Sunday, October 21, 2018

The big reveal (or done, done, done) - nuntium trecesimum sextum

I've finished!  Wahoo!

Here it is:
 What could it be?  Well, of course it's a tatted beaded bag for my straw!  About two years ago, I swore off plastic straws (environmental reasons) but the problem was that I LOVE straws, always have.  I loved them as a kid- back when they were made of paper. I made the conversion to plastic with the rest of the world.  I know it won't change everything but this could be a small thing I can do.  A friend showed me her metal straw but I couldn't wrap my brain around drinking through metal.  But then...


I found glass straws!  They are made of pyrex and super tough. But just carrying it in my purse loose was too much.  To the rescue Marie's beaded bag which I spotted on Frivole's blog.

I had to modify it a bit (not my forte) and undo several inches (more than once) but finally today- success! 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Continuing - nuntium trecesimum quintum

I have untatted and now tatted a lot but am still not done.  Lots of fun guesses but still no one has figured it out.  It's too narrow for glasses, too long for lipstick/chapstick.  It could work for a pen but in the end will be too long for that.
A hint:  it's for something that should not be in my purse unprotected.  It's not entirely frivolous BUT... while the beaded bag will provide some protection, it really won't do what the piece of felt I currently use does.
Sadly, you can see where I untatted to and restarted.  It's not bigger but it sure looks bigger.
 And I can't avoid a small series of holes that I'm making when I do the split ring which allows me to move to the next round.  Grrr.

But I love the feel of it and will delight greatly in using it....

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ACK! - - nuntium trecesimum quartum

The adventure of the beaded bag continues.

Or shall we say "full stop"?

A mistake.   I missed a join.  Seriously?  Yes.  I can't cut it out- mess, beads, extra knots, functionality of said object.

What shall I do?  Un-tat is the answer I'm afraid.  ARgh.

Have you figured out what it is yet?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

beaded something - - nuntium trecesimum tertium

I have long admired and wanted to do this little project.  It's a beaded bag which I spotted on Le blog de Frivole.  This isn't originally Frivole's pattern but with permission, she shared her version here.  I wanted to make it but I just couldn't think of what to do with the little bag except to put in a shuttle.  Yes but no.  But finally I have the perfect use!  I had to modify the pattern a bit to make my bag be the perfect size.  And then I couldn't decide on beads and color so I went with black (huge groan) and these wonderful beads I bought years ago when I first tried beads at all.
What could it possibly be used for?  I shall let you guess.

P.S.  Tatting with two old Tatsy shuttles is not my idea of fun but they do hold a lot of beads.  I shall have to get my paws on two Starlits, even though I really love bobbin shuttles.  If only there were Starlit sized with bobbins, I would be so happy.

Monday, September 10, 2018

I do not like it, Sam I am - nuntium trecesimum secundum

Okay, so I am really sold on the Lizbeth Metallic threads.  I'm planning to spend all of my ill-gotten gains on it.  All that is except for the iridescent.


Well, for one it just isn't that iridescent.  It's just barely sparkly.  My students would describe it as "meh".  It's ordinary and not worth the extra cost for that.  My white thread is just as interesting.

And for two, it's terrible to tat with it.  I feel I've given the metallics a fair shake and tried several kinds.  They have been pretty darn good to tat with, not exactly like cotton but enough that I'm willing to shell out the big bucks for more.  But not this one, no way, no how.  It fights the whole time and is hard to close - for me!  Other tatters at TCT this past weekend didn't know what I was talking about!  It's comparable to how black thread is just a bit different from other colors. 

I shall spend it all on more Sand Dollar which might be my favorite.  Or Steel Blue.  Or Sea Foam.  or.. or...

And, Robin- I apologize.  I have tatted this snowflake twice.  Muttered about the four picots on the outer rings and how that just isn't as nice and why would it be an even number.  Until - sitting next to Happy Bluebird, I realized that it's supposed to be 5 picots. Seriously, not until the second snowflake, fifth arm.  Duh- Robin would never do that.  Be sure to check out Robin's actual pattern rather than my feeble version.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bits and bobs and a another "almost done" - - nuntium trecesimum primum

I've been making these little cuties with the ends of bobbins.  As you can see, I'm not much of a judge of how much thread is needed.

And here's further proof.  I wanted to try Robin Perfetti's Ice Dance variation (Thank you, Robin!) and used the rest of Diane's mysterious much-thinner-than-Lizbeth-metallic-but-still-very-nice thread.

Sigh!  Diane, will you send me three arm lengths?  (I'll bring your favorite beverage next year to the TCT!)  It's on a skinny longer spool and it was in a set of other threads... SIM STJ-C037H3

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

300th post! - nuntium trecesimum

Moving through these Lizbeth Metallic samples, I came across one that seemed to wind forever.  Turns out it's not Lizbeth Metallic.  It's something called SIM STJ-C037H3 (I think, my writing is very cryptic here.)

The thread is tiny, maybe comparable to size 70?  But it really tats up nicely.  Here it is next to the size 20 Lizbeth.  Lovely color too.  This is Robin Perfetti's Rose Snowflake too.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Perfetti's Rose -nuntium undetrecesimum

With the Sea Foam green Lizbeth metallic, I made Robin Perfetti's Rose Snowflake.  Isn't it lovely?  It comes from Snowflake Variations.  I can't believe how long I've had this book and never tried it.
 It lays beautifully right when you tat it.  No ironing into submission.

And there was enough to finish these as well.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sand Dollar -nuntium duodetrecesimum

Either I took more for this sample of thread from Diane or the patterns were smaller.    This is Robin Perfetti's Small Snowflake from the Snowflake Variations book.

We had a tatter new to our TCT last month, Doris, and she has a little book of various hand-drawn patterns in it.  I took pictures and made this one.

And this one which caused me NO end of problems including missing the second ring (seriously?) and a lot of finger tatting with about an inch of thread.  (That's what you get for being greedy, Michelle.)

Here are all three.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Steel blue- - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum septimum

Here is Robin Perfetti's Noelle in Steel Blue.  This is a lovely color too.  It's so fun to do all of these and strangely rewarding to finish off each sample from Diane.  I wish I could figure out how to accurately photograph the colors, they really are beautiful.

Friday, August 24, 2018

motif from fabric - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum sextum

Frivole recently figured out a pattern for a design which was on some fabric.  I have the same fabric (bags from Happy Bluebird) so I had to try it too.

A very pleasing tat- I don't usually care for single-shuttle pieces but I liked this one.  The true bonus was the video that Frivole made.  Not only does she show how to tat this medallion, she also shows several techniques which she uses.  I couldn't get the magic loop to work like she does (maybe tat too tightly?) but the folded-join!  I have puzzled about the folded join for, well, forever!  Written directions just escaped me every time.  Now that I've seen it, they make complete sense.  I've made at least three different things and used it successfully each time!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Today's flake - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum quintum

Today's flake is made with the wonderfully named Frappé, Lizbeth Metallic.  This is another of Jon Yusoff's patterns but I've cleverly put the book away and if I don't post now, it won't happen.
I really like how the small rings at the halfway point seem to go up and down.  Clever pattern as always.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Eclipse -- nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum quartum

Here's another Lizbeth metallic snowflake.  This one is from Robin Perfetti's Snowflake Pattern Pack and it's called Eclipse.
Lizbeth Metallic Turquoise Blue size 20

One thing that I really like about this metallic thread is that it's VERY easy to untat with it.  I don't know why that top arm is so wonky, I must not have snugged up the chain very well.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Just like potato chips! - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum tertium

At our TCT retreat, Diane showed us this bracelet from a Facebook post.  I *think* it's from Poland and a tatter named Alicja.  If I understand it correctly, she challenged everyone to make one (or more) and has provided her pattern freely. 
I couldn't stop.  I made two reds and two purples!
Lizbeth 20 

They are super fun to make.  (Even though I still dislike beads).

Friday, August 17, 2018

Diane to the rescue aka Metallic snowflake #3 - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum secundum

Thank goodness for Diane, the Lace Lovin' Librarian!  I greedily tried to make a second flake from the Lizbeth Metallic Rose which she kindly shared with me and ran out!  So in a complete fit "need to complete it", I requested two more arm-lengths so I could complete Frivole's Le Flocon Frivole.  And Diane being the kind person she is, got it instantly in the post.

I trimmed that offending bit of thread after the photo!

Whew, I don't know how long I could have lived with that incomplete flake.
Thanks, Diane.  I'll sleep easier now.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Metallic snowflake #2 - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum primum

Here's one with Lizbeth Metallic Silver.  It's very pretty in person.

This is Robin Perfetti's First Snowfall and I remember when I first tried it, I had the dickens of a time remembering the large rings below the central ones.  Guess what?  Same problem.  Because I had a limited amount of the precious Lizbeth Metallic, I distatified an arm and a half!  I have put a note on my pattern to watch out for this.  I know several people have said this but the metallic shine doesn't really come through in the photos.  If you are even mildly thinking of trying this thread, go for it!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Metallic snowflake - nuntium ducentesimum nonagesimum

Here's the Lizbeth Metallic Rose snowflake that I was able to complete. (See previous post for the one where I ran out of this thread.) It's a pattern by Betsy Evans.  It's very easy to do and the result is pretty nice.

I wonder if the pink snowflakes will be a hit?  The metallic thread certainly does give more body to the flakes which is very appealing.

School tomorrow, sigh.  I know that once the kids come it will be fun but I sure have enjoyed my summer!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Doily from last summer - nuntium ducentesimum undenonagesimum

My elder daughter tats and last summer we decided to make a Renulek doily together, she doing one round then I the other.  This one is called DAISY, here's the pattern.  We used ecru and herbal garden, size 20 and found out that one of us tats much more tightly than the other.  Guess which is which?

We completed it this spring but I never posted about it so here it is!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Argh - nuntium ducentesimum duodenonagesimum

At our TCT retreat, Diana shared a lot of her thread with us.   I've been using the Lizbeth metallic to see if I want to order some for the "season".  I've been making things but unwilling to photograph them until they are blocked (ironed).  I thought I had enough for a second flake from the lovely Rose color but I guess not.
As metallic threads go, this is very nice.  It still kinks a bit and I have to be careful to tat a tiny bit more loosely or the rings don't close but all in all. It's pretty good.

That is my completely unsolicited opinion.... : )

Sunday, August 5, 2018

peacock ice drop - nuntium ducentesimum octogesimum septimum

At our TCT retreat, Diane the Lace Lovin' Librarian was most generous.  She shared many things including thread, thread and thread; beads and even patterns.  Through her encouragement, I tried some SLon beading thread with Shelley Perrault's pattern and a peacock bead.  Because the SLon is so thin, I had to modify it on the outside.  I think it turned out okay.

I wound both bobbins full and I think I have enough to do another one.  I have another bead so why not?  : )

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Black lace - nuntium ducentesimum octogesimum sextum

I don't often work with black thread, I think my eyes are too old for it.  At the recent craft fair, I did sell a bracelet which I'd made for my daughter but she "grew out of/ grew up of" so I'd put it on the table to see what would happen.  Blow me down, it sold.  So I thought about making another and went back to Totus Mel's pattern.  I didn't do the original in size 10 (not my thing) but she was young and slight enough that it worked.

This time I decided to modify it a bit.  I know, me modify anything?  But I did and I'm pleased with the result.
My darling daughter's hand (top view)

All laid out- if I make the pair, I will modify so that the sides are equal.
As you can see, the sides aren't the same, that's because I put the hooks in as I tatted but realized I needed a LOT more to go around the wrist.  The difference in thread size was a lot.  Actually both my slim daughter and I can wear it, she fastens it in a different place but it doesn't flop.  Younger daughter said she would wear these for a wedding if they were white.  (and they matched her dress) So maybe I should try a white/off white pair with beads?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

TCT 2018 retreat - nuntium ducentesimum octogesimum quintum

Wow did we have fun or what!  Many thanks to Cindy  who did so much of the organizing and the shopping.  She's so organized we even are ready for next year!

The Timberhaze is an amazing location which again was an oasis of calm and lots of laughter and tatting.  In fact I'm not sure it's a good idea to tell everyone how wonderful it is because we want to go again and it fills up fast!  The craft room alone is amazing. 
Photo by Cindy

We had another lovely commemorative shuttle from Frivole
Another wonderful photo by Cindy

We went to a nearby winery one day and out for dinner the first evening but the majority of the time was tatting, tatting and more tatting!

My first goal was to get my four lucky pennies done.  I finally found them in ND when we were there last week.  So here's the first thing I made:

That doesn't seem to be a lucky penny.  Right!  Diane had brought a pattern for the peacock bead from Shelley Perreault.  I tried the metallic Lizbeth (isn't that a gorgeous color?) but it was too big so I made an ice drop.  Go figure, Diane was in the room....

Diane is so, so generous.  She brought a lot of supplies including all of the metallic Lizbeth threads.  She offered and offered so I happily took some (a lot- gulp!).
My plan is to make a snowflake in each of the colors I chose and see which I like most.  Then I order my own stash.  It's much nicer than most metallics and doesn't seem to hurt my hands.  But it isn't regular Lizbeth for sure.

Next, my penny.  I've made about 10 of these and suddenly I couldn't get it to work!

Grr, I tried altering the stitch counts and NOTHING worked.  I even called in the expert - Heidi and she couldn't figure it out either.  Turns out the size of large picot on the back side is VERY important.  Mine was too small.
Finally success.

Isn't that the cutest box ever?  Diane, of course.

Next I tried tatting on a button like Cindy does.

Cindy has tatted on buttons for a few years now and always makes such lovely things.  With the Mocha metallic and Cindy's guidance on the beads, I gave it a try.  (This is Cindy's pattern.)  And in case you haven't noticed it, look at the gorgeous "bin" that she made for each of us.  Mine has wine corks- how appropriate!

Next, then more pennies!

Where did the picture of the fourth one go?  I don't know!  Who cares!  

Now I'm off on my next tatting adventure- where will it be?

Friday, July 27, 2018

No go - - nuntium ducentesimum octogesimum quartum

Craft fairs.  sigh.

Barely a glance at the messy flowers.  No interest in the dreamcatchers.  But I did sell a few things.  I made the table fee anyway.

And the musicians were great!

Then we went to my family's home in ND.  I got in some tatting in the car.  I made three anklets for the younger daughter (no picture, they were out of my hands before I knew it).

What's next?