Wednesday, 22 October 2014

never say never

I was wrong, my flowers fit perfectly side by side. The shoehorn lies unused...

Jane made a post while she was tatting this row of flowers:

In that post there's another close view that shows how she joined flowers together. I think it's working very good, even I didn't block it yet.

Do you see the twisted picot? Well, there's no way you can convice me to untat it.


Sunday, 19 October 2014


I'm currently looking for a shoehorn to fit the third motif in the right place.

Probably my tatting is too much tight.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Under an African sky WIP update

Jane's blog is, she designed this beautiful doily. Uhm, should I re-tat round 5 in another colour?


Monday, 13 October 2014

Tour de force

I haven't tatted for two days, that's because I attended a class of Sardinian Bosa filet lace, a type of embroidery on a handmade net. We were a big group, about 20 people; 3 teachers came from Bosa for the weekend, carrying all what we'd have needed: threads, needles, frames.

It's been very engaging and demanding from the beginning, but I reassured myself when the teacher explained how they start with a node they call "attacco" in Italian, that means attachment/join. I had just recognized a familiar ds!

Time flew, we had a wonderful weekend together, teachers (Vittoria, Mimma and Lourdes) are so nice people, others in the group are all people belonging to our local association. At the end, tired but happy, we took a photo to be shared with friends!


Postscript: if you download a photo from any place in internet and put it on facebook, the photos are uploaded to the domain Then the photo becomes a copy and the original site link is lost. So, please take always a note of the original source too, we all want to share eyecandies on pinterest, but the original link should be protected. Sorry to say this, but I've found too many broken links on pinterest that I'm sad now and I think to leave it.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

design by Jane McLellan

Two rounds of one doily designed by Jane McLellan (

She's a talented designer. Have you ever used a lark's head join? Now I can say that I used it 8 times in my life!

I'm still fighting with a  conical helix...


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Jane's doily started!

Threads are green dmc size 80 and multicoloured Perfect Quilter.

One little flower is ready in half an hour!

Two things are to be done with great concentration: closing scmr with similar tension and keeping the wheel direction. I closed SCMRs with a locked shuttle join and followed Jane's photos to have all SCMRs' intersections with second scmr over the previous.


Thursday, 2 October 2014


quad_25, a photo by ninettacaruso on Flickr

Quad_25 is only a little square but it's precious for me, for many reasons...

I've tatted it with 2 threads, one is dmc size 80, number 368 green, the other is one of the big treasure that Fox sent last year. She sent many threads, all beautiful, I've used almost all for the squares, but I still have some to play with. The multicoloured rings look like bubbles to me! The wonderful muted mix is perfect with that green hue, it is Perfect Quilter... number?... well, we should ask Fox!

The colour scheme is so difficult that I can only guess. I think that they are primary colours as for the multicoloured thread and they "visually advance", while the green acts as cool and passive, even if it's a major part in the pattern. It was very difficult to find a background for the photo, at the end I opted for the black, nothing else worked. I know I've a lot to learn about colours!

This is the square number 25: that number is important to me as I started following all your blogs when I joined the "25 motif challenge". I'm very happy that I did it.

For onion rings, I've followed the tutorial prepared by Aurora Lozada for the online tatting class, it's great for me, it's better than other methods I tried before.

So, quad_25 is a thank-you square: to Fox, Sue Fuller, Sharon, Aurora... and you all!

Currently I should finish the edging with daisies and I've started another project, that is something 3D that challenges me.... But I also want to join the group ( that will tat the doily designed by Jane, so now I have to face the most difficult part: choosing colours!