31 October 2007


Yes! that is what I have been doing the past few months, making snowflakes for a friend. I started sometime in June. In between then until completion, I took breaks to work on some other things, and finally finished them last week.

My friend Mel is very good at a variety pf crafts but has yet to learn how to tat. She specifies that the snowflakes must have some glitter in them, so I add beads in most of them. That itself took up a lot of time because most of the patterns that I used are originally without beads. I had to spend some time studying each one to see where I can add in the beads and also whether to add the beads to the shuttle thread or the ball thread. But, I had a great time making these snowflakes and I hope Mel likes them.

The patterns are a mix from books, free pattern obtained online and my own designs as well.

The top motif in the group below is an adaptation of a motif from the book A New Approach to Tatting by Yusai Shokoin. The bottom two are from Tatting Patterns and Designs by Blomqvist and Persson.

The next set of snowflakes are using free patterns available online.

If you feel like making them, here are the links given in the order left to right, by row.

The next two groups of snowflakes are from the book Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, a number of tiny motifs from Tatting Patterns and Designs (Blomqvist & Persson) and some doodlings by yours truly, using up small balances of the thread in the shuttles.

And finally, these are my own creations. I have posted patterns for two of the designs earlier. As for the rest, .........I'll see if I am up to it.

All counted, there are 39 motifs done. Hmmmm ... imagine that ... I completed my 2nd 25 motif challenge with this one posting.

24 October 2007

I've been Tagged ! .... Twice

.. by Laura and Gina and Yoonie-at-home (Mel)

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Does that mean I have to list my 7 twice? I think I'll just do it once

Here goes:

1. About tatting - I first learned tatting in 1968 (yes, that long ago) but I did for only two years because my tatting buddy moved to a different school after that and I lost interest. I took it up again 36 years later and couldn't stop after I 'met' all you nice people.

2. I am a tea-drinker and couldn't start the day without my first cup - blame that on the years that I spent in England.

3. I am picky when shopping for stuff. I can spend hours at the shops but still come back with nothing. That is why I don't go shopping much.

4. I have a soft spot for books and crafts, especially needlecraft, and I wish I have all the money in the world to indulge in these.

5. I love flowers and plants and gardens but the grassy spot at my house is still a mess.

6. I love my school buddies from more than 30 years ago, they have been great support to me all these years.

7. None of my children is showing any interest in tatting. I don't know who I am going to pass down this craft to, sob.. sob.. :-(

And I am tagging -

1. Wendy
2. Melissa
3. Barbara

21 October 2007

Daisy Picot Snowflake

I have not made anything with daisy picots for a while and was wondering if I still remember how to do it. I searched Riet's blog for the instructions because I first learned it from her, but I couldn't find it there anymore. I have lost the paper with the instructions that I printed earlier. So, working from memory, I managed to produce this simple snowflake.

And, so that I'll know where to find it again, I am putting up a how-to for the daisy picot, using the instructions for this snowflake as a working sample.

First, the pattern for the snowflake -

Wind two shuttle with different colour thread for each shuttle.

The centre Daisy - 6 rings altogether.
R(5-3-2-2-3-5). You can make the centre picot slightly bigger for decorative purposes.
R(5+3-2-2-3-5), joining to the last picot of the previous ring.

The last ring is joined to the previous ring and also to the first ring with the folded join.

Round 1
R1(6+6), joining to the 3rd free picot of any of the rings in the centre daisy.
R2(6+6), joining to the 1st free picot of the next ring of the centre daisy.
Reverse work.

Make a chain C(2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2) Do not reverse.

(*)Now make the daisy picots with 3 petals, where each petal is (5-5) and 2ds between each petal.

Close the ring, do not reverse and repeat the chain.

Reverse work and repeat the two rings of R(6+6), joining the 1st ring to the 3rd free picot of the previous ring and the 2nd ring to the 1st free picot of the next ring of the centre daisy.

Reverse work and repeat the chain (2+2-2-2-2-2-2-2), joining to the last picot of the previous chain.

Repeat from (*) to complete the snowflake.

And how to make the dasiy picot -

1. After making the first chain, do not reverse work. Loop the thread from shuttle 1 (blue) round the fingers and make 2 ds. Drop shuttle 1 but keep the loop round the fingers.

2. Now. flip the chain so the the picots are now facing to the right. Here, you can see that the thread of shuttle 2 (pink) that makes the ds of the chain is on the right.

3. With shuttle 2 (pink thread) make an unflipped ds onto the loop thread, starting with the 1st half like the normal ds, followed by the 2nd half.

The completed set of 5 ds on the loop thread should look like this.

Complete the first daisy picot with (5-5).  Make sure the ds are snugged up close before starting the next step.

4. Bring the thread of shuttle 2 (pink) to the left.  Now pick up shuttle 1 and make two more ds (flipped) onto the loop thread. Bring these two ds close to the first two ds and you can see the first petal of the daisy formed. To test whether you are making it right, pull the thread from shuttle 1. If it slides, then you are on the right track.

5. Repeat step 3 and 4 for two more petals of the daisy picots.

6. Finally, close the ring by pulling the blue shuttle thread. You can see the that the blue ds forms the shape of a tiny ring and the rings made by the pink thread are like picots to this tiny blue ring.

I hope you find this beautiful technique useful and I want to thank Riet for showing me how to do it in the first place.