Monday, April 30, 2012

nuntium septuagesimum secundum (72nd post) Tischbandschen

Well, I finally finished it this weekend!  I remade the flowers to have the 5 chains but I prefer the others because the last round laid right next to the chains.  I used size 80 vintage thread from Aunt Rose-E.  Originally I was enchanted by the pattern and intended to make several repeats but getting that last leaf in was too fiddly for me.
Thank you, Frivole, for making the leaf video.  It was a real help!

My older daughter (the one who tats too) and I went to a cafe this weekend for some special tatting time- I am SO lucky.  We had fun!  She's working on a totusmel pattern and I did the Tischband.  We also talked about why tatting with tiny thread is fun but how it takes FOREVER to produce anything of size.  : )

Latin for today:  filiam meam amo - I love my daughter.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

nuntium septuagesimum primum (71st post) anti-scratch mat

I read in a blog which I don't remember that doilies have a bad rap and that we should call them "anti-scratch mats" instead.  My husband has been chortling about this and calling it an ASM (pronounced as a word).   This little guy is in Lizbeth  size 20.  It's the same color as my TIAS goat but I can't remember the name.   The whole ASM is about 5 inches across.
motif #21
It's from Teiko Fujito's book and it was really fun to make although if you don't pay attention, it's easy to make the mistake I did.  (I'm not telling!)

Latin for today:  mens sana in corpore sano = A sound mind in a sound body.  (It's not my own thought but I like it.  And since I'm almost done with a small bout of pneumonia, I should be able to ride my bike soon!)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

nuntium septuagesimum (70th post) Celtic bunny

Ha-ha!  Just teasing.  They're not celtic at all but aren't they adorable?  They were waiting for two young ladies this morning.  The motif is from Tattrldy (Wanda) and you can find the pattern here.

And I wanted to put up another picture of the Oliver Twists thread crosses.  Here is some natural daylight pictures and you can really see the colors.  It's tiny thread but smmmmoooooooth!  Thank you again Diane- it really was a treat!

And lastly here is a modified version of the Green Knots pattern available at inTatters.  The variation isn't my idea but someone from inTatters.  I ordered the most wonderful celtic shuttles from Patty D here and gave this pattern a second try.  I did make it last year in a beautiful deep purple and my daughter promptly snapped it up and then lost it!  So no proof that I made it.  : )  Last time, I got the lacing correct but since I'm a shuttle tatter, I had to unwind the works, pass the thread through and then rewind for each of the celtic rings.  This time was much easier. But I was over-confident and didn't do as good a job.  I think the celtic part on the left is correct but don't even look at the one on the right! I'll probably give it another try but ...

the Quatrain is calling my name these days!

Blessings to all and Happy Easter!

Friday, April 6, 2012

nuntium undeseptuagesimum (69th post) coccinella

My sweet sister asked me if I could make a ladybug.  I tried to explain that creating a pattern is not my thing.  But I thought about it for a while.  I saw Jon Yusoff's lovely pattern for a daisy and thought a little about the colors and a little addition and came up with this.  What do you think?
motif #18

And Diane, the Lace Lovin' Librarian sent me the loveliest Oliver Twist thread.  Each sample is just the right size for this Mary Konior cross.
motif #19

I got one of Lady Shuttlemaker's Quad pens and it's fantastic!  I decided to get some of her gorgeous HDT too and made this MK cross.  The photography does NOT do this lovely thread justice- my apologies!