Sunday, January 13, 2019

UFO progress and Unending Doily

I’m happy to report further progress on my unfinished projects. 

Rounds 11 and 12 (of 17) are complete. 
Renulek WIOSNA 2016
DMC size 80

My sandwich bag of shuttles and bobbins with leftover threads from finished projects needed clearing. Inspired by Madhur Dadlani’s Unending Doily, I’ve kept the thread sizes sorted into separate bags hoping to start an “unending” doily of my own. Here is my start. 

Rings of 2-1-1-1-1-2
I chose to use rings with lots of picots because I felt it would be more forgiving in allowing me numerous places to join and filling any gaps that might develop. Rings are joined to adjacent rings at the first and last picots but joining to the previous round is more free-form. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Resolutions old and new

I think any resolution worth making is worth renewing as needed. If I find myself sidetracked as so often happens, my desire is to pick up where I left off and keep on going. I don't have to wait until the beginning of the next new year to get back on track, but New Year's Day is a good time to reassess, to review how I've done and what I yet want to do. I may decide that some goals just aren't as important to me as I thought they would be, while I may need to renew my commitment to others. The goal is progress rather than perfection. The only one of these goals that is relevant to this blog is my Y18 UFO Project.
See pages 36-37 of Tatting With Visual Patterns by Mary Konior
Size 20 Lizbeth threads
Completed during 2018

I’ve decided to abandon the filet tatting project for now. I thank Mandatory for showing me the possibilities of this technique though. At some point I would like to collect her notes from Craftree for later exploration. I’m also abandoning the Starflakes with blending filament. I really don’t like the yellow thread I was using for this project. 

Here is what remains in the UFO bin:
  • Dillman cluny motif
  • Hollander Christmas camels
  • Needle tatted bookmark (one of my old designs)
  • Ankle bracelet (my design)
  • Baby booties (design in progress)
  • Tatted bags needing linings (I’m a major procrastinator when I have to pull out a sewing needle.)
  • Chiacchierino Concentric Doily
  • Renulek WIOSNA 2016 in multiple colors of size 80 thread
  • Several Valeire Square projects (centers tatted)
Having just finished a Renulek WIOSNA doily in size 20 for one of my daughters, I have felt inspired to work on my size 80 version again. I finished round 10 and I’m halfway around with round 11. Perhaps I will have some photos for my next post.

So the Y18 UFO Project has been modified and updated to become my Y19 UFO Project. And it feels so good to be tatting and blogging again.

Happy tatting,

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

I hope all of my tatting friends are continuing to find joy in making their knots. I got some work done on my UFOs in the last few months of the year. I need to do some blocking before they are ready to be seen.

I tatted Wanda Salman's Morgan Mouse for my Christmas tree thinking the children would enjoy looking for it each time they came over during the holidays. The 3-year old thought of it every time she came.
size 20, Manuela thread from my stash

Jingle Bell Snowflake (from Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, published by Dover) was my ornament gift to others this year. I use size 20 thread to tat more than a dozen of them. My oldest daughter also received a large doily, tatted in Lizbeth size 20. I used Renulek's Wiosna 2016, omitting round 17. The pattern is available through Renulek's blog or her Etsy shop. It's finished diameter is 22 inches. I've discovered it's very important to check to see if you actually have a picture when using my new iPhone XR. If I move from the photographed object too quickly, I don't get a photo. Of course, I didn't realize what had happened until I started looking for the image for this post and all of the tatting has moved on to new homes. I apologize for the lack of pictures.

I finished the year by working on some new Grandmommy/Granddaughter aprons.  It's time for the 3-year old to move from our toddler bibs to an apron when we are cooking together. This is the first of them. I chose to do only one in her size until she could try it on. It will work, but I'll modify the design for a larger fit at the neckline before cutting out the next two.

Happy tatting, everyone, and may your new year be full of blessings.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Runner Edging Completed and Attached

Finally another UFO has been finished. It doesn't look at all like it started as the recipient requested a change in the edging and how it was to be mounted. I confess that the new design was quicker and easier, but it has still taken me most of the year to get it done. The sewing required to attach an edging is the part of a project I tend to dread. Rather than let it hang over me, I took most of the day after I completed the last ring to get it done. Now I get to enjoy the wonderful feeling a project truly finished.

At this rate I will start the new year with a shorter list of UFOs, but I'll still be carrying over a number of them. I don't despair though. Progress is still progress.

Keep tatting, everyone. Your work reminds me how much I enjoy this art, too, and helps to keep me motivated.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sewing instead of tatting

For so many reasons, I've found it difficult to get ant tatting done. My only craft project of any kind has been sewing bibs. This were made by my third design. Each design filled a specific need as my family developed.

The first design (about 30 years ago) had a pocket that worked great to collect all of that food that falls to the lap of little ones when they start trying to feed themselves. The second design was adapted to catch or hold the finger foods of snacking toddlers on the move. My most recent design of about a year ago was developed for the toddler who loves to be putting hands and other small things in pockets. I'm already thinking about design number four as the latest toddler heads toward preschool age.

Making this latest batch of bibs has been a walk down memory lane for me. And aren't those fabrics beautiful?! I felt like a child in a candy store as I picked out the supplies.

I hope to have tatting to share in the near future. Meanwhile, I give thanks for all of the blessings I experience every day in getting to watch the next generation grow up.

Happy tatting!