Friday, 26 November 2010

Everything is coming up roses

 I've been having a little break from tatting snowflakes and have been tatting roses instead. This first attempt uses Jeanne Lugert's 3D rose pattern in size 16 Ancora Prestige thread. It is constructed from a long chain of split rings which are then gathered up by pulling a thread through the picots. I like the effect although it is perhaps a little bulky in the centre for my taste.

Next up is a rose inspired by Krystle's flower pendants and earrings which I love. This one is tatted in Yarnplayer's snowflake thread in size 20. I think I'll be experimenting with this design a little more. I like how it turned out and it has increased my confidence with making lock joins.

Finally, here's a design from Yarnplayer's Up and Tat 'Em pattern book which I completed in size 20 black Flora thread with Swarovski crystals. I'm planning to put this on a cord and give it as a Christmas present. This was my first foray into using paperclips to keep picots open until needed. I am enjoying learning all these new skills.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Please be seated

My sister and I have a number of things in common..... We both have dark hair, enjoy the outdoors, and share the same parents. We also both like handmade items, along with secondhand and vintage homewares. When we spend time together, we like nothing better than scoping out junk shops, markets and craft fairs. A couple of years ago, my sister unearthed a pair of IKEA arm chairs for a bargain price at a charity shop. The frames were sound but the bottle green covers had seen better days. This week I finally completed the new seat covers that I had been promising her. Here is the first one newly installed.

Also this week, I learnt a new tatting skill - the self-closing mock ring - and used it to complete the floret snowflake from Jon Yusoff's Tatted Snowflakes Collection. I love this pretty little snowflake, and a self-closing mock ring is so much easier to make than to say!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A load of old tat

Just one piece of tat, actually, and it's only just completed. This is Eileen Stafford's snowflake tatted in size 20 Lizbeth thread. I like the way that the long chains overlap each other. Also on show today are two quilts that have been finished for a while but which I have only just managed to photograph. The first was inspired by the colours of the winter landscape in the Scottish Highlands - I call it Highland Fling. The second is a quilt I designed to use large-scale fabrics that don't deserve to be chopped into tiny pieces. This particular incarnation of my "Room with a View" quilt has Japanese style fabrics in the "windows".

Highland Fling

Japanese Windows

Monday, 15 November 2010

Sitting pretty

About 18 months ago, I told you about this chair that I picked up for a bargain price on eBay. The style, with wooden slats and a reclining back, is known as a Morris chair, so I thought it was only right to use William Morris fabric (also found on eBay) to make covers for it. Despite being designed over 100 years ago, I think the big scale and graphic style of this fabric give it quite a contemporary look. I went for the black and taupe colourway so that it will sit happily anywhere in the house - at the moment it is in the corner of the dining room, where I like to relax with a cup of tea and a good book. I'm sure it'll look even better when the ancient patterned carpets are finally sent on their way to carpet heaven (or hell!).

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Something to show at last

I've finally finished a piece of tatting! It's been a while since I've picked up the shuttles and when I did, this fella was still attached, looking a little forlorn and crumpled. It is the "Eleventh day of December" snowflake from 24 Snowflakes in Tatting by Lene Bjorn tatted in size 20 Lisbeth thread. I plan to make more from this book over the next couple of weeks, although they will not be in order - I'm going to get Mr Q to choose his favourites instead. The only problem is, he has a knack for picking out the trickiest designs.

Along with getting on with some tatting, I've been restocking my etsy shop with some old favourites and some new designs. This psychedelic cushion cover might be made from my favourite fabric of all time! I'm almost tempted to redecorate my whole house so that this cover would look at home! Talking of redecorating, Mr Q and I have booked a date for our new fireplace to be fitted in the living room. I'll show you some before and after photos as soon as it's done.