Monday, February 18, 2013

Finally! Female Betta Completed

Well, I finally finished the Female Betta. It's not like it was that difficult, I just haven't had much time. I've been busy at work, and I haven't been feeling like tatting much when I get home or am off. I have been playing games on my iPad and reading books and magazines on it too, which has taken up a fair amount of my time. But anyway, I have finished tatting the Female Betta.

As I said above, it wasn't that difficult to create, as I used the same body as the male. The fins were much easier to make too. Especially the tail fin. Here's a photo of the Female:


See? The fins are smaller and less ornate than the male. The colours can vary like the males, though perhaps not as much. Here's a photo of both Male and Female Bettas together:


Don't they make a lovely couple? Now that the easy part is done. The easy part being the tatting, I am now working on writing up the pattern. I'm almost done, I just have the top fin to write out. I hope to have it finished by the weekend, maybe earlier. I should have enough test tatters from my call last time, if they're still interested. If needed, I'll ask for extra test tatters when I finish the pattern. The Male Betta is just about done. I need to tat it once more, then add some in-progress photos for clarity. A little bit of reformatting would be good too. I am getting tired of this project, so once the Female is done I'll probably combine both designs in one pattern for sale. I haven't done much other tatting, and I need to move on.

Finally, I'll show you my newest shuttles. I got these two Pop-a-Bobbin shuttles the last time Jane offered them for sale. Which is getting to be a while ago now.


The top shuttle is made out of Eucalyptus wood and the bottom one is made out of Sequoia wood. I love them both, though I love all my Pop-a-Bobbin shuttles. I guess while I'm writing here, I might as well share my newest tatting book too:


The book is in French, as you can probably tell. I'm not sure what it is with foreign language books and me lately. I do have some knowledge of French, so I can understand some of what is written. Not enough though, but I do find it easier to translate than my German and Japanese books. There's quite a few really cool looking designs and patterns. Hopefully I will try some of them soon.

That's about it for now. Hopefully I can get both patterns finished. And some other tatting done to share. Till next time.

5 comments:

Val said...

Lovely to see both the male and female Betta together. I'm still available to test tat if you need. :)

Jeff Hamilton said...

Thanks. I'll keep you in mind as a backup test tatter.

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely fish I like the colours you used and they way you did the male and female, looks a great pattern.
The pattern on the front cover your book looks interesting. Perhaps you might do that pattern one day.
Margaret

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Lovely fish! When I tat one, it will have to be in cobalt blue... the color of my beta fish that I had about 12 years ago.

I love my pop-a-bobbin shuttles. They're so smooth to the touch, and the hook is so convenient.

I also have that book, but I know no French, so I have to look at the diagrams only, which can be challenging.

Ladytats said...

That is a pretty mate to your male beta. They make a pretty pair.
I too love the pop-a-bobbin shuttles.