Monday, October 5, 2015

Questions for the more knowledgible then me.....about Tatting Days

I was visiting Lelia's blog here:
and I saw this
  15th Annual Tatting Days - 'A Snowman's Tale'
from here:
It looks awesome to me!!!  But.....the anxious side of me has questions, like could someone explain how things go??  It looks as though the classes are just repeated each day and if that is so...why would you want to attend all 3 days??  I would only be able to attend Saturday if I choose to go.  It looks like fun and tatting, but I am just not sure.
Thanks for putting up with this "still" newby tatter{ to any tatting gatherings}.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Still secret tatting....

I made a bit more progress on this doily.  It's from the book the Basic Book of Macrame and Tatting.
I made a mistake on a chain on the last row and forgot one picot so I had to do my best and make a correction and then finish this round.  The next round is supposed to be the blue again same design too, so it may take awhile.
Have an awesome day and hopefully some tatting too!!!  :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Shhhhhhh......secret tatting happening :D

This is a Christmas gift(problem is who I am giving it to-my mother-in-law and her hubby, or my hubby).  It's tatted in size 10 Lizbeth Navy Blue and Snow White.
 I messed up on the Navy Blue section, but have tried to work with it so that I didn't have to cut it off and start again.  I will post the book it's from next time(hopefully).  Here it is on a tote bag for an idea of it's size so far.
 I just finished the 3rd garland for my friend.  So far I have succeeded in getting 1 done a year which means next year will be the final one.  For those who don't know...these are 18 feet long(so that is 36 feet of tatting-slow with 3 picots added to each side of each bead and size 10 thread).  
 Yes, I have been working on the tablecloth.  It's still just a glorified table runner, but at least it's not abandoned.  I am trying to sew in all those ends and then place it on the table to give you a better idea of the size(maybe next week sometime).
 One night we had a storm and I can't sleep during them, so I tatted and our daughter knitted while watching a movie till the storm ended.  I did this cross which I have done lots of times. 
 Just something to keep me busy and not stressed by the storm
(don't look, I accidentally got a picture of my toes).
 The piece below is a question piece.  One of my senior tatting students brought this handkerchief to me and asked if it was tatting.  I looked at it awful careful because it sure resembles tatting in the stitches a bit, but.....I told her I was pretty sure it was not tatting and she is wondering if anyone knows what type of lace work it is.

An update on my tatting senior students. has a way of keeping class from happening, has achieved rings pretty well, 
and as soon as she is feeling better she will be moving on to chains.
  The other doesn't really practice and just casually acts interested, but still says she wants to continue.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!!!
I have seen lots of other tatters' projects and progress and am so inspired!!!  :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 25 Motif Challenge # 7

It's done!!!  :)
Again, this is...Beaded Lanyard from Patti Duff  
It's tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Rainbow Splash and some large beads.  
I scanned it so the gray in the picture is due to having the beads keep the scanner lid from closing.
The seniors who are learning to tat are doing well.  One is making rings(we need to work on some tension), and the other is just getting the flip, but for some reason they both have troubles with the words under and over.  I thought it was simple, but they keep going the wrong direction.  Either way, they are learning!!!  :)  Hopefully I will be able to take pictures soon.
Hope you have a tatful day!!!  :)
I am off to prepare for the invasion of the granddaughters again.  :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For Fox....and anyone else curious: Tatting a lanyard picture by picture start off with, I don't know if this is how it's supposed to work,
but this is how it's working for me.  ;)   

This first picture shows how I have a bead on the thread and wrap normally around the hand leaving the bead closest to the closing part of the ring.
Then I start tatting hoping to get the stitches as close to the last ring as possible
(which with these larger beads is a little tricky).
 I tat the 2 double stitches as in the pattern then make the join to the picot from the ring on the same side I am working on(not the last's every other ring, because every other rings falls on the same side. So you tat a ring, turn the flip that side down and tat the next ring, and then flip that down and tat the next one joining to the first ring, then flip that down and tat the next ring joining to the 2nd ring  ***hope that makes sense).
 Then, after the join tat the 12 ds a picot and 2 more ds, 
still making sure that the bead is at the bottom.
 Then....slowly and carefully close the ring
(I have to be careful because the bead likes to spin and twist the thread which causes trouble).
 Still closing, keeping it from twisting.
 Finally closed(as good as I can get it).
 Ok, to make some people laugh today.  When I started this project I didn't think well.  These beads are wayyyyyyyy  too big to put on a Clover shuttle, and.....I had way too much thread, but I won't even go into details on how that happened!!! keep from having to figure something else out and to make what I had work....I carefully stuck it all in this plastic bag.....
 then I roll it up and use it like a shuttle.  I have to unroll and take a bead out or bring more thread out from time to time and it's taking me far longer than I am caring for, but it's working and I will continue until I am finished.  I know I have been tatting for 5 years and shouldn't have made such a huge mess, but.....I feel I am still a beginner.  :)
Hope this helps!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tatting, tatting goodies, and a smile :)

 I have been tatting.  I am working on this Beaded Lanyard from Patti Duff link 
It's tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Rainbow Splash and some larger orange beads.  This is for a friend to hang a cross on as a necklace.  It's only as long as the width of a piece of paper so far, but I am working on it slowly.
 If you are wondering why orange is her favorite color.  :)
 I also just completed another Hope Cross by Elaine P. Gan.  It's tatted in size 40  Yarnplayer's HDT Red, White, and Blue.  As you can see it's small enough to fit on a sticky note diagonally.  This is for a very patriotic veteran friend.  :)
 This is a tatting goodie package I received from Carollyn (Madtatter80).
 Totally unexpected and totally a treasure chest of surprises!!!
There is an absolutely wonderful handcrafted bunny shuttle!!!
There is a wonderful tatted heart, a fabulous little card with Jesus the Shepherd on it.
 There is a Gorgeous card of flowers almost 3-D!!! 
And a little box off to the left bottom there with lots of goodies to hopefully show up in tatting!!!
And as for the smile....this is our 7 yr. old granddaughter(the last time they were here) "eating" Ramen Noodles.  I couldn't resist the picture when I saw she had wound the noodle around the fork and was eating it from the handle down.  Crazy kid!  :)
I have also added 4 more motifs to the tablecloth, 
and done a little more tatting on the very long Christmas garland for our friend.
Also, I have 2 new tatting students.  I hope to have pictures next time.
They are seniors who both really want to learn.  We tried a couple weeks ago, but there were too many distractions to get much accomplished, but today one has gotten the flip down pretty good and can close her rings(she made 3), and the other is getting the flip a little, but has some trouble with her hand not being able to be hold in the position to make rings for very long so we had lots of breaks.
Hopefully I will have pictures of lots of rings soon!!!  :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 25 Motif Challenge # 6

This was quite the directional challenge!!
This is Elaine P. Gan's doily design.  I test tatted this for her.
It's tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Tropical Punch and size 40 Yarnplayer's HDT Celery.
It needs blocking, but I just had to show it.  :)
Hope you have a happy tatting day!!!  :)