Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Got another Hope Cross done for another man

Here's another Hope Cross straight from the shuttles in a rush.
Hopefully I will get everything else I need to get done accomplished in time!!!  :)
Happy tatting!!  :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Actual tatting to show!!! :) 2015 25 Motif Challenge # 4 & 5

The first 2 are the Hope cross from Elaine's new book Tatting Patterns 4 
The first is tatted in Yarnplayer's Adventurer HDT size 40, and the second is in the same thread, but with 2 strands tatted together at the same time.  I wanted a cross for men and this is a challenging cross, but I love the design!!!  I didn't do it justice, but I did my best!
Here is a comparison picture of the Hope crosses with my hand.  I needed a quick way to show the size.  I feel that men would prefer something less dainty in size so with the 2 strands together I achieved that.  I tried to line the color up together, but I did it at night with house lights on and it doesn't work well.  Either way, I think men will like it.  :)

 Next is Robin Perfetti's Priscilla Cross link here:
It's tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Purple Iris Fusion.  It's a gift for the lady who wrote on her webpage(years ago) about tatting which got me searching to see what tatting was and is now one of my favorite things to do!!!  :)  
 Oh, this cross is about the same size as the large men's cross, just wider.
Of course, I have ends to sew in, but I am taking a break.  And, I have more to do on the triangle cross.  :)   I have more crosses to tat, and several other projects which need to get done!!!  
Happy tatting everyone!!!  :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Question time....

If you take 2 size 40 threads and use them together like a hand wound thread will they be equal to a size 20 thread??  Just thinking and wondering.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Getting back into the swing of tatting!! :)

Yes, it looks like a jumbled mess, but my sister says I have organized chaos.  :)
I am still working on the triangle cross.  The first attempt got delayed due to a broken thread (over on the right side of the center group near the ball thread, and then I realized that I needed 6 triangles to have it correct and I only had 5 so I started over).  This ball of thread is the worst I have ever had.  I have had many breaks with the thread and it is so coarse that it irritates my hands, but I figure what better way to experiment than to use a thread that won't stand up for a good project(although, it drives me crazy!!!). 
On the top left of the triangle cross pattern you will see what I have accomplished so far.
Oh, if you look at the bottom of the triangle cross pattern you will see 
2 other thoughts in progress.   Now, if I could just figure a way to tat this without all the ends!
On the left hand side is one of Elaine P. Gan's crosses named Hope from  her new book here:
I think it will make a great cross for men and I have it tatted(incorrectly somehow- in this picture on the left) in Yarnplayer's Adventurer HDT size 40.  I was going to use size 20, but she was out so I went with my preferred size.  Seems a bit small, but it will just have to work.
And turning to the right side of the picture, I made a tiny bit more progress on Robin Perfetti's cross-link here:
Although, in this cross I had another frustration.....part of the thread snapped. 
 It's still connected, but it got left alone due to frustration from the triangle cross thread breaking several times, and then this snap.
I have several crosses I need to tat for people, 4 more dangles requested, a suncatcher, and to finish my 2014 Spring doily yet.  I never seem to have the problem I have seen so many tatters have- not knowing what to tat next.  My problem is-when am I going to get time to tat what I want.  :)
Happy tatting everyone!!!  :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Actually tatting again. :)

My thumb is healing!!!  It is sensitive to certain things, but it looks normal.  The raised logo on the TATSY shuttle irritates it, this green thread size 40 from Lizbeth feels like rope against it(but it's the one ball of Lizbeth that has ever felt this way-and to both hands too).
This first picture is of a cross I am trying to design for men(hopefully not so frilly even though it's still lace)  I have 7 out of the 21 triangle done so far, but the thread broke when closing the last ring on the 7th triangle and I set it aside at that moment.
 This second picture is of 1 completed cross on the right hand side in rainbow(just need to sew in ends, but not wanting to tackle that with my thumb and a needle yet), and another cross for the young lady who inspired me to learn tatting.  I will give more details later.
I did get a little more done on my 2014 Renulek's Spring Doily.  I think it has 10 repeats on the next to last round.  And I am hoping to get back to test tatting as well.  Our Saturdays for the next month are very busy, but I might have tatting time for most of them.  :)
Have a happy tatting day!!!  :)