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Friday, 15 January 2016

doable

I'm trying to use up the silk I've got (hope I don't waste it), I'd love tatting something similar to a beautiful shawl I saw here:  http://www.georgiaseitz.com/younkin/younkin.html. Maybe, a cotton thread would have been more collaborative, but it's working, it's "doable". I can't keep that silk for ages, after all, waiting for the right project. What else all that silk would be for?

That silk was bought at the beginning of 2014 (http://ninettacaruso.blogspot.com/2014/03/got-into-mess.html) and I tried it single thread and also doubled. Actually the first time I didn't liked it single thread, too thin, but after having tatted a size 100, I think it's comparable (well, I can hardly see ds, I confess!).
In that pic it is near the Priscilla's border in size 100 DMC cotton, tatted last summer.

I haven't followed the pattern given for the shawl, because rings were way too little with my thread. I'm tatting rings 9-9 and chains are 6-6-6 (and short chains are 6ds), I'm trying to follow the flow of rings and chains, not so easy and I help myself folding in half what I already tatted and guessing what I should tat next, that works for me!

The big difference between the cotton and the silk, sigh, it's the smoothness: like me and me speaking in English! In this blog post I needed some of the lively and colourful words that Fox used about the Lizbeth size 80 (a teasing thread for me too, sometimes); English words that I can't recall in this moment, but that's due to my silly brain that doesn't collaborate, it insists thinking in Italian!

The silk easily frays and retrotatting is a mess (reopening a ring already closed is a mission impossible). I forgot to join at a certain point but I chose to tie a knot instead of cutting an hour of tatting.

I'm confident that it will have an end, or as a shawl for a Barbie doll or for only one shoulder of mine, but it will be done!

Ciao,
Ninetta

10 comments:

  1. You always impress me with your projects and tiny threads, and silk too!

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  2. Having never tatted with silk, it's good to know the downfalls. I will definitely stick with DMC for anything done in white. I admire you for tackling such a large project with delicate "fussy" thread. I would not have the patience!

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  3. I admire that you can use such fine threads, and the gorgeous patterns that you end up with.
    Margaret

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  4. You do extremely beautiful fine work, though I suspect you may be very masochistic!!! ; ))

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  5. I agree, wow! It's going to be magnificent in silk. It will have more sheen than if you tatted it with cotton.

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  6. Thank you very much everyone!
    Robin: thank you for the word "fussy", that was one of those I have been trying to remember!
    Fox: you may be right, very right! Lol!

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  7. I imagine the silk must feel so good in your hands. If it doesn't make a whole shawl for you, maybe it will be big enough for a scarf?

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    1. Housewife's hands don't let me fully appreciate it! I haven't a size as a target, I'll go on and then decide later, a little scarf would be nice.

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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta