Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A little something

I have been sadly neglecting my shuttles for the past few months. I have been working with yarn though, crocheting, that is a WIP in itself. I was bored and picked up the brown (chocolate) Clover shuttle and after loading it up, went on Facebook for inspiration. I found it when a fellow tatter posted a picture of a tatted spoon. A Spoon! The pattern is Roger Freedman and was posted on a needle tatting group from MSN. The way back machine was the way to find the pattern once more. I made this first one with some DMC metallic thread.

Then I thought to also make the cup and saucer that was also on that site. However, using the same thread resulted in a spoon too large to complete the set. I received some size 50 DMC thread so I made the cup and saucer first. I was then planning on making the spoon out of size 80 or even 100 thread. I picked up a few balls of both sizes a couple of weeks ago.

Her ends need to be sewed in and tucked away but she still poses for a lovely picture.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Exquisite doily

My project for this month is figuring out and tatting up one of the Trove newsletter patterns. This is not my Pintrest challenge piece. I began with the largest thread size I can comfortably tat with, but after a few false starts, I dusted off my Tatsys and loaded them with size 10 thread. This made a lot easier to tat. 
When I began the actual tatting I encountered a problem reading the pattern. I'm used to beginning in the center and then working my way out. This is how all patterns I've tatted have more or less started. My mind was trying so hard to make the instructions given fit the grainy photo. It turns out that this particular pattern begins on the outer edges and works inward. I read down to the bottom and sure enough there was the label I was seeking: Center.

I did have to read even these instructions several times before I understood. I'm including stitch counts here in case someone else would like to tat this up and has difficulty deciphering the pattern. This seemed simple enough after it was finished. Then I moved on to the outer frame of the center.
On this section, I used a split chain to reduce the cut and tie. The inner chain, I had to remember not to "push" my chain too tight. If the core thread is tightened too much, the square of the frame will turn concave. The pattern states to tie both threads to a chain picot before the ring, here is where I split chained it. I did begin the row with the ring and tatted around to where the last picot would be, then split chained it there. It was actually an easy split chain for once because I was able to hold the work like I would hold my piece when doing a split ring. The center was large enough to easily pass the shuttle through, so my chain turned out neat and crisp.
Here is the center completed. The original pattern has these elements joined with other types of lace to create a fine "netting" that it will fill up the empty space in the center. I think I will use some size 80 thread and do a mignonette net here. Or maybe finally get down and learn some Oya techniques and fill it in that way. I still have a bit to go, so that will be the final session on this piece. Now I'm off to tackle the 'arms' of the next section.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pin challenge: Complete!

By the final hour, I finally managed to finish the Ankars Butterfly.

She was a challenge for sure. I don't think I have it in me to do more but if I should ever attempt this again, I will definitely use larger thread. If you want all the gory details, they'll be in the Pintrest Challenge Blog.