Sunday, January 27, 2008

And the TIAS Project is.....A Hippo!

Well, here is my completed TIAS project.

I only made one major mistake. The bead I chose for the eye was a bit too big so the ring around the bead looks kinda funny. I did forget one picot but I noticed it too late and just joined between the stitches. I bet you can't even tell. Jane said she couldn't....

I also thought I'd show a picture of a doily I made in December using some of Marilee's thread.

I posted the photo on Flickr and shared it on the HBT group, but since I'm not sure how many blog reader and 25 Motif Challenge participants are members, I thought I'd share it here. I used some of Marilee's "Winter Blend" thread in size 30. The doily is the Amusement Doily by the Celtess. The doily was a gift for my grandmother.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Not much tatting done....

Well, it's been over a week since I last posted, and I haven't done much tatting. I did manage to get 3 more Teneriffe lace centres done. I'll post about that project later. I have been working on Jane's TIAS project. Here is my progress on the ****.

It's starting to look familiar, but I'll keep my guess to myself. I have also made one of Mary's Pocket Angels. I'm not going to count it as part of my challenge.

I made the angel in C-Lon beading thread. It seems to be similar in size to a size 10 thread. I had started work on the latest Be-Stitched pattern, but part way through, I realized I didn't have the right size and colour beads. So it will have to wait until I can get some. Meanwhile, my latest order of threads from Marilee (Yarnplayer) arrived . So expect to see some motifs in HDT (hand dyed thread). Hey Laura! Clyde! I think you'll have company at your next H.D.T.A meeting!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"Look Ma, I can do Cluny Leaves!" AKA Motif #4

Here is my motif number four.

This is Mimi Dillman's Kite with Cluny Tail, available on the Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days 2007 CD. This was a really good pattern to practice cluny leaves on since consistency was not important. I will have to do other patterns with cluny leaves. I used Flora size 20 thread, colour number 55. I will show my progress on Jane's TIAS during my next post.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Motif # 3

Here is my third motif for the 25 Motif Challenge. I am not sure how many people have made Jane's Gecko, which is available on her pattern site, but I just had to make one more.

This particular Gecko will be (at least I plan to) attached to a t-shirt for myself. There are not a lot of tatting patterns that I think I would wear, but this Gecko is one of them. For this motif, I used some of Yarnplayer's hand dyed thread. The colour is "Deep Ocean" in a size 30. I really wish I had bought more of this colour in this size.

I am also following along with Jane's Tat It And See. Here are the first two parts completed.

And finally, Connie mentioned that she would love to see some of my plants, so I will try to add a picture of one every once in a while. Here is a picture of one of my Phalaenopsis orchids. This one is called 'Salu Princess'. It has been flowering for more than a month.

Monday, January 7, 2008

I've been tagged!

Well, I've had my blog for a week, and I've been tagged. Kate tagged me.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

1. Some of the crafts that I routinely enjoy include tatting, crochet, knitting and needlepoint (usually with plastic canvas).
2. I also enjoy growing plants, such as orchids, African violets, carnivorous plants, palms and odd plants that many people don't normally grow. An example of the latter is my mangrove tree.
3. When I was young, I used to eat practically everything with ketchup on it. I have somewhat outgrown that habit.
4. I consider myself a multitasker. I will routinely watch TV (muted & with closed captioning on), listen to music, and tat or crochet.
5. I enjoy cooking. I really like making foods that are not commonly made by scratch anymore. Most recently was cheese.
6. I am moderately arachnophobic. However, you didn't hear that from me, and I will deny it. Unless a spider walks by..... then would you squish it for me?
7. I really, really hate winter. That is probably why I like growing palms and other tropical plants.

Since I am pretty sure that most, if not all tatters have been tagged by now, I won't tag anyone. Yet.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tatting and Teneriffe Lace, Motif #2

I have finished my second motif for the challenge. Well, it's finished for now. It's missing something but I'm not sure what yet. I guess I should show it:

The centre of the motif is Teneriffe Lace. I am learning how to do Teneriffe Lace. The pattern for it is in the book "The Technique of Teneriffe Lace". The tatting is kind of free form. I had planned on making the motif round, but while working on the second round, I realized that it wasn't going to work with the currant stitch counts. Some changes had to made, which turned into a hexagon. I like it as a hexagon. The thread used is Anchor Pearl Cotton size 8. I seem to have misplaced the label, so I'm not sure of the colour number. Now, onto motif number three.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Motif Number 1

Here is my first motif for the 25 Motif Challenge:

It is Nancy Tracy's Tatted Eagle available from Be-stitched (or at least will be). I used Flora thread, size 20 in colour number 204. This was the first time I used Flora thread. I think I will be using this thread more often.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my tatting blog. I have been watching the 25 Motif Challenge for a while now, and have decided to join. I hope you enjoy following along.