15 June 2013

Moos are not daft

A friend, Janet, in the Needles & Craft Yahoo group suggest a Moo Exchange when the members met at the  Anniversary Meet of the group a few months back.  That was the first time I heard of Moos, except for that "daft old moo"!
"What is a Moo?"
A Moo is a mini card, about half the size of a regular business card, approximately 1in by 3in.

What is it used for?
From what I have searched online, it is a way of introducing yourself just like a business card.  However, unlike the "officialness" of name cards, the moo card can be very personalised and colourful and decorative and whimsy and whatever else that you want it to look like.

How do you make a Moo Card?
There are online printing services available for professionally printed Moo cards.  You select a good picture or design and print it on one side and add your contact information on the other side - e-mail, FB id, blog address, etc., - i.e. whatever information that can fit in the 1in by 3in space.

Or, you can tap your creative mind and create your own!  Which is what I did for this Moo Exchange that I participated in.

For the exchange, we were required to make three pieces of moos and send them to Janet, who will then distribute the cards to the other participants.  Below is my feeble attempt at making moo cards.  The theme is  summer so I decided on tatted butterflies and flowers, naturally.

In return, I received these lovely ones from three different persons.  The one on the left is from Rose, the middle is from Vivian and on the right is by Ellen.  I don't know if Rose or Vivian has a blog that I can lead you to, but Ellen is the owner of the blog Singtatter's Corner.

Moos are not just for giving out contact information, they also make great gift tags or markers or even place names at tables.  Here is a tip for you.  If you find the individual size too small to work on, you can use a larger card and do a big picture of your theme, making sure that there is a feature of the theme in each segment.  Then, cut the moos to size.

A internet search on "moo cards" will give you ideas on different designs created by moo enthusiasts. Here is a blog that I found from my search of moos with lots of creative moos, Make a Moo or Two.

Well then, that "daft old moo" somewhere in England might see herself differently now.

12 June 2013

The Needle, the Shuttle and the Book

I tried, honestly, I tried .... but, I am giving up on it now after turning out something like this,

This is as far that I can take of this bookmark, tatting with a needle. Certainly not my best work.  I finally gave up after the clover at the top turned out all wonky.  I will never be a needle-tatter.
Dear needle-tatters, how do your work all come out so neat and pretty?

It was supposed to look like this, tatted with a shuttle, of course

Then, I went over the brink and splurged on shuttles, one in each colour of the Aerlit shuttles.  I don't know what came over me ... as if I needed any more shuttles!  And I don't tat with bobbin shuttles much, preferring my post shuttles.

And now, the best part of this blog,

Out of the blue, Liyarra offered me this book, 
Every Woman's Complete Guide to Tatting Illustrated
by Norma Benporath

The book jacket is all worn out but the pages are intact.  The paper of the pages feels 'crispy'. I feel that I have to be gentle when turning the pages, afraid that it will tear. I was looking in the inside pages to see what year the book was printed but I cannot find any. 

There are so many beautiful designs in there, over 100 designs it says in the book, from edgings, medallions, doilies, mats and many more.  I don't know where to start.  There is also a picture of a square table-cloth with insertions of the suit of card that I blogged earlier, one on each side.  

This is totally unexpected and I can't thank you enough, Liyarra.  

6 June 2013

NB Diamond Motif Doily

Thought you'd like to see the how the diamond doily is shaping up,

Just try and ignore all the loose ends.

I posted a picture in my Facebook with only two motifs joined and the reaction to it was that it could be a cat or a fox.  See if you agree,

The pattern for the diamond motif is from here.

2 June 2013

Edging and Insertion - 26 Oct 1938

Another beautiful edging pattern and insertions from Norma Benporath can be found on this page of the Trove site.

I have only tatted the edging and the diamond-shaped insertion.  The design for the star insertion is rather common today and several designers have come out with something close to it, so I have not tatted it. However, it is the edging and the diamond insertion that I find interesting.

First, the edging - now this is one design where using a modern technique really saves a lot of trouble.
Miss Benporath's pattern for the edging starts by tatting the large rings that forms the centre of the scallop. These rings are made separately on its own and saved until required.  You can imagine how many of these rings will need to be made one by one if the edging is a long one.

This is where mock rings came in handy.  The picture below explains how I did it.

I started with a mock ring instead of a regular ring as in the pattern. Half-way through the mock ring, I used the second shuttle to make the large ring.  I then finished the mock ring and close it to complete the first ring. The rest of the tatting then follows as per the pattern until the next repeat, where again, the first ring of the repeat is a mock ring.

If you plan to tat this edging, please note that the stitch count for the large ring in the middle of the scallop was missing from the original article, probably through poor editing.  So I guesstimated the size by looking at the print photo.  It seemed to work.  Here is the stitch count, following the mock ring method that I used,

The second piece from this article is the diamond insertion.
This is an easy pattern made up of two rounds not counting the small ring in the centre.  Again, this can easily be tatted in one pass with the use of split rings and split chains.  Nothing interesting here, except that I had this sudden thought - can the diamond motif be used to make a doily?

I have not actually tatted it, but after copying and pasting the image a few times, I think it will make a rather lovely piece of doily.

What do you think?
I forgot to mention this earlier - the length of the diamond motif is about 14cm or 5.5cm using size 20 thread.  This would make quite a sizable doily.