Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thread Frustrations!

Have you ever bought a ball of thread that looked amazing and beautiful on the ball, then started working it in a pattern and begin to dislike it more and more? That's what's going on today. I bought a variegated purple Lizbeth and can't seem to be able to do anything with it. I tried the Spinning Wheel and the 'Black magic' bookmark out of the Visual Patterns book and can't seem to have my work come out just right. So, is it the pattern, the thread, or me? O_o I don't know....Weather here is ICEY! We're shut in and reading, watching movies, and I'm trying to tat! Grrr! I've never had this happen before! Needless to say that there are tatting 'remnats' that I've cut off scattered all around my desk and chair. The colors are pretty, but I just can't seem to do anything with it! I HAVE been wanted to re-do a doily that I made when I first started out in my tatting adventures, so it looks as if I'm headed back to the basics. Maybe that will clear my sanity!
Stay warm!
Allison

7 comments:

yarnplayer said...

It sounds like you don't like how the colors are arranging themselves, or that they are overwhelming the design. Another approach would be to use the multicolored thread on one shuttle, and solid white or a coordinating solid color on the other shuttle (or as the ball thread). Or, vice-versa - that might help bring out the design more. Anyway, good luck! I hope you find a combination that is fun!

Jane Eborall said...

Ah, this is the problem with variegated threads. They look stunning on the ball but rarely do they seem to be as good worked up. Try working it with a plain thread and use the SLT trick too. Might work.

Arty Lady's blog said...

What a shame. I agree they do look nice on the ball but we don't buy varigated thread just sit and look at.

Have a great Christmas. x

Allison said...

Wow Yarnplayer, you hit it right on! That is some great advice; time to start another doily! Yes, Jane I agree with you 100%! Thanks for your comments ladies! It's ice-ing out so there is still time to work on another project! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Krystle said...

I have that trouble sometimes. I always end up doing a spinning wheel....lol but I agree with the plan of using a different coordinating color along with it, My favorite is to use the varigated as the chain color thread so that the colors continue smoothly through the chains.

Isdihara said...

All the knowledgeable and wise women who posted before me have really explained and suggested it best!

I offer you a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on during your frustrations. Using the variegated thread for the chain color works great! That smooth flow from one color to the next is what "makes" variegated threads so pretty. (Just my opinion...)

Here is a link to an entertaining article about men at the turn of the century who were frustrated during long periods stuck indoors. They marvelled at how the women kept themselves pleasatnly occupied -- TATTING!

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=3&res=9504E1DD133BE633A25751C0A9649C946296D6CF

Gina said...

I have one Lizbeth varigated that I hate too. It looked like 3 colors but was only 2 and didn't tat up pretty at all. Then I made something using that thread as practice and that particular way of the color lining up was great! Most Lizbeth variegateds have a short changeover in color. This can affect how it looks in the end, depending on the design. You've been given good advice already. I'd love to see how it works out!

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