Monday, October 29, 2012

Classic Doily takes on a new color!

Time for a color change! Linda's Classic Doily that I've been working on is getting bigger and bigger! I'm on Round 10 and it's about 7.5" (19cm) in diameter. Because there is a round of all rings next, I thought about a color change! So a band of white rings will join to the previous rounds of light blue. Then the plan is to do that last scallop round of the doily in white as well to keep the colors matching. This doily pattern is already quite a favorite, so I'm excited to go all the way and finish this large doily. What is neat about it is that I could stop at round 9 (where the first scallops are) and that doily alone would look really nice too. But this is going to be my November project, so I'm shooting to finish it by Thanksgiving and then the Tatting Improvement List begins with the New Year! Exciting, Exciting, Exciting! Stay tuned!

 Here is Linda's picture of her Classic Doily - I'll take a picture of the one I'm working on once the band of rings in done :)
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Project

I've started working on a new project the other day that I am kinda excited about! I had some thread left over from the lace mat tat-a-long and decided to use it up. Since I learned how to do split chains a month or so ago, I am eager to try new challenges and techniques. So with this Lizbeth antique violet thread, two shuttles and a paperclip (is that one word, I dunno) I am starting with Le Blog de Frivole's pattern called 'Quatrain.' Here is what I have so far!
I'm just about ready to do a small split chain, then a  split ring climb to the next round!
What got me thinking on all this is the Tatters Across Time badges that some of the lovely blogs I follow have: like LadyShuttleMaker and Fox at Tat-ology, just to name a few. I've got so much on my plate right now that I can't quite commit to a study like the Tatters Across Time, but I can still work on and improve my techniques. No more sloppy tatting or cutting corners for me!  So I am embarking on a quest to improve my skills and strive for new adventures! There shall me needle tatting, interlocking rings, and a project involving 6 shuttles ahead!! It's exciting to think about! But I am curious if any of you have advice on whether or not you liked the Tatters Across Time program? I'd love to hear form you!

Take care all! And may all your tattings be blessed!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Completed Lace Mat

Here it is! The completed Lace Mat from Jon's Tat-a-Long!

This is a gorgeous pattern that I enjoyed so much, I'll be starting another one soon! Jon did a great job at re-diagramming this antique pattern! It was fun to think of all the other tatters around the world who were making the same doily I was here in Illinois. I'm still not 100% sold on the color choices that I picked, but like I said, I'm going to start another one soon. Thanks for all the great feedback on this doily and may all your tattings be blessed! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Latest Projects...

 Mom and sister are away to Florida this week so I've been holding down the farm with my dad. We have had some rainy days lately, so that's made for plenty of tatting! Here are some of my projects and what I'm working on:

Tat-a-Long: I'm on the last round and then to add little clovers! I'm not 100% pleased with my color choices. I think a mix of a variegated thread and a coordinating solid color would've been better; like tat-ology or Margaret's. I've really enjoyed this pattern so I'll definitely be making another one, oh the thread choices are endless!! I actually had an idea today...I just might cut out the center, brown part, and re-tat the center in a more compatible color! How's that for getting one-self out of a tatting conundrum! :o)
I also had some great feedback on my Facebook page about this doily! My cousin suggested that these three colors look better in pairs then they do as a three-some. Some lighter, but still rich shades of blue, yellow, and pink were suggested. What do you think? What color would you put in the middle of this doily?

Classic Doily: I've been plodding along on Linda's doily. It will look better once I've finished the rounds of chains and has been blocked. I'm still in LOVE with this color! It's Lizbeth Wedgewood light

The rounds of chains in this doily pattern remind me of one of my favorite plants: Hens and Chicks! See how they both have the look of an optical illusion!

 Hope everyone is well in your circle of family and friends!  
Happy tattings!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Post #200!!!!!!!!!!

Whoever said that 'Time flies when you're having fun" didn't know how much fun tatters have! It's so true; from November of 2008 when I started tatting it's been
  • 1430 Days ...
  • 3 years, 11 months ...
  • 204 Weeks...
  • 34,320 hours...

...of pure tatting bliss! How blessed I am! Thanks for reading all my ramblings and sharing in the adventure with me and encouraging me to try new techniques. I love and cherish all of your comments and have had the pleasure of meeting some terrific and lovely ladies from all over the world. What still blows me away is that from the art of tatting I've been able to connect with other tatters living in England, Australia, and Malaysia! I can't wait to see what is in store for the years to come!

"This world still has its beauties
Despite its frantic pace.
Take time to watch the season's joys
And say thank you for your lace!"
 ~poem from Lace Poem Fairy

Blessings from the heartland of America,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lace Mat

 I'm working on the second round of Tat-a-Randa's Lace Mat for her Tat-a-long! It's been the perfect project to take along to work and tat on my lunch breaks! Here's what I have so far:

For some extra fun, be sure to check out the links below of some other wonderful tat-a-longs!

Here's the link to my Facebook page too, if you're up for some more browsing :)
 I hope you are having a great start to your weekend1!!
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