29 December 2009


T - is for Tatting that was said to be a lost art but we now know is totally untrue.

A - is the Addiction that comes with it.  Most have gone through the experience, when it is always one more ring, one more chain, one more repeat ........ and so it goes.

T - is for the must-have hand-dyed Thread that never cease to delight tatters all over.

T - is a big Thank You to the generous tatters for sharing patterns, tutorials, tips and for the friendship that comes with it all.

I - is for the Insatiable Desire to stash for shuttles/needles, thread, buttons, beads, ribbons and more even when you know that the storage boxes are already full to the brim.

N - is Never giving up on getting the first double-stitch right, being unaware, at that time, of the addiction that you are getting yourself into.

G - is the Glee and great delight upon completion of a project and doing a happy dance before quickly picking the shuttles/needle again for another project.  Didn't I say that tatting is addictive!

Well ... okay,  so that was not much of a ditty.
But this being my first post after my long break, I felt that I need to write something.  And I really wanted to end the year with this 200th post about tatting.
Just picked up my shuttles again, so there is nothing new to show.

1 December 2009

News from Makkah

Just a short note....
Alhamdulillah, I have completed my Haj just now at 1.05 in the morning Saudi time.  Back at the hotel now but too tired to sleep. Luckily, there is internet access here.  That is how I can post this.

I will be in Makkah for another two weeks and will be leaving for Madinah after that.Will be uploading photos later.

I hope you are all tatting away.  I don't have time to go through all your blogs to see what you have done, but I am sure there are all very pretty.

12 November 2009

Picots - more or less

I have been asked to make a lot of snowflakes, but I don't mind.  I have until towards end of next year to finish all of them, and getting paid to do it, too :).  Anyway, what better place to start than to tat all the snowflakes in my book, Tatted Snowflakes Collection.

Mel, who asked me to make them, wanted beads in all of them.  Usually, when adding beads to tatting I will make slight changes to the pattern, especially regarding picots, most of the times reducing the number of picots.  This is where I made an interesting discovery.

Picots are not only for joining different parts of tatting together.  Sure, they add some decorative elements to it, adding some flourish to the lacework.  While working on Mel's snowflakes, I realised that picots can define the shape of the tatting too, in relation to the negative space.

What am I talking about?  Here is one example -

This snowflake was the original one that I made for my book.  What I now see is a blot of rings with lots of picots jutting out all over the place.  Compare this to the one below. 

I have remove the picots that were crowding the centre.  Now the snowflake is more pleasing to the eye, don't you think so?

Here is another example

Again, there are many picots in this snowflake, not so much in the centre but all around the perimeter.  I have removed some of the picots and came up with this one below.

Just look at the negative space that was formed.  I think it is quite striking, if I say so myself, :).  I used the SCMR for the floating rings at the tips of the snowflake and got a more pointed effect as a result.  You know, this can be modified slightly to get some celtic effect in it.  What do you think?

This is going to be my last post before my long break.  So I am leaving you with this picture, something to whet your appetite in the meantime, ha ha ha .......

Bye for now!
Hingga berjumpa lagi! Auf Wiedersehen!  arrivederci! hasta la vista!  राम राम  I don't know how to say this one, :) tchau! au revoir!

Disclaimer - these are from Google dictionary, I hope the convey the right meaning, :)

9 November 2009

Amendments to Instructions for 'Melati'

I have discovered that a slight correction is required in the written instructions for the pattern 'Melati" from my book Tatting with Rings.  The chart is not affected.

On page 11,

The 6th line down, the instruction should read
R(5+[to the last picot of the previous ring]3[1b]3

The 9th line should read
WS+(1), going through the picot of the last ring of the centre motif

The 11th line down should read
WS+(1), going through the same picot of the centre motif joined earlier.
These amendments may not be obvious after you have made the first few repeats, but I felt that I should still mention it for completeness sake.

I do apologise to those who have purchased the book if you may have been confused when making this motif.

17 October 2009

Snowflake for the Season - Featherline

This first attempt of the snowflake was using Zarina's Pink Rose, as I had blogged about earlier.  Here is the photo of the snowflake again.

If you have a copy of my book, Tatted Snowflakes Collection, you'll recognise that the centre is based on the Floret motif from the book. 

This second one has beads added to it.  I also changed the stitch count a bit here and removed some picots.  This model is tatted with Hakelgarn Online, #20.

This third version is using Olympus 40.  This is the version that I am finally satisfied with.

This ia my seasonal snowflakes offering for this year.  I am calling this Featherline.  It is a word that I just made up.  The design is kinda wispy to me, hence the word feather is used in it.  The pattern is now available in Jon's Patterns Page.

Featherline Snowflake

Model is tatted with Olympus 40 and measures 7.5cm across point-to-point.

Two shuttles with SCMRs (Self-closing Mock Rings)

Round 1
This round is made entirely of SCMRs with floating ring with each SCMR. CLick on the link for a tutorial on SCMRs.  The SCMRs are shown in green in the chart.  For this snowflake, I use the GR-8 Brothers method of making the SCMRs.

SCMR(5-4..). Do not close the SCMR at this point.
Switch shuttle (SS) and make the floating ring R(3-3-4-3-3).
SS and continue with the SCMR (..4-5).  Close the SCMR.

Make a SLT with the two shuttle threads.

(*)SCMR(5+[to the last picot of the previous SCMR]4..).  Do not close the SCMR.
SS and make the floating ring R(3-3-4-3-3).
SS and continue with the SCMR(..4-5).  Close the SCMR.

Repeat from (*) four times.  The last SCMR is joined on both sides, to the previous SCMR and to the first SCMR.  Cut thread, tie and hide ends.

Round 2
R(4-3-5), reverse work (RW)
SS, R(3-3+[to the picot on the 2nd picot if any floating ring of Rd 1]3-3).  Do not reverse.
(*)SS, C(6). RW
R(5+[to last picot of adj ring]3-4). Do not reverse.
SS, R(3-3+[to 3rd picot of the next floating ring]3-3). RW.
C(3-3-3), do not reverse.
SS, R(3+[last picot of previous chain]3-4-2), R(2+[last picot of previous ring]4-4-2) and R(2+[last picot of previous ring]4-3-3). Do not reverse.
SS, C(3+[to last picot of previous ring]3-3). Do not reverse.
SS, R(4-3-5), reverse work.
SS, R(3-3+[to 2nd picot of floating ring joined earlier]3-3). Do not reverse.

SS and repeat from (*) to complete.

Click HERE to download the pattern.

16 October 2009

Thread Heaven aaahh........

I was lucky to receive some heavenly HDTs in the last few days.

The first one is this Pink Rose that I received from Zarina.   Zarina offered a selection of her HDTs to be tested and I jumped right in with my choice.

This is the same thread that TattingChic blogged about earlier.  This thread is size 20.  I was so excited to receive this thread that I immediately open it up and tatted up this snowflake.  It was wonderful to tat with.  I like how the snowflake tatted up with the sprinkling of green over the pink.

The second delivery was even more heavenly.  These were from Pamela, Tatskool.  Pamela and I, we had an arrangement between us.  When I was working on the book, Tatting With Rings, I send a file of the draft for Pamela to give her once over.  I was elated when Pamela suggested a swap, my book for her threads, even before she knew the price for the book.  This is an opportunity that I was not going to let pass. 

I never actually say how many of Pamela's HDT that I wanted, but was surprised to received these!!!
Top to bottom:
1. ChocoRaspberry
2. Raspberry Sorbet
3. Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse
4. Raspberry Ripple and Real Vanilla
5. Chocolate Sauce
6. Chocolime
7. Key Lime

Pamela dear, You are so generous.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4 October 2009


I can't believe that it is almost a month ago that I last wrote anything here. It had been a busy month and me getting sick in the middle of it did not help either.  Still, after a month, there is nothing much to show because I had not done any tatting during that period.  So, just to let you know that I am still around I am sharing with you my shuttles collection.

I don't have many and none of them are collectors item, so to speak.

Here they are altogether.

 My workhorse are the Clovers and Susan Bates.  I can tat fast with these shuttles.  They are just the right size to hold.  I have many more clovers in all the different colours but only four of them are shown here.

These three are Inox shuttles.  I like tatting with the two brown ones but I don't use them often because they don't have picks on them.  I find the pick come in handy if I need to unpick the stitches. They are slightly bigger than the Clovers and also heavier but the surface is so smooth that the thread just slides across.  BTW, I use the sliding motion when tatting.  These are the ones that I had to do surgery on. See Fox's blog to know what I mean. The blue one in the middle is the worst shuttle that I have tried tatting with.  It doesn't hold much thread and practically splits if there are too much thread wound in it.  And it doesn't seem to want to stay put in my hand - always slipping off.

These flat shuttles come in handy for projects requiring only a small amount of thread to be on the shuttle.

These are for keepsakes.  The black on the left is a Milward that I got form my MIL.  She was moving house and it surface during the packing. I wrote about in my blog here. Next to it is an Aero shuttle and the red one with a pick is a plastic Clover, if I go by the label that is on it.  Both were given to me as gifts.  The one on the right is a Georgia Seitz shuttle and the metal shuttle is a DMC shuttle. 

6 September 2009

Birthday presents

I treated myself to some birthday presents and it finally arrived a few days back. Here are what I got for me, moi, myself .... he he he....

They are a few tubes of seed beads, several strands of glass beads and a couple of strings of mother of pearls from Foxyfindings.com
Even as I have not gotten over the excitement of receiving my orders, I received this 'treasure chest' from Ellen as my birthday exchange gifts.

 and it opens up to show these

I am also fortunate to receive one of Ellen's birthday card because I've admired many of her handmade cards that she had shown in her blog.  There are also aphabet cutouts that spells my name.  I don't how I am going to use them yet.

Ellen has included a pretty bookmark and several tatted motif with magnets.  Very clever idea.

Thank you Ellen

4 September 2009

Wrap stitch With Needle Pt 2

Finally managed to get some photos taken on the wrapping stitch with needle. Unfortunately, the picture is a bit fuzzy.

This is after Step 2 where the double stitch is loosely formed over the plastic ring.

After making a few more of the wrap stitch, make a knot with the ball and needle thread. Then take the needle and make a ring as normal. make sure that the first double stitch formed on the needle is tucked very close to the plastic ring. Close the ring as normal.

Here is a picture showing two tatted rings made on the outside of the plastic ring with a few more wrap stitch between the rings.

Sorry about the fuzziness of the pictures, but I think you can sort of figure it out.

2 September 2009

Wrap-stitch Round a Plastic Ring With Needle

I wonder ... has anyone done it this way before? Or, have I stumbled across something new!

I received an e-mail from Alan asking if the patterns in my book, Tatting With Rings can be needle-tatted. Well, the patterns in my book were developed with shuttles. My only experience with needle tatting is limited to the basic rings and chains, but the thought of using a needle with the plastic rings gives an interesting challenge. I gave it some thought and started working on this idea that I have. I think I may have got it.

I am going to share the steps here. I would appreciate very much if they could be tested out by some of the needle-tatters among us to see if it can actually work.

Step 1 - making the first half of the double stitch
With the needle threaded, pull a loop of the needle thread up from under the ring and slide the needle through, pulling it all the way. You will get the thread looped round the ring as in the diagram above.

Step 2 - the second half of the double stitch
Bring a loop of the needle thread down under the plastic ring and slide the needle through, pulling it all the way.

You have made the first double stitch over the plastic ring.

It you continue making the double stitches this way, you'll find that the ball thread will be on one side of the double stitches and the needle thread on the other end. From the little that I know about needle tatting, both the ball thread and the needle thread must be at the same position to make the ring or chain. In this case then, the ball thread should move along with the double stitches.

Step 3 - moving the ball thread along
It is so simple! I can't think why it did not occur to me before. I think my brain cell has taken to running off, like Jane's, :)

To make the next double stitch, lay the ball thread along the outer edge of the plastic ring. Then, repeat Steps 1 and 2. This, in effect, means that you are making the double stitch over both the plastic ring and the ball thread. Make sure that the ball thread lies on the edge of the ring when you tighten the thread to neaten the double stitch.

The different colours used in the diagram are for illustration purposes only.

Now you have two double stitches over the ring looking like this.

To make the outward tatted ring, tie a knot with the ball and needle thread and make a ring as you would normally do with a needle, bringing the double stitch as close to the plastic ring as possible.

After making the outward ring, make a knot again to switch the position of the two threads. Repeat the steps for the next set of double stitches over the plastic ring.

I would love to hear what needle-tatters think of this.

25 August 2009

The Word is .. Beautiful

I am going to try and avoid using the word beautiful when commenting on beautiful (ooops ... ) tatting that I see on other blogs. But my vocabulary is so limited in this area, and I kept going back to these same words -
beautiful, pretty, nice, lovely.

Well, I have enough of it! Yes, I do.
I looked up the word 'beautiful' in the thesaurus and I found this.

Some interesting words there ..... hmm

Exquisite would nicely describe fine tatting.
I don't know what kind of tatting would be alluring, ravishing or sexy.
Magnificent would be for tatting that is beyond my own tatting skill.
Irresistible is something that I have to try and tat myself.
Some of the tatting collages that I have seen earn the word picturesque.

And, what do you think of this one, pulchritudinous? I don't even know how to pronounce it. LOL

The charming bookmark was given to me by Felicia when I met up with her in Bandung a few months back.

Ha ha ha ... by now you'd have guessed that I don't have much to do at the moment. I just came back from the post office to mail off the books to the winners of my Celebration giveaways and a couple of book orders for the Tatted Snowflakes Collection.

Ok now, off to snap a few more pictures.

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.

21 August 2009

Giveaway Drawing Winners

I have received a total of 92 valid comments for the giveaway. I deleted a few because they are submitted more than once and I only take into account one comment per person for the drawing.

Thank you to all who have participated. The number was more than what I had expected it was going to be.

The winners for the drawings have been picked.

Diane - the Lace-Loving Librarian

Ellen of Singtatter's Corner

Josie Passell

Congratulations again to the three of you.
Please give me a few days to prepare the book for mailing.
I hope you are going to enjoy it.

20 August 2009

Doily - I Cleared the Round

While waiting for my giveaway to close, (which will be in a few hours at the time of writing this) I worked on my green and pink doily.

Oh ... thank you so much to all of you who have registered for the giveaway. I did not expect the number that did. You are all great folks.

I finally cleared the round where I need to work with leaving bare thread connecting the rings. I managed to get the correct amount of the thread after a few tries. The pattern mentioned to leave about 3mm but I left it longer than that, about 5mm I think. This is where I am at the moment.

I have started on the next round which is again made up of small round motifs. I did a bit of calculation to decide on how to use the two colours for this round and where to make the joins so that they fit in with the earlier small motifs. The only way I can think of is to make two motifs in green followed by one in pink.

As you can see from the grid lines on the cutting mat, the size is already 27cm in diemeter and I still have three rounds to go. This is going to take a while to finish.

13 August 2009

Time to Celebrate

This giveaway is now CLOSED.

It's August again and it is time for a celebration.

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My blog anniversary is on 26th August. This year I will have completed three years of writing about tatting and a few other things in between. I started this blog to participate in the 25-motif challenge that was started by Sharon Briggs. A lot of interesting things have happened since then. I completed my 25-motif challenge and made a lot of new friends in the process. My passion for tatting grew with the number of posts in this blog. And the comments that I received with each entries are very much appreciated.

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It's my birthday - again - which also fall in the month of August. I am looking forward to another fulfiling year of blogging about tatting and also wish that I will have some time to try a variety of other crafts as well. I have also opened my shop in Etsy and hope to make that grow in the coming year.

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You may have read vague hints in my responses to comments in my blog about this project. Well, now I am ready to announce it. What better way to do it if not in this month of August. Yes, I have finished with my second book. Here is a peek at its content.

To celebrate these three joyous occasions, I am giving away three signed copies of my new book, one each to three lucky people who leave comment for this post.

You need only to comment once. There is no need to blog about this in you blogs. If you do I appreciate it very much, but it will not increase your number of entries for the drawings.

You must have a valid blog and that your profile can be viewed so that I can contact you if you are one of the winners. If you do not have a blog, please leave a valid e-mail address with your comment.

The last day to leave comments is 2oth August, 2009, and the winners will be announced soon after that.

11 August 2009

Arches with Altin Basak

I have finished the Arches doily using the Altin Basak thread that Ulla sent me, which I wrote about in the previous post. The pattern is by Marilee, the Yarnplayer.

The thread that I used for this are #3053 for the rings and #308 for the chains. 3-ply thread is not my first choice for tatting thread but I think I am going to like working with Altin Basak.

I was looking through my stash of tatting threads recently and realised something that I should have done from a very long time ago. And that is, to keep a record of the different type and shades of thread that I have used. Finally came up with this sample card system.

I tatted a small motif with each thread that I have. In this case, it is a small rings only flower with R(5-2-2-2-2-5). Each flower is pasted onto an index card with a brief note about the type, thickness and colour written beside it. For comparison, I also showed the width of the finished flower under it.

Each piece of card has space for three records which I file in a small D-ring file that was originally meant for keeping CDs in their plastic pockets. I have only made nine sample flowers from the many thread that I have. I must remember to add to it each time I start with a new thread.

2 August 2009

Doily and Gifts

Finally finished the round of the doily that is made up of small round motifs.

I am a bit apprehensive about the next round though. You see, it requires leaving bare thread between rings. I am never good at estimating how much thread I need to leave before making the next ring. They are seldom of consistent length, sometimes longer and sometimes shorter than it should be. Does anyone have any tips to make then of regular length?

Then, there is the problem regarding tension. My rings are usually closed quite tight. I anticipate a number of re-dos before I can get it right.

Or, the easy way out - I can just stop here. It doesn't look too bad as it is, although there are four more rounds to go. It is quite large enough already at 24cm (9.5 inches) across.

What say you all - do I continue or stop here?

On a another, happier note - I received some lovely thread from Ulla in Sweden. Ulla wrote in the ShuttleandNeedles Yahoo group offering some thread to anyone interested. All we needed to do was e-mail our addresses, which I did promptly.

And these are what I received. Five balls of Altin Basak thread in size 50 in such beautiful colours. Thank you Ulla.

As you can see, I have started something with them. It is the beginning of the 'Arches' doily from the Yarnplayer. The pattern for the doily is here.

16 July 2009

Tatting and Knitting

A short update on my knitting project which is a cardigan for my youngest girl.

I have completed the lower part of the cardigan and the left side of the front yoke. I am now a few rows up on the right front yoke.

In between working on the cardigan, I decided to have another go at the bowling doily that I wrote about here. The doily is too pretty not to try again. I think this time it turned out very much better, only because I made some modification to the pattern.

The rows that were giving me problems earlier were the two rows of rings-and-chains (seen here in pink). All the rings in the two rounds are supposed to be joined to each other. For the second try I decided to skip some joins and group the rings in sets of 2s and 3s. That solved my bowling problem. If there are any, it can easily be got rid of by pressing or blocking.

This worked well for the next round that is made up small round motifs. Again, to keep check on the bowling (in case it crops up again) I made the small motifs in groups of 3 and break them apart when joining to the earlier round. That way, hopefully, I can make small adjustments to my tension and picot sizes as I fill up this round.

There are three more rounds after this. Updates when done.

11 July 2009

Magic Moment Snowflake

Magic Moment
that is the name that I've given to this snowflake.

And to add some fun to it, I have decided to give this snowflake to one of the commenters from the earlier post. 18 wonderful people have left comments and I am picking the 10th name from the list that has been jumbled up by the list radomiser in random.org.

The lucky person picked is ..... Diane, the lace-loving librarian.

Diane, I already have your address. It will be on your way soon.

For the rest who are not so lucky this time, you can tat this Magic Moment yourself. Follow the link to my Patterns Page to get the pattern.