Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tatting Alfresco!

THIS was one of the most perfect days I've ever seen - it started out with early (very early) morning fog, which burned off as quickly as whisking a tablecloth off a table!  The sun was bright, the clouds were huge, fluffy, and white...except for the dark grey one, which rained on us (briefly) during our picnic (which we were enjoying in the truck).

We enjoyed today tremendously - both for the being outdoors (and being able to breathe, which was a bonus) and for my finishing one tatting project and starting another. 

Tassels are not my strong suit!
The first tatting project was six crosses, which I volunteered to do for our Guild.  The only criterion was that they had to be blue and white - and I found a lovely ball of Flora HH in size 20 which worked out nicely.  Any pattern could be used, so I used a Mary Konior (one of my favorites).  Here are the six.  Knowing that I would end them with a tassel, I put three yards on the shuttle and worked from the ball, and used the leftover shuttle thread in the tassel.  They'll go in the mail Monday.

The project I started today is a bracelet - it's a Martha Ess pattern with a twist, courtesy of the Shuttle Brothers (this was discussed at the PTG meeting last Saturday).  Instead of stringing all your beads and working with a single shuttle, tat SCMRs and slip the bead(s) over the loop before you close it.  I'm using Altin-Basak size 50, color 3004.  It's a lot prettier in person than in these pictures - there was some glare outside which bleached out the shuttle as well (it's actually dark blue).


  1. It's been a beautiful day here, too. I've enjoyed tatting the hours away. Congratulations on getting so much done. The bracelet is looking great. I'd love to watch you adding those beads.

  2. Those crosses are gorgeous! I'm intrigued by Martha's pattern. I still have to learn the SCMR. When I do, I'm sure I'll understand what you are saying! ; )

  3. Such pretty tatting! Love that Altin Basak thread.
    Fox : )

  4. It WAS a lovely day! The crosses are gorgeous.

    I like the idea of the SCMR with the beads. Nifty!

  5. Very pretty tatting! That's a very interesting beading technique. I'll have to make a note of it for the next time I use beads.

  6. Wonderful tatting! I love the colour you used for the crosses.