My Free Patterns

Due to reasons that I am not sure of at this time, my file-sharing account where I keep my free patterns has been closed. To avoid any confusion I have removed all the tabs in this blog that list my free patterns. Please bear with me while I figure out the next steps.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Jar cover/Coaster


This design was first shared on the Tatting Pattern Calendar blog organised by Ruth Perry.
It is one design which can be used in two ways, as a jar cover or a coaster.

Click on the link, Jar Cover/Coaster for the pdf file of the pattern.

Jarcover/Coaster

This design was first shared on the Tatting Pattern Calendar blog organised by Ruth Perry.
It is one design which can be used in two ways, as a jar cover or a coaster.


Click on the link, Jar Cover/Coaster for the pdf file of the pattern.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

A Tribute to Mary Konior


Bookmark - Read, Mark, Learn
from A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior

Words not needed

Friday, 22 January 2010

Chinese Coin Bookmark

I call this the Chinese Coin bookmark because the shape of the individual repeat is like an ancient Chinese coin.  Click here to find out about the different type of Chinese coins that were once used in China.

I find this design interesting because it can be made in two ways.  You can either make individual motif and join them up, or in one pass. It can be a very colourful piece if the individual motifs are made in different colours. To make it in one pass you will need to know how to make split rings.




Click on this link Chinese Coin Bookmark for the pdf file of the pattern.



Chinese Coin Bookmark



This is quite an easy bookmark to make, but you will need to know how to make split rings.  I call this the Chinese Coin bookmark because the shape of the individual repeat is like an ancient Chinese coin.  Click here to find out about the different type of Chinese coins that were once used in China.

I find this design interesting because it can be made in two ways.  You can either make individual motif and join them up, or in one pass. It can be a very colourful piece if the individual motifs are made in different colours.



Click on this link Chinese Coin Bookmark for the pdf file of the pattern.

Ooops ... there seem to be an error in retrieving the chart for this bookmark.  Please wait a while while I try and upload it direct to this post.  Sorry about this. 
The two charts for the bookmark has been added below.



This is the chart for making the bookmark in individual motifs joined together.  The rings shown in green are split rings with the stitch count of SR(4-4/4-4).










This chart on the right is for making it in one pass.
Here, the left side of the bookmark is made first.  When you reach the length that you require, make a turn at the end and continue with the right side.



The rings shown in pink are split rings with the stitch count of SR(4-4-4/4).

Another ooopsy ... 
If you had downloaded the file earlier, there is a mistake in the stitch count for the split rings marked in blue in the second chart.
The rings shown in pink and blue should have the same stitch count, i.e SR(4-4-4/4).

The chart should look like the one in the blog post here.

I have amended the chart in the pdf file to show the correction.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Hiding ends the Magic Thread Method and Weaving

I have not been very successful with this method of hiding ends.  Somehow I just cannot get the ends through the stitches no matter how hard I tugged and pull.  After reading a few tips from various blogs and forums, I decided to give it another try.

I won't know if it is going to work until I finish this snowflake.

Here is the result of another another experiment.

I made the one in white first.  Then I made the yellow-green version to see if the weaving effect shows up.  Yes, it does.  But looking at them side by side, I think I like the first one better.  In the second version, I think I made the first round of chains too small and it is pulling on the green clover spokes.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Tatting With Rings - bound book

Updated:  I have move the detail on how to purchase the book to my other blog which will totally focused on items that I am putting up for sale.  Click on the picture in the sidebar to go to the blog.
 
 

The printed and bound copies of the book, Tatting With Rings is now available.  However, I had to up the price a bit since the material required to put the books together have increased in price slightly since the last time.
The price of the printed copy is now US$17.90 + postage.
 The price shown in the listing is inclusive of postage by region.  Please click on the drop-menu to select the price for your region.

I have created another button for it in the sidebar.  The price listed is inclusive of postage and is for one copy.  Please e-mail me separately if you wish to have more than one copy because I need to give a different postage cost.

I have received a number of e-mails earlier, requesting for the bound copy.  If you have sent me one, please could you now proceed with the purchase by using the 'Buy Now' button. I prefer to do it that way to streamline the process.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Next, the update on the Tatted Snowflakes Collection.  I almost done with the revision.  I may put up the pdf version first, like I did for the Rings book, while I make the printed copies.  It should be all done before the end of the month.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Tatting With Rings - book revised

My book, Tatting with Rings is now available again. but for the moment, only in pdf format.

I have made a small revision of the book to include the instructions for covering the plastic ring (cabone ring) with double stitches using needles.  However, written instructions remains as written, i.e. with shuttles.

The price of the pdf copy of the book is US$16.90.  I have include a 'Buy Now' button linked to Paypal, with the book listing in the sidebar on the right.  Please allow me a few days to respond to any orders as I may not always be online.

And here are some tatting to round off this post, a couple more snowflakes to show.



That makes it 18 done and I have 42 more to do.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Tatting Again

After about six weeks, I picked up my shuttles again and starting with this snowflake. Some may recognise that this is the Pirouette snowflake from my book. You'd think that since this snowflake is my design, I can breeze through it with half-closed eyes. I thought so too, ;)

Eeerk ..... Wrong! Can you see what I mean?

I did manage to get these right.



The top two are my designs.  On the left is Carrousel, from my snowflake book and the right is a spur-of-the-moment design which I don't have a name for.

The one in the bottom right is an adaptation of a design from Mary Koinor's Josephine Wreath, on page 75 of the book A Pattern Book of Tatting.

The one on the bottom left is from the book Tatting Patterns and Designs by Blomqvist & Persson. It is an adaptation of star #2 on page 33 of the book. I made the centre ring bigger to add one more repeat to trun it into a snowflake.

If you are wondering why I am working on snowflakes now, they have been commisioned for the end of the year.  Thought I should start early with them in case I get distracted before the year end.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Gone Too Soon .......

2009 is gone.

What can I say about 2009?
It was a sad year to start with.  There were a number of deaths in the family all throughout the year.  I had my own personal loss when my mother passed on. And my FIL passed away last month.   Other family members too, had lost someone close and dear to them.

And Michael Jackson died!

Yes, it was a sad year, but I am not going to dwell much on it because it was their time to go, and I can't stop it. The memories will always be around to keep me company.

So, let's look at the good stuff.

Well, I got another book out.  Now, that is good!  Thank you to everyone who have given their support for the book. The next book, you asked? Not so soon.

I made a trip to Bandung and met-up with Felicia, a tatter that I go to know through the online tatting community.

My daughter finally got her wish to continue her studies.  She is now studying for her Masters degree in England. That is a new experience for her which I know she will treasure.

And to close the year, I made my pilgrimage to Makkah.  That is the highlight of the year for me.
Here are some pictures to share with you.

The Kaabah and the mass of pilgrims circumambulating it.

A picture with the Kaabah in the background.

 
With my two sisters outside Masjid-ul-Haram, in the centre of which is the Kaabah

 
Masjid Nabawi in Madinah

  
 Another section outside Masjid Nabawi

 
A view inside Masjid Nabawi

And what has 2010 in store for me?  I don't know and I have not made any plans for it. But I have resolved that whatever I do, I will want to make it better than 2009. Here is a quote that says it very nicely.


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce


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