Thursday, 19 September 2019

A cross

I can't believe how much attention this cross has received since I started wearing it.  Although it was ages ago since it came off my shuttles and was sadly put away forgotten and unloved! Then about 6 weeks ago I bought a dress and suddenly discovered the cross and found that it was the exact colour of the a dress, which was amazing!  The pattern was one that I designed myself, originally for earrings in fact at one point I may have even had earrings to match!  

This morning I went to a coffee morning and was showing a group of people my latest tatting and have now got an order.  It is for a snowflake which I am going to turn into a pendant, will post another time. 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Lavender Bags

Managed to get three lavender bags made today. The bags themselves are a dark purple colour but look quite grey in the photograph.  They smell gorgeous and I plan to make more. 

The other week I completed these pin cushions, the left hand one is for myself as my old one has faded and looks a complete mess.  They are such fun to make.

What I love doing is choosing the buttons for the centre of the pin cushions, getting the right shape, colour and size. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Necklace finished

I am so pleased I managed to complete this necklace and have already worn it and received some lovely compliments. 

One of the main reasons why I came to a halt and the necklace lay abandoned for years was that originally there was going to be a tatted chain from the end two motifs, so I left a large picot without a bead ready to accommodate the chain.  However, it then looked as though the necklace would not lie well unless there was a chain on the top of all the motifs. It was at that stage, in the middle of tatting it, that I gave up, lost the thread and the beads and the will to actually continue.  

The HDT I used is either Yarnplayers or Karey Solomons, sorry completely forgotten, but lovely Autumnal colours.      

Saturday, 7 September 2019

An old project

Thank you for your comments regarding the lavender sprigs, I haven't been able to make the bags to put them on yet, but I will in time. Tidying up a bedroom and decorating it, meant sorting out some long forgotten tatting, which needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care) in other words finished!  This is a necklace which was sadly abandoned because of various issues.  I cannot bear to destroy it so hope to resolve the problems I had with it and complete.

We all have given up on a piece of  tatting at some time or another and I know how hard it is to re visit, wish me luck!

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Lavender and Bees

My neighbour always grows the most beautiful lavender, which I was fortunate to pick and dry this year.  My aim is to make some lavender bags but also want to put a piece of tatted lavender on the front of them. These are my attempts and think I have decided which is the best one. 

The lavender attracts hundreds of bees, so my hands were in the middle of some very vocal buzzing insects, but they did not worry me and I was not frightened about getting stung.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

A little bit of tatting

I have definately started tatting again but have been tidying up my supplies at the same time, which means making tiny butterflies to use up the odd bits of thread.  The other thing I have been doing is preparing for another craft morning, and have become rather hooked on making these pin cushions.  Although the aim is for those who attend the morning to make them themselves!  Not everyone uses a pin cushion but I find them an essential bit of equipment, not only for pins but also for needles.  

But as you can also see I could not resist putting a piece of tatting on each one!  It also gives me the opportunity to play with the large collection of buttons that I still have.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Time to start tatting again

So have had a very long break from doing any tatting, the longest in 10 years, but feel I would like to get back to my shuttles now.  This is what I spent months doing and what any tatting was abandoned for. 

It is a throw for a sofa bed, only I can't show you it as the room needs decorating first!  The panels are different patterns with a crocheted border.  I choose the colours to correspond with the outer edge.  

It is going to seem very odd picking up shuttles after using knitting needles and a crochet hook!