Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Another Round

I am beginning to wonder if making two dollies at the same time is a wise move! However, they are completely different and so far I am enjoying working both of them. Renulek's 2018 doily is so dainty and I am really pleased with the way it is progressing.  I have made one slight modification though.  My big sister Jane has taught me that when you have a ring off a chain it is best to put a small picot on the chain before working the ring and attaching the ring to it and likewise before the ring is closed adding a small picot so the other side of the chain can be attached to it.  The rings are then a little more firmer and don't move about so much.  


Looking forward to the next round and seeing the progress others are making working this doily.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Progressing

Amazingly I am continuing this pattern of Jane's which is Fandango Rectangle.  I did make the centre a bit longer than the suggested one in the pattern, only because the last doily I made grew so large that it ended up becoming a square!  





So enjoying tatting this and have realised that at the moment tatting anything small is not very rewarding.  Perhaps this is because I have boxes of tatting hidden away doing nothing. Whereas tatting something larger means that it is on show as it grows and in the future, well hopefully it will be used and admired. 

I wonder if anyone can guess what colour I will be using next? 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Renulek Spring Doily

I really enjoy taking part in these 'tat-a-long' doilies that Renulek designs every year.  She is such a talented designer and tatter.  Although the last doily of hers that I actually managed to take part was four years ago, when over time I completed three of that particular design. Strange in the past I had no interest in dollies, somehow though with the discipline of tatting a round at a time and waiting for instructions for subsequent rounds, seems far easier and less daunting.   Although it has taken me almost two weeks to decide on the thread size and the colour for this particular doily.  I have chosen burgundy, but who knows what will happen as the doily progresses, oh and the thread is size 20.


Tomorrow Renulek is going to post the third round, so hello to those of you who are also tatting this beautiful doily.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Made a Start

I now feel I am on the road to recovery after having a break from tatting during which I had no motivation to do any.  This is what I am currently working on.  However, a good sign is that I am being tempted to stop and start other projects especially when seeing what other people are tatting!  



No it is not a bookmark, but the centre of a doily.  I have only one large doily left as I sold three over Christmas, however I doubt anyone will ever want this one because of the colours I have chosen.  

Monday, 29 January 2018

Tatting for visitors

One of the churches in the group I minister in has joined 'Small Pilgrim Places' it is a network of churches around the country which stay open in the day time.  They encourage people to come inside and rest for awhile soaking in the atmosphere, a quiet haven of peace from the busy world outside.  This particular church was recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086 and is situated on a hill with a marvellous view of the countryside.  In order to welcome visitors I have left some tatted butterflies for them, it will be interesting to see how quickly they go and how many people take more than one!



This is the church that also has three doves sleeping in the porch, so you have to be careful not to stand directly under them!



Having had an extremely bad start to the New Year with regard to doing any handicrafts I have at last picked up my shuttles again. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year

Blogging ceased for me during December, party due to the fact that I spent 9 days in Singapore and then on returning Christmas rushed in.  This left me with little time or inclination to do much tatting let alone blog about it.   But on Christmas Day I tatted these stars to go around sloe gin bottles for my son to give away.  Well perhaps not these particular bottles as they don't seem very full for some reason!


 
The photograph is not very good either as it was late evening and the light and angle did not show them up very well.  It is a tradition in our family to bottle the sloe gin on Christmas day after the sloes had been soaking in the gin for three months. 

I am not doing any tatting at the moment as decorating and sorting out is in full swing in our house, added to fact that most of my supplies are trapped behind things!  Also I have literally run out of ideas of what to tat, so wait for inspiration at the beginning of 2018, may have to look at other blogs to get inspired!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Tatting Gifts

I have two sons and so they are not really interested in tatting, in fact sometimes they will poke fun at it.  However, recently I was asked my by youngest if I had any Christmas tatting as he wanted to take some over to his colleagues in Singapore.  I was thrilled and dug out all my Christmas tatting, some bits have been around for many years.  Anyway he choose what he wanted, took them home and then purchased some boxes and placed them inside.



This is the photograph he sent me today.  Each box contains two Christmas baubles (patterns on the side of my blog) and other Christmas ornaments.   It will be interesting to hear what they think of their gift boxes full of tatting!