Wednesday, 29 November 2006

No. 18/25 - A Medallion

Another motif to add to the challenge. This medallion has centre rings that come out from SCMRs that form the centre ring in the clovers.
I tried making another one without the centre rings, because I felt that it looked crowded with the rings in it. But I couldn't make the circle with the same number of rings. It somehow needed more than 12 repeats, so I abandoned it. I couldn't figure out why!

Monday, 20 November 2006

No.17/25 - One-Shuttle Heart

I was twiddling with my shuttle which has some thread in it, contemplating what to make with the balance of the thread, and came up with this small heart.
It is made with one shuttle, and that include the split ring which is holding the free ring at the tip. I learned the technique of one-shuttle split ring in one of Georgia's Online classes when we discussed Martha Ess' Wheel Bookmark.
If you look carefully you might see Mickey Mouse in there somewhere, LOL!

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

No. 16/25 - An Oriental Touch

When I completed this bookmark, I thought that the round motif looked like a Chinese coin, the type with a square hole in the centre - hence the name.

This was done with three strand DMC embroidery thread. The motif can be made individually, which allows it to be worked in more that one colour. Or, in a continous flow.

If making in one colour, the whole length of 8 yds of thread (in 3 strands) loads two shuttles enough for one piece, with some leftover to make the tassle at the end.

Saturday, 11 November 2006

An Edging

I started working on an edging for a scarf that my mother gave me. It a plain white one, so I thought I'd give some colour to it by working it in this DMC Dentelles. This is the finest thread that I have ever worked with, but the result is quite good (for me at least). It will be quite a long one and I have completed about 20cm of it, not even reached a quarter of it.

So this will be one long WIP, while I try to come up with other pieces for the challenge.

p/s - what name is usually given to a completed tatting work? - a tatted piece? tatted collar, doily, etc.? tatting? tats? tatties? Just wondering......

Saturday, 4 November 2006

No. 15/25 - An Attempt with Mignonette Style

I have put on hold my attempt of the motif with the onion ring join (because I am still not satisfied with the way it turned out), and instead worked on this one.

This is my first attempt with this mignonette style. I find this to be an interesting style working with one shuttle, though in this case, it was not entirely done with one shuttle. I used two shuttles to make the 6-pt star in the centre. The other rounds were made using one shuttle, though I maintained the two shuttles throughout, just for the convenience of jumping to the next round without having to cut the thread.

I also made the mistake of not properly gauging the ring size of the motif for the last round, and ended with a fuller last round. I have not blocked the doily when I scanned this, and I think you can see the rings being squished together a bit when pressed by the scanner cover.

However, all things considered, I am quite happy with this one.

Let me have your address

Which one? How often have you answered that request with such a question? The first thing that come to mind would be the e-mail address.

But... I just wondered... would you know a friend's, or even family members's house address? To be honest, I don't know the address of my sister's house even though I have been there countless times. And often, when you are going to visit friends, as you approach the residential area, you make a quick call to your friend to get the full address. Sounds familiar?

Well, everything is all hi-tech today. All notes, addresses, reminders, and what-nots are stored in electronic form, in cell-phones, laptops, PDAs. All are still gadgets that can break down, or easily stolen. And when they are not available we become helpless, don't know where to turn to if there is no back-up somewhere.

So, I decided to get the old-fashioned address book to keep as my back-up. I went out shopping for one today, the paper type where you have to write in it with a pen or pencil. Remember that one? I was looking for a simple one, nothing fancy , so I thought I can find one easily enough when I went grocery-shopping in Carrefour this morning. And guess what? I couldn't find it anywhere in the store. I guess people don't use those things anymore, sigh ....

But the fact is, I already have an address book, but it is too beautiful to spoil with my unsightly handwriting. Here is a picutre of its cover.

This was given to me when I was in Japan years ago (when I was lucky enough to be sent by my employer to Japan, to visit our counterpart there). The cover is a lacquerwork, inserted with the artform called Chokin. The description in the book states something like this:

The art of Chokin was introduced in the 6th century to decorate Shrines & Temples and was used to decorate Samurai armors, swords, helmets, etc. in the later years. This elegant art of Chokin is created by using the ancient technique of etching copper plates and gilding gold and silver.

The address book is still wrapped in its original packaging. Now you understand why I need to get another address book.

Comments received for this posts
Barbara said...
Hahaha! That's a funny write-up on the an Address Book. How about making one instead? Like scrap booking or something. I won't use the Japanese address book too, it looks too elegant for just addresses :)
Faizon said...
Yeah, sure BJ, if I am ever any good at scrap-booking! My last resort will be the 'buku tiga lima'. Remember that one too?
Bhavani said...
Just came across you blog today. Oh my! It was a real feast going through it. Good health and cheer to you and your family. Bhavani