Thursday, September 29, 2011

nuntium secundum et quadragesimum (42nd post ) digitabula

Been a while, huh?  Well, that's the school year for me.  I love it. I love school.  But there's not much time for tatting.

Our weather is changing, the leaves are absolutely gorgeous.  The way we get those leaves is by cool nights and glorious days, the huge temperature change is the key to beauty in the leaves.  But it makes for cold hands in the morning so we go for those little $1 gloves from JoAnn's.  But they're so dull.  So I thought I'd jazz them up a bit with some tatting.  My daughter chose the colors and the pattern is from Lyn Morton's Tatting Patterns.  I did the colors wrong but she likes it.
motif #17
It didn't go quickly, I did one repeat short on the second glove so had to cut it off and restart. sigh.

And I've decided that sewing with invisible/clear thread is IMPOSSIBLE!

On the girl's hands. 

Maybe now I'll go back to the Quatrain.  Or grading. Or sleeping?

Latin for today:  digitabula mea sunt pulcherrima = My gloves are very beautiful!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

nuntium quadragesimum primum (41st post) Corinne's motif and clunies

I thought I would try Corinne's game.  She's created a lovely motif and invited others to try it it out.  The pattern is simple and elegant and it gave me an excuse to use more of Anika's HDT.  I'm pretty well pleased with it.  The green is Lizbeth spring green med and both are size 20.
motif #16 - isn't it pretty?

Then I made another of Elizabeth's little crosses, this time in one of my vintage threads from Aunt Rose-E, size 70.  It's great but REALLY tiny.  I'm not sure it's a good bookmark size but my daughter snapped it up right away.  Note the front side, back side again.  I'm still not convinced but it's fun to practice.

Yesterday, my elder daughter (who tats) and I got together with Cindy for Twin Cities Tatters.  We had a great time and gave clunies a try.  I got the loom and the weaving part down but I think I must be doing something wrong at the end when I pull the threads through.  It almost feels like a "flip" happens and then I can't pull the threads from the bottom.  (Top ones okay!)

They're not perfect but I'm excited to learn something new.  Someday I will be embarrassed that I posted a picture of them but not today.  Today they are just fun!

Latin for today:  ubi est cafeum meum?  non iam possum cogitare.  = Where's my coffee?  I can't think yet.