Friday, 11 January 2019

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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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7 comments:

  1. Love the sparkle and that is beautiful and will be very nice when finished. It is amazing how big a snood needs to be but it's just that way😐

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    1. Carollyn, I like my snood a bit larger to make my hair bun look denser than my thinning hair can knot into 😉

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  2. Fabulous motif and spinning wheel mat!!! :)

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    1. 🎡🌹🎡🌹🎡🌹🎡 😊😊😊

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  3. I like Eliz's idea of finishing off UFOs, good for you for following her example. The thread sounds as though it takes a bit of getting used to, but worth using.

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    1. Jane, did you check out this productivity chart -- https://wronghands1.com/2019/01/11/productivity-flowchart/ --- story of my life 😉
      Since the metallic is wound over cotton thread, it is much easier to tat with.

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  4. I treasure this pattern. I've had fun adding colors with beads and using more than 1 color thread at a time. You know me.....color!!!!

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