My Free Patterns

I am still sorting out the blog entries for my free patterns, so there willl still be patterns that are not accessible. My apologies.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A couple more tatting pics

This one is a 'what if I do it this way..' tatting and it turned out quite alright.

Thread is Olympus Gold label in teal and brown.
Finished size is just over 10cm
I don't usually find the need to block my tatting, suffice with pressing under several thick books. When I lifted the books to place this piece, this Amusement Doily (below) surfaced. I can't remember when I placed this doily under the books.  There are several books stacked together and I can press more than one piece at a time.  I guess this amusement doily was the one that I forgot

The thread is Lizbeth size 40 but I cannot remember the name.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Been quiet but still tatting

It has been a long time since I wrote anything in this blog, but I have not been quiet.  Here are a few of projects that I have done since my last update.

Larned how to make and sew hexies together, turned into a pincushion and embellished with a small tatted motif.

Most of of my time was spent on this finger-less glove for my niece to wear for her wedding next week.  Was having a frustrating time putting it all together when I had to re-tat it three times and still make the same mistake at the same place each time.  Finally decided that I am leaving it at that - mistakes and all.  After three times of repeating the mistake, I took it that it was ment to be, and finished it off as that.

This is a combo picture of how I tatted the beaded flower in the photo above.  Some may already realised that the 'rings' are actually mock rings. 

Having done with the finger-less gloves, I picked-up my Renuek's Spring 2015 again and managed to add a few repeats this morning, tatting at the car service centre while waiting for my car to be ready.

Oh,, I finally decided to create an Instagram account under my name.  There isn't much there yet but I have started on a project there - an ambitious one, methinks. I plan to post a photo of a piece of tatting each day for as long as I can keep it going.  I have only started early this week and here is a sample for a couple of days that I have posted.

I will try to design something new each time but failing that I will have to resort to patterns already available with credits and links given as available.

Another thing - I have received my copy of the magazine containing the pattern for the 'monster doily'.  I don't have any plans to start on it anytime soon but it is there now for whenever I want to.
(don't know why the photo is not upright)

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Always .......

Early this year, I was feeling upbeat about greeting 2015 as written in this post here, despite some tragedies that had befallen the country.

Well that did not last long ... I lost my father recently. He would have been 83 in April.
My father suffered a stroke 15 years earlier which resulted in dementia or short-term memory loss. He did not lose his mobility from the stroke and was still bouyant, although there were depressive moments. He had good recollection of what he did many, many years before but nothing at all about what he had for breakfast.

My usual conversation with him would be about his exploits when he was younger.  He liked to tell that to anyone who is willing to listen.  I followed along with him as if I had only heard it for the first time, even though he had told them numerous times before.

His favourite to tell was the time  he went to Honolulu to teach Bahasa Melayu to future Peace Corp volunteers.  That was in the late 60s.  From Hawaii, he went on to San Francisco and then to New York, before returning home.  I was about 9 or 10 yo at that time. Later, after he had returned, I remembered that a few of the volunteers that he taught visited us at home. Unfortunately, I can only remember one that we used to call Uncle Bill; can't remember his actual name now.

Our last conversation was about how he was made to learn Japanese when the country was occupied during WWII.  He rattled off some Japanese pharases that he could still remember and even sang a few lines from the songs that they were taught to sing.
I will cherish those moments.

Goodbye and al-Fatihah.