Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Other than that, we performed our usual medley of chores and "homework", and I managed to get a few more cushion covers sewn for my etsy shop. And finally, I drafted the pattern for the Quiltalong at Don't Look Now that I am taking part in.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Wednesday saw me knitting on the train on my way to and back from a meeting in London. I've now completed the scarf in Rico Pompon Print yarn. Barely off the needles, it was hijacked by Mr Quiltification who is modelling it in this sneaky photo I managed to grab. I think I've been commissioned to make him one of his own in more manly colours. First though, I'm planning to make some progress on a cardigan I started last year.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a box of Anchor Liana Metallic - a size 10 mercer cotton with a glitzy silver metallic threaded through it. At £2.99 for four 50g balls, it would have been a crime to leave it on the shelf. Here is my first piece of tatting made using this thread - it is the Ribbon Snowflake from Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, and it's number 22 in my 25 motif challenge. I'll definitely be making a few more snowflakes with this thread - I like the subtle sparkle and it only takes a little more care than tatting with a standard mercer thread.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
I've been a bit remiss on the crafty front over recent weeks. Hopefully, with the evenings drawing in I'll be able to spend a bit more time creating. With any luck, I should be able to get plenty done this weekend too - Mr Q will be at a conference so I shall have "home rule" for 48 hours!
Monday, 14 September 2009
The class went well, and as usual I was amazed by the difference fabric choices make. Quite a few of the ladies went for pink roses and my mum made hers from a collection of hand-dyed and batik fabrics that looked spectacular together.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Anyway, I thought I'd give some of the alternative methods a go. I started by looking at method number 2, the "traditional method .... used by the majority of modern tatters" thinking that if everyone else is doing it, so will I. Unfortunately, I could not make head nor tail of the instructions - you seem to need not only hand-eye coordination but hand-hand-eye coordination. I was worried that I would end up with both hands tied together so I gave up and settled on method number 1, the "reverse Riego method". Something about Mlle Riego's name and history enticed me to try this technique and I found that I enjoyed it a lot - enough to tat a little motif from page 48 of the same book using a free sample of Altin Basak thread from Tatting and Design. This is motif number 20 in my 25 motif challenge.
I'd love to know - do you tat using any of the methods shown in Rebecca Jones' book, or do you have an original technique all of your own?
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
I was tatting this while waiting for an optician's appointment on Saturday. Mr Quiltification was choosing some new glasses, and I was waiting for an eye test. The good news is that my eyesight is still better than 20/20 - the sad news is that I will have to wait until I can get the winged spectacles that will make me look intelligently frightening or frighteningly intelligent! It's a small price to pay for good vision, I suppose! Mr Q has chosen some very flash new glasses - I'll have to smarten up my act if I want to be seen out with him.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Given that I tat most mornings and evenings on the train to and from Liverpool where I work, I could have shown you a photo of the train carriage instead but I'm sure I would have got some funny looks from my fellow commuters! They are puzzled enough by the tatting itself.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
And there was an extra special treat for me. My mum works as a volunteer with the collection and she had told the curator about my love of tatting. Waiting for me to delve into was a big box of antique tatting including several items tatted by the famous early 20th century tatter Lady Katherine Hoare. There was also a tatted tablecloth and several older pieces with no chains and all the little rings tied together rather than joined as we do now. It was fascinating, and I've been invited back to draw diagrams of those pieces that particularly caught my eye. I can't wait.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Just a quick update on the home-front. Mr Quiltification and I have been attacking the house renovations with renewed vigour recently. On stripping the wallpaper in the back bedroom and bathroom we discovered a couple of leaks in the roof, and so I have just arranged for the back part of the house (the North wing, if you will) to be reroofed. This weekend we also took up the vibrant green, brown and orange 1960s carpet from the back bedroom and discovered some very old pieces of patterned lino underneath. Both have now gone to the tip, so we are left with bare floorboards while we decide what to do next. The electrician is due on Monday to wire in our shower pump. It's all go! Downstairs has seen a few changes too. We've found a new fire surround for the living room (gotta love ebay!). Also in the living room, the photo shows how happily our cat, Mr George, has taken to the Art Deco armchairs which I purchased on ebay several weeks ago.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Whilst in Ireland, I had very little free time to dedicate to any crafty endeavours, but I did what every self-respecting crafter does when visiting a new place - I found the local craft supply shop and spent some cash. The Crafters Basket in Cliffoney, County Sligo had a great selection of quilting cotton, including some beautiful batiks which proved irresistable!
I've got a busy few days coming up - I'll be supervising student dissertation projects and taking part in our University Open Day. But with Wimbledon highlights to watch in the evenings, I should have a little time to tat, sew, knit etc.
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Before the concert, we sat in the bar sipping orange juice, and I did a little light tatting. Then calamity struck - I dropped my mother of pearl shuttle on the floor. It broke. I looked sad. Mr Q said not to worry and that I should order a replacement. So I did, and here it is with the other goodies I ordered from Roseground Supplies. They've just started stocking the much talked about Lizbeth thread so I bought a few balls and I'm really touched that Roseground added a free sample of some variegated Lizbeth thread for me to try.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
In other news, my parents-in-law will be visiting from Australia this summer. We plan on getting the spare bedroom ship-shape before they arrive so expect some renovation posts over the next few weeks. I've got one eye on a wardrobe on ebay as I type this!
Sunday, 10 May 2009
new shuttles is that I can have several pieces on the go at once. None are yet finished, but I'm hoping to have a bookmark to show you in the next few days. In the meantime, here's a close-up of some quilting I've recently finished for a friend. I wanted the quilting it to look
like ripples on a pond and am pleased with how it turned out.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
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.
Friday, 30 January 2009
I'm not sure if two flakes make a flurry, but that is what I have for you today - two more snowflakes for the 25 motif tatting challenge. These are my motifs 4 and 5. The first is the Harmony of Hearts snowflake from Samantha Melnychuk's A Veritable Tatted Blizzard. The second is the Teeny Snowflake from the same book. Both are tatted in number 20 Anchor thread. I'm making my way through this book pretty quickly and have been casting my eye around the web to find some more motifs I'd like to try.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I learned to tat as a teenager in the 1980s from a pamphlet called "Learn to Tat" that I found at the bottom of my mum's knitting basket. She'd had it since the 50s or 60s but had never got to grips with tatting. I taught myself from that book and have tatted on and off since then, but because I am self taught and have never met another soul who can tat, I had never seen anyone else tat - until yesterday. Yesterday, I decided to learn how to make split rings, and figured that the best place to find instruction would be the web. I came across a couple of great tutorials on YouTube and within 20 minutes I'd tatted my first split ring.
But the most remarkable thing for me was seeing someone else tat - watching their hands flash backwards and forwards and the stitches magically appear under their fingers. I tat nothing like this - I hold my shuttle in a different orientation, my hands certainly don't flash, and in comparison I think I must look awkward and jerky. After a couple of minutes of watching open-mouthed and feeling a bit inadequate, I've decided not to "correct" my technique. My finished tatting looks fine and I enjoy doing it. I also know that I look fairly slow and awkward when I knit - I've never got the hang of wrapping the yarn around the needle in one easy motion. Trying to get it right makes me feel stressed. So, with no-one watching me, I'm going to carry on as I am!