Thursday, October 30, 2008

Invisible Snowflake, Adventures with Thread, New Toys, and a Mutated Orchid

I have continued playing with invisible thread. I finished the Tatted Layered Snowflake:

This, of course was designed by Nancy Tracy. As Diane mentioned last week, when I first posted about invisible thread tatting, the snowflake looks like it is made out of ice. I have to agree. Unfortunately, the snowflake is kind of wavy and uneven 'cause I haven't blocked it yet. Why not? I'm not sure how to block nylon thread. I highly doubt wetting and pinning it out like you would with cotton thread would work. If I remember right, the packaging the thread came in said the thread can be ironed. I may try that. Maybe. I figured I'd post a photo of the unblocked snowflake in case I end up with a puddle of nylon. Of course, I would need to layer it in between some fabric. Right? Anyway, in case anyone else is wanting to join Jane and me in the joys (???) of tatting with invisible thread, here is some info that may be useful. The thread I'm using is Coats Transparent Nylon thread, size 0.005 (not sure what unit of measure they are using). Four strands of this thread equals approximately a size 80-90 cotton thread. According to Jane, two strands of size 80 equals a size 20 (it does, by the way), so logically, the same would apply here. Eight strands of the thread should equal about a size 20 thread. I haven't tested this. If anyone wishing to try tatting with invisible thread has any questions, just ask.

Moving on. While at Wal*Mart the other day, I came across some really nice looking metallic thread. It's Guttermann's Metallic Thread (I don't recall the actual name if different). Here's a pic:

The scan doesn't do this thread justice. It is really nice looking thread. And it is really fine. I haven't attempted tatting with a single strand of it. I did try tatting with it combined with another thread. Here is a scan of that attempt:

You should be able to see the colours better here. For this sample, I used the metallic thread with DMC Cordonnet size 100 thread. Size equivalent of these two threads combined? Drum roll...... size 80! Approximately. I planned on using this thread with the invisible thread, but I think I will be using it for the snowflakes I am/will be making for the Snowflake Round Robin that I have joined. Of course you won't see them for a while.

I recently purchased a new monitor for my PC since my old monitor has bee acting funny, and basically threatening to die. I had to get an LCD monitor (like there was any other choice!), and it had to be bigger than the CRT monitor I had already (just a little quirk of mine, no real reason for a larger monitor). I had initially planned on purchasing a 20" LCD monitor, but when I got to Staples, that changed (it always does, doesn't it?). They had a 22" widescreen LCD monitor on sale. It was only $20 more that the 20" one I had decided on. So the 22" monitor ended coming home with me. It looks awesome! I've only used an LCD monitor a few times before, so I'm still getting used to it. I also got a new cellphone earlier this week. I haven't had a cellphone for a couple years now, but with winter coming (unfortunately!) I felt I should get one again. I've been lucky the last few years and haven't needed it when traveling, but you never know. And the best part about the phone I got is that it was free! When all is said and done it is, anyway. If it matters, I got a Motorola W385 phone. Out of the phones the carrier offered, it seemed to have the best user ratings at various opinion websites.

Finally, I wanted to show you a picture of what probably is my last new orchid till spring.

This is a Phalaenopsis, just like most of the others I posted, but something is different with this one. It has what I believe are Peloric flowers. That is, the two petals have mutated for some reason to look like the lip of the orchid. So the flower looks like it has three lips. Some people may not like the way it looks, but I think it's kinda cool. It was the reason I bought it after all. Apparently, the flowers can revert back to normal, depending on how stable the mutation is. So I'll have to wait and see what happens next year when it flowers again. I think that's everything right now. See ya later.


  1. You are a brave soul tatting with those tiny threads! Congrats on the monitor must be amazing.

    I like the orchid too!

  2. The way you display your snowflake made of invisible thread makes it look like a beautiful sea creature from the deep! Perhaps it's the dark background. It's lovely. Isn't it interesting the way the other thread shows off the metallic color of the Guterman thread. Enjoy your new monitor! The orchid is lovely.

  3. Your sure have been adventurous lately! I think ironing the nylon would be o.k. if you use a press cloth. I sure hope it doesn't melt!

    I look forward to reading about how you like the metallic thread. I've tried it with knitting, crocheting, and embroidery and have not liked the results. I haven't tried tatting with it yet.

    The orchid is beautiful!

  4. Jeff, I being an orchid lover can completely understand why you bought that orchid. It is absolutely gorgeous. If I was at the store it would have had to come home with me to. If you go to you can see our latest orchid that is in bloom. It is a miniature and the plant is 2 inches and the bloom is about 1,3 of an inch tall. It is amazing that a plant so small can produce a bloom that is so beautiful.

  5. The orchid is beautiful.
    Wow,that invisible thread tatting looks lovely and so does that new metallic thread. Pity they are all so thin somehow because they are not for me to work with. But it is great to look at other tatters work.
    Hope you'll enjoy the new LCD screen and the mobile phone too.

  6. Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the kind comments you all leave.

    I don't know how brave I am Sherry. I have to use multiple strands of each in order to use them.

    Now that you mention it Chiclet, the snowflake does look like a sea creature from the deep. Some kind of starfish or jellyfish perhaps?

    That's probably what I will try Diane. A little part of expects that it will melt or something. Did you use the same kind of metallic thread? I'm surprised you didn't like the results.

    Your orchid is beautiful as well Clyde. I have one miniature orchid, a dendrobium, but it hasn't flowered yet.

    I don't like using really fine threads either, Susanne. That's why I am using multiple strands of each or combining them with other threads.

    And to everyone, I am loving my new monitor and phone. I'm also glad that you all like my orchid as well. As I mentioned,some people don't like the way Peloric orchids look.

  7. Jeff, I would love to see the invisible tatted thing in person. LOL! I hate invisible thread and don't think I have a single spool around the house. It's unlikely I will buy any just to tat with but I would like to see it in person. I'll let you know next time I'm headed towards Canada!

    I have that color of Gutterman and yes, it's gorgeous. I think what I have done is coupled it with a silver metallic thread and maybe even put it with another gutterman that was shiny. Two strands together are very strong but on their own, they break unless you are very very gentle. Sometimes I take the same thread and double it up with itself.

    Wish I could get a big screen monitor! The one at work is bigger than my 17" one at home but it will be awhile before I consider a new one.

  8. The snowflake is gorgeous and so original! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog tomorrow morning (Central USA time). I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.


  9. Try blocking your snowflake with a hand-held hairdryer. Gently "brush" back and forth over it so that it receives even strokes of warm air until the nylon releases its set.

  10. Thanks Denise, I'm honoured.

    That just might work Sew Brilliant. Someone else mentioned using a hairdryer; I will have to try that.