Friday, 29 May 2015

trapped in repetitions

But not the same repetition, of course! One of this, one of that...

In the picture you can't see 2 doilies hidden in a pochette but you see the other one in the plastic sack, last rounds are being the same repetition again and again, but I can't wait to see the final look.

Then there's the edging for Giulia, she asked 2 meters to trim a traditional costume with, it would have been rough and ready, so I used a Cebelia size 10. Pattern is from "A tatter's workbook" by A.Tatter. I discovered that my tiny shuttles can load thread for only 10cm of that edging, I needed to buy the Starlit, that compared with them, it looks like a giant!

Then there's a distraction, a beaded bracelet that really it is just a matter of repetitions. I'm happy with it, but I don't know if I'll ever do another one.

I bought the Starlit on last saturday, and received as a gift those celtic shuttles, upper side of the picture. (Would you like to suggest a pattern or should I put the fun off until the next bookmark?)

I was enjoying a lace makers meeting, one hour from where I live. I admired an absolutely amazing exposition of laces from different parts of Italy, needle laces, bobbin laces and netting. There are some photos of the event in facebook (held in Zagarolo near Rome). As example, here it is a piece of needle lace from Burano, near Venice, it was done by a very talented lady, Angela Coggiatti, that lived from 1895 to 1982. (Sorry for the pic it's not very clear but the lace was behind a glass)

That's me (the chubby one on the left, but I also had a bag under the jacket!) and my friend Bibiana:


Friday, 22 May 2015

mediterranean tatting diet

A lot of fresh vegetables, flowers and fruits. It's healthy, enjoyable and relaxing.

That's splitted, folded, curled, rolled, encapsulated and tatted up. Now I'd better finish my 3 WIPs!

Thread dmc size 80. Split rings, folded rings, curled rings, S-chain.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

part VI - only one more

I've only this post and I'll stop posting about the forget-me-not doily, only one more round and forget it! May I show you the finished doily? Only one more post/pic then? Thank you for bearing with me...

The other day I was surprised by that four-leaved clover in one of my flower-pots! No teasing and no glue up there! So unusual! I think the clover wanted to say "only one more" too!

Last round:
1 - Climb up to the last round with a SR: 3-3/3-3
2 - tat another SR: 3-3/3-3, then another one but this time the second picot it's a long one, I used the 1/2" plastic stick horizontally
3- then tat 4 SR more, these SR are all equal: 3-3/3-3, they're all the same all around

Then start the first little daisy (there are 3 daisy around each yellow flower):

4&5 - one SR, then with SH1 one Ring joining the first picot to previous SR (all rings are all 3-3-3-3, so I won't repeat this again), then another ring joining the first picot to previous ring and the central picot to the yellow flower, then another Ring just the same

5 - with SH2 one Ring (you would reverse work here, tat the ring then reverse again to continue)

6 - with SH1 one SR, joining both side to previous rings. Then 3 SR, then start another SR (part of next little daisy), with SH1 one ring joined to previous ring and to the yellow flower, then with SH1 another similar ring. With SH2 (reverse work) 2 rings. (Reverse work again) Tat the last SR of the little daisy.

7 - continue with 3 SR (with SH1), another daisy mirroring that one in pics 4&5, then four SR again. Part between yellow flowers: tat one SR with a long picot on the flipped side (the same gauge, 1/2" plastic stick used horizontally), then another SR with normal picots.
Then to connect this SR chain to previous round: one Ring, join the central picot to previous round at the base of the central ring just over the petal. Then with SH1, without reverse work, one SR joined to previous SR with normal picots and another SR joined in its not-flipped side to previous SR with the long picot. Then 4 SR more.

Restart from pic 4, all around the contour.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

part V - threads too short to be used

One friend I've known for about four years is a tatter. She learned tatting from her mum, who died around her 90s, I can't exactly remember what her age was. She told me that her mum tatted till four days before she left this world. When they went to tidy up her tatting stuff, they found a box with this text on:

"Threads too short to be used".

A very organized Lady! So, after the cut and tie part for my doily, and laughing at myself for my little bunch of cut threads, I resolved it's time to give it to the birds outside...

Third round of the doily:
It will connect the central flower to the 8 round yellow motifs.

Start from the left in the picture:
Ring1: 6ds, join to the middle long picot of a petal, 6ds, close.
Chain1: 18ds.
Ring2: 6ds, join to next long picot of the petal, 6ds, close.
Chain2: 12ds, join the round motif (look at picture), 4ds.
Ring3: 6ds, join to next  long picot of the petal, 6ds, close.
Chain3: 10ds, join next picot of the yellow motif, 4ds.
Ring4: 6ds, join to next long picot of the petal, 4ds, picot, 2ds, close.
Ring5: 2ds, join to Ring4, 10ds, join to two petals taking 2long picots from the next petal and 2 long picots from current petal; 10ds, picot, 2ds, close.
Ring6: 2ds, join to previous Ring5, 4ds, join next long picot of the second petal, 6ds, close.

Pattern continues mirroring the other side: Chain3 mirrored, Ring3, Chain2 mirrored, Ring2, Chain1, Ring1. That is repeated all around petals.

Don't cut the thread at the end of this round, because it will be used to climb up to the last row.


Friday, 8 May 2015

part IV - petals

My coloured shuttles come in handy to name the pink one SH1 and the light blue SH2.

That is the situation in pic 1:
the line of split rings after the little daisy connected to the yellow center, it is tatted in this way:
- 4 SR (as explained in previous post) with normal picots.
- 12 SR, each one tatted wrapping the SH1 thread around the hand: 3ds, long picot (1/2"), 3ds. Then with SH2 the second side: 3ds, long picot(1/2") - except the first SR that it's joined to previous petal in its long picot. Then 3ds And close.

In pic 2 and 3, reverse work.
Start the 13th SR wrapping the SH2 thread around the hand: 3ds, long picot, 3ds. With SH1: 3ds.

In pic 4 you see the join picking all long picots with the SH1 thread.

Pic 5 and 6: Insert the picot gauge and adjust the lenght. Continue with 3ds and close (pic 7). In pic 8 the SR closed.
Pic 9: Reverse again the work and wrap the thread of SH1 around the hand.
- 4 SR with normal picots: 3-3/3-3.
In pic 10 there're 2 of those.

Pic 11: start another daisy as explained in previous post.
Pic 12: daisy connected to first round.

In next post the third round. But all 8 rounded motifs with 6 little daisy are to be prepared first. I'm going slow with those, there're 3 still to be tatted.

I hope that it's clear till now, I'll be glad to hear from you.

Remember to join the last petal to the first!


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

part III - pattern for the doily

The second round has petals with a hairpin lace effect. Actually they are split rings with long picots, all of the same size, 1/2", I used as gauge a plastic collar stiffener that it's used in men's shirts.

This round has been done with 2 shuttles wound CTM.

Start from the red point in the picture, with a normal ring, 3ds, normal picot, 3ds, very small picot, 3ds, normal picot, 3ds, close.

Every ring it's 3-3-3-3, every split ring it's 3-3/3-3.

Start the little daisy joined to the central rounded motif:
1. Split ring
2. Normal ring, join first picot to last in previous SR
3. Normal ring, join to previous ring and to central motif, see picture
4. Another normal ring joined to previous ring and to central motif
5. Normal ring, join only to previous ring
6. Split ring, join both side to previous ring and to the first SR.

Then follow 4 split rings with normal picots.

The part that follow is for the curve, that's a bit tricky, I took a lot of pics so I though to have another post for this.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

part II - pattern for the "forget-me-not" doily

Well, I see, it doesn't look good, but you can't judge a doily by its second row...

In my SH1 I've the yellow thread, in SH2 the black one.
I close the little yellow motifs in this way:

1. Finish the last daisy (complete, 1SR, 4R, 1SR). In those pics there's one motif with 6 repetitions, needed for the second last row of the doily.

2. Start a split ring (that it'll be part of the first daisy), with SH1: 3ds, p, 3ds. With SH2: 3ds, join to the first SR of the first daisy (see it in pic), 3ds, close.

3. SR closed.

4. Start the last normal ring with SH1: 3ds, join to previous SR, 3ds, join to previous daisy in the fourth ring, 3ds, join to the very first ring (Jane Eborall has a method to avoid the twisted picot for this last join, look through her Tips&Techniques). Then 3ds and close.

5. I used two loops of thread for hiding ends with the magic trick, but I'm anxious, I'm always afraid that ends pull out, then I tied another knot...

In the doily there's one central motif with 8 daisy repetitions and another 8 more motifs with 6 daisy repetitions, that need to be prepared in advance.

For this tutorial I'm having a lot of fun with mobile apps! I'm using PhotoCollage and PhotoEditor, it's amazing that you can get so much editing power from a phone. It's smart indeed!

Just to have a chuckle, if you ask for a "phon" (without the "e" that is) in Italian, they will bring an hair-dryer. You're warned.