I tatted this as a Christmas Tree Decoration in an HDT called Rainbow Bright by Tatskool. She used Coats 60. In these colours it makes a lovely Tree decoration. The pattern is called Merryment doily and designed by Jon Yussoff
I tatted Christina's Angel for a Christmas Swap on forums America. The pattern is in Mark Myers' book, Tatted Gathering of Angels. I have used Lizbeth threads in no 20. A variegated green for her dress. She looks quite delicate, I think.
This is the latest version of my Daisy Wheel Doily. I used white for the first two rounds and then a variegated yellow. The thread is Flora 20. In this case, I think the variegated thread adds to the design, instead of taking it over, as it can do.
This Chinese Dragon was designed by Anne Bruvold . It is tatted in a variegated Lizbeth 20. It wasn't an easy pattern to follow, as I find diagrams better. The colours look pretty good though and I am pleased with the way it turned out. There is a choice of the sun in it's mouth or a pearl. My dragon has a pearl.
These three little doilies show the process that I followed to the final Daisy Wheel Doily design, at the bottom. The multicoloured doily at the top left, is the first design with two rounds of chains in it. The second round of the design is a chain and the circle of larger rings towards the outside of the design are joined by chains. The second, green, doily has those joining chains taken out, by making the large rings, split rings. The third and final doily, in lilac, has the first chain round in the design, taken out as well. It is a much more open design now, more negative space.
I have been so busy with other stitching recently, that I have been neglecting my 25 Motif Challenge, so here are five more motifs, to catch up a bit. The Angel is 'Ruth's Angel' from Mark Myers' book a 'Tatted Gathering of Angels'. I tatted it in DMC 40.
The other motifs are from Patti Duff's book 'MiniTats' The variegated blue ones are tatted in Coats 20. The white one is tatted in DMC 40.
On 23rd April 1834 the Edward, a prison hulk sailed from England to Van Diemen’s Land in Australia. It had 151 women convicts on board sentenced to transportation.
Mary Little, one of the 25,000 women transported, was 48 and convicted in March of 1834 to 7 years. The Edward sailed in April and arrived in September, at reputedly the worst prison in Australia. She served 7 years and obtained a Ticket-of-Leave. in 1841
I don't know what she was convicted of, or whether she came back to England.
This is my new toy. An electric Bobbin Winder. If you read my Blog, you will know that I already have a Shuttle winder for post shuttles. That of course didn't help me, when I bought a Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle. I spotted an advert for the Bobbin Winder on Jane's Blog. The funny thing is, Jane hadn't seen the advert at all, which shows you that an advert isn't an endorsement from the Blog owner, which of course we all knew. It does sort of associate that person with the product, though. Anyway, my daughter bought one on line for my birthday, and I am thrilled to bits with it. It winds bobbins very quickly, and doesn't twist the thread. This leaves more time for tatting, which must be good, right?
Tat’s All She Wrote had a Give Away to celebrate her 200th post on her blog. She had designed a charm to go on a phone or scissors. I thought the charm was so pretty and told her so... I won it !! After three weeks of waiting I e-mailed Marty to ask if it could have got lost in the post. I was so disappointed but she said she would make another one and send it. I waited another week and then we had the volcano, the skies were closed and I thought I had lost it forever. Suddenly within a week, the first one and then the second one arrived. I must also mention the beading needle that came with both charms, so I have 2 of those now. They will be very useful. Am I lucky ?? I should say so. Thank you so much Marty for all the trouble you went to and for the needles and lovely charms. They are both so pretty and beautifully made.
I have been tatting an edging, using Lizbeth no. 20. Isn't the colour lovely. It's 'curds & Whey' by Mary Konior. It is to be sewn round a bonnet, which I will show you, when I have finished it.
I needed a fine edging for the edge of the bonnet, and made up the one at the bottom of the picture. Now can I claim this as my own design. It is so simple, I can't believe that no-one has done it before. On the other hand, is it so basic that it can't be copy righted?
This is my new Pop-A-Bobbin Shuttle that I bought from Sally at Tat's Heaven. Made from Cherry wood, it has a pop out bobbin and hook on one end.
You may have noticed that there are also three butterflys in the picture. Now these may seem like simple butterflys to you, but two of them have been tatted in a different way from my usual method. I taught myself to tat from books, a great many years ago and had never seen anyone else tat, in the flesh, so to speak. I tat, going all around the houses with my shuttle and it is a little slow. I have watched tatters on YouTube, and noticed that they seem to, not only tat much quicker than I do but also use a 'slip and slide' method.
With my new trusty shuttle and the help of my friend Jane, I have been learning to tat this new method, and two of the butterflys are tatted in this way... Can you tell the difference? I can't and I tatted them!! I need to practice more and hope to speed up but it is a good start.
I know, it is only January, but I really like this pattern of Holly Leaves & Berries by Mark Myers. I tatted it in Coats 20. The variegated green thread makes lovely leaves just like the variegated Holly in my garden so I am quite pleased with the way it has turned out.
I have been taking part in Jane's TIASThis is Day 5. Two pieces of tatting and not a lot of idea as to what it might be. Apparently we need a bead for the next part... hmmm, now what would one bead be for?Perhaps it's a Cyclops.
I have joined Sharon's 25 Motif Challenge and this is my first motif of the year. It is my 4 Ring Snowflake tatted in plain white 20 from Flora. Looking very snowy , which is very appropriate considering the weather we have had here lately.
I taught myself to tat from books, as a teenager, but had never met another tatter. Joining on-line groups has given me a new enthusiasm for the art, and enabled me to learn new techniques. I have even tried my hand at designing.
Any diagrams for working these tatted pieces are on my website www.handicrafts.org.uk
My stitching can be seen on Wendystitches.blogspot.com