Friday, 20 May 2016

Mary's Cross

I needed another one.  This time I made Mary Konior's small cross from the book "Tatting with Visual Patterns".  It's quite a bit bigger than Elizabeth's small cross from two posts ago.  Surprisingly, I had to adjust the pattern a little bit and made small changes because it wasn't working out quite right for me (just a stitch here and there).  I like how it turned out.  This cross has a very nice shape and I like the centre part which I find visually interesting where the three rings join together).




And I had a sudden desire to try something new when I saw this bracelet (from a tutorial on YouTube)...  I had the materials so I gave "micro macramé" a go.  What's interesting is that if you look up close you will see that some of the stitches are just like tatting:  the curves around the centre beads are done with "double stitches".  There is one row of plain ones and then two rows of "double stitches" interspaced with beads.  I'm waiting for a wider ribbon end as what I had was too narrow (where the clasp is attached to the bracelet).  I enjoyed making it and will probably make another in different colours.



I've also made progress on the projet from the previous post (one part is finished) but I'll wait to show you the completed thing.

Best wishes,
Frivole

Friday, 13 May 2016

Sometimes...

things just don't work out!  I occasionally have patterns like that where I start to wonder if I was meant to make them.  I started again on the little project from the previous post and went wrong again.  Well, the size of thread is better - surprising how much difference there seems to be between Lizbeth 20 and Anchor Artiste 20 but I managed to go wrong more than once while trying to re-make this.

First of all the centre part wasn't lying flat at all - but that was stated in the pattern as it recommended pressing the piece after the centre part was made.



Surprisingly, it did go completely flat.
That's better.


Let's carry on...


Hang on, that's way too tight,
I just can't fit all the little rings in!

Ah yes, my fault!
There should have been two picots on each
chain of the previous round, not three!!


Snip, snip, snip


Let's start again.


Now I've got the right number of picots,
the following round should work out better.

So I'm afraid that's all I've got to show for so far.

I thought I would be showing you the finished item in this blogpost but as you can see, I've been thwarted by my own incompetence!  

Best wishes,
Frivole

Saturday, 7 May 2016

In Progress...

Still limited time spent on tatting by me at the moment.  Here's the start of something which I will reveal in the next post...  it's not quite working out at the moment and I may have to cut and re-tat!



I've also made a start on the third element of the crochet-along blanket I'm making.  Remember when I asked you whether I should go for cotton or wool?  Thanks again for all your replies and votes for one or the other; I did go with wool (well, an acrylic blend) due to cost really.  You need quite a bit of yarn for a blanket and I wanted to keep the cost down.  I like natural fibres for clothing but I don't mind acrylic for blankets.  The first motifs were the plum ones, then the blue ones and now it's this fairly complex flower that needs lots of colour changes!  But it looks rather nice I think.  This is a blanket inspired by Frida Kahlo and this latest motif is called "Bird of Paradise".



Best wishes,
Frivole

Friday, 29 April 2016

Small Cross

This is Elizabeth Zipay's cross.  I have tatted in on a few occasions and I think it's a very nice design.  Unfortunately, it's been for sad occasions that I have tatted it and this time it's for a wonderful lady I know who's had a bereavement in her family.  I wanted to put something in her card and this little cross is just right.


Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Beadless Centre Ice Queen

Last weekend I was invited to my very first ever... Tatting Day!   It was wonderful to meet so many tatters and see their beautiful creations.  I even got to meet the famous Jane Eborall (she won't like me calling her that I bet... but she is!) and see her "at work" as she was teaching a techniques workshop.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  My thanks to Linda for organising the day.

I'm afraid I've got no "evidence" (photos) to show for it as I was just too busy looking, tatting and chatting!

I got a basket mould from Linda which I look forward to showing you in another post.  Linda had asked me to bring Ice Queen as she wanted to see it "in the flesh" because she wants to tat it.  I didn't have one ready made (I gave them all away) so I brought my things to make her one during the day - though of course, as it turned out, I didn't spend that much time tatting so wasn't able to complete it.  BUT, when I got there I realised I'd forgotten to bring the beads that I needed for the centre.  Undeterred, I decided to tat Ice Queen without and see how it turned out.  I just finally finished it this morning.  Not bad I think.  The bugle beads are essential to the design but you could definitely do without the centre beads.  And this is what it looks like:


Click here to see Ice Queen with centre beads


It now makes me wonder about reversing the centre shape so that the whole design could be tatted in one pass....  Mmmm.... yes, that would be good.  I do so like "one-pass" designs.  I'll give that some thought.

And a bit more progress on the rectangle doily... just a bit!

Life feels somewhat hectic at the moment.



Best wishes,
Frivole

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Rectangle, Top, and Something New

More bit of this and bit of that...  I'm flitting like a butterfly at the moment with lots of (too many??) projects on the go!

I rounded the first corner on the Rectangle Doily.  I'm not really happy with my tatting at the moment, it's not very smooth or even.  But I will persevere.  It also really needs pressing a bit but I've not done it yet.  Still, this is a great piece to take around with you as there is no pattern to remember, it's all sequences of 4 stitches.  Really easy.



I finished the crochet top I was making for my daughter (I finished it during the holiday but had not taken photos yet).  All ends darned it and washed now, it's ready to give away.  It's Ada Lacy Shells top by Vicky Chan.

This photo doesn't do it justice.
I think it will look very pretty worn over a camisole.


And another photo to show the pretty pattern:



In fact I liked it so much when I finished it that I decided to make myself one... guess in what colour?


I've been having a bit of fun with my crochet hooks too.
They so much more comfortable to hold with a bit of extra girth.




Playing with polymer clay for my hooks inspired me to try something new:  I decided to have a go at making a clay cane... just for a bit of fun.

I tried a sort of flower.
This is how big it was at the beginning.


And then you "reduce" it, working to thin the cane
hopefully without distorting the pattern too much.


And you keep pressing and rolling....


Until you have a tiny flower
(or as big or small as you wish to make it)
The design runs all the way through
so you can slice your cane and use the slices
to decorate things or to make jewellery.

So that was my fun little experiment for this week.  If I had more time... Some artists make amazing looking canes and millefiori designs.  I find it fascinating.

Best wishes,
Frivole



Friday, 15 April 2016

A Bit of This A Bit of That...

When Diane first made this rectangle doily, I thought straight away I'd want to make it too!  I believe she is now working on her second one.  I finally made a start.



As you can see there is a little bit of a curve going on there which means there will be some tension when this needs to be straightened when attaching the other side.


Yes, there is a bit of tension but it's not too bad and it will be sorted out with a bit of blocking.  This could be fixed by adding/removing a few stitches here and there but the nice thing about this design is that everything is made with 4s:  the rings are 4-4-4-4 and the chains are 4-4-4... so it would be a shame to mess with that.  It also makes it a really easy pattern to memorise!

The other little thing I was working on is these simple medallions with bare threads.  I do like the delicate look of tatting with bare threads.  I don't know how far I'll get with it but I thought I'd show you what I have so far.




Maybe you can see better on a dark background?

The one on the left is a messed up one which will go in the bin.



And I have a question for you:  would you make a blanket in cotton?  I'm thinking of making a new blanket which is being released as a CAL (Crochet Along) by its designer:  Jane Crowfoot.  The pattern calls for cotton to be used... but I'm not sure I like the idea of a blanket made of cotton yarn.  Do you?  When I think of a blanket, wool seems much more appropriate.

I tried the first motif in both to see how it looked.  The wool is on the left and the cotton on the right.  You can see that the cotton colours are more vivid and the stitches more defined.  The wool is more "fluffy" and although the colours are quite close, they are a bit more muted.


I also enjoy crocheting with wool a lot more than I do with cotton.  So what do you think?  Would you make a blanket out of cotton?  Or would wool be your preference?  I always love to hear what you think!


Best wishes,
Frivole