31 December 2008

Quantiesque Again

Jeff's Snowfake is here too.

Valdani Pearl cotton size 12 in colour number M95: Mediterrana, and
DMC Cordonnet size 30 in white
Lynda's (Cyamesetat) version in Christmasy colours and beads too.

Lynda didn't say what thread she used, and I forgot to ask, he .. he ....

30 December 2008

More Quantiesques Snowflakes

Flora 20 with silver lined red beads on the white thread and white lined clear beads on the red thread. It gives a totally different look.

Tatted with Coral Reef

Also in Tatskool's Coral Reef

Sherry's Old St. Nick and Country Christmas hand dyed threads

Tattycat is not sure what thread she used for this. It look 'carroty' to me, lovely all the same.

By Suzanne M

Yarnplayer's size 50 Morning Glory HDT.

29 December 2008

Presents for Meeeee!!

I am enjoying looking at the different interpretations of my Quantiesque snowflake. It is so amazing how one single pattern can give varied results by the different thread used. I must say that this design is becoming my favorite design even though I have only made one piece, LOL.

It would be a shame not to share the all the wonderful work done with this pattern. What I plan to do now is post the photos of the different variation here in my blog. It is sort of like a present back to me from each one of you.

Since I do not yet have the permission to display the actual photo, I will provide links to the respective blogs where they are shown. If your blog is in the list, I would very much like your permission to post your picture of the snowflake. And if I have missed yours, please let me know about it because I really, really want to add it in here.

Here it is again, the original piece in Coral Reef, size 40

A pretty one from Mary McCarthy - the white and red in the centre is pulling me to this.

And some more, in no particular order. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Joy - purity in white
Tattycat 1, Tattycat 2, Tattycat 3 - you can't stop with one, can you? LOL
Riet - gold is grand
Heather - your 'sorts of' are looking good too ;-)
Clyde - thank you for adding in the recommendation.
Pamela - scroll down to the end, if you can make through the eye-fest before it, LOL
Steph - the black in the centre is attracting attention

These are what I managed to get by going through the Tatted Ring of Bloggers.

27 December 2008

The Special List

The Special List
...... by .... Unknown Author

I have a lot of folks I know ... All written in a book,
And every now and then .... I go and take a look.

That is when I realise ....
These names ... they are a part
Not of the book they are written in ...

But taken from the heart.

For each name stand someone ....
Who has crossed my path some time
And in that meeting they have become .....
The reason and the rhyme.

Although it sounds fantastic .... for me to make this claim
I really am composed .... of each remembered name.

Although you're not aware ... Of any special link
Just knowing you has shaped my life ....
More than you could think.

So please don't think my greeting ....
As just a mere routine
Your name was not .... forgotten in between.

For when I send a greeting .... That is addressed to you
It is because you are on the list ....
Of folks I'm indebted to.

So whether I have known you ...... for many days or few,
In some ways you have a part .... in shaping things I do.

I am but a total ..... Of many folks I've met,
You are a friend I would prefer ...
Never to forget.

No other words to be added to the above - it says all that I want to say.

16 December 2008

A present for You

Since it is the season for giving, I have a present for readers of my blog,the pattern for this snowflake, which I call 'Quantiesque'.

The pattern is available in my Patterns Page. There is an explanation there on why I name the snowflake Quantiesque.

'Quantiesque' Snowflake

To join in the spirit of giving, here is a present for you, readers of my blog. A snowflake pattern that I have just completed.

If you are wondering about the name, here is the explanation for it. I was transfixed by the effects of the centre which is a take of the Mary Quant logo of the 60's. The actual MQ logo has five 'petals'. Yes, I remember those times, :-). I must be really ancient to some of you, huh!

I didn't have time to draw the chart for this, but I will get it done and update the chart here later.

This snowflake is made in three rounds with a tiny bit of celtic effect made by Rounds 1 and 2 together.

Round 1 - using shuttle & ball

R(5-3-3-5), reverse work.
(*)C(8-8), reverse work.
R(5+3-3-5), join to last picot of previous ring, reverse work.
Repeat from (*) three time more.

C(8-8), reverse work.
R(5+3-3+5), joining to the last picot of previous ring, and the first picot of the first ring.

Cut, tie and hide ends.

Round 2 - shuttle & ball

R(4-2-2-2-2-4), reverse work.
C(6), reverse work.
R(4+2-2-2-2-4), reverse work.
C(10-10), reverse work.

Repeat these four steps, joining the last chain to the first ring. Cut, tie and hide ends.

What you should get is six pairs of rings joined together with a long chain as in this picture on the right.

Next, slip each pair of rings of Round 2 through each chain of Round 1, see right.

Round 3 - two shuttles

R(5+5), join to last picot of the 2nd ring of one pair of rings of Rnd 2. Do not reverse.
(*) R(5+5), join to the 1st picot of the 1st ring of the next pair of rings of Rnd 2. Reverse work.

C(3-3-3-3+), joined to the middle picot of the ring joined earlier. Reverse work.

Switch shuttle (SS), C(6), reverse work.
Make the clover, R(4-4-4-4), R(4+2-2-2-2-4) and R(4+4-4-4), reverse work.
C(6), reverse work.

SS, lock join to the middle picot of the next ring on the same pair of rings.
C(3-3-3-3), reverse work.
R(5+5), join to the last picot of the same ring joined earlier.

Repeat from (*) all round, joining the last chain to the beginning.

Cut, tie and hide ends.

I don't know if you still have time to make this to add to your tree. If you do, I'd love to see a photo of the snowflake, if it is possible. The model here is tatted using Pamela Myers' Coral Reef in size 40.

Another award

I received this from Tattingchic

This is the second time that I receive this. I feel so honoured that someone feels that I deserve this.

Now, I have to pass this on to six others and I name these bloggers err... I think I need more time to go through the wonderfully kreativ blogs that i have been reading. I will have to come back to this later.

4 December 2008

Gifts from The Tattinggoddess

Woo ......hoooo .......... the gifts that was promised by Gina the Tattinggodess arrived last week. I was selected to win her October blog anniversary draw. I am not going to write much about this. Let the pictures do the talking.

Here they all are waiting for the reveal!

......... to show what is inside ......

And here are close-ups of them

A bar or scented soap from Sarah Michaels, a pack of little cards and the tatters must have, a bar of chocolate.

Who would have thought that this small container measuring just about 4in x 2.5 in could hold this much inside ...

And this small purse has these packed in it.

Take a closer look at the clasp of the purse.

Gina said the velcro-like/felt-like fabric is good to prevent beads from sliding away, and the retractor clip-on holder will keep my small hooks easily at hand.

And these books ...... "sigh" .... I love books

And finally, with a note from Gina comes this beautiful bookmark

Here is a close-up of the bookmark

Oooh .... I am in tatting heaven. Thank you Gina for a wonderful selection.

28 November 2008

Flowers of Lace

This post is a bit overdue but I'll post it anyway because it is for a good cause.

Sometime early this year, Georgia Seitz brought up in the Online Tatting Class a fund-raising project by the Palmetto Tatters. The project is to come out with a book of tatted birthday flowers where the proceeds from the sale will go to the Palmetto Tatters Scholarship Fund. And they are looking for contributions for flower patterns representing each month.

Towards the end of the deadline, I received an e-mail from Georgia asking if I'd consider contributing a pattern since they are still short of patterns. I picked to design a poppy because it is almost flat (I don't think I can do any 3-D flowers yet) and it happens to be the flower for August, the month of my birthday.

I made a few tries before finally submitting the one I was satisfied with to Georgia. I was happy to know that my poppy design was accepted to be in the book. And to think that the hardest part was not so much coming up with the design but trying not to talk about it until the book is launched!

Now that it is out, I am free to blog about it.

This photo above are my first attempts of the poppy. Both are flat flower motifs.

The final one that I submitted is this one on the right. It is still along the same line as the first one, except that I added extra double-stitches in the final round so that it appears like petals that overlap.

Looking at the other flower patterns contained in the book, I have to say that my humble-looking poppy is no where close to the beautiful designs from the other contributors.

If you are interested to have a copy of the book, here is the link to Palmetto Tatters site where you can place an order. Remember, this is for a good cause and you'll not regret adding this to your collection.

24 November 2008

The Folded Join

.. or ... How to Avoid a Twisted Picot

A proper join made at a picot should show two parallel thread of the picot and not twisted like an 'X'.
The twisted picot can be avoided by way of making what is sometimes called a Folded Join. I hope the few steps shown below will be able to explain how to make the folded join to avoid the twisted picot.

When you have reached the point to make the join, turn over the piece so that the reverse side is now facing up and the first ring is now on the left side. The picot is now in the correct position to make a join, but we are not there yet!

Fold part of the work over so that the front side of the first ring is facing up. Bring the picot to be joined close to the core thread of the ring being worked. Make a join through this picot as usual.
Straighten out the last ring so that it is in the correct position and slowly close the ring. You have now completed making a join and avoiding a twisted picot.

Below are a few more pictorial examples of making a folded join.

The last ring in the clover is to be joined to the first ring of the first clover on the right.
The motif is turned over.
The motif is folded over to bring the picot to be joined to the correct position for making the join.
The motif with the join made

17 November 2008

New Pattern Added

The pattern for the mat/runner blogged about here has been added to my Patterns Page.

Clover Mat/Doily/Runner

This mat, doily or runner is made up of three separate motifs joined together. Motif A and Motif B are made up of sets of 3-rings clovers, made with shuttle-and-ball. Motif C is a 4-rings cluster maed with shuttle only.

The chart below gives the stitch count for each motif and how they are joined together.

The diagram below shows the placement of the motifs.

While making this, I find it easier to make a row of Motif A, then Motifs B in between the Motifs A followed by Motif C on the outside.

I have not finished making my mat, which I am doing in white throughout. It would be interesting to see variations of colours for this.

13 November 2008

Missed Opportunities

I finally finished opening up all the 20 over rings of the edging for the Knot Garden doily and started working on it again. I've added two double stitches to the chain and so far it is looking good - no curving.

While tatting that, I had an I wish I had moment .. several, actually. You know, one of those moments when your mind went retro and memories of the past comes back to you.

I wish I had continued tatting from the first time that I learned how to do it .......
  • Just imagine how much I could have learned.
  • But it would be rather difficult because at that time I was still in primary school. I wouldn't have saved enough from my pocket money to be able to buy all the thread and shuttle and books.
I wish I had thoughts about tatting when I was doing my A-levels ......
  • I did my A-levels in Hastings, England in the mid 70s. A very quaint little town by the sea. There were lots of retirement homes during my time there. Wonder if it is the same now.
  • I used to take walks along the sea-front, walked out into the sea on the Pier and along the promenade feeling the sea breeze in my face. There were elderly ladies and gentlemen seated on the beach chairs just looking out at the sea. I wondered what were going on in their minds.
  • Now, I believe I could have seen some of then tatting if I had bothered to take a closer look.
A view of one of the blocks at the Hastings College of Further Education viewed from the road coming from the main gate.

I wish I had come across a shuttle or two somewhere, during my time in Leeds while attending Leeds University....
  • I could have looked up books about tatting in the huge Brotherton Library
  • Or search for shuttles and tatting paraphernalia in those little shops in the towns of the Lake District.
  • I am sure I could have found something if I tried.
Within the Leeds University campus - I think this is the School of Mathematics where I had my lectures -- oooh it was so long ago I can barely remember and one of the two walking could be me, :-)

A view from my room at the Henry Price Building in Leeds University Campus during one of the worst winters I had ever experienced.

I wish I had re-discovered tatting much earlier than when I did ....
  • I was lucky that I had opportunities to travel when I was working. I have been to several places in Europe, to India, Japan, the US and visited England again a few times after I finished my studies. And I have means to spend too.
  • I could have started to put a collection of tatting treasures during these visits and if I did, imagine how many I would have by now.
I wish I had found out about the tatting groups on the internet around that time too ......
  • Wouldn't it be fun to be able to go to these places and meet up with tatting buddies at every stop?
  • My situation is different now and I have begun to dismiss any thoughts about traveling.

But I don't see my I wish I had thoughts as regrets, more like missed opportunities. I am glad that I found tatting again. Through it I have found so many new friends, near and far. I get to meet the ones near me occasionally and I can 'talk' to those far away through my computer as though they are right in front of me.

If not for my wonderful friends, I would not have realised things that I never imagined I could do. I am still continually surprising myself in certain aspects and discovering yet more things to learn.

Thank you dear friends.

6 November 2008

Another Eye Candy .....

.... which I forgot to include with the previous post.

This heart was tatted with the Apple Blossom HDT that Pamela Myers sent me together with her Rainbow Bright. Below are the two previous designs that I had shown in my earlier posts -

This one on the left was the first one, which I made in 2006. It was one of the motifs for the 25 motif challenge. I don't have many beautiful colored thread at that time.

The one on the right was the first variation made with Altin Basak 50 that I received from a thread exchange. I remove the extra rings at the top centre and made just one thrown ring at each of the two tips. This one needed blocking to form the shape.

For the Apple Blossom variation, I decided to put back the two clovers. It turned out that I did not have to block the heart with the clovers at the tips. I think this is the most beautiful variation so far, thanks to the thread that I used for it. Hmmmm ..... maybe I should make another one with the Rainbow Bright and see how it turns out.

Before anyone ask, this pattern is special and I want to hold on to it for as long as I can. So, the rest of you can just drool over it for the moment, LOL