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I am still sorting out the blog entries for my free patterns, so there willl still be patterns that are not accessible. My apologies.
Showing posts with label fun stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun stuff. Show all posts

Friday, 29 June 2012

At the HMM

It has been almost a week since the HMM (Hand Made Market) and only now I managed to find time to write about it.

To recap, the HMM is one of the many activities put together for the month-long (15 June - 15 July) George Town Festival in conjunction with its UNESCO World Heritage Listing in 2008.  It is a celebration of the Art, Culture and Heritage of the people of George Town performed within and alongside its historical landscape.

The Arts and Crafts Guild of KL & Selangor was invited to participate in the HMM and a group of us came together to put up tables to sell our hand-mades as well demonstrate our crafts. The Guild arranged for a special coach to take us up north 350km away to Penang, which turns out to be the most sensible option considering all the stuff that we brought along.  I was there to show my tatting.

I tatted a number of items that I hope will create some sales, but my focus was more to bring tatting to the masses.  I prepared tatting kits for beginners hoping to get some of the visitors to try.  I think I did quite well considering that I managed to teach four of them to tat.  There were lots of enquiries regarding classes at later dates which, unfortunately I could not confirm on that day since I am not residing in Penang.

Anyway, enough of the ramblings.  Here is a slide presentation of photos taken during the day. Maybe not yet.  Seems to be taking forever to upload the photos for the slideshow.

In the meantime, rest your eyes on these unique street arts scattered along the streets within the heritage enclave of Georgetown. There are many more that I missed because we did not walk by the roads or lanes where they are.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Winner for the My Memories Suite Giveaway is

I held a giveaway for a free copy of MyMemories Suite scrapbooking software a few weeks back and picked the winner through a random number generator.


And the number that came up was 4 corresponding to the comment number 4 by Bree,

Congratulations Bree!  I will contact you later on how to collect your gift.

The good news is, even if you did not win this draw, you can save some money by purchasing the software with this coupon code, STMMMS83724 which entitles you to $10 off the purchase price of the software and another $10 off items from the Mymemories Store.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Tatting Gems by another name .....

A number of tatting friends have expressed curiosity about the names that I have chosen for the snowflakes in the book Elegant Tatting Gems.  It was not easy to find a name for each one.  I thought about naming each after a tatting friend but I have so many to chose from and don't want to be seen favoring one over another, :(

In brief, I have chosen names related to precious stones or related to jewelry,  as well terms expressing love and affection, and of beautiful things.  Here I will try to give you the meanings of the names that I have chosen.  Some have direct meanings or translation to English.  For a few others, I cannot find the exact translation of the word, so I have provided its meaning.
  • Adiratna - this is one of the terms used for or to describe a beautiful person, especially a woman.
  • Adan - heaven or paradise.
  • Almas - unpolished diamond.
  • Baiduri - opal.
  • Cintamani - a form of lucky stone.
  • Galuh - another name for a princess, also used for diamond.
  • Mustika (also mestika) - 'love of my heart'.
  • Nilam - sapphire.
  • Kencana - gold.
  • Delima - ruby.
  • Lazuardi - jacinth.
  • Nilakandi - another name for sapphire.
  • Ratnasari - beautiful princess.
  • Sahmura - a general name for precious stones, used in old literature.
  • Yakut - Turkish term for ruby.
  • Ratnawilis (ratna wilis) - emerald that is bluish-green.
  • Firus - turquoise.
  • Zamrud - dark green emerald.
On other note, I wish to thank everyone for the birthday wishes on the occasion of my birthday on August 30th.  It was also the day that we celebrated Eidul-fitri, the day of festivities to mark the end of the fasting month.  It was certainly a very busy couple of days. I did not have time to come online much.  I am sorry if I was late in replying to some of the e-mails, too.

    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Celebrations 3X

    Eid Mubarak to my Muslim friends.  

    May the month of Ramadhan that has passed been a month of fulfillment for the body and soul, and we emerge a better person from it.

    And by coincidence,  today is also my birthday! he he he . . . .

    The third reason for the celebration is for all Malaysians, Happy Merdeka Day on 31st August.  This year is the 54th year of independence for Malaysia.

    This being a blog on tatting, I will leave you with a picture of the completed tatted star that I started a few posts previously.
    Tatted in size 20 Yarnplayer's Fuchsia HDT.
    The finished size of the star, point to point across, is about 20cm or 8 inches

    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Frivolity

    Another attempt with the front/back side tatting?  No, not really.
    What about right/left hand tatting? Because that was what I did to get this short strip of tatting.
    That's right.  The top row was tatted right-handed (right hand holding the shuttle) and the bottom row was made left-handed. The result is like front/back side tatting.

    Now, why would I do something like that?  For no other reason other than being silly, that's why.

    I have to say that it was difficult at the beginning.  My fingers on the right hand struggled to control the thread from slipping off.  Balancing the tension of the shuttle thread and the finger thread as I slide the first half-stitch to the pinch was a struggle.  I couldn't move the finger pinch forward as the double-stitches are formed because when I do the loop just slipped off the fingers.  Almost butchered the picots in the process of making the joins.
    But, I did it!!!

    Okay, enough of the frivolousness. Let's look at the real frivolité
    This looks like the traditional one-shuttle edging in the first picture but not quite the same.  I think it looks pretty quaint.

    Wednesday, 24 March 2010

    Translate this blog

    Now you can read this blog in several other languages besides in English.  I have added the Google Translate selection menu in the sidebar on the left.  The languages that I have chosen are based on the number of visitors to this blog.

    I added the translation to Malay, my own language, just for the fun of seeing how the blog will look like, but decide to take it out.  The translation was out of context and quite literal in some places that require some mental acrobatics to understand.

    I suppose this will also happen with the other languages, but something is better than nothing, right? he he he

    To round off this post, here are some bookmarks from Mary Konior's pattern Read, Mark, Learn.

    Friday, 12 March 2010

    Apologies and Making Peace

    I want to apologise for the nature of my previous post.  It was a case of WUI - Writing Under the Influence, muahahahaha .....  shush .... don't let the men in white coats hear you ... shuust.

    Anyway, I made peace with the pop-a-bobbin shuttle.  It will not press assault charges if I promise to tat a doily using it.
    This is the beginning of the Cloudburst doily from the book A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior. I'll be writing more about this in another post. It is tatted with a slight difference.

    The reason for my feeling so down was because I caught the dengue fever.  It was really draining on my body.  I had blood taken from me five days in row while the doctor monitor my blood platelet count. At one time, the count was as low as 60.  If it had gone any lower, I would have to be hospitalised.

    Hmm .... I think my altercation with the shuttle was because when they took the blood out, they forgot to put some back in, hahahahahha ..... Maybe, that also explains the wierd taste in my mouth all that time .... hmmmm.... *licking the lips*.

    Actually, instead of whacking the shuttle, I should have whacked the doctor who took my blood.  She left a bruise in my arm that is still visible until today.  Just look for yourself,

    I was advised to drink lots of liquid, water and juices.  I think I have become addicted to isotonic drink.

    Once again, I apologise for the violent nature of the post.  
    Normal tone of writing will resume after I return from rehab.

    Monday, 22 February 2010

    One Shuttle, Two Shuttles, Reverse Work

    I have read questions in forums and groups about finding out if a pattern requires one shuttle or two shuttles to tat. This has prompted me to write this post.  This is my understanding of the issue. Others may view it differently, but not at all the wrong view.

    Written instructions would usually mention right up if a pattern requires one-shuttle, one-shuttle-and-ball or two-shuttles.  This may not be so obvious if looking at a chart of the design.  So, my focus here will be on charts, specifically the style that I use for my patterns.



    This chart is for a flower motif and is made entirely out if rings using one shuttle only.











    The second chart is a shuttle-and-ball pattern. Notice that the rings are on the inside and all the chains are curved on the outside.  However, the rings on their own are all facing the same way towards the centre, and each of the chains are curved in the same direction.



    This third chart is also made with shuttle-and-ball, even though it looks different.  Here, the rings are on the outside and the chains are in the centre.  But, the point to note is that the rings are all facing to the outside and the curves in the chain are the same.




    The same cannot be said for this chart.  This is an example of a pattern that requires two shuttles.
    I will go into a bit more detail using the chart below.

    Here there are two sets of rings, A and B, with A pointing in one direction and B in the opposite direction. This is an indication that two shuttles are required.  In this example above, rings A are made with one of the shuttles, and rings B made with the other shuttle. Depending on the design, the positions of the rings may not be in direct opposite as shown here, it can be at any point along the chain


    Another clue to look out for to know if you need one shuttle or two shuttle is to look at the curve in the chains.  Using the chart above as an example, notice that the chain between the ring (A-A) or (B-B) is curved in one direction while the chain after the rings curves it the opposite direction, both within the same row or round.  They are telling you that the part if the chain between the rings is made with shuttle 1, and you have to switch to shuttle 2 to make the chain after it.

    While I am it, lets is look at another step in tatting that is not obvious in charts, Reverse Work.  Written instructions usually have the notation RW or rw shown at the end of each step to indicate that you need to reverse your work before starting the next part.


    Reverse Work (RW or rw) is to flip over your work in hand verically.  Looking at the earlier chart, rings A are on top while rings B are at the bottom.  Reversing your work is to switch their position.

    Using this example, after making ring A, you need to reverse work to make ring B, followed by the chain.  The change in the curve of the chain will also indicate that you need to reverse work.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    By Hook or by Crook

    This is what happened when a tool is not used for what it was meant to be used.

     
    This is my #14 (0.5mm) hook that I use with fine thread, #50 or more, or when I need to add beads to picots.  Now, #14 hooks are difficult to find where I am.  None of the local needlecraft stores have them.  I put the hook in my wish list to an exchange partner and she obliged.
    I won't go into details on how it broke. Enough to say that I didn't cause it to break!  When I mentioned my broken hook to someone, she was surprised the culprit is still alive, LOL.

    But every cloud has a silver lining.

    I have been eyeing LadyShuttleMaker's hook pens ever since she listed them in her etsy.  I placed an order in the morning and the hook broke in the evening.  Luckily I managed to get to LadyShuttleMaker in time to ask if she can replace the hook size that I ordered earlier with a #14.  She said my order was already packed and ready for shipping but had not left, so she said she will make the change.  Phew!

    And the hook pen arrived yesterday, Yippee! The hook is retractable. When not in use, I can stow it away and avoid any accidents, like poking myself, or breaking it ...again ...ughh.


    Here is the close up of the hook pen. As you can see, it is really tiny when you compare it with the #50 HDT shown together in the picture.



    Yup, that's right! I just can't resist the new Victorian Valentine HDT that LadyShuttleMaker has just released, seen below with the Tuscany HDT.

    Saturday, 22 August 2009

    Colours of My Rainbow

    Your rainbow is strongly shaded brown and green.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    What is says about you: You are a deep thinking person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

    Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.


    Hmmm ... the colours are not showing up. Now, what didn't I do right ....

    Oh OK, I see it now. I hope you can too. I should have published in html format.

    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    New 3-column Look

    I finally found what I am looking for, a 3-column page for my blog, at this site called Simply fabulous prepared by Lena Toews.




    There are so many to choose from and it was so difficult to decide on the one that I really like. Just take a look at the selection that she has put in her blog and you'll know what I mean. You can even ask for your own custom-made template for a price.

    There are also tutorials to walk you through on installing the new templates and help you edit the template to suit your taste. For someone who doesn't know much about the HTML stuff, I can tell you that the steps are so easy to follow.

    The downside is that, almost all of the widgets that I had earlier were deleted when I put in the new template especially the links that I created for my Patterns, Tutorials and my Bloglist. I'll be adding them in one by one. Luckily I saved all the external 3rd party HTMLs before putting in the new template.

    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    No More Excuses

    Now I don't have anymore more excuses for not getting things done because I've got a Round Tuit

    Thursday, 30 August 2007

    Today ... 50 years ago

    The headline in the national newspaper was about a Singapore banker rescued from a kidnapping.


    The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were given a grand welcome when they arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Airport.

    The threat of communist subversive activities was very real
    The Merdeka Stadium was opened by Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first Prime Minister, our Father of Independence.
    The cinemas were showing among others, Island in the Sun starring James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge and Joan Collins. While on Shaw, the local movie was Kaseh Sayang which starred Neng Yatimah, Saadiah and Haji Mahadi.
    The Rex cinema had Unholy Wife which starred Diana Dors. And this was the attraction for movie-goers to watch this - exactly as was printed in the papers a few days before –
    Ladies! Do your measurement compare with Diana Dors ... 37-23-35? If so, one months guest tickets will be awarded to the first 6 ladies attending tonight's premiere. Also - all ladies with blonde hair will be guests of the management tonight
    We all know what will happen if such words are used today, don't we?
    Dignitaries from the world over were in town for a celebration. And the whole country was waiting eagerly for 31 August 1957 when the Union Jack will be lowered and the flag of a new nation will be raised.
    … and I was born today, 50 years ago, on the eve on Malaysia's (previously Malaya) independence from the British.
    Happy 50th Anniversary of Independence, Malaysia - MERDEKA!


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