Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Dowel Cutter

This is how the little plugs which go inside the popabobbin shuttles are made.  What you see is a Stanley No 77 and we purchased it on e.bay from someone in the USA very soon after the shuttles became popular.  These dowel cutters stopped being made in 1969 so it is a vintage piece of equipment.  As you can imagine it was quite expensive to buy especially after paying import duty.   We have also managed to get extra cutters for it so that other sizes of rods can be produced.

When the shuttles were first made we bought long lengths of doweling rod or tried to make the little plugs by hand for the different woods.   But this 'old lady' is doing us proud and makes them just the right size.  The handle is unattached at the moment as it is not in use and sits behind the lathe.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this on Tim's post, perhaps we should make green shuttles to match!  Very clever Tim and it means you will never loose them as they are so bright.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

St George's Day-

Today we are celebrating St. George's Day the Patron Saint of England and of Scouting. This afternoon there was a parade in Romsey, a town about 3 miles away from where I live with the uniformed organisations taking part. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day, so the children did not get cold.  

To mark the event with a piece of tatting, this is the St. George's flag.  We mainly see a lot more of this flag when the English football team are playing, otherwise it is the Union Jack, the British flag, that is more likely to be flown. The central part of the Union Jack is the red cross of St. George.  

Some of our churches fly flags and here is a picture of one just about to be hoisted.

The tatted flag pattern can be found here, 
And of course today is also Shakespeare's birthday.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A couple of Easter Eggs

The last few weeks have raced by and my busyness has meant very little time for any tatting.  Over the last few month I have also started a few other craft projects, which have sadly had to be put on hold.   I managed to tat these Easter Eggs very quickly in the last few days. They have now been given to friends, the pattern is on the side of my blog

Both are tatted using two threads size 80

I love the effect the combination of the threads give

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Something different

Recently I have seen some lovely tatted trees on a tatted facebook page, no idea where the pattern has come from but they look so effective.  Many years ago, before the internet,  I borrowed Lindsay's Tatting Collage book from the library but never actually managed to tat anything from it, time and energy were then the overriding factor!  I have since purchased the book, but mainly for reference and ideas.

Whilst looking through an old Ring of Tatters book I found another tree and decided to have ago at tatting it with some adaptations.  Unfortunately it did not turn out quite right, unless you look at it as a wind blown tree!

I am going to have another go but this is what the original design looked like, my idea was to make it more interesting but got lost on the way!

I am now working on another tree and if successful would like to use it in a tatting collage, but that idea may never come to fruition, as I do not have much confidence in my ability to succeed!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Tatting Day Out

Last Friday I went to see Jane to deliver some tatting shuttles and the next day she took me to a village in Gloucester called Churchdown, where we joined a group who had come together to tat.    It was fun to be with others and spend the day tatting and nattering.

A display of people's work was put on tables, there were some lovely tatted pieces to delight us all.

I hope to join them next year if my big sister will take me again!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Is it worth continuing?

So I have now tatted six kaleidoscopes and joined them together, and was quite happy with the effect until I almost finished and noticed that the work was not lying very well.  By the time I had joined the last one my disappointment was quite marked.  However, after damping and pressing it does not look too bad.  My aim was to continue with more kaleidoscope motifs using a plain colour edged with black and placing them in-between these, but really don't know whether it is going to be worth the effort.  

May be I will tat something else and come back to it or just put it away in the cupboard!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ice Drop Pendant

After seeing so many ice-drops on tatting blogs I did not quite understand how they were made until I saw that Bernice had a link to Diane's pattern and so decided to have a quick go and make one myself.  There were also some handy suggestions about useful items to tat around. This is my first and only ice-drop, so far!  I might do more, who knows?

Over 10 years ago I bought these vintage chandelier glass drops and was at the time attracted by their colour and shape, but have never really put them to good use.    I suppose I could have used a more interesting thread to tat around them but did not want to distract from the beauty of the glass.

So now, at last, I have a wearable item from this vintage glass after learning how to make an ice-drop, thank you Diane for starting this craze.