February 18, 2013

Easter Egg Pendant

A few days ago I completed this lovely Easter egg and have just now gotten around to posting it. It is from Tatted Easter Eggs by Forlaget Akacia. Egg #24.

Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon!!

Yesterday I was feeling a bit adventurous and decided to try SSSRs for the first time. For some reason I have always been hesitant to try this technique. After a few trials and nearly giving up altogether I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and SUCESS!

Once I had those down I had to give Anne Bruvold's Fying Minor Norwegian Dragon pattern a go. This was a pattern I had always meant to try but never got around to (due in large part to those darn SSSRs). I am thoroughly pleased!!

Size 20 Lizbeth #122

February 14, 2013

Scallop Shell Heart #2

I retatted Martha Ess' pattern for a second time. I modified the bottom chains from 10 ds to 6 ds each. I think it came out quite nice. It was laying completely flat until the last two rows of chains. I think they may need a slight adjustment in stitch count, but after adjusting the stitches a bit it layed flat, so all in all I think this was a success:-) It is done in Lizbeth size 20 #130. I love the colors! I must admit I am curious about a solid color or color combo on this one. Hmmmm....

Well perhaps later...from Hearts to Easter Eggs I go;-)

Happy Valentine's Day tatting friends!!

February 8, 2013

Experiments with Thread and a Lovely Pendant

I ordered the new Handy Hands Catalogue and was sent two samples of thread to try, Fruit Fizz size 20 which I just bought:-( and size 3 Ocean Sunset:-) While flipping through the catalogue I found quite a few lovely patterns, one of which caught my eye. "Sand Dollar Coaster" by Sandy. I decided to give the size 3 a shot using this pattern. After the first three large rings were tatted I realized the last ring wouldn't fit well and finished at 4. It measures about 3". I was also able to tat "Simple Flower Heart" by Martha Ess from her book Tat's Amore'. I really like how this came out. It was a very simple design, but because the thread was so thick it produced a nice sized heart:-)

After I finished using the size 3 I decided to give the sand dollar coaster pattern another shot using a thinner thread. I used size 20 vinyard harvest. This time I completed all 5 ring repeats and added decorative graduated picots. I finished it off with a dragonfly charm. I absolutely love how it turned out:-)

January 30, 2013

Scallop Shell Heart

Here is what I have been working on. It's called Scallop Shell Heart. It is from Martha Ess' book Tat's Amore. I love the colors, and for the most part I love the heart, but there is something just not quite right about the bottom. :-( Perhaps my tension was off, perhaps the thread size effected it (pattern calls for size 30, I used size 20). Either way, I will be giving this one another try.

January 28, 2013

Hot off the Shuttles!

Used my brand new toys today for the first time. I love the beautiful colors of tge Lizbeth "Fruit Fizz". I am also really loving my new shuttles! The GR8 shuttles definitly deserve their name, and it feels nice to make beautiful lace with beautiful tools:-) Now what could I be making. For now I will leave that a mystery...

My New Toys!!

Look what just arrived! I love my new toys!!! A big thank you to my super sweet hubby:-) Now I just have to figure out what to make first....

January 20, 2013

Antique Rose Heart Complete!

Here is the finished heart. I think it is quite lovely:-) Only one set of ends to hide! Thank you Jane for the inspiration.

Antique Rose Heart

I have been inspired by Jane's TIAS 2013 to practice my split chains. I found this lovely heart in Martha Ess' book Tat's Amore'. It is nearly complete and so far no ends to hide! I love how it looks so far. I hope to finish today and post a pic of the finished product.

January 18, 2013

Jane's TIAS 2013 progress

I originally started this year's TIAS in shaded purples size 40, but I decided to try this in beautiful shaded turquoise size 20. I far prefer the look of this ond I think. I will try to go back and finish both, but here is the progress I have on this one from days 1, 2, and 3.

January 15, 2013

Day 2 TIAS

I decided to redo day one in Lizbeth size 20 #142. I have added day two. The beautiful variegated turquiose look like ocean waves to me. I am still not sure what it might be. Maybe water at the bottom of a boat? Or perhaps we will turn it on its side or on its head. Who knows? Such fun:-) I decided to use a dplit chain to bridge row two and avoid pesky ends. I think it came out quite well. What do you think?

January 11, 2013

Starting 2013 off right:-)

It has been far too long since I have had anything to post. Tatting has taken a back seat to rasing four boys (two teens, one preteen and a toddler) as well as more health issues than I care to discuss. When I have had down time, crocheting baby blankets, afghans, hats, scarves, and ornaments (per the request of family members) have occupied it. Perhaps I should have been posting those pics as well. Finally, after far too long I have been bitten by the tatting bug once again:-) I will be posting pics of the project I am working on as well as Jane's TIAS 2013 (day one shown above). When I don't have tatting to share I will post pics of my shuttles, favorite books, and if anyone would like to see it, of my crochet. I hope 2013 is an epic year for tatting. I'm off to a good start anyway. I am not sure how many of you still remember me, but if anyone still does I hope you enjoy:-)

This is the progress on my "Corona" doily. It is from Judith Connors book "Contemporary Tatting