorial. I will probably still do a written version but if I can show how to make it in like a 5 to 10 minute video verses a potential 5 page written with pictures pattern......
I am going to have to design a base for these as well. For now I am using the catalyst from Kim's Forever Roses. I want something more simplified for mine in keeping with the way the rose is worked up. This pattern can be elegantly simple once you find your tatting rhythm with it.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Most of my effort this month is on those roses. Two dozen-ish doesn't seem like a lot, but it actually is taking a whole lot of energy to just do one. Since variety was asked for, I went in search of 3d roses and only found a few.
Craftree, and the consensus seemed to be a chaining around the ribbon. The simplest answer is usually the right one.
I did finish a triangle motif from Tatting Fantasia 2. This was mostly to see if I can do it. The whole book is basically made up of variations of this motif. I had a horrible time wrapping my mind around it, so it was a challenge to me. Once I finished it the "aha!" light came on and I wonder why I found it so difficult to tat up in the first place.