Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Mark my words

Motif number 14 is this bookmark created using a pattern on Jane Eborall's blog. It gave me a chance to practice split rings and use some thread I'd received in the thread exchange from Jeanette Hasseman in Ohio. This is Manuela size 20 in a riotous rainbow variegated colourway. I'll be using this bookmark to mark my spot in Jane Austen's Emma which I have just started reading.

Show some love

I've reached the halfway point in my personal 25 motif tatting challenge. Motif number 13 is Heart's Desire by Susan Fuller tatted in red size 16 Ancora Prestige. It measures about 4 inches (10 cm) across).

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Mango mango

Here's my first attempt at tatting with fine thread. It's YLI cotton machine quilting thread in the mango colourway sent to me by Stacey Houston from Washington state. What pretty colours! The motif is a variation on the Patchwork design in Mary Konior's "Tatting with Visual Patterns" that I have borrowed from the local library. I say "variation" but we all know that I mean that I made some mistakes! Still, since the whole thing only measures about 3.5 cm across, it's hard to see the errors.

Thread exchange

I recently took part in my very first tatting thread exchange. I sent thread to all 4 corners of the globe (ok - Wales, Canada and the USA) and different threads miraculously appeared through my letterbox from the above mentioned 4 corners. Here are all the threads that I received - nearly all of them are types that I haven't tried before. The most surprising thing for me is that many of them are very fine. I never realised that many folks routinely use such fine threads for tatting. My usual tatting threads looks like rope in comparison to most of these so it'll be interesting to see how I cope. If I enjoy the fine threads, it will suddenly open up new and unexpected ways of using my machine quilting threads. What a great way to try new threads without much expense.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Transferable skills

It's been a while since my last post but I haven't been idle. I've discovered that it's possible to have more than one project on the go at any one time. This is a concept that I've been at ease with in my quilting pursuits for some time, but have only very recently applied to my tatting. What I'm trying to say is that I have started a few things and have finished none of them. That is, until today, when I completed the last double stitch of this "Cobweb Doily" from Rita Weiss' Tatted Doilies and Edgings. It's tatted in Ancora Prestige size 16 thread and measures about 5 inches (13 cm) across. That makes 11 in my 25 motif challenge - almost half way.Another reason for the prolonged silence is that I have been working on some quilting (also as yet unfinished). I've almost finished quilting a top for my Mum which I'm hoping to finally complete by Mothering Sunday next week. Plus, I've been playing around with a small quilt sample made of hand-dyed fabrics that I started in a workshop with Barbara Weeks last week.