28 February 2020

An alternative look at bookmarks

All this while I have always looked at bookmarks with two sides of the same design running the length of the bookmark.  Then, a thought crossed my mind that one edge of the bookmark will always be flushed to the spine of the book. What if I focus on the other side and have some creative and flourish design while keeping the other side simple and straight?

Here is the first result of my thoughts, a basic rings-and-chains with clovers as thrown rings

I like this idea and may work on a few more designs. This is a simple design, and I am sharing the chart here should anyone who wants to try it.

If you wish to venture further, take a look at any straight edging pattern and see if you can turn it into a bookmark.

Don't forget to credit the original designer of the edging pattern if you do use it for your bookmark.  It may be re-purposed as a bookmark but the original edging design and pattern is still the original designer's copyright even if it is freely available online.

14 February 2020

Jan Stawasz Masterpiece Doily - 2nd time.

Sometime in July 2016, I started on the Jan Stawasz Masterpiece doily all in white.  I finished the doily in June of 2018, tatting with size 20 Hakelgarn Online.

I have not posted a picture of the finished doily since completion as my laptop had gone kaput. Now that I had gotten myself a new computer, here is a photo of the completed doily.

I don't usually do a re-tat of a pattern,  but I have been seeing beautiful colourful photos of the JS Masterpiece in a FB group dedicated to tatting this doily.  I just had to make another one, in colours this time.

To challenge me further, for this 2nd time I am tatting using size 80!  Here it is up to Round 5.

This is another one of Jan Stawasz designs from one of his book, Tatting Theory & Patterns (if it is not in this one, then it should be in his other book).

This mat was tatted in size 40 and gifted it to a friend.  I had to make something for her since she had generously given me four 50gm balls of the tatting thread which she had been keeping for years and not used if for anything.