Saturday, August 25, 2012

Prepping for Tat Days!

Hobby Lobby in Greenwood is out of the little red plastic bows - like the one I put on my wreath.  Know why?  'Cause I bought 'em all, that's why!!

They are going to Tat Days with us in less than two weeks.

In other news, I recently celebrated another year and my sweet David gave me something I've wanted for a long time - an end-of-day shuttle!  Ain't it purty!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bookmark - Complete!

Finished it today during my lunch break!  Fully stretched out, it's not quite a foot long (well, we have some big ol' books!).

I tatted the tail as lock stitch - the equivalent of 30 DS, then did one ring with each shuttle, and finished with a SR.  I continued with more lock stitch, same as before, then did three SRs in a row.  One more section of lock stitch chain finished the tail; then a not-quite-closed SR to hold the tassel, and the bookmark was finished!

The thread is size 20; Berry Burst (Lizbeth) and the lavender I was using a couple of posts ago (DMC Cebelia).

If anybody has a sure-fire method of making tassels, I'd love to hear it!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Old-Fashioned Heart in a Newfangled Way!

This is a lovely pattern from the talented hands of Etha Schuette,  and I had always meant to tat it.  She first published it in 2000 (I believe), and has recently updated it (discovered this by browsing her site).

It’s not complicated at all, although it looks it!  It’s a surprisingly fast tat for such a detailed lace motif, and after tatting one by her original pattern, I started thinking of ways to not have to deal with the ends.  To me, the most obvious was – find some way to use them, such as for the tail of a bookmark.

I started on the chain at the bottom of the heart and worked my way around; climbed out with a split ring, and climbed into the second (and last) row via a second split ring.  When I had tatted all around the heart and was back at the beginning, I joined into the base of the second split ring and tatted a third split ring for the point at the bottom of the heart.  Now I'm ready to start a lock stitch chain.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Better to See You With!

Check out that big ol’ blue eye!  The parrot’s green eye was a little bit small, so I knew I wanted to use a larger bead for the seahorse’s eye.  I think I went a little overboard (oops)!

I didn’t put beads on the seahorse, although both of Jane’s variations call for beads; I didn’t think about it before I left for work this morning, and couldn’t have finished it today if I had taken beads with me and strung them during my lunch break. 

I used the last of the DMC lavender (lilac?) along with Lizbeth Spring Fling on the seahorse.  I love this color combination!  Pity that the DMC ran out before the seahorse was complete!  I did have some Lizbeth Antique Violet Medium on another shuttle, so I finished with it.  Oh, and I reloaded the empty shuttle with the DMC when I got home and noted that the color number is 210. 

This was fun!  It was also a lot quicker than the parrot – I had just a few SRs left to do when I got home this evening, so I went ahead and finished it up.  Now – what shall I tat tomorrow??

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

This Bird's Not Tough, But It Is Pretty Stringy!

Finished!  Well, almost – I still have to deal with the thread ends, but I’ll need to decide what I’m going to do with it first.  Why sew in the ends if I end up sewing it onto something like a shirt or a bag?  I can use the thread ends for as far as they’ll go!

I like the muted colors – maybe this is a female parrot!  I used Lizbeth Wildflower Garden and DMC in lilac – the ball isn’t close at hand, and I don’t know the number offhand – and both threads are size 20. 

Doesn’t Jane do the neatest animal patterns?!  I started the parrot on Monday and only tatted during my lunch break, and finished today – so that’s probably about 100 minutes, which isn’t too bad.

I think I’ll tat one of her seahorses next!  From the air to the sea – after that, I’ll have to pick an animal that is land-based.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tat Days Anticipation!

One month from last Friday…just one more month…eeeeeee!  The anticipation is killing me!  September 3 will be a Bank Holiday here (Labor Day) so all the banks will be closed.  My vacation officially starts Tuesday, September 4…and Thursday, September 6, we leave for Toccoa, Georgia!!  Eeeeeeee!

I have a lot to do before then – decide what to take and what to take it in; decide how we’re going to get there from here; pack for both of us.  Whew!  I’m tired already!  I think I need a vacation!

I’m just about to start tatting Jane Eborall’s Parrot – the pattern is found here.  I’ve decided on a more pastel approach, so once I get going on it, I’ll post some pictures.  I need to decide on a bead for the parrot’s eye…decisions, decisions!

I got this far with Miranda’s Challenge before the penny dropped – for those joining us late, it turned out that the sketch of the doily printed on the fabric Miranda purchased and showed us on her blog was not, as originally thought, a vintage, out-of-copyright pattern.  It’s actually the first three rounds of a Nancy Tracy pattern, used on the fabric without Nancy's knowledge or permission.  Miranda didn't know - she bought the fabric in good faith.  I don’t think I’ll finish the challenge – my heart just isn’t in it anymore.  I unwound the shuttles (one was nearly empty, anyway) and put the unfinished doily in my thread box.  Maybe someday I’ll take it out and finish it…who knows?  It just isn’t going to happen right now.