Thursday, 17 January 2019

a small gesture

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A tatted gesture for a very special person
Will you join me in sending positive energy and prayers? 
Just a little 'Hi' in the comment box to show we care.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

celestial razzle dazzle

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an adaptation of Sharon's Dec 28 snowflake. Although “undecided”, I am so glad she decided to share the pattern.
In the pics the sparkle seems spotted. Part of the reason is that a single metallic wire is twisted with cotton thread. In real this wire creates a stronger and nicely cohesive shine. 

I loved how the elements in this flake seemed to fan out! Which is why I waited to tat it in metallic threads thus magnifying the radiation and radiance! So this time I have a sunflake with a few differences, if you can spot them?


What I did differently :
  • Increased motifs to 7 instead of 6 because there was cupping.
  • Worked the 2nd round with thrown rings, instead of chains-only.
There was ruffling as the rounds were added, but roll blocking flattened it okay. Made me think I could've retained 6 dendrites! The cupping is NOT a reflection on the design; it is my own shortcoming with such medallions.

What I could’ve done differently :
  • Make longer joining picots in inside facing gold rings, thus keeping the motif count to 6.
  • Reduce the gold & increase the silver.
  • anything you would like to suggest ???
In Red Rose size 20, it measures 11cms. Now to attach it within a large enough frame to hang in the window, letting it razzle and dazzle as it catches the sun’s rays.


Related posts
one more sunflake (Lene Bjorn)
unintended 7-armed Ice Snowflake (Nancy Tracy) mistake discovered over a year later!
intentional 7-armed superbowl snowflake (Georgia Seitz) for the blocking pictorial.

Friday, 11 January 2019

new and old

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metallic thread, background, snood


As promised yesterday, this is the medallion (not blocked) I started immediately, using Red Rose metallic thread.
The thread is nice to tat with – soft and smooth - but very strong. It is so much easier than using 2 or 3 strands of metallic embroidery thread.
I did consciously loosen my stitch tension. And no extra half stitch at end of rings. 

TIP to close ring: While closing rings, pull evenly till almost the very end, then another tug towards the left (for right-handers) to close that final gap.

TIP to retro-tat: I had to un-tat a ring. It felt safer & easier to undo half stitch at a time (using the blunt head of #10 crochet hook) instead of forcing open the ring. After a few stitches were taken out, it was easy to pull open the ring loop wider and quickly unravel the rest.
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Playing with camera settings for background using same metallic thread medallion. Didn’t know my phone camera had such a wide range – these are only a few I selected to upload. The top right is 'autumn'.
 

 
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And a UFO from mid-2016! I kept finding and losing it in my closet. But this time when I found it, I felt energized to complete it. Perhaps Eliz's perseverance rubbed off on me. Also, I need to replace this 2017 snood because some of the end chains have frayed due to daily friction.
It measures about 5½ cms across (in size 40) while I need at least 7 cms. So off to the drawing board to chalk out some rows. I intend to use a dark shade - brown or black - to keep the spinning wheel in focus. Now to decide how to fill that space - a daunting task.

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