Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A day off to tat...

 Aaahhh, a day off to tat. I can't think of anything better then for my day off of work to be rainy, so that there is time for tatting! Tatting and listening to new music by The Piano Guys!!!! I can just hear the weather-man saying "Chances for tatting are increasing for the afternoon, with a high possibility of shuttle activity!" 

I've started another Stawasz doily! I found 2 brand new balls of Flora white, in size ten, in my tatting box that is PERFECT for the Stawasz projects! I have a lot of white crochet cotton that I bought when I first started tatting but it frays so badly that I'm always hesitant to use it. and VOILA! The perfect thread has appeared!
This one has a neat square/diamond shape to it. I've always wanted to try a pattern like this that is all split rings and is tatted in straight lines. It's been a good challenge; there a bit of logic that goes along with it because you have to think of which direction the rings need to go, especially around the corners : )

Happy Tattings everyone!
Off to see a movie with my sister tonight!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Unblocked Stawasz Doily

Here it is! The unblocked, light green Stawasz doily #14 in size 3 crochet cotton! I had to refill my shuttles three times just to get this far and wound up (haha, no pun intended!) running out of thread! I have this same size in a pale yellow that I think could do nicely to finish the outer rounds.

Because this one has so many open spaces in it I think it would look nice in the window. My Weigela is blooming in front of the house and it makes for a pretty backdrop :)

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend everyone!!!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

A quick note!

I have a couple of posts in 'draft mode' still, but I thought I'd say hello to everyone! I'm working on a new doily in lime green. It's a Jan Stawasz, Doily #XIV. The thread is one that I got at Wal-Mart forever ago when I first started tatting and is a size 3 crochet cotton.... I think. I like the 'puffy' look of this thread (it looks a little similar to needle tatting, eh?)

Changin' it up a bit by using size 3, bulky thread

Here is a close up. I rearranged the tatting sequence so that I could tat this with one shuttle, versus two like the pattern says. Because this thread is so thick, I know I'll be reloading my shuttle a lot and didn't feel like having to constantly wind two : )

 I hope everyone is well and enjoying May! I can't beleive that it's half over already!
Toodles from Illinois,

Saturday, May 4, 2013

New book and Shuttle review!

I got my copy of Jan Stawasz's Tatted Treasures last week and have been enjoying it immensely! I think that this book will soon rank right near the top of my all time favorite books, like Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns.
Here is a little motif that I am working on. I'm using up some thread that was leftover on my shuttles. This flower has double picots in it; I haven't worked with a lot of those so it was fun to play around with. I'm going to start on a new doily in soft yellow and green that will be my summer project!

I also purchased an Aerlit shuttle with my Be-Stitched.com order. I got the lilac purple and I have to say that I really do like it. It's silent to wind (my family is most appreciative of THAT) and easy to re-wind and the crochet hook at the end is fabulous!

Hope that everyone is having a great weekend! The weather here is beautiful!

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