"I have stumbled on a remedy for what I thought was a finished piece, as I do not have enough thread in the colours I chose to finish. By accident I saw a ball of lilac and thought... hmmm..... so I tried it. Might just do the trick for the last three rows.”
So, the Renulek Snowlflake doily has been resurrected!
The little linen square is completed and took quite a lot of the Elefante Algodon Mercer Crochet thread, #80, from Monica.
I had to tat really fast - I always do that if I think I might run out - as if it would do any good!
Thread this thin is callenging and was murder to un-tat, but I love the end result. I have no idea what to do with this seven inch square. But, I like it.
The finished edging was a bit too large for the square - just a tad - so I crocheted another row around the first one around the edges of the square with #50 Cebélia, and it made up for the oversized tatting. Whew!
The pattern is Oaks and Acorns by Mary Konior.
Why, oh why have I chosen to tat with Finca #8 again? I thought I said I would not repeat this! It is really difficult, being only 2-ply, and as I have stated before, reminds me of toilet paper! It separates, twists, knots and does all kinds of things that would make 6-ply tatting thread cringe and run screaming from its shuttle.
But, it has a plush feel once tatted and the colours are pleasing to me.
A Happy Bluebird sent this to me, and I am more than delighted with the little fabric envelope with all its pockets and the adorable needle case that closes with velcro!
Thank you, Cindy! I love the colours in the pouch - my faves - and the needle case has been in constant use with all the ends I have had to sew in lately!
Your photography on the card front is beautiful. It is obvious that you have many talents beyond tatting.
I was so excited to see another parcel the next day that I saved opening it till I was in the Beach, near the lake, and I sat by the water and opened the envelope... from Umintsuru, out of the blue!
The hankie is silk and a beautiful shade of pink/shell. The thread looks amazing, #40 and in my favourite pastels. I am really looking forward to trying out this thread that I have never seen before.
Thank you very much, Wendy!
I am so fortunate.
Inspired by a post of Frivole’s here, I thought I should brush up on my cluny tatting because I like the Iris Niebach pattern that she has done. It is a real beauty. If I can find time to tat it, it is one that I am eager to attempt.
Being a glutton for punishment, I am using Finca #8, as it is easily available in a local shop. I chose ( from a limited selection of colour) a salmon pink. The top picture is too pink; the actual colour is close to the bottom colour.
Finca 8 is fuzzy and 2 ply, but works up to a rather dense fabric, close to between a #20 and a #10 Lizbeth. I like the bulk of it for Jan’s patterns, as he works in a heavy thread. I have one of his pieces, a small motif and I really like the feel of it. His work is very tightly tatted, but in a softer thread than Lizbeth.
I had considered ordering a Lizbeth, but it is just too rough to me, and the Cebelia that is available in a shop here is not right either - too bland in colour and not the right texture, so fuzzy Finca it is
The constant reloading of thread drove me nuts while tatting the Honey Napkin, so to avoid insanity, I have 2 shuttles on order at the local shop: 2 plastic Boyes!
I must have something larger than my constant companions, the lovely LaCossettes, as tatting only the small centre motif of this new pattern emptied the bobbins!
The Starlits are too big for me as are Tatsys, and I do not like the nasty point on the Sew Mates. Having used Boyes before, I think I can cope... We shall see!
You would think I would learn... I keep promising. It was late when I finished the border last evening and I could not resist sewing it up. Of course, I sewed the ends too well and cannot undo the mistake; I attached the thread to the wrong place!
When I looked this morning, I could not figure a way to fix it without cutting, and I do not want to do that, as the fault can only be detected by the shrewdest of tatting eyes - you know who you are! So, it shall remain - blemished - but pretty all the same!
The green thread is Zwicky Silk, which is about a #20-#30 in weight, that Krystle sent to me a couple of years ago (can it be that long ago?!). I have two spools of this silk - one in burgundy, one in green - and I save them because this fibre is no longer on the market. It is wonderful thread.
Because I was becoming bored, I added beads to the last round. I am a sucker for white beads - they are my absolute favourite - though I usually use colourful ones for more effect when playing with colour.
Then, I could not resist starting a small motif, though it was by now very late, and so many mistakes were made on the first try. However, it is a great pattern and I am going to finish this before I begin either the small linen square or the BIG one. : )
Update: Jan Stawasz Do**y
I have wasted so much thread trying to get a final round that is 1) without mistakes 2) the appropriate colour and 3) the right weight of thread, that I took a break before stumbling on the perfect solution. That I shall keep hidden from view till I finish!
Here is what I attempted in the interim:
This is one of many of the pattens I have tried from this book and I have to admit I am not at all impressed!
Angeline Crichlow must be acknowledged for contributing much to the tatting community by writing the book, teaching and by her enthusiastic education of the public about her beloved art-form, but I have had no luck with any of her patterns - not one, as the stitch counts all seem off, as in the example here.
This is supposed to be flat, not cupped:
The thread called for was one size from what I am using, so I cannot say that is the reason for the problem.
No matter - it was a fun escape from the doily and I liked the thread and the beads were fun, so cupping or not I finished it!
LATER: Please note the comment by Frances, who noticed I left out a bunch of chains and that is why the row was so tight! I cannot blame poor Angeline for this - my apologies all around! [though I have had problems with most of the patterns of hers I have tatted : )) ]