Friday, 15 December 2017

Flurry Snowflake


This flake is designed by Harolahlala and the pattern can be found here.  She also has a Facebook page called The Shade Tree Designer Tatting. This flake is begging for some embellishment and I added the Josephine rings between the points for some interest. 

I tatted this with a vintage ecru 40 thread by J&P Coats.  The finished flake measures 6 cm or 2.24 inches.  It holds its shape very well. 

I have placed the Flurry snowflake into the plastic frame and you can see my tatting cabinet in the background.

I purchased this cabinet to try to contain my tatting in one spot.  It has lights inside and when I am tatting in the evening it gives off a wonderful glow.  I even have room to display completed items on the top shelf. 

One day when I have this cabinet organized I will give you all a peek inside. Stay tuned!



Thursday, 14 December 2017

Lil David's Snowflake


This flake is designed by Harolahlala and the pattern can be found here   She also has a facebook page called The Shade Tree Designer Tatting. She provides a variation of the flake which can be made with beads in the center.

I used a vintage ecru 40 thread by J&P Coats. The finished flake measures 8 cm or 3 inches.  I did not need stiffener as the flake holds its shape well. 

I purchased a few of these snowflake frames below and I have managed to put one into the center. I plan to gift  this year.



Monday, 11 December 2017

Qanik

It is that time of year when I tat snowflakes.  This is the latest pattern by  Joëlle Paulson which she calls  Qanik.  You can find the pattern on her etsy page.  I was lucky enough to win a free pattern during a draw that she had on her blog leblogdefrivole.

I must admit that those long chains were a challenge so I asked Joëlle if she had any tips and she said to do them with reverse stitch. so I tried it and it did come out better than my first try.

Joëlle also coached me on the Josephine knots, and you can view a video she made on that here







Friday, 17 November 2017

Bells

Here are a few bells.  The one with the ribbon is actually crochet (my design) and was a favor I handed out at my wedding.   I had a few leftover from the wedding and have put them up on the tree every year.

I recall I made about 140 bells, the ribbon has our names on one end and the date on the other.  The bell is a little yellow but still holds its shape.  My guess is that the stiffener has turned yellow. 

The second bell is shown in detail on green, it is a pattern from Renulek and available on her Etsy site.  A nice size bell, made in three rounds. It holds its shape and needs no stiffener.

The next bell is a pattern I found on Pinterest and traced back to this website. The designer is Ewa.

Finally the smallest bell is a great pattern by Roberta D'Annaballe.

All the tatted bells were done in Lizbeth 601 Snow White size 20.  I believe the one with the ribbon was done in Daisy size 30.



Sunday, 29 October 2017

Diagonal Potholders

One gal in my Tai Chi class asked if I could fix some potholders for her.  She said she had them for years and they finally broke down in the dryer.  I looked at them and figured out how they were made and I have since made her a few new pairs.  

This easy potholder pattern is a double layer of crochet with the stitches going in opposite directions. They give great heat resistance being 100% cotton and are easy to clean.  I made this set  including the matching dishcloth. 

I'd forgotten how fast these made up.  I also found a link to the pattern. Enjoy.