Monday, July 29, 2013

Three pretty motifs

Here are three more motifs from Jon's lovely book.

#8 Nilakandi
Lizbeth No. 20, color 100, Falling Leaves.  Finished: 7/8/13.
(This is the only one I've made in variegated thread, and I like the solid colors better.)

#9 Cintamani
Lizbeth No. 20, color 694, Harvest Orange Medium. Finished: 7/15/13.

#10 Ratnasari
Lizbeth No. 20, color 644, Boysenberry Dark.  Finished: 7/16/13.
(This one turned out larger than all the other ones.  Not sure why. It also wasn't my favorite of all the ones I've made.)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Motifs 5, 6, and 7!

FINALLY took pictures of the tatting I've finished.  I have several ready but am going to space them out. Here are motifs 5-7 for the 25 Motif Challenge!! All are from Jon Yusoff's Elegant Tatting Gems.

#5 Baiduri
Lizbeth No. 20, color 689, Mint Light. Finished on 5/15/13.

#6 Galuh
Lizbeth No. 20, color 689, Mint Light.  Finished on 5/16/13.

#7 Nilam
Lizbeth No. 20, color 640, Antique Violet Med. Finished on 6/5/13.

I have 6 more of these finished, and one in progress.  I really am enjoying making these and only have 5 more to go before I've made every one in the book.  I love how most of these are done in one round.  Jon is a genius!

Also have several Mary Konior motifs and doodles to post as well, and a few by Anne Orr.  Also working on some doilies that I go back to occasionally.

Right now I'm digging my new Pop-a-Bobbin shuttle I got from Jane's Etsy shop. This will make #4 for me I think.  Really love these shuttles and watch her shop regularly for more to "pop" up. (Hee hee) I love handmade wooden crafty things, and these feel great in my hand.  I also have one of her Hooks with a Hat, which is perfect to use for those shuttles that don't have hooks on them.  I have some wooden post shuttles without picks and also like to use the clover plastic post shuttles sometimes but the "pick" on the end doesn't do me much good, so I usually end up using Jane's hook instead.

Back to tatting!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lots of Tatting, Less Blocking

I have been tatting a lot, just haven't blocked anything in a while because I wasn't feeling well and then I just put it off. I don't know why I do that. It's not like it's very hard to do these little bits of tatting.  I just steam iron them and it only takes a few minutes to do each one.  And I actually enjoy the outcome.  I'm just a procrastinator sometimes. It's on my to do list for the next few days and then hope to have pictures up soon! Lots of pretty things finished including motifs from Jon's Elegant Tatting Gems, some small motifs from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns, and a few other doilies that are quite nice.

I want to use some of the smaller motifs for cards so may make a trip to the craft store for some supplies.  I used to do some stamping but we moved to a new house in November and I have no idea where my stamping box is. Well, I do know where it is--it's in the garage somewhere and I have no desire whatsoever to go hunting around in there right now, even though it's fairly organized.

I want to make some jewelry for Christmas gifts for a special relative.  Maybe an earring, necklace, bracelet set in black.  She can totally pull this off and would love it. Then some ornaments for a few other appreciative recipients.  I may do the bulb ornaments I've got several pretty patterns for.  (Put those on the list for the craft store!) I also knit, crochet, and used to do a lot of detailed cross stitch work.  My usual Christmas ornaments were cross stitch but I haven't done them in the past few years so this year I may change it up. My great grandmother was the tatter in our family and my mom is thrilled that I've started tatting again so she'll love it.  She's already put in a request for a wedding handkerchief for my 13 year old niece.  Getting a little bit ahead of yourself there ma. I guess this gives me plenty of time to find the perfect antique handkerchief to attach the lace to, since that's what I'd prefer to do if I can't buy a new one that fits the image in my mind of what it should be.  When I got married, I carried one of my great grandmother's tatted handkerchiefs and it was really special to me.  I'm lucky to live in a family that appreciates the time and love that goes into hand made things.

Ok off to put "BLOCK YOUR TATTING" on my calendar for tomorrow.  Accountability is the key.