Friday, 20 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
The icy cold weather continues and in recognition of that, I broke out the "icicle" hand dyed thread that I recently purchased from ladyshuttlemaker and tatted another snowflake. This one is the Ribbon Floss Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's "Tatted Snowflakes". It measures about 4 cm (1.5 inches) across and is motif number 9 in my 25 motif challenge. I've left the ends so that it will be easier to hang in the window next Christmas - it's got nothing to do with laziness, honest!
Monday, 9 February 2009
It's tatted in the bargain Ancora Prestige that I bought last week. The thread is size 16, and the finished heart measures about 2.5 inches (8 cm) across. The thread is very crisp and fairly smooth (but not wiry) making it a pleasure to work with. I like how defined each picot looks. I definitely got high quality thread at a bargain basement price.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Since there's been no real snow in the northwest of England for a few days, I thought it would be safe to tat another snowflake. Here's number 7 for the challenge - it's the Beginner's Round Robin design from Georgia Seitz's Online Tatting Class website. It includes my first ever split ring (other than some practise ones last weekend).
Sunday, 1 February 2009
A trip to one of my favourite fabric stores on Friday lunchtime (yes, I am lucky enough to work very close to a couple of excellent fabric / craft stores) brought another surprise - these boxes of four 50 gram balls of Ancora Prestige thread for £2.99 each. Each box, not each ball. I couldn't believe it. I'm not sure how I'll use all that thread but I find it hard to resist a bargain. I'm sure I'll think of something!
I haven't had a lot of time for tatting this weekend. I've been sewing a few new cushion covers for my etsy shop along with a couple of zipper pouches that I plan to add this week. And there's the small matter of getting organised for the week at work. I have quite a bit of lecturing this week, plus some projects still to mark and an open day for prospective students on Wednesday. It's going to be a busy week.