Friday, February 24, 2017

Ice Drops, Easter egg, Earrings and Motifs

Diane is calling this Ice Drop, "Minty Fudge" but she thinks something is missing and she's not sure what it is. Thanks to the suggestions from tatting friends to add a bead at the top of the frilly rings, she now has a Minty Fudge Ice Drop that she loves. When you view them together it's easy to see how that little beady spot of green really sets off the design.

Fox tatted these designs with size 20 Lizbeth thread, using the patterns from the Easter Egg book. Here they are pictured together with a shuttle for perspective.

Margaret used Renulek's Snowflake from her napkin sniezynkowa in 2012 as a base for these Ice Drops that have clear gem centres. (They kind of disappear in the picture and I wonder how they'd look with cracked gems.) She used a spiral chain for hanging because the gems are kind of heavy.

Marie has made earrings to go with her For His Glory pendant.

Muskaan shares a design from Usha called a Dot Picot Motif.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Earrings, Edging, Shawl, Ice Drops, Heart, Snowflakes, Crosses, Doilies, Pendants, Bookmarks, TIAS, Paperclip Bookmark and Star

Pop Maria saw these earrings some time ago on Pinterest and she likes them very much but she doesn't know who created them. Any ideas?

Elsa's large project for 2017 is her Flower Carpet shawl which she is doing in size 20 thread and the larger thread than she used for the Harlequin shawl means she only needs 9 rows to make it wide enough. She's working with Lizbeth size 20 Nos. 626 and 627 and Rocailles 11/0 Miyuki "Opaque Antique Beige".

Diane had a visit from family and Sophie fell in love with her Blue Fudge Ice Drop and wanted another one in pink, but Diane didn't get finished in time for her to take it home. A flu bug kept her from subbing so she tatted more St Patrick's Ice Drops. A friend suggested hanging the charm from the bottom, so she tried it, but didn't like the result. She's still enjoying playing with different gems and different ribbons. When she finds a large charm, she hangs it from the back of the Ice Drop. It took her most of a day to design this Purple Fudge Ice Drop and she notes that working with dark brown can be really difficult, especially when trying to retro-tat!

Eliz is still struggling to focus on anything for very long so she's been finishing off some projects that mostly just needed the ends hid. The Victorian Heart from an unknown magazine source and unknown designer, #2 in 25 Motif Challenge of 2017 size 16 Finca perle cotton, along with various other projects she has shown previously.

Fox is blaming the beads for the slow going on this lovely doily.

Marie is calling this embellished button that she used to create a pendant, "Crystal". "For His Glory" is the name she gave this tatsmithed cross.

Muskaan created a diagram for, as well as a notated pattern in modern terms for this sampler from Coats and Clark book #121 as requested by Georgia. Then she went a step further and tatted it as well. This was a single-sided scalloped edging from Book 5 by Marie Antoinette Hees but she returned back along the same path, and created a bookmark, complete with a tail and charm, all in one pass.

Phyllis made Jane's TIAS shown here going down a ramp, since she joined her head backwards, tatted in size 20 thread she hand dyed. She completed February's paperclip project, a delightful little heart whose pattern can be found on the Online Tatting 2017 page.

Sue has a start on a new project and she's sharing a teaser. Here it is, the Star from 6 Crowns from Schiffchenspitze 1919 Tina Frauberger, tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Elderberry Jam.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Motifs, Angel, TIAS, Ice Drops, Easter Egg, Doilies, Earrings, Pendants, Techniques and Edging

Marthanne is doing better at getting her motifs done this year and her first is  from page 31 of A Tatters Workbook made from Lizbeth #664-Bright Turquoise. Leens Tatted Angel done in Lizbeth #152-Christmas Green Mix is made in two parts, but she added an an extra picot in the middle of the upper row of the skirt which lead to an extra ring in the lower row of the skirt. Here is her 2017 TIAS, the Crinoline lady, made from Lizbeth #170-Pineapple Parfait.

Lelia finished her two crinoline ladies, the first in Lizbeth size 20
Colour 403, Winter Ice Twirlz and the second in Lizbeth size 20 Colour 161 Sea Island Citrus.

Diane's busy life hasn't left a lot of tatting time, just enough for one Ice Drop.

Fox is taking a step away from the fine thread to work on a design from the Easter Egg book in this pale blue size 20. The doily in size 80 lilac is perfect with these beads.

Margaret has two more Snowflake Ice Drops, tatted with white Lizbeth thread size 20 using Diane's Snowflake pattern. She put beads instead of the Josephine knots and a Spiral chain to hang them by.

Marie has embarked on a venture in tatting around buttons and after making a couple of pendants she matched up a pair of earrings. A different style of button based pendant. Another pendant is her favourite design so far.

Muskaan has been playing around with half moon split ring as a design element and as always Muskaan as given beautifully illustrated steps in her process. If you haven't been checking out her blog, you should, as she always has amazingly detailed information that I'm always at a loss to condense.

Sue has been test tatting another Elaine P. Gan design inspired by Priscilla Tatting, which she calls Wave Runner, executed in Lizbeth size 40 Pineapple Parfait and Butterfly Breeze.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Motifs, Angel, Birds, Picture, Hearts, TIAS, Lady, Ice Drops, Doilies, Pendants, Bookmarks, Earrings, Hatband

Marthanne started her 3rd motif which is #58 found on page 30 of A Tatter's Workbook, but then she realized she didn't start it properly. She started it again and this time completed it successfully, but her pull through thread broke hiding the last thread so she just knotted it and made a loop. Her last motif isn't numbered in the book, it's just called medallion.

Sarah tatted Leen's Tatted Angel, which she got from a now defunct Geocities web site, but fortunately the pattern is still available from the Wayback machine.

Batty Tatter tatted Jane's little bird and put him in a water colour tree.

Elsa has finally put the finishing touches on her acrylic and tatting picture. She had part of the shawl done, but had to tat the second half. The shawl uses the figure of 26 from Priscilla Tatting Book 3 and some medallions of a DMC book by Thérèse de Dillmont. She used the same medallions in darker shades on the back of the shawl, accompanied by the magnificent dragon by Anne Bruvold.

Melanie tried out the Block Heart Bracelet designed by Muskaan in both needle and shuttle using size 20 Lizbeth thread.

Sue finished Jane's TIAS and has her very own crinoline lady

Lelia has Day 10 of TIAS done in both Lizbeth size 20 Colour 403, Winter Ice  Twirlz and Lizbeth size 20 Colour 161, Sea Island Citrus.

Diane tatted this Ice Drop with a Hello Kitty charm. She tried the beach themed beads again, but they really are too big. Seven motifs done on her sister in law's runner. She did 3 more Ice drops and is amazed at how the different gems and ribbons make for totally different looks. She finished her latest Spinning Wheel glass mat from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior. This is a glow in the dark gem, but she's never taken the time to see if it really glows in the dark. Fudge Dk thread paired up with a blue gem, blue ribbon and a variation of Mary Donohue's pattern made a gorgeous Ice Drop. There's the eighth motif done and the runner is really growing. This silver glass gem just called out for the silver and white ribbon. She's surprised at how much she likes the white gems with Lizbeth #153, Rainbow Taffy thread. She's already got 16 of them done.

Eliz has been sick and suffering with breathing difficulties so she hasn't been able to do much, but she finally completed her TIAS crinoline lady. (Hope you're feeling better soon!)

Fox finished the impossibly tight row and then discovered that the chain should have had 2 picots. That would do it. Needless to say after some choice words, she hunted up the scissors.

Margaret used Lizbeth Springtime and Green Coral Sea size 20 to tat these two hearts from a pattern called Valentines Day Heart by Edda Guastalla. This pattern is also called Valentine Heart by Etha Schuette and she made it into an ice drop, first with a red gem which was too dark, and then with this clear one.

Marie looked for low domed cabochons to teach a class, but they're not all the same and her husband suggested using buttons like this one which is the first of her button collection. This is the second button she did.

Muskaan has been playing around with Armenian Lace, which led to lattice tatting which she is trying to coax into a heart bookmark for Valentine's day. Her Block tatted heart is done as a pendant with a drop bead. Then it's done as a brooch with a tiny flower embellishment. It's next incarnation is as a bracelet and whichever you tat, it's bound to be lovely.

Nikki made 18 of these heart ornaments and got them sent out more or less in time for Valentine's. The pattern is called Accidental Heart by Natalie. She tried out
Birgit Phelps called Sweetheart and she liked it, but she needed something repetitive that didn't take too much concentration. The heart on the right is a pattern by Betsy Evans called Small Tatted Heart, which was again hard to remember, and she didn't like how it turned out. The Tat Chat heart by LaRae Mikulecky was large and would need a lot of stiffening, so she gave it a pass. Irene Woo's Butterfly Heart had large rings that she found difficult to close and since she didn't want to fight with every heart, she didn't choose this pattern either.

HisKid test tatted Elaine P. Gan's Hearts of Bliss earrings for her 8 year old granddaughter in size 40 Lizbeth Razzle Dazzle with tiny purple beads.

Wanda's Mom picked up a hat at a garage sale but she didn't like the feather decoration, so she replaced it with a tatted hat band that Wanda made for her a long time ago.