Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tatted Birdcage, Skate Pin, and Some Chainmaille

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. I did. It was nice to get away from work for a several days and spend them with family. I had a good trip both ways in case you are wondering. I love my newish truck (though I could use a remote starter for these cold winter days). Anyway, I figured I should make a quick post before 2010 ends.

I didn't get much tatting done. But I did manage to tat this:

This is Mary Konior's Birdcage motif, from her book Tatting in Lace. I know, my post title is a bit misleading. I'm sure you were expecting something else. The motif was tatted with Lizbeth size 20 thread in colour number 109 Wild Flower. It's about 2 1/4 inches across. For the record, I don't know how often I will use this thread-I find it very girly. Sorry. Anyway, I found this motif very interesting and I don't honestly remember seeing it tatted before. My apologies if you have tatted and showed it off. I think the thing I like about it most is how the bare threads in the centre, from the four separate motifs, appear to be part of the design. My rendition doesn't count-the length and position of the thread, not to mention how my threads passed from from to back somehow (???). I did however make it in one round thanks to two split rings. I had to mentally shift the pattern around since my starting points were different than Mary's. I like the motif and am currently tatting another one. This time, I am using two solid colours (one for rings and one for chains: I believe numerous SLTs will be needed). And I am doing the centre using many split rings to eliminate the bare threads. I am thinking maybe I could add the bare threads after if I wanted-we'll see.

I also finished Sharon's Skate pin that I showed a few posts ago. Here is the finished pin:

I gave the finished pin to my mom as part of her Christmas gift. I think she liked it. Not much else to say that hasn't been said before, so, moving on.

Since I haven't done it for a while, I thought I'd show some chainmaille I'm working on/finished. The first one may be a bit late for the season but, meh, I'm going to show it anyway.

It's a snowflake! I'm sure you could have figured it out. It is made out of Bright Aluminum using a weave called Japanese 2 in 12. Like the European 4 in 1 (and others) I have showed, this weave was used in armour for the Japanese. It leads itself well to jewelry. The pendant above is ready to be listed, as soon as I can find the time, probably over the weekend. I still need to figure out a price for it. I should be able to make the pendant out of Stainless Steel as well. It's about 1 3/8 inches across, and I can make a larger version as well. That one would be about 2 1/2 inches across.

The next piece is one I started a while ago. I must have got bored or busy, not sure which.

This is about half of a bracelet called Hodo or Sidewalk (Hodo apparently is Japanese for sidewalk). This is also a variation of Japanese 2 in 12. This one is made using Stainless Steel. And I should be able to make it in Bright Aluminum too. Hopefully I will finish this one so it too can be listed. And it also needs to be priced out. A quick shop note (shameless self promotion). I will be ending free shipping probably Saturday sometime. So, um, feel free to stop by. And don't forget about the coupon code on my right sidebar. Shameless self promotion over.

That's about it for now. I hope to post again on January 1st, not promises. I'll leave you with a quick photo of the Monster (don't let her cuteness fool you):

Why a monster you say? Apparently balls of thread with tatting attached are fun to play with. I didn't think so. Really? You try winding a ball of thread that's been unwound all over the house. It's a good thing tatting doesn't unravel. Next trip on, I will be bringing the "Lizbeth Containment Unit", LCU for short:

Till next time.


  1. Wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2011, and another excellent blogging year. You most definitely need a remote starter!

  2. Bird Cage is very nice. Must go through my MK books and find it. I had to file my skate pin pattern for future as time got away from me. Yours makes me want to tat it soon. Remote starters are handy. No, I do not have one on my 1995 GEO, but my SIL has one and it's very nice. Stay warm, Karen in OR

  3. Ohhh, I know all about tatting in the vacinity of a kitten! Isn't it amazing how they can manage to be so cute while they're destroying everything you own?

    I've never seen that motif before, but I love it! It's enough to make me want to track down the book-- I only have one of Mary Konior's books, alas. I really like the bare threads in the middle. I look forward to seeing how it will look in two colors. I love playing with colors on Konior motifs.

  4. I spent time organizing my tatting books yesterday, and the call of Mary Konior's designs is strong!

    The skate pin is adorable. I have an aversion to ice, but I do enjoy watching others risk life and limb on their skates!

    Your chainmaille snowflake looks wonderful, and since we can anticipate snow for a few more months, I think the timing's perfect!

    As for the monster... well, now I have another reason for no animals in the house! ; )

    Happy New Year!

  5. love the tatting, and ESPECIALLY love the chainmail!! Wow! that snowflake is so cool, as are the earrings!!
    Great job!

  6. It's all pretty!
    Nice Kitty... Good Kitty... go after the Lizbeth (lol j/k)

    Btw, maybe in person the Wildflower color might appear girly, but in the photo, I don't think so. The blue and green stand out more than the pink. (to me)

    It's interesting... how women can tat any color or color combo and they don't necessarily find it very manly... (at least, I haven't read anything about it)

    Come on, Jeff.... they're just colors ;-D (lol... I'm just joshin ya)

  7. Chainmaille snowflake is great! Bought the magazine with instructions for it and the needed materials day before yesterday. Made two of them. Never did chainmaille before but had great fun with the project. Thanks for share yours!