Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TIAS Day 7

Day 7 for me!! This is how my scanner had the image uploaded and it got me thinking...the TIAS pattern looks a lot like a Jellyfish! What do you think?? Be sure to check out the TIAS Blog!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thinking about Valentines day...

It was a great day to work with BEADS! These little motifs are Le Blog de Frivole's December Motif. Beads were part of my Improvement list and so far I'm making slow progress. This pattern calls for a long picot in the first round with beads added to that picot via crochet hook in the second round. Unfortunately the beads I was using are too small to fit over my smallest crochet hook. So I had to get creative to string the beads onto the picot before joining. The white one used the directions for the beads, where I experimented with pink motif and red beads. By placing the beads on the ball thread, I added them to the picot in each chain that way. For the next couple motifs, perhaps I'll go up a bead size so they fit on my crochet hook.
Using the pink thread got me thinking about Valentines Day. I'll have to try some heart patterns and add some beads.Cherrio for now!

Monday, January 28, 2013

TIAS Day 6!

 Here is Day 6 for me! It's been a busy weekend and I'm ready to sit and tat for a while on this rainy Monday in Illinois. I've printed off some new patterns that I can't wait to start and have decieded to add some beads to them! (working to accomplish that Tatting Improvement List!)

Hope everyone has a marvelous Monday!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

TIAS 2013

Rockin' and Rollin' through TIAS 2013!! Here is the link for Day 5!
Day 5 of TIAS

So Day 4 had a new technique I had never used called a Catherine Wheel Join that proved to be a great alternative to the standard lock join. Now today's, Day 5, had another new approach to making chains called a Lock Chain. It is a chain made with the first hitch flipped, and the second hitch unflipped. The flipped stitches makes the chain look braided. It looks especially cool with variegated threads!

 Yesterday's Tatting class was lovely. Seven ladies and a gentleman came and tatted away the afternoon on a snowy and windy day in Illinois. What an adventure tatting takes us on! A couple of the ladies had already learned how to tat and had some great questions and discussions to share. Most had tried tatting years ago and wanted to start again. I was so very blessed by their courage to give tatting a try. I can't wait until next month's class! If you are in the northern Illinois area and would like to join us we will be having another Beginning Shuttle Tatting class on Feb 20th 1-4pm. Call Natasha to sign up! Here is the website with her classes and contact information. We'd love to have you!

 Have a great day everyone and until next time,

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 4 of TIAS 2013

Jane gave us a new technique to try on this pattern; it's called a Catherine Wheel Join! You can visit her link here to read all about it. When working with two shuttles, instead of using a lock join, which can be kind of big and not very pretty, you make a Catherine Wheel Join. This acts as a mock 'double stitch' that joins the two pieces together. This makes an endless and smooth chain where you can't even tell where the join was made (other then looking at the picots from the previous round!) What a great technique to learn! 

I am very excited to say that the Tatting Class that I will be teaching at Esther's Place tomorrow is FULL! We had such a fantastic response to this class! I'm so thrilled that there are more ladies (and a gentleman!) in the area that want to learn how to tat and bring back this amazing art. So I'm off to get handouts and tatting kits ready!
Have a lovely day everyone!
Warm wishes from Illinois!

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