Thursday, October 17, 2013

Slow slow progress

I have three doilies on the go at the moment, and I am dying to get on with some different ones. I have told myself that I must finish something before starting something else, or else it all becomes too complicated, especially as I have a lace lesson on Monday to start a new piece of bobbin lace! Here is Cornelia, not too much left to do, is there? I am thinking that is probably my best bet.
Renulek's Snowflake doily had been sitting quietly at row 4, but Janemac finishing hers persuaded me to pick it up again, and it was her suggestion that this row should be red and yellow. I am really pleased with it, and think I will use yellow for the joining motifs as well. Each snowflake takes about an hour... although I may get faster with practise. Not likely to be all done by Monday though!
And finally this thing! The multi motif mish-mash which is a victorian design from a German book. It seems to be taking forever. The very vigilant may see that some progress has been made since I last showed you what was going on, but believe me, it is fiddly and complicated and needs full concentration, plus being made of tiny elements there is a ton of ends to hide. This will not be finished by Monday unless I did nothing else for the next three days!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Some catching up.

Here is the Valdani edging short by two repeats and partially sewn to a piece of cotton fabric. I some ways it loses the pattern by being such a fussy print, but it has colours that match and it is too small to be anything... the edge was the right size for the piece and I had just enough thread to do this size edging...well I think I do, because I have got bored and left it as it is, waiting for a moment of enthusiasm to actually finish it all off!

This is the first half of Cordelia from Iris Niebach's book of doilies. I was going to do Delia, because I already made Cordelia a couple of years ago, but I made a mistake after just a few rings and chains. I decided to return to the earlier pattern, get my hand in and then try Delia once I was feeling more practised. The thread is Lizbeth wildflowers size 80, and it is tatting up nicely. :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Scanner not really obeying my instructions

 I will just show you some not very good scans of some tatted bits. This motif, from a magazine and designed by Edwige Renaudin, is in Yarnplayer's Sugar Maple, size 80.
This is me trying the Sulky Wildflowers, from the parcel I showed yesterday. I like the thread, and I love the colour.
I apologise for the scan...and I made this in Perfect Quilter Pansies, with three mistakes! That is why I haven't bothered about hiding the ends.
And lastly for now, two squares from Patchwork in Occhi, which once again could not be persuaded to match up to each other.
The one on the right reminds me of a very early motif I did in 2006 although now I look again, I see the colours are not so similar!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Did anyone notice?

In mid-August my computer died, and I was only able to get sporadic access via other people's machines, which meant I couldn't post or even do much commenting. However I am never the most voluble of bloggers or commenters so I don't suppose my absence was noticed at all!
I haven't got my scanner linked up yet, but I can show you the thread I bought from ds9designs.
I have been tatting a bit... and in a day or two I will try to show you what I have made, or rather several WIP which are advancing slowly.

The weather here in Lot is turning colder, and it is expected to rain all day, so I may be able to get a bit more done today. :)