Thursday, 22 December 2011

Norma Benporath pattern No. 2

After the Lace Mat Doily of the last post, my 2nd Norma Benporath project is Dainty Border For an Oval Doyley.  I will not be tatting the full doily, only sufficient repeats to be able to understand the flow of the pattern. I must say that this one was a challenge to me.

This lace edging has three rounds.  Following the instructions (edited text), Rows 1 and 2 were a breeze.  When it came to the last row, I had to think as a designer and try to figure out how it should be.  The instruction was totally off.  Where I think there would be a mirror image, one ring turned out bigger than the previous ring.  A join was missing at one point where I thought there should be one.  If you follow the link, you can see that the scan photo did not help at all.  This is what I finally worked out after the 4th try.
I started on another attempt, but this time I made some changes to replace parts that I was not happy with. I replaced the bare thread in the first row with chains. The second row have arches made up of chains with picots. When I made the clovers resting on the arches, the picots in the chains and the picots of the rings of the clover overlap each other and the design sort of got lost somewhere.  So I made the chains curve the other way which I think turned out more pleasing.
Unfortunately the scan of the 2nd try did not turn up so clearly but I hope you can see where I made it differently.

Actually, just these two rows made up a pretty edging by themselves.  And the reason for saying that is, the last row is still giving problems for me, he he he . . . .

Monday, 19 December 2011

New Mat on the Block

Continuing from this post, the lace mat from Tatting Design for Busy People by Norma Benporath is on the blocking board.  While it is drying out, I thought I'd share how I block my tatting.

First of all, I haven't had the need to block my tatting much.  When I design, I pay particular attention to the stitch count so that the finished piece will required no blocking, at most just a bit of pressing.  But then, it all goes down to the tension.  If your tension is almost like mine, you would find that my patterns doesn't need blocking much.

The only time when I need to block is when the pattern has long chains in it, or when I tat a large piece such as doilies, like this Norma Benporath's pattern.

First, I print a polar graph with the number of spokes according to the rough shape of the tatting.  For example, 12 spokes for 6-pt motifs like snowflakes, or 8-spokes for squares or octagons which I am using for this mat.

You can print the polar graphs off the internet.  I printed mine from here.

Then, I wrap my blocking board with a piece of clingwrap from the kitchen and slide the polar graph paper under it.

Before I start pinning out the tatting, I give it a soak through with a bit of gentle detergent, rinse it out a few times and squeeze the excess water by rolling it in a towel.  If it needs a bit stiffening, I use spray starch on it a few times.  Then, I pin it out on the board.

I adjust the shape following the lines and concentric circles of the polar graph paper and let it dry for a few hours. And here it is, the finished work.
The finished size has a maximum diameter of 17cm, tatted with Lizbeth #40, 114 - Sea shells.
I think the one from the scanner, below is a better picture.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Winner for the My Memories Suite Giveaway is

I held a giveaway for a free copy of MyMemories Suite scrapbooking software a few weeks back and picked the winner through a random number generator.

And the number that came up was 4 corresponding to the comment number 4 by Bree,

Congratulations Bree!  I will contact you later on how to collect your gift.

The good news is, even if you did not win this draw, you can save some money by purchasing the software with this coupon code, STMMMS83724 which entitles you to $10 off the purchase price of the software and another $10 off items from the Mymemories Store.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Tatting Treasures Unearthed

Maureen in Brisbane has found some buried treasures and shared them in In Tatters.  They are tatting patterns designed by Norma Benporath that were published in the Queenslander newspapers from the 1930s, scanned and published digitally by the National Library of Australia.

A little on Norma Benporath (1900 - 1998) is provided by the Powerhouse Museum.

As usually happened for scanned documents converted to text, there are bound to be errors when captured by the OCRs.  A number of tatters in InTatters are editing the text for the patterns and correcting the errors. On my part, I have decided to test-tat the patterns after they are edited.

The first one that I am working on is Tatting Designs for Busy People, edited by Judy.  There are two patterns published in this article, a small lace mat and a serviette ring.  I started with the lace mat, which has four rounds.  The lace mat is turning out quite nicely after two rounds.
Tatted with Lizbeth #40, measuring 9cm across after two rounds.
A word of advice to anyone who wants to tat this.  The centre motif may appear all ruffled up as you join the rings, but will eventually flatten out after you have joined the last ring.  It helps a lot if you block or press the motif a bit before continuing with the second round.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Square motif mat finished

The mat made up of square motifs that started with the design that I first wrote about over two months ago is finally finished.

The finished size is 22cm x 18cm (8.5in x 7in) and uses up about one ball of Milford in size 40.  There is still some thread left on the ball but not sufficient to finish another row of motifs.

I decided to make a slight change to the design and in the way the motifs are joined together.  I completed a sample of four squares and then made copies of the image to create a bigger one,

I think the second design looks too dense to my liking.  There is no clear line in the layout that draws the eyes to, as compared to the seemingly interlocking squares of the first design.  It does look slightly better in two colours if going by this rough drawing.

Till the next episode .....

Monday, 21 November 2011

How do you keep your memories & a Giveaway

Have you ever thought about what to do with all the photos and snapshots that you have taken.  I don't know about you but my old photos are all over the place, in plastic pockets and albums from when the cameras were using film rolls.  And now they are in flash drives and hard disks since the cameras have gone digital

I have always thought about getting them properly organised.   And, by chance I was introduced to a software for digital scrap booking from  I was offered to try out the software for a couple of weeks and write a review of it.  First and foremost, I have to say that I have never done any scrap booking before, either the paper version or the digital version, but I have admired people who can do it.  So, rather than having to purchase the proper kits such as papers, and ribbons and braid, etc.  it would not cost me much to try this digital scrap booking software.

I repeat, I have never done scrap booking before, but I find this software very easy to use.  Everything from page layout, background paper, embellishments and editing features are available, making it so easy to be creative. My problem was not so much with how to use the software but what photos to pick for my first attempt.  And here it is,

And one of you, my readers will get a chance to win this software.  Thanks to the people responsible for this application, one copy of the My Memories Suite will be given free to a lucky winner in this giveaway.  All you need to do is to go to the website by clicking on the link given and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout  from any of the theme available.  Leave a comment in this post only and include your pick.

I will keep this giveaway open for three weeks until 10th December, 2011.  I think the timing of this giveaway is just right for you to capture the beautiful memories of the coming holiday season.

If you would like to have a go at it straightaway, the people of have given me a coupon code to share with you, that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store.  Great stuff!
Here is the code for you to use, STMMMS83724 (copy and paste the code to make sure of correct input)

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Meeting of Friends - Old and New

One of the reasons that I had not been tatting much the past month or so was because I was organising a reunion of my schoolmates.  The reunion is for the class of 1974 of one of the elite all-girls boarding schools in Malaysia.    It was really hard work trying to get in touch with as many of them as possible and keeping track of the list of attendees.  There were about 170 of us who were in the graduating class of that year.  We managed to get in touch with quite a number but only 61 managed to attend.  Here are some photos of taken on that day.

Girls of My House - Selindang Delima (Green)
Some of my Classmates
A Gift for each attendee
opens up into a practical tote/shopping bag

And I met new friends at a craft workshop organised by the Arts & Crafts Guild of KL & Selangor.  In collaboration with the National Textile Museum, the Guild had arranged for a series of workshop on a wide range of crafts.  The teachers conducting the classes are members of the Guild.
The series of workshop started on November 1st and will continue until 18 December. The best part is that all the sessions are free and open to all.  All material and supplies for each craft are provided by the instructors.  You just walk in and join any sessions that you like.

The coming schedule of workshops are during the weekends on the following dates:

12 Nov SAT 10am-1pm Wire Jewellery -Swirl Ring - Mastura Mustafa
12 Nov SAT 2pm-5pm Recycled Weaving - Bremen Wong
13 Nov SUN 10am-1pm Shibori (Japanese textile art) - Fatimah Chik
13 Nov SUN 2pm-5pm Wire Jewellery - Romantic Garden Pendant - Mastura Mustafa
19 Nov SAT 10am-1pm In Love with Beading - Flower Ring - Eva Ng
19 Nov SAT 2pm-5pm Shibori (Japanese textile art) - Fatimah Chik
20 Nov SUN 10am-1pm Recycled Weaving - Bremen Wong
20 Nov SUN 2pm-5pm In Love with Beading - Bracelet / Charm - Eva Ng
3 Dec SAT 10am-1pm Smocking with Hand Embroidery - Nirwana
3 Dec SAT 2pm-5pm Recycled Denim -What can u do with a pair of old jeans?- Norlie
4 Dec SUN 10am-1pm Smocking with Hand Embroidery - Nirwana
4 Dec SUN 2pm-5pm Recycled Denim -What can u do with a pair of old jeans? - Norlie
17 Dec SAT 10am-1pm Furoshiki - Japanese Fabric Wrap & Carry all - Crazeepatches
17 Dec SAT 2pm-5pm Handmade Stamp on Fabric - Ellie Ng
18 Dec SUN 10am-1pm Silk-screen Printing and Resist - Ellie Ng
18 Dec SUN 2pm-5pm Furoshiki - Japanese Fabric Wrap & Carry all - Crazeepatches

National Textile Museum
26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
Tel -  03-2694 3461, 03-2694 3457

I was there for the session on Quilted Mug Rug, taught by ZarinaZA.  Here are some photos that I took while I was there.
The Chong sisters, two tourists from Hong Kong who came in to escape the heat and stayed  on  for the workshop
My quilted mug rug - work in progress.  I may add some tatting to  it later. 
Zarina, the instructor, is the one in the middle.

Towards the end, I took out my tatting that I had in my bag, and that drew a lot of oohs and aahs from the ladies who were there.  Let's hope that the Guild will include tatting in the list for future workshops.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Still not tatting much......

.... but here is a picture of my niece wearing a tunic with tatted edgings attached to the sleeves and neckline.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

More on the Square

This is as far that I have reached working on the square that was from here.

I have started over with a new thread for this piece, which is Milford size 40 in variegated blue.  I have been very good and had hidden the ends every two or three motifs.

This will be my working piece to keep me tatting, re previous post. I will go on until I finish that ball of thread shown in the corner. As it is now, the size is 19cm by 15cm.

This is my own design.  At this time, I am not sure if I will share the pattern.  I am not enjoying the creating and designing part of tatting right now.  Maybe I will when I get that excitement back, :(

Friday, 28 October 2011

A drought, maybe?

I know I have not blogged for quite a while.  The truth is that I have had my hands full with non-tatting work.  And after such hiatus, my creative juice may have run dry.  That is just it!

I don't have the feel for designing right now.  It used to be that ideas are playing in my head at the same time that I was working on some new design.  But I am afraid to stop tatting in case it really turns a tatting drought.

I think I should work on patterns by other published designers so that I can keep tatting, which is what I did here.  These are a couple of designs by Mary Konior that I have turned into bookmarks.

Curds & Whey (I think) in size 20
Black Magic in size 80
One of the non-tatting work that took much of my time was organising a school reunion for my school year f 1974.  Yes, from 38 years ago.  I attended an all-girls boarding school and for that year there were 160+ of us from 5 classes, and 61 attended the reunion.  Each of us brought a gift to be exchanged and my gift was a book with the Black Magic bookmark included between the pages.  Names were drawn to see who gets whose gift.  One of my classmates was picked to receive my gift. I hope she likes it.

The Curds & Whey bookmarks were also supposed to be given away in a lucky draw during the event but I was too busy with the organising, I forgot all about it.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Giveaway Winners

There are 99 comments made on the giveaway post.  I have place the range of numbers corresponding to the sequence that the comments are listed in my blog into a random sequence generator and picked the two numbers appearing on the top line of the resulting sequence

Using the numbers corresponding to the sequence that the comments are listed, the winners are comments numbers

26 is
Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...
Why not, indeed! I would love to be entered in your giveaway, and if by chance I win, I'd be happy with either color. Thank you for the opportunity, Jon!
and 96 is
Prabhdeep said...
I'm not very lucky with drawings.. but I will try my luck again.. I would love to have either of the two...
Congratulations, Diane and Prabhdeep.
Prabhdeep, looks like luck has come your way this time.
Please e-mail me your mailing addresses and I will send them to you as soon as possible. 

Since both of you have not made a pick of your choice pack, I will keep it a secret and let you find out only when you receive it, ha ha ha ... How's that to keep the suspense going!

Now a Square

After working with triangles as in this post, I started on squares.

This is the square motif that resulting from several attempts. It is rather small even though I am working with size 20 thread, just about 1.75in or 4.5cm wide.

Joining up several of this square motif results in this little mat, still a work in progress.

This is a rather interesting exercise for me.  As you can see, the motif on its own has no outside picots that can be joined to.  I had to think ahead to the second motif while making the first one and think of where to join and how.  And this totally change the construction of the square compared to if it is on its own.  The resulting piece may need a little pressing when done, but I am satisfied with it at the moment.

Now, on the giveaway ...
As at the time of writing this, I will be making the draw of the winners later tonight.  That means there is still about six hours left for you to enter the drawing.  Good luck everyone.

Friday, 16 September 2011

A Giveaway, just because .......

well, why not!   These are what I am giving away.

Pack A - Milford Mercer purple varieg #20 - 1 ball, 4mm purple round beads - 30gm pack, thread holders in 3 sizes, and 3 thimbles (2 - leather and 1 metal)
Pack B - Milford Mercer green #20 - 1 ball, 4mm green round beads - 30gm pack, 4 charm/fob strap, and 3 thimbles (2 leather and 1 metal)
 The threads and beads are some that I have left from the wedding project a few months back.

I read somewhere that a tatter (sorry dear Tatter, I can't remember who you are) used a piece of leather strip over her finger to stop the thread from cutting into it.  I came across the thimbles and thought it would be great for me, too.  But, I didn't realise that I have dainty fingers.  The thimbles are too big for me and they slide down to the second knuckle of my finger when I put it on, ha ha ha.  My loss will be someone else' gain.

The thread holder and the charm straps are accessories for your thread and to accessorise your tatting.

I will pick two winners in the draw, one for winner for each pack, from the comments left on this post.    You may choose which pack you like to win.  If the two winners picked both chose the same pack, then I will decide by the flip of a coin, who gets what.

The draw will be made on Tuesday September 20th. 

My blog setting only accept comments from registered users, no anonymous comments.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Tatting Gems by another name .....

A number of tatting friends have expressed curiosity about the names that I have chosen for the snowflakes in the book Elegant Tatting Gems.  It was not easy to find a name for each one.  I thought about naming each after a tatting friend but I have so many to chose from and don't want to be seen favoring one over another, :(

In brief, I have chosen names related to precious stones or related to jewelry,  as well terms expressing love and affection, and of beautiful things.  Here I will try to give you the meanings of the names that I have chosen.  Some have direct meanings or translation to English.  For a few others, I cannot find the exact translation of the word, so I have provided its meaning.
  • Adiratna - this is one of the terms used for or to describe a beautiful person, especially a woman.
  • Adan - heaven or paradise.
  • Almas - unpolished diamond.
  • Baiduri - opal.
  • Cintamani - a form of lucky stone.
  • Galuh - another name for a princess, also used for diamond.
  • Mustika (also mestika) - 'love of my heart'.
  • Nilam - sapphire.
  • Kencana - gold.
  • Delima - ruby.
  • Lazuardi - jacinth.
  • Nilakandi - another name for sapphire.
  • Ratnasari - beautiful princess.
  • Sahmura - a general name for precious stones, used in old literature.
  • Yakut - Turkish term for ruby.
  • Ratnawilis (ratna wilis) - emerald that is bluish-green.
  • Firus - turquoise.
  • Zamrud - dark green emerald.
On other note, I wish to thank everyone for the birthday wishes on the occasion of my birthday on August 30th.  It was also the day that we celebrated Eidul-fitri, the day of festivities to mark the end of the fasting month.  It was certainly a very busy couple of days. I did not have time to come online much.  I am sorry if I was late in replying to some of the e-mails, too.

    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Celebrations 3X

    Eid Mubarak to my Muslim friends.  

    May the month of Ramadhan that has passed been a month of fulfillment for the body and soul, and we emerge a better person from it.

    And by coincidence,  today is also my birthday! he he he . . . .

    The third reason for the celebration is for all Malaysians, Happy Merdeka Day on 31st August.  This year is the 54th year of independence for Malaysia.

    This being a blog on tatting, I will leave you with a picture of the completed tatted star that I started a few posts previously.
    Tatted in size 20 Yarnplayer's Fuchsia HDT.
    The finished size of the star, point to point across, is about 20cm or 8 inches

    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Right on time

    Continuing from here,
    . . . .  I used up almost all of one skein of the Yarnplayer's HDT early today with just under 3m left in the thread holder.  All in, one skein is enough for 10 motifs and I needed 12 pieces to complete the star-shape.

    Realising earlier that I will not have enough to complete the project, I ordered another skein of the thread from the Yarnplayer, and right on cue, it arrived today.   I also bought her Sue's blues with the second order, he he he . . . . just can't resist it.

    Another idea just came to me, utilising this triangle motif.  I already made a bookmark with this triangle, as in the previous post  . . .  Until next time!

    I will stop at the star-shape.  Now, I am wondering . . .  should I just leave it as it is, when completed, or should I add a round of edging on the outside to hold everything together?

    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Time flies

    I have to admit this .... I get easily distracted.  While tatting this, as posted earlier, an idea popped into my head, and I made these.

    (excuse the blurry picture) 

    Not sure how to describe these.  They are bookmarks and they look like kites, so let's just call them Kites bookmark.  For the tails, I made single-shuttle split rings.  Instead of a tassel at the end I attached a charm.
    The one on the left is made with a HDT given to me by Zarina and the one on the right is  Lizbeth HDT Leafy Green, size 40.

    Now you know why I don't have large tatting items shown in my blog.  With all the distractions, I never get to finish them ... he he he.

    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Half and not quite half done

    This is a shot of the full moon that I took early this morning.  That means Ramadhan has reached the half-way mark and there are 15 more days of fasting left.

    Time seems to fly very fast as we get older, don't you think so?

    The same can be said when I am tatting.  Before I realised it, I had been tatting for hours but not much to show for it.  Here is what my shuttle is turning out at the moment.
    The thread used is Yarnplayer's Fuchsia HDT in size 20. The finished piece will be bigger than this but the amount of thread left will not be enough for me to complete the project.  Luckily, Yarnplayer had another skein of the same thread listed in her shop which I was able to purchase.

    However, don't hold your breath to see the finished piece, :)

    Thursday, 28 July 2011

    Exchanges Bookmarks and Postcards

    Here are what I received in a few exchanges that I participated the last few months. Two are bookmark exchanges organised in In Tatters Forum and The Tatting Forum.
    These two are what I received from my partners.

    The one on top is from Prabhjyot for the exchange in In Tatters.  Prabhjyot wrote that the pattern used is the Supermodel Bookmark designed by Brooklynne Michelle made with Yarnplayer's Sugarmaple size 10.  I really admire the spiral chain attached to the bookmark.  The spacing in the spiral turn is so even.

    The blue bookmark at the bottom is from Tattin' Kat which I received in the Tatting Forum exchange.  Tattin' Kat wrote that the pattern in the Floral Bookmark by Kersti Anear and tatted with needle. I am a shuttle-tatter and I can see the differences between a shuttle-tatted piece and a needle-tatted piece.  But, I have to say that the bookmark Tattin' Kat sent me is just lovely and delicate.  So, it does not matter what you use to tat, the result is still tatting.

    Prabhjyot's was a little late to arrive, so Rachael (who organised the exchange in In Tatters) decided to send me a replacement bookmark, thinking that the one from my partner was lost in the postal system.  And these are what she sent me,
    Rachael was inspired by my Magic Moment snowflake pattern when she designed the bookmark at the top and shared her pattern in In Tattters. You may need to be a member of In Tatters to be able to see it, but joining is free and click here to join.  The colourful Flower bookmark at the bottom is Rachael's own design and she shared her pattern here.  The thread is so fine, I think it may be size 50 or more.

    As luck would have it, both mail from Prabhjyot and Rachael arrived on the same day.

    There had not been any problem with the post regarding the delivery of the exchanges which I am having in the Shuttles and Needle group.  It is a Postcard-a-Month Exchange where we are to send a postcard to a different partner each month.  The exchange started in May and will run until December.  So far I have received these three for the months of May, June and July.
    The blue postcard at the top is from Aileen, who sent me a 'uniquely' Singapore postcard, seeing that she is from Singapore.  The one on the bottom left is a postcard from De-de in the US.  It is a yummy one with a recipe of Buckeye Candy on it.  The bottom right is the most interesting of all.  It is from Diyanna from Malaysia.  Instead of sending the usual touristy postcard, she made one herself out a photo of her doing maintenance work on top of an airplane.  How creative is that!  She even taped a small tatted flower on the reverse and it arrived intact.  I am looking forward to see what other postcards that I will be getting from my other partners, and I hope my partners like what I sent them.

    To unwind after completion of my latest book, Elegant Tatting Gems, I tatted some bracelets.
    The bracelet in the middle is the "Bloomer" bracelet by Yarnplayer from her book Boutique Tatting.  The ones on the top and bottom are my own designs.

    That's it from me for now.

    Wednesday, 20 July 2011

    Rose Window

    Another snowflake design.
    Model is tatted in size 40, size is 7cm across (point to point)
    This is a two-shuttles pattern worked in three rounds.  I utilised a split ring in the pattern to jump out from the centre ring. The rounds in the charts are show in Yellow – Rnd 1, Green – Rnd 2 and Blue – Rnd 3.
    Round 1
    Begin in the centre with,
    R(2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2), make each picot about 6mm long (when open) if using size 40 thread.
    SR(4-2/4-2). Make sure to leave a distance of about the length of the picot of the centre ring before making the split ring.
    Make the ring on the right side of the split ring as,
    R(2+[p of the SR]4-6), completing the cloverleaf.
    Flip the work over and make the ring on the other side of the SR, working on RODS,
    R(2+[p of the SR]4-6).
    Flip back to the front and reverse work.
    (*) C(6-6), rw
    R(6+[p of right ring of cloverleaf]6), rw.
    C(6-6), rw.
    Make the next cloverleaf,
    R(6+[p of pr ring]4-2), R(2+[p of pr ring]4+[skip one p, join to next p of centre ring]4-2), R(2+[p of pr ring]4-6). Rw.

    Repeat from (*) to finish this round. Cut and tie to beginning cloverleaf.

    Round 2 – two shuttles
    Join thread to any chain after the ring of (6-6) of Round 1. Begin with a chain.
    C(3-3 +[lj to p of next ch of Rnd 1] vsp 8 +[lj to base of ring of Rnd 1]), dnr.
    (§) Switch shuttle (SS), Jk(10), dnr.
    SS, C(8 +[lj to p of next chain of Rnd 1] vsp 3-3 +[lj to p of next ch of Rnd 1] vsp 8 +[lj to base of next ring of Rnd 1]), dnr.
    Repeat from (§) to finish this round, ending with a lock join to the beginning chain.
    DO NOT CUT thread, continue with Round 3

    Round 3
    C(5-5 +[lj to vsp of Rnd 2]7-3), dnr.
    (δ) SS, R(3+[p of pr chain]5-5-3), R(3+[p of pr ring]2-2-2-2-2-3), R(3+[p of pr ring]5-5-3), dnr.
    SS, C(3+[p of pr ring]7 +[lj to next vsp of Rnd 2]5-5+[lj to next vsp of Rnd 2]7-3), dnr.
    Repeat from (δ) to finish the round.

    Cut thread, join to the beginning and hide ends.

    Tuesday, 19 July 2011

    For those unlucky in the draw - Rose Window

    For those whose names were not drawn for the book give away, I hope this will make you happy.
    Rose Window
    This is the design shown in the top left corner of my header, partially hidden under the shuttles.  I had planned to include this in the book Elegant Tatting Gems, but I utilised a split ring to jump out of a round.  Somehow, that does not fit in with the theme of the book.

    The name, Rose Window, was chosen because another tatter, Antiquarian if I recall correctly, had commented that it looks like a rose window. 

    The pattern for the Rose Window is downloadable from here.
    Now there are no losers.

    Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Giveaway Winners

    First, I want to apologise for the delay in announcing the winners of the draw.  I was away for the weekend, about 230km away in another state, attending the reception of my niece's wedding.  I was already feeling unwell during the drive going there and got worse during the drive coming home.  Luckily I wasn't the one driving.  Anyway, by the time I reached home, I was too flat out to do anything and just fell asleep.

    About the draw, there are 162 participants who have successfully  left comments to the post.  Because of the overwhelming response, I have decided to draw two names from the list.  I know that there was a glitch with Blogger and some people had problems with posting comments.  I am sorry I was not much help with that.

    Finally, here are the draw results, two days late.

    No 43 and no. 134 are

    mamasquirrel said...
    How inspiring! Need to start tatting again. they are lovely.
    Claudia said...
    hi again jon.. im claudia again.. dont know if my last comment was posted ,because have problems with the pc.. if it is repeated , just delete it will be a pleasure to participate in your giveaway..thanks clau

    Thursday, 14 July 2011

    Book Giveaway

    As I write this, the number of comments received for this giveaway has exceeded 100.  In view of the overwhelming interest and support shown for my tatting, and my book, and the craft of tatting in general, I think adding another book to the draw will not hurt at all.

    What do you think?  Ha ha ... of course you'll like that.

    I will now pick two names from the comments list to receive my latest book, Elegant Tatting Gems.

    There are still a couple of 'Anonymous' comments that doesn't have a name or ID in it and I cannot approve them to be included in the list.
    Also, if you have submitted comments earlier and they are not showing in the list under the blog, please submit again.  It appears that there is a problem with Blogger and some have trouble leaving comments, but after a few tries, manage to do it.  Miranda has given a tip to overcome this in her blog and it appears to solve the problem for some.

    Important :  Submit your comment in the Elegant Tatting Gems and Giveaway post and NOT here to be in the draw.

    The giveaway will be open until midnight if July 15th, GMT +8.  That leaves about 36 hours left (at this time of writing)   before I close it.

    Monday, 11 July 2011

    Elegant Tatting Gems and Giveaway

    That is the title of my new book which is out now.

    This is my third book, and my second working on snowflakes.  Actually, if you have been following my blog, you may have guessed it from the posts that I had put up over the past year or so, when I wrote about colours in tatting, or from this Posy post. This Winter Wonderland post and the Rainbowflakes are dead giveaways, I think.

    Diane, Marty, Josie, Bonnie and Denise have tested the patterns for me.  Thank you very much, Ladies.  I made  changes to to some of of the designs based on the comments and scans given by my testers.  These are the final 18 designs available in the book.

    The approach that I have taken for this book is to come up with designs that uses the basic techniques of tatting, i.e. the double stitch, standard rings and chains, regular join and lock joins.  There are no split rings, split chains nor mock rings in any of the designs.  However, there are a couple of designs that are a bit more involved while still keeping to the basics.  But, I think I managed to put in enough twist and turns to make each one rather challenging.

    I also wanted to come up with designs that can be tatted in one pass. I managed to do it for 14 out of 18 designs.

    The patterns are both with detail instructions and charts.  Those that are made in two or more rounds can certainly be done in one pass by utilising split rings and split chains. You may have to change the starting point of the respective pattern if you wish to do this.

    The details on how to order is given on this page in my blog.

    To coincide with this new book, I will be giving away one printed copy of the book to one winner picked from comments made on this post only, with only one comment per person.  The winner will be picked through a random number generator

    I will keep this giveaway open from 12th July until midnight of 15th July 2011 (GMT +8).  I have set my comments to be moderated, so you may not see your comments appearing immediately after you have posted it, but I will try to do the moderation often throughout the day.

    Important note:  
    I have received several comments from 'Anonymous'.  I can only accept such comments only if you add in a name that I can identify you with at the end of your comment.  These have been moderated and published in the comments list.  There are a couple of 'anonymous' comments that  do not contain any name.  I will not publish them at this time.  If you had submitted any comment under 'anonymous' and they are not in the comments list, please resubmit with your name (or online name) included.

    This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to all who have submitted their comments to be included in the draw.  I will be making the draw to pick two winners as soon as I posted this.