Monday 29 April 2019

Jeanie's tips

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When I shared my tips on how to keep tatted motifs uniform, I received a lovely email from tatter & teacher Jeanie enumerating her own list. Now she’s been working on an altar cloth that already has over 400 motifs tatted over a span of years. She’s guessing somewhere between 600-800 hours spent on it, with another 200 hours’ work still left. She’s had 2 mishaps with dye-lots and one with staining due to some finger nail polish. This experience is reflected in the tips.
So, let the master speak! A few of the points have already been covered in my list, but I’d like you to read it in her own words …..

How To Tat Uniform Motifs and Medallions (contd.)
especially for long-term projects
Jeanie Schekel

"In my experience, most patterns require the motifs to be joined as the last round is tatted so the blocking is done after the motif is added. I usually only block nightly. I have seen a few patterns where two sizes of motifs are used and one size is joined by a smaller motif. This type of pattern would allow one to block some of the motifs before joining. Because my project was so large, I used a grid as a guide and marked on the grid the progression and completed motifs.
(She sent me this pic in Dec, 2018)
1.      I would suggest that one make several motifs and compare them before you begin the project.
2.      Measure the thread for one motif and calculate the amount of thread needed and make sure you allow for a mistake or two, so you will have enough of one dye-lot. 
3.      Write down every detail from starting with continuous thread, and any adjustments you make in the pattern, just in case of an emergency that can interrupt your tatting time. Time can affect your memory.
4.      Note where to add magic loops.
5.      Tat most of the last round calculating where to begin joining, and repeat the exact process as often as possible - saves time, calculations and mistakes. 
6.      Don't let a lot of time lapse between motifs. A month is too long for me.
7.      Don't tat other projects with another size thread while tatting this project; it can affect your tension.
8.      When tatting with white thread, you can avoid any discoloration from body oil.  Tape part of waterproof bandages, or liquid bandage painted on the area where the pinching finger and thumb touch the thread, as well as the palm side of the finger where the thread wraps. The sweaty side is the inside of the fingers that touch the thread."


As you may have deduced from both lists, consistency is the key. Consistency even in the most minute of details, especially if it is a long-term project. 
As always, your input and feedback is valued, so do say something :-)

Many many thanks, Jeanie

Saturday 27 April 2019

ribbon hairband pattern

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I was looking for a gift for a little girl when someone posted their working of Jennifer Williams’ Bookmark 3 (bookmark with 2 layers). It could work nicely as a hairband!  But could I adapt my positivity ribbon to it? 

Positivity Ribbon Hairband
an adaptation of an awareness ribbon and a bookmark !
(Bookmark 3 by Jennifer Williams)

Tadaa – quick and clean with just some minor tweaks. Completed in a day!

  • It would look nice in 2 colours, but I chose single colour, and added different ribbons to her gift box so she can change as desired.
  • The clever design is also reversible whether worked in same or different colours.
  • Use it as a hairband, bookmark, or a hatband. Or tie it as a bracelet or choker!

Materials & Measurement:
2 shuttles, continuous thread
Anchor pearl cotton size 8 (yellow shade – 00297)
½” wide satin ribbon
Finished ribbon band measures 13”x1” after 26 upper and 14 lower rings
1.      For every 2 rings above, there is 1 ring below
2.      Rings on top, and chains are worked with shuttle1 ; rings below are worked with shuttle2.
3.      For directional tatting, all chains and lower rings are worked backside (RODS)
4.      For joining the top rings, refer to diagrams in this Positivity Ribbon pattern.
5.      Also refer to Jennifer’s Bookmark in two layers for detailed instructions on construction.

2 shuttles, ctm

top ring1 : 7-5-7   rw, ss
lower ring : 8-8 fold the ring , ss
chain : 2(-2)x5  rw  [5p]
top ring2 : 7-5-7  rw
chain : 2+2(-2)x4  rw  [5p]
Repeat these 5 elements to desired length.
To turn the back:
chain : 2+2(-2)x17 [18p]

On the return, repeat the same pattern but remember that each ring is joined to it’s counterpart, ending with the long chain. 
A hollow pocket is created through which ribbon can be inserted. Change the ribbon colour to match the outfit! 
There is one difference that occurs in this adaptation – the rings below join at an angel creating a slanting ladder. I like the effect, though not very distinct here.

I can vouch that the hairband looked Gorgeous when she tied it on (as did she ;-P)!

Many many thanks, Jennifer ! 

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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Patty's square pattern and peeks

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It’s been a long time coming, but finally here. It is a single page pdf (although a 2nd blank page has adamantly inserted itself!). Patty kindly permitted me to share the pattern and her pic.

Besides her original square in red, she later PM-ed her 5-arm version using the very same stitch count! The central picot is longer, holding 5 seed beads, and each ring is linked between 2 beads.

As already shown, these are my 3 motifs, using 3 different thread sizes …

… and connected into a bookmark using Curled Ring Connectors (CRC).

I’ve been having more fun with these CRCs
These motifs made at the turn of the century, are linked together with 3-way CRCs, and a bead(s) added in center.

And here I’ve worked the CRC in metallic thread (1 strand of embroidery thread), using them to link sequins.
TIP : As I worked this, I realised a better way to make the CRC. Instead of curling each ring around the element and lock joining, it is better to tat the rings involved in the CRC (2, 3, or 4) and then curl each of them by turn. This creates a more compact and solid connector.

Both bracelets are finished but will be revealed at a later date.

Grazie mille, Patty, per condividere con entusiasmo il modello

Saturday 20 April 2019

Daniela's effects

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playing some more with Daniela Mendola’s effects - filigree stitch and mimosa knot...

I couldn’t snip off the Dora Young Knot/Join filigree center from the large motif; but found a medallion I had used in one of my pictorials and finally tried Daniela’s original filigree stitch
This time I had no difficulty doing it with lock joins! But I deliberately ended off without completely filling the space – thought it looked good. Also didn't want to risk messing it up ;-P
This is the best close-up I could manage; all others are hazier than this.
Medallion was worked in Anchor 20 while filling in Red Rose Pearl cotton 8.
The filigree stitch with lock joins and my variation using Dora Young Join/Knot together.

While rummaging in my sequin stock for the butterfly in my previous post, I found this star and was drawn to work petals around it. Mimosa knot was ideal for the pointy tips. I winged the stitch count. Chains of [3 - 6 Mk 6 – 3] linked to previous petal and lock joined to sequin.
Anchor size 40 thread scraps were used.

In the lead composite pic, I included Jeanne Lugert's 3D rose because of the mimosa knot leaves I shared here. 

And besides Daniela's own video for mimosa knots, I shared my stepwise instructions here, and Karen Cabrera has promised us a video on this for next month (see comments)! So keep your shuttles ready!

Thursday 18 April 2019

Lenore's ribbon

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Remember the positivity ribbon I designed specially for my friend? She was strengthened by your response and thoughts. The day she came back with good news was the same evening I received news of another online friend who is terribly ill. Do good and bad news travel in pairs?!
Simultaneously, a facebook group Chiacchierino: Filo, Amore e Fantasia put out Lenore’s pattern, with diagram by Ninetta. Read details here, along with pattern links.

I chose teal (in pearl cotton) to support my 'always tatting' friend.

The 2nd ribbon has beads in 2 colours – green and transparent – the rings going up have green, while on the return the chains have green. Opposite for transparent beads. I wanted to give it a dimensional look, though not very successful

So do come and say 'Hi'. Let's send her some good cheer & prayers this Easter weekend.

Monday 15 April 2019

joys of dancing

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We are enjoying the sights, sounds and antics of a variety of birds; including their dance of courtship or under the sprinkler or in a puddle! The kingfisher (with a few sparrows) has returned after a gap and sits on a tree in clear view!
joys of dancing with friends !
When we had first moved here over 20 years back, there used to be a couple of peacocks strutting around! They soon disappeared, never to return.

Anita Barry has been strutting my Dancing Peacocks & it's my turn to dance now :-D
She converted the medallion into a beautiful pendant and also worked out her stitch count for the earrings for a size 8mm bead. The green chain has padded double stitch!

This is another pic of her very first try immediately after I uploaded the pattern ('18) – love the vibrant colours & frayed picots!!!
While adding her count, I took the opportunity to draw some stepwise diagrams of the floating beads method, as relevant here, as well as generic. With her valuable and in-depth feedback, the notes on page 2 are more streamlined now.

I will delete the old one and substitute it in my patterns page above

At Camp Wanna Tat they have a “Pattern Binder” available for workshop attendees to look through and review. This April my peacocks have been mailed to attendees.
And the same pattern will now be taught at Palmettos Tat Days in September this year! Here's a link to the inspiring class pictures

My patterns have made it to the Tat Days goodie bags two years in a row ('16 & '17), thanks to Georgia Seitz's initiative.  
Speaking of, she will be teaching Noorjahan's Rubies - necklace and earrings - at the Shuttlebirds event in May! She is using metallic thread, though I haven't seen it yet. I hope to do the same someday.

I have fair reason to dance despite this hot Indian summer, right ?!

All these patterns have floating beads methods! I was hoping to create more diagrams for the method and it’s variations, but doubt if it’ll get done by the end of this month. There Has been progress, though.

My heartiest thanks to Georgia and Anita for letting me dance :-))))

An update to my previous post - 2 new pics have been added - one of mimosa knot leaves, and another prototype of a rose bud. Do check them out. 

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Friday 12 April 2019

one from every garden

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Last week Amritha asked me to help her out with Jeanne Lugert’s 3D rose. I don't know which, if any of my tips helped her. But it was just the incentive I needed to Finally make one. Yes, it is my first time with this pattern and worked in Pearl cottons size 8.

And then I got carried away, hunting and collecting more 3D rose patterns, some being shared last month for I LoveTatting. (see what was made during that month here).
I am stumped by the range of styles and methods being used to create a 3D lace rose and just had to try each.

UPDATE : Carollyn asked about the leaves. I've given instructions in the comments, but here's a back view of the leaves using Daniela's Mimosa Knots at intervals. 

I intend to add leaves to complete each rose hence the tails are left uncut. For a better comparison, I stuck with pearl cotton. Mind you there are still quite a few patterns I still want to try, before wrapping up. Not to mention those with special techniques such as Cluny, inverted, treble tatting, etc.

A quick note on those done so far – from center, clockwise –

1. Jeanne Lugert uses a split ring braid and looks good both in single or 2 colours. I added leaves using Mimosa Knots. 

2. An idea from pinterest where 3 separate rosette medallions are made and then overlaid & sewn. Instead of snipping after each layer, I continued with the single shuttle.

3. Agnieszka uses only rings made with one shuttle and shares a small and a large version. I really like how these turned out, especially the larger one.

4. Rolled rose from kukkatatting uses rings and chains. I found it a bit difficult to string it into shape but it ends up larger than previous roses. 

5. The Jessica Rose by Sharren Sarver Morgan uses dimpled rings instead of plain rings. It gives a nice blossomed look.  

6. 2 red roses in Anchor size 20 are my own prototypes.

The above is taken from a different angle. I find it is more fun to work with single shuttle, tweaking the ring sizes as you go, but the split ring one is easier to pull into shape.  

Much as I liked the shapes of each of these, what I kept missing was a coiled center as in a real rose or rosebud. Took the plunge to try my own 3D rose. 
Single shuttle. I’ve curled the first ring vertically (I've used this to perch the butterfly on one of the Buddy Hearts), then curled the 2nd ring around this 1st one using a slightly larger picot and 2ds more. Then the rest of the petals are made. 
These are still nascent and the smaller one is still attached to shuttle. I’m still trying to perfect it. But what do you think of them so far? 

UPDATE : A new bud, using 3 vertical rings curled around each other and a 4th ring to complete the bud. Size 10 knitting cotton....

Wednesday 10 April 2019

tassel tips n tricks

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Over the years I’ve assimilated a few tips and tricks for making the perfect tassel – umm, aspiring to. I was simply going to share the link to this latest trick, except that the link does not open now without membership to the Japanese site/platform. Despite a fairly thorough search I couldn’t find a single video or pin where this trick was used, hence I made a quick collage.

With tassel earrings raking up quite a storm, it is a simple and neat trick to have in one's kitty. 
  1. Cut a length of paper and roll it over the tassel. The length of the paper cylinder should be the desired length of tassel.
  2. It is important that the cylinder is snugged up to the base of the tassel if one wants identical lengths as in earrings.
  3. Then snip close to and along the lower edge of paper. Remove paper, and voilà, we have a neatly trimmed, perfect tassel each and every time!
  4. This tip was shown in stepwise detail, by sekiraralace here to make red tassel earrings. 

Some more tassel-making links and tips

  • Silk thread tassel earrings using fork – uppunutihome’s video 
  • Midway through the above video, notice how the threads curl and spread when she puts the scissors inside the tassel and cuts? Judith Connors had once highlighted this point in Craftree (sorry, don’t have a link) – Always cut across, never through the threads. This keeps the threads together and it really works.

There are loads more youtube videos, all pretty similar.

UPDATE (Apr 24, 2019): Patricia Lynn-Cobb has an excellent tutorial for a Great Tassel. Download the pdf from this post.

Do you have a tassel tip or trick or tutorial to share? I would love to add it to this list which will be on the Tatting Resources tab above. Waiting eagerly to hear from you …

Saturday 6 April 2019

power winding

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You’ve heard me mention Jean Gordon in a few posts where I also shared a few of her projects. She calls herself my “dedicated reader” ;-D. She has been a crocheter but has taken up tatting for the last few years. Before I continue with the main purpose of this post, here’s some eye-candy from her...

Hummingbird Rose Doily  (crochet Jean Gordon)
JAG Filet Mat  (crochet Jean Gordon)
Rosette Doily  (tatting Jean Gordon)

 Powering a Shuttle Winder – how to
Jean Gordon

A few months back Jean shared a rapid shuttle-winding idea with me – “a simple Magic”. Now who doesn’t love magic, especially if it gets our shuttles filled in a jiffy, with no elbow grease?! She has kindly prepared a 2-page document with written instructions as well as a video – a lot of ‘firsts’ for her…

Disclaimer : We are not associated or affiliated with the products/companies/brands or sellers mentioned. Jean would simply like tatters to draw full benefit from the tools if they so desire. 

The following is mostly in her words ….
I’ve been seeing people with the Tatting Shuttle Winder picture attached and wished that it was powered.  I’ve had one for couple years and my husband found THE WAY to make it power wind.
And the magic wand that powers and speeds up the winding process is … wait for it …. a small 4v drill !!!
With power comes motion – some undesired ;-p Hence a non-slip surface (like a shelf liner seen in pics) will keep the winder stable when the drill is in action.

Besides speed and comfort, this process helps to eliminate the thread twisting like when the shuttle is filled by hand. It can also be used to unwind shuttles.
There is also a tip about how to wind 2 shuttles continuously using these tools.

There have been so many Tatters that have offered online help to Tatting Newbies that this will be sort of my way of pay-back.

Click to download this free pdf document for all details, with more pics and video :

So who wants to power their winder ??? Jean found a video showing the multiple uses this 4v drill can be put to - so it's more bang for your buck !!!

Wednesday 3 April 2019

my Italian connection

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Italian Connection bookmark    (a sneak peek)
You’ll soon see the reason for this name which led to the choice of books as well.

This motif is the First pattern designed by an Italian tatter, Patty Castagno and shared in the facebook group - Chiacchierino: Filo, Amore e Fantasia. It is a very creative and talented group but mostly in Italian. Which is why facebook's instant translation is a boon, though literal and sometimes confusing.

The promise of a square spiral attracted me immediately, but my first attempt (purple size 8 pearl) was surprisingly tough & confusing. 
Since I couldn’t understand why it was difficult, I had another go at it, this time in blue (size 20 Anchor). Worked up smooth as silk!!! Huh. Where was my head ???
Three’s Company! Hence a 3rd motif tatted in green (size 40 Anchor) for tapering bookmark.

There is a ¼” difference between each motif.

Now how should I connect these motifs – each a different size, with no peripheral picots? Here’s where more Italian connection came in. Ninetta’s curled rings!
These curled ring connectors are rings folded exactly in half and lock joined through the middle picot in each, encasing a motif (chain) within.
Even the tassel is encased within these connectors.

I’ve used curled rings for toggles, etc. but I think this Curled Ring Connector has great potential and use in jewellery or to link individual motifs of different shapes, sizes, and designs! They can also be used in place of adjustable toggles since whatever is within can slide. Or how about attaching motif to a bangle for sun/dream catchers?!

This post was intended for April 1st – ITD, which is why I included Teri Dusenbury’s dandelion chain link bookmark which I believe is a construction and engineering marvel in tatting. And among my most viewed projects.

Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Thinker and Man of Science by Eugène Mũntz. A coffee table box set of 2 large hardcover volumes with lots of his diagrams, studies, ideas, sketches, etc. as well as finished works. Detailed, in-depth exploration. I have barely scratched the surface of these, but quite a treasure.

So would you like the pattern? I have Patty Castagno's gracious permission and here’s what she said (translated from Italian) when I sent her a close-up pic:  

Beautiful, beautiful, fabulous, you did an exceptional job, do whatever you want with my scheme, you made it a very good thank you
Now it is I who must ask you if I can take inspiration from your masterpiece

I need to ink the stitch count, and work on a presentation, but soon...

My previous Italian connection ...