My Free Patterns

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Tuesday, 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.

15 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! I've actually thought I should do something like this for a long time but have never done anything. Maybe this will be my motivator!

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  2. I love the doily. The flower motif is so cute, I think it might make cute earrings with a fine thread. The record of threads is a great idea too. Thanks

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  3. What a clever idea! There's going to be a run on the stores all over the world for CD D-ring files.

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  4. The doily is absolutely gorgeous, Jon! I think I might have to tat this one! I like your card system, but I'm not sure I'm that ambitious.

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  5. What a pretty design. And the thread looks great. Such a pleasure to look at your work!

    The filing idea is a super! Good luck with it - you have so much to catalogue!

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  6. Very good idea on keeping track of the threads you have or have tatted with.

    How does the Altin Basak tat up? As good as DMC Cordonnet?

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  7. The arches doily looks beautiful in that purple thread! So pretty!

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  8. Tattrldy, sometimes you just need a little push to get started, :-)

    Hi Tudy, thank you for dropping by.

    Marty, craft organisers can be found at odd places sometimes, :-)

    Diane, you might get addicted to this motif, like you did with the Spinning Wheel. I am confident yours will look great.

    Fox, I am not rushing it to finish the cataloging, only when I am using that particular thread. I just need to remember to make the small motif before winding the shuttle for the bigger project.

    Barbara, Altin Basak is 3-ply so it is a bit soft. There is a waxy feel in the thread. I think it is mercerised cotton so it tats up very smoothly.

    Thank you TattingChic.

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  9. Your doily is gorgeous!
    What a great idea to have sample cards! Then when you do a pattern you can look at what size, how colors flow etc. from different threads. Brillant.

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  10. Gorgeous!!!

    And so organized - I'm totally impressed. Your cards are going to be a wonderful resource.

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  11. love your 'arches'!! beautiful colors! reminds me of Easter!

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  12. Lovely doily! It looks very nice in color. I had the exact same idea for keeping track of my different threads, but I haven't gotten around to actually making them:)

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  13. beautiful colour combination. I am still struggling to complete my arches.

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  14. The doiley is gorgeous, on my to do list. Your filing system is great, well worth doing if you have a technical mind like you obviously do...like me.

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  15. I agree the doily is so so wonderful.

    What a happiness to see al the things you are doing.
    Ulla

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