Friday, June 23, 2017

Confounding Curves

I had to use the scissors twice on the next bit as the curves 
were not co-operating well. 
It looks wonky but I think will 
lie flat when done:

I also finished this one - one of my faves...
Mary Konior's Posie:

I think you ll believe a exaggerate when complaining about Lizbeth, 
but honestly, I have SO MUCH trouble with it:

This happened at the last join of a row - of course it did...

Splitting terribly in #40. 
Maybe #20 is better and I think most tatters prefer that one. Or #80. 
Perhaps I should be using another size. I never learn.

Someone has been having a lovely lie-in...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can You Guess?

This pattern can get messed up 
if you do not pay attention.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Buttons Bonanza

I seem to have been busy with "fiddly" tatting that I generally do not enjoy, 
and I seem to be having a very good time nonetheless:

There were two more, but they are the "magic" ones, 
now residing with the Toronto Grands.

Then, a small Jon Yusoff pattern:

Then, I caved and tried Diane's Ice Drop:

The beautiful wee button is from Ninetta and is Venetian glass.
She sent it to me a few years ago and I've been saving it. :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

And One More

I'm getting the hang of it! Got a new ball of thread - Lizbeth #40.

Nice to have a new colour. However, not so terrific to see Lizbeth still splits and has knots...😡

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Disdain For Da Buttons

He couldn't care less:

I, on the other hand, am enthralled:

I am running out of buttons, but had a Cabone ring and Jon Yusoff's book, Tatting With Rings. Being hasty, I just glanced at the book and figured out what to do - amazing! - and with a few errors, I managed the ring, improvising as I tatted. 

Love it, so I'm going to have to sit down with the istructions and some elusive patience.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Waiting For New Thread

Using what I have: #40 Lizbeth

These are "dot picots!"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Practice While Waiting For Thread

I ordered two balls of#40 Lizbeth. Yes indeed. New thread. In the meantime, I had some #40 left from the winter projects:

It's a small one -only about 2"; Karey Solomon's pattern and fun to tat. 

My tension is good, the picots smaller, and I enjoyed the experience of concentrating on a very small project, thus being able to be more of a perfectionist.  

Working for months on a big pattern can wear be a bit tiresome and I think my technique suffers as a result. This was fun. :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Idle Shuttles?

Can't  have that! I'm not sure what I want to do now, but have ordered 2 new balls of thread - both in #40 Lizbeth.  Two colours.

What should I tat with one ball, not two, of thread, I wonder. After a Renulek marathon-tat, the rest is quite a letdown.

I received some #20, sent to me by kind tatters, when I wanted to reacquaint myself with thicker-than-#80-thread. This is what happened. Now I am bored!

Mary Konior 
#20 Lizbeth

I saw these dot picots on Muskaan's blog... 
The pattern is on Georgia's site. Cute, eh?
#20 Lizbeth

Monday, June 5, 2017


Zebra by Renulek
#40 Lizbeth 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On To The Last Row Of Zebra

#40 Lizbeth
Two kinds of beads: lilac and purple 
and quite a few months of tatting!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10th Almost Done With Clover

I quite like the new shuttle. There is even an Aero bobbin in use with this one - who knew?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ninth and Counting

The eighth row took a while, 
but the next few look fairly routine. 

I'm still enjoying this one.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On To The Eighth Row

Renulek "Zebra" on Ebay 
Over 7 inches
Lizbeth #40

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Delightful Design

I think this is perhaps the prettiest of Renata's patterns:

I am also enjoying the Lizbeth #40 thread. I have added a second darker purple bead, slightly smaller and less obvious than the center ones. I like the result.

It's about 6" now, and there are about 13 Rows. I think I am on Row 5.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Calling It A Day

Yes, it is finished. I tried to add another row, but it was not needed. 
I think it looks very complete as it is. Anyway, it is over 14".

It's all packaged up, ready to be mailed out on Tuesday.

Already started another for the 
daughter of a friend who asked for a tatting in purple.

Design by Renulek (Zebra - on Etsy)

I am so relieved to be using #40 Lizbeth again.To me the quality 
difference between #20 and #40 is enormous.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Re-Inventing Renukek - with Sincere Apologies

I received this tonight from a wonderful tatter I do not know who is trying to help me!

... from Italian...

Good morning, my name is Elizabeth and I follow it for several years and admire his work and trying to learn from his post. Yesterday I saw the last and I are very sorry to see that in his ninth lap there is a mistake that I hope will solve, is missing a circle than the Renulek model. I tried to comment on his blog but are not very practical and can not figure out if the comments are here. I hope you will be able to fix it because I know how long it takes to complete a lap as the 9. I greet you dearly Elisabetta

Thank you Elizabetta! Thank you so much! I was wondering if anyone would notice my near-fatal error. I left out the fifth ring of the "flower" in row 9 and saw this only at the very end of the row.
The Horror!

I could not bear to tat that row again... it was interminable, so I decided to take some liberties with Renulek's pattern and plough ahead anyway. Row 10 is working out well.

Thank you again, Elizabetta, for your thoughtful email. I am touched that you very kindly attempted to alert me to the mistake.💕

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tenaciously Ten

Next up, finally - the tenth row. 
That last one, row 9, was really something; LOTS of untatting.

14 inches

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Warning! Pay Attention!

When you get to the ninth row, you will tat a floating ring. I found it looks way better to use a Catherine Wheel join to continue the second part of the chain.

Also, the ring is better constructed if you add a half ds and post the shuttle, thus preventing the ring from turning in on itself upon closing.

You can see - count in 5 - where I made a fatal error and had to remove several elements. Still in all,  it is a lovely piece and I love the colour of the thread and beads.

There has been entirely too much cutting. You really must be focussed on this row. Unfortunately James Spader, in The Blacklist, has been captivating much too much of. My attention during the evenings when I tat!

I am fearing running out of thread on the new ball of thread, as I had to cut so much.

Now - RANT

LIZBETH THREAD SUCKS! I had forgotten how I loathe this thread. It is passable in #80, but in the larger sizes it splits, has slubs and was actually broken at one point, deep into the last ball. I am, once again, truly disgusted.

End of Rant
I won't mention it again - until the next defective ball...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Trudging Along

Row 9 is a trifle tedious; 
it's going to take some time...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Now At Nine

Yes, eleven inches and moving on to Row 9. However, there have been MANY errors, some due to neither reading the instructions completely nor correctly.

Began Row 8 about five times! I even wrote Renata to ask what I was doing wrong.

Here I am after much grinding of teeth: 

Also, I have thought of a perfect person to give this too! 
Makes it so much more worthwhile. 😊

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fun With Flu

Flu is not fun. Virus mending is boring. Fatigue is fatal for frivolite. So, it must be simple and small, ergo these four motifs designed by Corina Meyfeldt:

I am meeting up with four calligraphy class pals to celebrate another set of lessons under our belt and. thought a tatted trinket for each might be fun and appropriate!

Think he's interested?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Already Large At Nine Inches

I'm not used to the size #20 thread tats up to! This will be a large one.

I've ordered a second ball, and the postage is more than the cost of the thread! 

So, I will go as far as I can, but I will not buy a third ball. Hmmmph.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Thread?

I am wondering if I need to order another ball... Renata told me I would need only one, but I am only on Row 7 and the thread has diminished quickly. Anybody else using #20 Lizbeth for this pattern?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Curds And Whey

I didn't like the long bulky lilac bookmark, so I tatted another:
Curds and Whey by Mary Konior.

#40 Lizbeth 
Better? I think so.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Brother's Bookmark... finished.

Jon's pattern is an amazing example of her designing abilities.

This was tatted in one go, utilizing split rings. I was very challenged figuring out directions...

I really admire the mind that is capable of writing this pattern.

#40 Lizbeth

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tats and Tats


Getting pretty large.

Finished a bookmark as well
Pattern by Jon.

Lizbeth #20 and 2x#80 for ruffles edge

Got carried away...

Forgot to show you something. 

Remember a few years ago I had some dots tattooed on my finger for measuring picots, but they disappeared after a few weeks?

I was instructed that hand tattoos do not last; many places will not do them. 

Well, a year ago, I had a new one done and it is as good as it was the day I got it!

Voila! No one has apparently seen this little number. It was my idea as for me, I didn't like the band patterns that are so popular.

Blame it on Zentangle...