Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 - I'm going to be better

I'm going to be a better blogger in 2015 - I hope!  I have been so horrible that I am almost a non-blogger!  I always forget to photograph my work - and then I end up giving it away or selling it off before I remember to take photos.

I really am going to try harder to correct that this year.  I have set a goal to be in a few Christmas and Holiday Shows in 2015 so I will be spending my year tatting - 1000's of items.  I am hoping I can remember to post when I do photograph finished projects.  (Friendly reminders and non-gentle nudges would be very helpful!)

So, with that in mind..... I am once again starting the New Year off with 25 Motifs to be tatted.  Please don't give up on me.  I am working hard to accomplish my goal.  (I've tatted over 25 every time I've joined the challenge - I just forget to post them!)  This year will be different.

Meanwhile,

Happy Tatting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tatting my way through Snowflake and Star Patterns.  Looks like the forecast is calling for a blizzard!  I was going to work on a few - but the more I looked, the more I had.  Well over 100 patterns - and so hard to pick one.  SO, I decided to tat them ALL!  I will be posting more later - these are the first 10 I have made and thought I'd work through book by book and try and make at least one of every pattern.

I have to confess that I often find a "favorite" to tat up and will make several of it - often making variations, different amounts of points (5 - 6 - 8), turn a snowflake into a star or star into a snowflake, add picots to make them appear more lacy, or something like that.

With that in mind, I decided to begin with one of my favorite books.  I have not made many snowflakes from this book, because I always had a hard time picking one!  The snowflakes in this book are so sweet to tat.  I spend about 30 minutes on a snowflake - sometimes longer if I make mistakes and have to un-tat.

The book I choose to start with is......... Vida Sunderman's  "Tatted Snowflakes" pattern book.

This snowflake is "Elegant Snowflake" found on page 10/11.



This snowflake is "Trefoil Snowflake" page 10/11



The "Ruffle-Edged Snowflake" page 11


The "Minaret Snowflake" page 12


The "Ribbon-Floss Snowflake" page 12



The "Tiny Snowflake" page 12


The "Ruffled-Star Snowflake" page 13


The "Flower Snowflake" page 13


Taking a break from the book, I found these next two online - and made a slight change to one.  I really love how they work up.

I found this on Joelle Paulson's blog.  It is "Twinkle Twinkle"  www.leblogdefrivole.blogspot.com


This was inspired from Joelle Paulson's - "December Motif" - www.leblogdefrivole.blogspot.com

More snowflakes to come!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

'Tis the Season....

...to be Tatting!

And I am!  Tatting up a storm - or a flurry - or maybe a blizzard!  I'm buried in Snow-flakes that is!  The Lace kind!  I have been tatting through some of my Snowflake Patterns - I've started with Vida Sunderman's book "Tatted Snowflakes". (I'll be posting photos of the flurry soon.)  I've had the book for years and have only made a few of the patterns.  This year I decided I'd tat my way through the book - and other books/patterns that I have stashed about.  I may find some 'new to me' snowflakes that I fall in love with.

I really enjoy the Dancing Snowflake and Jack Frost Snowflake from "The Big Book of Tatting".  I've made dozens and dozens of those - so many I can probably tat them in my sleep!

Meanwhile - working on the 25 Motif Challenge

This doily is of my own design.  I used Aunt Lydia's Size 10 in Aspen for the rings and Copper Mist for the chains.  I think it came together quite well.  (15)

This pattern is "Wedge Doiley" from intatters.  The pattern is an old one in the public domain but I used the diagram and instructions found in intatters.  This was made with Aunt Lydia's Size 10 Ocean for the rings and River Blue.  (16)



Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Small Break

Taking a break from Christmas Tatting for just a moment!

I have had to make Lace by the Yard for the lovely lady who uses it as trim for baby blankets!  She has been using my lace for over 5 years, and still making blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
While making lace for her, I was inspired to make a Rocking Horse for her, too!

This horse is made with Size 10 - White - Crochet Cotton.  

For those who don't know - my mother has Alzheimer's.  So, every year I try to raise funds to donate to Alzheimer's Association and I participate in the Alzheimer's Walk.  With that in mind, everything that I sell during this time of year 100% of the funds goes to Alzheimer's!  

Since I am busy trying to raise funds, I thought Why not make Awareness Bracelets?!  So, I tatted one for me!  

Light Blue for Thyroid Disease (me), Purple for Migraines (me) and Alzheimer's (Mama). (Sorry for the poor photo quality - I took this photo with my tablet.

Then I decided to do all Purple for Alzheimer's!



Then I thought about my friends who support other causes and decided to tat up some others.

These are for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome




Pink - Breast Cancer 


Blue & Pink - Adoption, Lost Child, Birth Defects, etc.


Red - American Heart Association, DARE, MADD, etc.

These aren't new ideas - I have been making these split ring bracelets for years, just never thought about making "Awareness Bracelets" until this year!  

I also make Team/School colors!



And, that brings me through the month of July with my tatting!





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Christmas Tatting

I have thought about doing a "12 Days of Christmas" theme with tatting...or maybe "12 Flakes of Christmas" would be better as all 12 tatted items in the theme will be snowflakes or starflakes.  I have not looked for patterns for the traditional 12 Days of Christmas items.  I'm sure they are out there with the brilliant minds in tatting design!  If you know of any - let me know - I'd love to see them - but won't be tatting any! :-)

I'm impressed with all the 3D Christmas ornaments I've seen.  There are some truly beautiful things out there.  I'll stick to my simple things - but love the eye candy the others offer! 

I've been working on my Christmas Tatting and thought I'd share what I've been working on.

This tree is a very simple ring/chain design with a gold ring on the top.  



This simple tree with a simple gold ring was a quick to-tat item while waiting on my husband at Emory.



This same tree was laying around on my desk when I was playing with the gold thread and I thought I'd pop a top on it.  I think the topper is too big for the tree, though.



This same design, but slightly larger, was tatted in a Forest Green thread.  I used a matching ring for a topper.  I really like this pattern - it's simple and quick to tat.



This snowflake is the Daisy Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes.  I have to confess it is one of my favorites to tat up.  (side note - I crocheted the blanket beneath the snowflake!) 



This is the Dancing Snowflake from The Big Book of Tatting.  It's a quick tat - and cute, too!



Jack Frost Snowflake from The Big Book of Tatting - I like this one, but I like a smaller version - I leave the last round off and call it the Mini-Jack.  



I believe this is the Ribbon Floss Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes.  If I have the name wrong, I apologize.



These are 4 different patterns of Christmas Stockings.  These were fun to tat up.  I used a pattern for an edging and just figured out where and how to turn it to make a heel.



This is a small wreath - simple to make.  I can't claim the pattern is mine but I didn't get the pattern from anyone else.  I just made a circle with the Christmas colors.


I am not sure how I feel about the Myrtle Green so I went back to Forest Green and Red for this batch. I just added some picots on the first round chain to make it more "lacy".  I like the darker green, but I know several people who love the brighter, fresher looking Green. 



Well, that's some of the Christmas tatting I've been doing - Not sure how to count them.  The Trees are basically the same pattern but with different toppers.  The Stockings are all a bit different from each other, but do I count them as one or four?  And the wreaths are two slightly different patterns - so they might count as two.    So, depending on how we add them up, I've either added Seven items or 14 to my 25 Motif Challenge this Month! :-)

OH!  And I forgot to mention that I've been tatting lace for the sweet little lady that makes baby blankets.  Five Yards at a time - I've delivered her Four packs in the past Two weeks.  That's 20 yards of lace in 2 weeks!  I'm working on another Five now - I should be finished by Saturday - just in time to get started on a special project for a friends baby!  I'll add it to the blog when it's complete and delivered! 

Tatting - Too Busy to Post

I have completed the 25 Motif Challenge each and every year - but I get so busy tatting that I run out of time to post!  

With Mother's Day out of the way (and no tatting for Father's Day) I have started on my Christmas tatting.  I made over 165 bookmarks to give to the ladies at church this year.  A few years ago it was lace edge hankies.

Here are some photos of the bookmarks given away.

This one is Mexicana and Myrtle Green - The pattern is one I converted from an old edging pattern.  After making these, I found several patterns online that are similar to this design - Great minds tat alike?!


 This pattern came from the Bestitched newsletter - a while back.  I didn't want the second row of rings so I left them off and just added a row of chains instead.  It was still a bit bigger than I wanted, but oh, it worked up great!



This cross came from an edging.  I just turned the rings a bit.  Again, I've found many websites with similar crosses - and I still like it.



The butterflies were in the Handy Hands catalog as the free pattern one time.  I love the bright colors.  The flowers are doodles that I do when using the last bit of thread on a shuttle.  I've even framed them and made a flower garden.



 This pattern came from a website and I have lost the link - if you know it, please let me know so I can give credit to the designer.  This was the only bookmark made from the pattern - not because I didn't like it, but because I decided to keep it! :-)


These are from the Bestitched newsletter (mentioned above).  Instead of adding a round of chains (or rings and chains as the original pattern had) I decided to just do the inner round.  It worked up great and was the perfect size!


This is from the Wavy Edge pattern from:  http://members.iglou.com/mantia/crafts/OneShuttle.html
I really enjoy working this one up.  The variegated colors look better to me than the solids.


This pattern came from http://catholicfamilyvignettes.com/category/needle-tatting/
It is not exactly like it - but it is where I fell in love with adding a butterfly to a bookmark.




So that's 8 of my 25...  I haven't taken pictures of my Christmas tatting yet - I'll try and get those up shortly.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

'Tis the Season

It's looming closer to Christmas.  Seems like every year I start tatting for Christmas earlier and earlier.  This year it was in June!  Of course, I began my Christmas tatting a bit early because I donated 100% of my sells to Alzheimer's Association.  My mother has Alzheimer's and two of my aunts had Alzheimer's (both of the aunts have passed away now).

As I began my Christmas tatting, I had a dear, sweet lady ask me for 200 candles!  So on top of all the snowflakes I tat, I am working on candles!  She can only make what she calls "little tats".  like petals on flowers. She uses what I tat for her to make handmade cards - drawing leaves, bows, etc. on candles, wreaths, flowers.  She has been doing this for years and is very creative with her cards!

I always intend to post photos of my tatting, but I usually end up giving it away before I snap a photo.  This year, I am going to once again endeavor to make my 25 motifs.  Some may be repeats, some may be new-to-me designs.  But I will begin working on those just as soon as I finish these candles.

120 down - 80 more to go!  I'm about at the end of my wick! :-)