Monday, January 30, 2017

Beads, hearts, then flowers

I'm not sure if I should post this here or on the resin's a mix of both. I made a silicone mold out of a bead and decided to do a casting with some tatting in it. The mold was small and it took a little bit of manipulation to get the sample in there. I was so absorbed into getting it in there, that I forgot to seal the lace. After I pulled it out, I found the white thread had gone semitransparent. Still kind of cool.

On the tatting front, I took a shot at tatting with some ribbon. I kept seeing these beautiful flowers on my Pintrest feed from a Japanese tatter, Atelier Sakamichi(?). I went back through some older links and found a tutorial by Corina Meyfeldt on some basics. I used some 1/8 inch ribbon I had on hand (I have to go buy some organza type ribbon soon). I wanted to make some "puffy hearts" at first. The ribbon got twisted on the second "heart" and I found I liked it better than the first. Stitch counts were just a shot in the dark at this point.

I kept going, reworking the stitches as I went. I didn't want to throw this away after all that tatting. After making two more hearts they became "petals". I tried twisting and arranging them into what I hoped resembled a flower.
I used wire to wrap it into shape.

 My original intention was to encapsulate the wire and the rest of the "stem" with thread. I think I'm just going to wrap it with florist tape instead. So what type of flower is it supposed to represent? Whatever you I really should go buy some organza type of ribbon for this style of flower making. Still, I think this turned out nice for a first run into tatting with new materials and techniques.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dreams and Demands

My oldest asked me to make some dream catchers for her.She wanted me to use my tatting for the central part of it. I thought it was a good idea, so I put the Spider Fantasia aside and began.

I did not expect the criteria my daughter added after we hashed out the details.  For starters, there would be four of these. Okay different colors so I don't mind. I will just tat the same motif. Then add some beads, still not a problem. They have to be keychain, I have some fine thread. She wants them by Tuesday.  This gives me three days to finish.

I didnt have the right sized "hoops" for this but I improvised with some large earring hoops. These actually worked out perfect for the size she wanted.

After the second one was made, these came along fun and fast.

Monday, December 19, 2016

I remember a few months back there was this rage going around of beaded angels/fairies/dolls. Some creative tatter added lace to it and it was the cutest little thing. My hands decided to try and make my own version of it. First was trying to find the original postings and could not find it. Then searching Pintrest I found something similiar. I tried not to spend too much time there, because I really don't  need another

Using this as a reference guide, I went through the bead stash and came up with some potentials. I had three good sized glass pearls and decided to go with the smallest as the head. Should the desire, or this first prototype work out, I have two more to work with. I found these bead caps that I originally purchased to work the tatting into the filigree portions of it. It worked out good for the skirt, hair,crown, and back support of the wings. Okay, okay, for the majority of this doll of mine. I  used a hair pin to link most of the beads together, then added a second wire to join the wing support to the body. I left a bit of wire slack in case I decide to add arms after the tatting is done and added.

Since it is winter, the colors I wanted to use had to reflect this. Now I could've gone the obvious, white, but I felt that with the pearl color it needed something more dramatic. Lizabeth Periwinkle to the rescue, in size 40 of course.