Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thanksgiving on Christmas Eve?!

So I was just getting ready to post my Christmas motifs when I realized I forgot to post my Thanksgiving motifs. This having a full time, big girl job is really cutting into crafting time! I am not loving it but I guess it is paying the bills.
It might be kind of silly to be posting a Happy Thanksgiving  post  on Christmas eve but here it goes! I am going to call these #15 in the 25 motif challenge.

Happy Thanksgiving

I ended up making 14 of these cards which means 28 of the leaves. This was the first project I used a more expensive thread on.  Making half of the leaves with Lizbeth thread and half with the cheaper Artiste thread let me compare them side by side.The Lizbeth color is the variegated one and it is size 10 and its called falling leaves, the solid orange is size 10 and its called Papaya. I found good and bad in both threads. While doing this pattern, which is a pattern from J Paulson I actually tried 2 new techniques I have never tried before.  This pattern called  for Josephine knots and I struggled massively with doing them with the Lizbeth thread . The knot would twist and then I couldn't get them to close but they went just fine with the Artise thread. I also got to try doing a zig-zag stitch when making the stem. I had a bit of trouble keeping the counts on doing that stitch but its not super noticeable so I think they turned out ok.
 I liked the way the leaves done with the Lizbeth thread turned out  a bit better but I was also more concerned with wasting thread while doing them. I am not sure where my extreme frugal-ness has come from but I sure hate waste so trying to convince myself that wasting a bit of thread would not be the end of the world was a constant battle cry. I used almost a full roll of the Lizbeth thread and it doesn't even look like I made a dent in the artiste thread. I may try using Lizbeth thread again but I don't think I enjoy using it as much as my cheaper thread.
Sorry about the Thanksgiving post on christmas eve but I guess its better late than never. I guess if its too bad Santa wont stop at my house tonight. I

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! I seriously cant believe it has been so long since I have posted anything. I knew it had been a while but I had no idea how long till I looked back at older posts. Part of the reason is because of the lull in the months that dont have any holidays in them.  The other part of the reason is because I finally had to break down and find a big girl job! Boy having a full time job really cuts into the crafting time!

I had every intention of getting my holiday cards in the mail in plenty of time for Halloween but time absolutely just flew by while trying to get into the groove of the new job so I didn't get them in the mail as early as I had hoped. I actually had them almost completely done several weeks ago but me running true to form hesitated to put the finishing touches on them and then I blinked and it was just a few days before the holiday.

I ended up making 16 of these little ornaments. I am going to call them #14 in the 25 motif challenge I found the pattern on and had downloaded it onto my computer and I am very thankful that I did because I went back to find it on the internet again and it keeps telling me that the server can't be found. I am super bummed because he had tons of super cute patterns and now it is gone. He had a pattern that I was going to use for my thanksgiving pattern so I ended up having to find another pattern. If anyone has any info on what happened to his site I would greatly appreciate it.
Each little cat ended up having its own little personality by the time I was done starching them.  I sometime changed the counts and sometimes I tatted a bit tighter than others so each one looks a bit different. I didn't block them when I starched them so that made each one unique.

              I hope everyone stays safe on Halloween
                    but have a spooky amount of fun!

Special thanks to Tio for helping me photograph the ornaments.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!!

Happy 4th of July! It has been quite a while since I have posted anything but I haven't really been doing tons of tatting. I had most of my 4th holiday motifs done by he first part of June but of course, running true to my MO I didn't completely finish them until July. Some of them made it in the mail in time to make it to my family but some of them got mailed a bit late and may not have made it on time. I really have no excuses since I had plenty of time in between holidays other than I am just lame and hate to finish my craft project in case they fail at the last minute.

I made 14 of these cards to send out to family and I am going to call them # in the 25 motif challenge. I found the picture for the star on pintrest and the blogger said she took the pattern from Ann Orrs classic tatting patterns and it was actually an edging pattern that she turned into a star.
The bead pattern is one that I did several years ago and I am not sure where I found the original pattern.  The thread I used was some I had found in a thrift store so I am not sure what it is but when I finished the stars they seemed to be done with 2 different colors of red so I decided to try adding glitter glue to my stiffening mixture to try covering it. Low and behold it seemed to work out great. Not sure if they will stand the test of time but they look pretty spiffy now!

I have also been working on another doily. Due to my inability to make decisions very easily I decided just to do another Wiosna doily. This is the same pattern I did last time but this one I am using Artiste thread in Coal black and dawn rose. 

One would think after doing this doily 3 times I would finally figure out why the second row keeps puckering but I'm still not sure what to do to fix it. I would imagine using better thread may help but I just cant afford more expensive stuff. I forgot I was going to try to decrease the stitch count until it was too late so this one will just have a bit of a puff look.

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Finished Doily and motifs 11 and 12

It has been a crazy busy last couple of weeks.  I was actually working away from home and staying in a motel and working 16 hour days for part of that so I didn't even get to pick up my tatting. It took me several days to recuperate so during those days I tatted a bit but mostly just sat in a state of stupor. We have had several days of almost summer like weather so I have spent quite a bit of time outside doing yard work. In between time I did finish my 4th doily.  This one is another Renulek which she calls Wiosna 2015, I used Artiste thread in #10 Wild Berry and black.  I am hoping that pressing the doily will help it to lay out flatter as it has a tendency to bunch.

We were asked to write a letter of encouragement to my mother-in law who was going to attend a women's retreat so I thought I would try to find a pattern for a cross bookmark that I could make in a couple hours as the letter had to go in the mail the next day.  I found a pattern by Mary Konior and I just used some left over thread that I had loaded on a couple of shuttles.

 I didn't like the way this one turned out and in my haste to try to hurry I dropped 4 chain stitches right at the top of the cross so I decided to try another pattern that I had found on pintrest.  I used another couple of shuttle that I already had loaded with thread to try it.  At this point I was out of time so I just ended up sending the little white one.  Its not perfect and it is quite tiny, I don't love it but I am hoping in this case "its the thought that counts".  I am going to call these crosses number 11 and 12 in the 25 motif challenge.

 I am probably not going to get much of a chance to tat this weekend because we are working another production show at a Seattle hotel.  It is going to be tons of extremely hard phyical labor but the money will be nice.

Have a nice weekend!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter...and yes it is actually Easter today! That makes 2 holidays in a row that I have posted my holiday project right on time! Craziness I know.

These were actually pretty fun to make.  It is a super simple pattern that comes from the book Tatted Easter Eggs by Kirsten Wind Hansen.  I used Artiste #10 thread and its called "spring".  The thread was a joy to work with and it may be one of my favorite colors as well. I made 17 of these to give to family and friends and I am going to call them #10 in the motif challenge.  These were actually pretty time consuming to make for as simple as they look. The little beaded chicks took quite a bit of time to make and I ended up having to starch the tatting so by the time I was done making 17 complete ornaments I never wanted to make another one but low and behold I remembered that I forgot to add someone to my list so I am going to have to buckle down and make one more which will bring the total up to 18 (Yes I did that math in my head)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Easter plastic canvas and doily

Happy Friday! Here we are at another weekend and another week in the memory bank. Ok, probably not so much in the memory, more like gone to the annals of the lost and gone. The week has gone by in somewhat of a blur but from what I remember I didn't get a much tatting done.  I did however finish an Easter project in plastic canvas.  The pattern was on sale so I splurged and bought it. You can find it here.

Thinking back I guess I did finish another row on my doily. I did employ the same method of adding a tiny picot between a couple of rings in this row that looking back on the last doily has a tendency to flip and be a bit wobbly.  The little picots seems to have helped with this problem.  As you can see my kitty was lots of help while taking pictures.

 I don't expect I will get too much tatting done this weekend as I am working a show at a casino and I will be holding odd hours but hopefully it will be a good weekend none the less.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thanks Muskaan and magic loops

I had been been working on row 5 of my doily which are the little flower motifs when I happened to read a post from Muskaan on my previous post. WOW and past WOW!! I have literally spent hours being lost in her blog. The information on her site is invaluable and it literally shouts out her love and dedication to tatting! A huge giant shout out from the roof tops at the top of my lungs goes out to her for the amazingness of her site and willingness to share her talents and learning's!
She has shared lots of info about this exact doily. I wish I would have read the info before I started row 4 because she make the flowers before and then joins them during the construction of row 4. Way too late for that but I will be making use of that tip the next time I make this pattern.  I was however able to make use of the tiny joining picots she does when making the flowers unfortunately I had already gotten through the majority of doing them. So now I am at a dilemma as to whether or not to cut off the wiltey, tweaked looking flowers and re-due them.

I needed a big shuttle to start the next row on my doily and I couldn't find one that didn't have thread on it already.  The hoarder in me took over and wouldn't let me just unwind the thread and throw it away (even though I normally use cheaper thread) so I decided to tat a little motif to use the thread.  I decided to return to where it all first tatting project.  My first project was a little heart done with a needle that I had found the tutorial on youtube. The tutorial and pattern can be found here.
Can I just say I am very thankful for magic loops! I am fairly certain I wouldn't have been able to complete this motif without them. I am going to call this motif #9 because the last time I did this pattern I used a needle and this time I used a shuttle.

Heres to hoping its a good weekend! I know it is going to be an extremely busy one for us...more on that later because I need to buckle in and get it started!