Monday, December 28, 2009

Size matters!

It is often said that size doesn't matter...however I have a problem here. My collar, made from the pattern Eunice in Lyn Morton's book "Tatting Patterns", is very pretty but it would probably be rather tight on a baby! It just fits around the base of a wine glass. I guess the silk thread is rather finer than the size 20 Altin Basak thread that she suggests. I have no idea how one might adjust a pattern like that to make it bigger...I will have to try a different pattern.

This motif come from Myra Piper's book and is called "Forget-me-not". Here I was using a fine silk thread, perhaps 100? Anyway although I had previously made this pattern in a larger thread with no problem, in this size the outer round just didn't fit.
Luckily this is not a problem nowadays, for Sherry takes all tatting scraps, willingly, to use for her pottery, so nothing is actually wasted. :)
P.S. look TattingChic, for once I actually sewed in those ends on the collar!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some silk fragments, and more pictures from Melbourne

This was a typical lacy building in the city.

I love how they have decorated these trees, using vintage bits of doilies, and it gives me ideas of how I could use my box of tatted bits...

This is a rather poor scan of some of the silk tatted into stuff. I am also working on a white collar, but it keeps twisting into a spiral, I will have to see how it works when I add in the second row.
I am guessing the silk works out at around 40 or 50 size. The multi coloured bookmark is in 100 cotton from G├╝termann, Rosie said it looked as if it had been commissioned by Google!
Sorry for the mess of ends, especially as I have new needles and some excellent needle threaders, so no excuse not to get it all perfect!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Tatting in Melbourne

This beautiful tatting was displayed in a shop in Melbourne. I went in there to buy a pack of clover shuttles, not because I needed them, but because if I see shuttles anywhere I collect them. The girl working in the shop, (?Jones? in Collins Street) was very friendly and I was able to show her my tatting, because she is taking lessons with the lady who did this work.

I also found a shop selling silks, and I went in to look at the different materials. There were some reels of thread, in bright colours, and as I have enjoyed tatting with LadyShuttleMaker's silk I decided to risk buying a reel and see if it would work. It isn't the easiest thread to use, but I love the result. My computer is downstairs so I can't scan the motifs that I have done so far, but I will as soon as I can.