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, 21 June 2016

Jumping in with Eyes Wide Open

Yes, open-eyed, looking at all the beautiful Monsterpiece Doily, how could I not jump in!

I have been putting this off for so long. When Ginny Weathers showed her almost done Doily in Facebook recently, I finally decided I have to start on it.  If I am going to take a year or more to work on this Jan Stawasz doily, I might as well get cracking.  The longer I delay, the longer it will take to get done.
Hmm ... can you get my logic?

It was a toss up between a size 20 thread or at the other end a size 80. Common sense prevailed and I chose size 20 because I have already have lots of that in one colour, which happens to be white. No problems with matching the colours here.  This thread is German Hakelgarn, a soft 6-ply thread which is one of my favourite to tat with.

Oh well, just have to make sure that I wash my hands each time I want to work on it. I am not going to think any farther about what shade it will be a year from now, ha ha ha...

I should be doing a lot of something else around this time.  We are already half-way into Ramadhan and I have not sewn my garments for the celebratory 'Eid festivities.  Boxes of stuff from the re-painting of the house are not totally cleared and I have yet to think of the food to prepare for 'Eid.

Instead, if not tatting, I am doing this,

This crochet piece is from another Moje Robotki magazine (not the same as the one that has the Monsterpiece Doily in it)  This is crocheted with Omega thread size 50.

Oh, how wish tatting can be work up as quickly as crochet.
Okay, off to ponder what I should really be doing.

Oh, almost forgot ... I finished a UFO as well. A small doily, 19cm in diameter.
Thread is Milford mercer size 20.

Monday, 30 May 2016

I have been quiet from this blog for a while, sorry..

I have to apologise to my blog readers for I have been neglecting my blog for sometime now.

There had been no crafting for about a month since we decided to re-paint the house.  There had been a lot of sorting and giving-away and throwing out of lots of stuff. Took the opportunity to turn the backroom into my workroom.  It is not a big room but sufficient to store my threads and place a couple of tables for my machines as well as a small cutting top.  The huge dining table will still be needed if I need to cut fabrics for making garments.  In the process fo sorting stuff, I put together all my tatting books in one place and realised that I don't have that many books.

This box contains all the books that I have on tatting.
Among the items that I gave away to clear the house for the re-paint, were some board games.  I received these delicious thread and a patterns magazine from Zarina in return. 

Also happened in the last two months ....
Attended the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Arts and Craft Guild, KL & Selangor.

The AGM was held at a member's arts studio, hence a lot of paints and palettes and brushes in the picture
Spoke a little about tatting during the AGM
I started on a tatting project before the workers came to re-paint the house but put it aside for until all the work is completed.  However, it was brought out earlier than expected for a special group project. This is the motif that I started,
This is the motif that I started.
A friend helped to sew it into a block
which made up part of this quilt.
In the photo of the completed quilt were some of the other ladies and gent who contributed the other blocks.  There are others who were not in the picture who could not make it on the day this photo was taken.  Some of the blocks came all the way from Switzerland and the US.  This quilt was made for a special friend who had not been well.

That's it for the updates
Once again, apologies for not regularly updating this blog. However, you are all invited to my tatting page in Facebook, Tat-a-Renda, where I post snippets of what I am doing.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Beads on a string

So, I wanted to clean my craft area and get rid of some of the clutter. .... and, you can guess what happened.

I found this string of beads inside one of the many boxes.

I just had to do something with it before throwing it out. So, I made this,

It started to get interesting and I tatted a few more,

The above were tatted with shuttle and ball, except for the bottom-most, which was with shuttle only.

Then I continued some more and tried with two shuttles, with the result you can see below,

There is a lot more that can be done with this string of beads.

What? ... The clean-up?  ... Did I say I wanted to clean-up the craft area?
Now, when did I say that?

Here is another photo before I close this topic. Tatted a couple of cloverleaves to the sample (with two shuttles).

There should be enough sample for you to try experimenting on your own.

There were requests for patterns, here and also on my Facebook page.  Not sure how to prepare patterns for these because the stitch count will depend on the size of the strung beads. Some of the techniques that I have used for this experiment, besides the double-stitch and regular join, is the crocodile join, roll join and double-stitch on split chains.