Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Heart, Techniques, TIAS, Ice Drops, Doilies, Bookmarks, Horse, Snowflakes

Marthanne only managed 12 motifs last year but she has started this year well with 2 motifs already done. It's the Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo. She has done a pair of them as earrings for Sweet Thing #3.

Elsa discovered that she had placed her picots in the wrong location and rather than suffer forever seeing a mistake in her lace, throwing it out, cutting it or taking other drastic steps, she moved the picot. How did she do that? She's glad you asked, and even better, she's shown how to do it on her blog.

Melanie is working on Jane's TIAS the annual guessing game we all love. Day One doesn't look like much. Day Two is a little more interesting. Day Three will keep you guessing.

Diane found some pink gems and had to make an Ice Drop. She fell asleep tatting this one. Day 3 of TIAS she thought it might be a cheerleader, but now she's thinking jellyfish. The 6/0 beads are too large for size 20 thread and she likes the look of this Ice Drop, but the beads make the chain flop. She tried it again with just 2 beads and the chains don't flop. A busy day made for only one Ice Drop. She spent her day in research on ideas for her sewing students and Ice Drops so she only got a little tatting done.

Fox is almost, almost there with only five more repeats to go on this round. Here's the big reveal and the finished piece is simply stunning. The finished size is 26" and it took 1/2 container of big beads and nearly a full container of the small lilac ones and there's a little bit of thread left.

Jane has Day 1 of TIAS done which doesn't look like much. Day 2 is a little different Day 3 doesn't have any connecting picots so what can it be?

Muskaan had some motifs done that she wanted to put to use so she decided to sew them together to create a bookmark. She added some tatted tails in the colours of the motifs and alternated the colour of the frayed tassels.

Phyllis' granddaughter loves My Little Pony especially Pinkie Pie so she used the pattern from Toys for Tatting by Martha Ess worked in Lizbeth size 20 in Dusty Rose Lt and Azalea Med.

Sue tatted Winter Rose Snowflake by Elaine P. Gan, another test tat worked in size 40 Lizbeth Tropical Punch.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Trees, Motifs, TIAS, Ice Drops and Snowflakes

Pop Maria is waiting for spring so she thought she'd welcome the season with some trees full of blossoms.

Elsa bought several brightly coloured pillows with the intention of decorating them with tatting, but the idea got pushed to the back until she looked at a Jan Stawasz pattern that's just right for what she has planned.

Sue has Day One of TIAS done and as usual, it doesn't look like much yet. She made another Ice Drop and the cats dark fur made a lovely contrasting backdrop. This one makes a lovely dragon's eye. A small battery, resistor and LED make for a scary eyeball.

Diane watches Bella after school and she's also one of her sewing students who chose the gem stone and ribbon to match with the thread and sequins that Diane used for this Ice Drop. TIAS Day One. Diane experimented with the same thread, same beads, but different glass gem, different ribbon. She heated some gem stones in the oven and then dropped them into ice water to make them crackled before turning them into Ice Drops. These little charms she found were just the right touch of embellishment. Starting her Ice Drop the night before seems to help her work on it through the day. Denise sent her a picture of an Ice Drop turned into a pin. She practised her split rings on Day Two of TIAS.

Jane has Day One of TIAS done. After Day Two she still isn't ready to venture a guess as to what she's tatting.

Margaret tried out the Ice Drops but her first one was worked on a larger gem and wasn't perfect. This is her bigger one where she used  Lizbeth thread Springtime No 20 and the glass gem is clear but is taking on the colour of the thread.

Muskaan thinks Day One of TIAS looks like a worm. In working the Ninth Day of December Snowflake by Lene Björn she was inspired to do the block tatting in two colours. Her Sea Pearl Pendant starts out like an Ice Drop but uses a shell instead of a gem. Of course the really novel thing is that she embedded a pearl in the tatting on the reverse so there is a pearl "in" the oyster.

His Kid test tatted the Stellar Snowflake for Elaine P. Gan  in size 40 Lizbeth Pineapple Parfait. Another test tat is Carolyn Snowflake also tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Pineapple Parfait.