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Hi. I live in Canberra, Australia, and started tatting early in 2009. Consequently, I've now caught the 'tatting bug' and hope to be infected for a long while.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Motif 15

What a blessing are these tatters who design flowers for the rest of us to use!

This latest piece, a pansy, is another one from Toni Storer's book Tatting down the garden path and has been tatted in Altin Basak size 30.

The pansy consists of several small pieces of tatting which have been joined together. It was a great way to use all of those small leftover bits of thread on the shuttle! Unfortunately though, it was left as a UFO for a while because I don't like having to 'join the pieces'.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Motif 14

At last, some more motifs to put online! I scanned my last few motifs in the hope of uploading them to the site. But alas, they scanned in PDF instead of as a jpeg and I had already given them away before realising that PDF files can't be uploaded to this site :(

This Maple leaf (designed by Tammy Rogers) has been tatted on Altin Basak size 10. It was another one of those designs that was a pleasure to tat.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Motif 13

This butterfly was another creation from Rebecca Jone's book The complete book of tatting.

I prefer the way that this butterfly looks rather than the previous one that I made (Motif 6) despite that fact that Motif 6 looks better in the photograph. Perhaps it is because it holds its shape well without requiring support.

Oh to be photographic!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Motif 12

This clover leaf is a celtic not that I think may have originated from Ruth Perry. It was a fun design made from Coates Mercer cotton size 20.

It's surprising how a simple chain can be made into a picture just by twisting and twirling it a bit.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Motif 11

At last I've managed to get back to the blog!

There has been plenty of tatting happening in my life, but not much that I can put online :(

I've tatted a piece for our group entry into the local show. Now its time to start tatting for my own individual entry. Apparently we beginners have the privelege of being in a category of our own when we submit our entries because there is a seperate category for people with less than 2 years experience.

Anyway, here is a piece of tatting that I can put on the blog. This choker was adapted from one of Rebecca Jones' patterns and was made from black Lizbeth size 20. The beads were added when joining the picots.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Motif 10

It's spring time, so what better to tat than spring flowers!

This daffodil was adapted from Toni Storer's book Tatting Down the Garden Path. It was tatted in Altin Basak size 10.

It was a fast and enjoyable pattern to follow and I even manage to do split chains in it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Motif 9

Well, I just had to try Jane Eborall's reversible motif because it looked so nice on other people's blog.

What can I say? Jane is a creative genious with very good spatial skills. I wonder if she can read road maps the 'right way up' regardless of which way she is travelling....

This pattern was fun to follow and I'll probably do it again in pink. I learned how to do this great new trick to hide the thread ends instead of stithing them in afterwards. It's called 'invisible ends' ( or some such thing). Wonderful invention!

The first photo is 'one side' and the second side is 'the other side'.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Motif 8

This interlaced medallion is from Judith Connor's book Creative tatting with beads, shuttle and needle. It used Altin Basak size 30. I'd really LOVE to buy this book, but it is no longer being printed :( Amazon is selling it for about $111 US dollars. Bit too expensive for me........

I used a split ring technique between row 2 and row 3. Not a very pretty attempt, but hopefully I will get better with practice.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Motif 7

These rose leaves, which have been made using Altin Basak size 30, were designed by Toni Storer.

Tatting them was quite a pleasant experience and they didn't seem to take too long to make.

I'm still making the petals for the rose flower that will accompany these leaves.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Motif 6

This flutterby is from Rebecca Jones' book The Complete book of tatting.

For those of you who have this book, you will notice that this flutterby doesn't look like the one in her book. My flutterby seems to be a tad fatter than hers. This partly due to the fact that it has eaten more than the flutterby in the book and partly because it has been 'blocked' differently.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

So far I have purchased about twelve shuttles, but don't currently have any spare ones to use for my Design-tat homework........ Me-thinks that I have too many unfinished projects at present. Although, to be fair to myself, a couple of the shuttles just have a small length of thread on them. I will make a small flutterby from this thread rather than just discard it.

So, just how many shuttles does the average tatter need?

My favourite ones are the Clover tortoiseshell ones that have the curved/pointed end. I also like the one with the small crochet hook on the end (I reserve this one for use as the second shuttle in patterns that require two shuttles). The large LACTIS Sew Mate shuttle is also good, especially for projects that need to use a lot of thread.

With my next thread purchase I've ordered some size 10 thread as well as the size 30 Altin Basak. One less day to wait until it arrives. Hooray!

Now, time to make a flutterby so that I can 'free a shuttle' to do Lesson 4 from the Design-tat course.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A big cheer for mail order!

Hooray! I've just ordered more thread and can't wait till it arrives. However, I may get selection stress trying to decide which colour to use first.............

Didn't get any variegated colours this time. Shall try to find some patterns that rely on more than one coloured thread.

Motif 5

This pincushion portrays yet another use for the size 20 variegated yellow/white Coates Mercer crochet cotton.

The tatting pattern was derived and amended from a very old DMC Corporation Tatting for today publication.

The pincushion itself was made from rolled up strips of material and then covered in black velvet.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Motif 4

This motif, which was designed by Judith Connors, is now securely fastened to my son's 21st birthday card.

It has been made from the same thread as Motif 1 - size 20 variegated yellow/white Coates Mercer crochet cotton.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Motif 3

It appears that a blog site can reveal trends in a tatter's pattern choice. That's right - I've chosen another heart :)

This one was even made from the same thread as the previous motif (Anchor Mercer Crochet cotton, size 20). It really is time to buy some more thread so as there is a bit more variety on the blog site!

This pattern was designed by Emma Crew.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Motif 2

This heart pattern was from Georgia Seitz's web page and was made in a variegated Anchor Mercer Crochet cotton, size 20. It was a delight to tat and didn't take too long to complete.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Motif 1

The lovely lady who taught me to tat gave me the pattern for this bookmark. I'm not sure where the pattern originated, but the rings are 6-1-6 and the chains are 3-3-3-3. I used a variegated yellow/white Coates Mercer crochet cotton in size 20.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Setting the scene

Location, location, location!!! This is my favourite place to tat because it has all of the essential ingredients to facilitate relaxation.

Tatting space in front of the television. The ultimate relaxation. And look, no-one is sitting in 'my' chair. Amazing!

Space to stash the tools of trade. 'My' chair is the one that is in next to the cabinet (of course), so there is easy access to the tatting equipment and some bench space to put my work (and my mug....)

Friday, July 24, 2009

First entry

Time to blog! This page will mysteriously bloom and grow when you and I least expect it!