30 October 2012

Crochet your own shoe/sandal

I know this blog is about tatting but I just want to share this.
I came across this crafter crocheting the tops of shoes/sandals straight to the soles.   I have heard of crochetes shoes before but have not seen anyone doing it in person.

This lady has a stall at the Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu airport and will be there for a few more weeks. She gave me permission to video her but not her face.

The video screen has shot off the page. I don't know how to adjust it but I think you can still see her hands working.
I only saw her as I was leaving so did not take many pictures but here is one that I took, and did not stay long to find out more about what she does.

16 October 2012

The Mesh of Rings

Just a short update on the large NB doily -
It is now up to this stage now.  I pressed a bit for the photo so that you can see the ovals clearly.

I have started with the rings mesh between the ovals.  They are single-shuttle rows of alternating rings.  I was not sure how it will turn out because I always have problems with bare thread space.  This time I am very happy with them so far.

Below is a close up of the mesh.

14 October 2012

Towel Edging and Insertions - pattern by Norma Benporath

This is the best that I can do for this pattern of Ms Benporath's, A Dainty Guest Towel in Tatting. I am quite happy with the small square insertion and the edging but struggled a bit with the large square.  After tatting a second time, the large square still did not turn out quite the way I was hoping it would, it showed some bowling.
Small square insertion
Towel Edging.  I have added a corner to the original design
Large square insertion
Round 1 of large square insertion makes a pretty motif on its own.
The chart for these will be too small for you to see if I were to post it here.  Instead I have prepared a pdf of the chart.  Please e-mail me if you would like a copy.  I am not always online, so I may only be able to e-mail it to you a day later.

9 October 2012

I have decided the next step for this doily

Remember this post earlier?
I made a pick of three solid colours to continue with in this pattern of Norma Benporath's. In that post, I have asked which colour you would choose to fill in the space between the ovals.  The Rasberry Pink was picked by most.

Just to be sure, I have tatted a portion of the rings mesh in each colour.  I hope the colours show up well on your screens.
Medium Leaf Green
This medium leaf green appears too dark against the bright colours of the golden yellow and variegated thread.  So now it is either the light leaf green or the rasberry pink.

Raspberry Pink
Seeing it tatted up, the raspberry pink does not really match any of the colours in the variegated thread.
Light Leaf Green
That leaves me this light leaf green, which I think is going to be my choice.  It gives a light contrast to the variegated but with enough tinge of yellow in it to match the golden yellow.

This is how the doily looks now in full.  I have not blocked it so far.  I have not figured out yet how to block it because the size is now bigger than my blocking board.
The mesh of rings will fill up the space between the ovals, and then a final round to tie it up altogether.

1 October 2012

Working on another NB design

I am working on another Norma benporath design, Guest Towel in Tatting, but the first attempt did not turn out right, it bowled.
Will have to go over the stitch count in the original pattern and try and figure this out before posting the chart.

In the mean time, take a look at the different variations of The Lace Mat tatted by the various tatters.  Click on the blog links on the right.  I have set it so that the blogs with latest updates appear at the top.