Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ninth Day of December instead of Morfo #2

With two mangled tattings of the Morfo back in my trashcan, I decided that it's time to tat something else for a change. Was it the thread I chose? Was I too tense and it was transferring to my tatting tension? Who knows! Solution: Tat something else for a while. 

So I've returned to the snowflakes I want to tat this month to keep up with the Craftree Challenge to tat all of the snowflakes in Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting by the end of the year. The Ninth Day of December contains lots of block tatting. I tatted the Eighth Day of December using Lene's instructions for block tatting with ball and shuttle. Being determined to give her instructions for block tatting with two shuttles a fair chance, I decided to use two colors for the Ninth. That way I couldn't change techniques mid-flake. Charity921 tatted an impressive Ninth Day of December in navy and white which really inspired me. Having started a collection of my own red and white snowflakes that I call candycane snowflakes, I opted for red and white.
Motif #19 for the 25 Motif Challenge
Manuela #052 (red) size 20 
Cecelia (white) size 20
Finished size: 10.5 cm

I love Lene's instructions for block tatting, but I have a definite preference for her ball and shuttle method. I don't think I'll use the two-shuttle method again unless I need it for color changes as in this one. The two-shuttle method is just so much slower. You never move the ball thread from your left hand in the ball and shuttle method. As you can imagine, that let me move along rather quickly. I will concede that the edges of the two-shuttle method are a little more 'finished' looking, but while this might be a consideration with a large thread, I don't think it would be noticeable in a small thread such as size 80.


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

The red and white is very festive!

Michelle said...

Ooh, I love it! And the "candy cane snowflake " is brilliant! Unfortunately for me, our school colors are red and white so that 's all I see!

Jane McLellan said...

Wow, love your red and white version!

God's Kid said...

That snowflake is outstanding!!!! :)

Madtatter80 said...

I agree with all the others this is fantastic idea love what you have done!

muskaan said...

Wow ! Fabulous & such flawless tatting.
And very helpful observations. I think a lock stitch would perhaps leave a colour blip when using 2 colours ?
I used 2 shuttles for block tatting a while back (Endrucks' patterns), but did every alternate row was in direct tatting, thus always tatting from the front. It was pretty speedy & hassle-free.