Friday, August 28, 2009

Test-Tatting For Linda, Part 1

As I mentioned in the previous post, Linda Davies asked me to do some test-tatting for her. Actually, I think I offered first, but anyhow, I have been working on tatting a couple of Linda's new flower patterns. These are, I believe, for a new book Linda is working on.

I started with Linda's very pretty Daffodil. Here are a couple of photos of the finished pieces. I have kept the images small to help protect Linda's pattern.

The top photo shows the individual parts of the flower. The second photo is, of course, the completed daffodil. I used some of the pearl cotton that my brother got for me. It worked very well, and the cream colour makes a very nice looking flower. I really like this pattern. Linda's methods for creating the different flower parts, and her construction methods (layering, usage of beads, etc) make for some realistic flowers. I liked the pattern so much, that I made a second flower:

This daffodil is made using a "modern" pearl cotton, ie: one that I bought a few months ago. The pattern is straight forward and many flowers could be made is a fairly short time. A whole bouquet would look awesome (I know what someone is getting for Mother's Day next year! Or for her birthday in a few months).

I am currently working on another of Linda's new patterns. I should be done tomorrow, and after I send her any errors or changes that I feel need to be corrected, or made (don't worry Linda, I haven't found anything major), I will post about it soon after. Well, that all for now, I'll leave you with a photo of the two daffodils together. Until next time.


13 comments:

  1. Jeff, the flowers are beautiful as your tatting always is. Good work on the test tatting.

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  2. Gorgeous tatting, Jeff. Those are lovely pieces of work.
    Fox : )

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  3. Beautiful work, Jeff! I've got to get Linda's cd.

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  4. Very beautiful duffidils.
    I love Linda's patterns. She is very good at creating flowers.

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  5. Jeff, these are gorgeous! I just started a daffodil leaf last night and can only hope that my flowers turn out half as good as yours did. What do you use for stiffening?

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  6. Thanks everyone. I think they turned out awesome too.

    You won't be disappointed Bonnie. Linda's books are great (since the CD contains the books, it should be great too).

    Hi and welcome Vanessa. Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliments. I'm sure your flowers will turn out looking good too. I didn't stiffen the flowers, not intentionally, anyway. The flowers are put together using PVA glue (school glue), which is often used to stiffen tatting. Only a small section at the centre of each piece is stiff. Hope this helps. If not, feel free to ask more questions.

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  7. You have really made the flowers so so beautiful.Great work

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  8. Very pretty! How fun to be a test tatter for Linda. She makes such lovely patterns. We are so fortunate to be connected with so many fabulous tatters internationally through the internet. It's totally awesome.

    Are you still up for the tatting swap you suggested? If you are, then I should be done with my current swap project by next week so I could start on our in early/mid-Sept...how does that sound???

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  9. the daffodils are pretty! wow! great job!

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  10. These flowers are so lacey and wonderful! I love them!

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  11. Que bonita!!!!!

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  12. So gorgeous...I'd like to tat ad orchid for a bride...But I need time to realize the pattern. For now, I've tatted a lily in white, with pearls and a crystal.

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