19 July 2013

Quietly Tatting

Not much tatting done - but I have this to share -

Everyone would recognise this simple single-shuttle edging design,

Most times, the pattern for this design is shown as a straight edging. It is left to the tatter to figure out how to incorporate a corner into it.

However, in general, there are designers who have included the steps for corners in edging patterns.  One that quickly comes to mind is Mary Konior.

Anyway, I'd like to share my version of the corner for this edging -

This larger picture shows how I made the corner.

The rings are all 4-4-4-4 stitch count, except for Ring 4, which has 6 picots separated by 4ds.  The numbers give the sequence for making the rings at the corner.

  • Tat the Rings 1, 2 and 3 as usual, followed by Ring 4. 
  • Before making Ring 5, do a lock join to the last picot of Ring 3, followed by Ring 5.
  • Reverse and tat Ring 6, joining to picot of Ring 3, followed by another join to picot of Ring 1 and finish off the rest of the ring.
  • Continue with the rest of the straight side from Ring 7 onwards.

6 July 2013

My Go-to Tatting

I finally finished the doily from earlier post, with the ends still to hide.
Doily #29 from the DMC Book of charted Tatting Designs
Hiding ends is something that I try to minimise when I tat.  I try to tat-over-tails when I join new thread mid-work so I don't have to worry about hiding ends later.  I just need to snip off the thread when I am done.  Where possible, I will use the split chain and/or split ring to jump to the next round.

Back to the doily ....

This may well be my go-to tatting for now, until I come across something else.  
You can see from where the thread ends are that this patterns begins at the small ring in the middle.  If I were to tat this again, I will begin at one of the rings of the flower.  There was a bit of manouvering needed when finishing at  the end.

5 July 2013

Alas, ......

The story of my tat-life at the moment.  Can't recall how many times this had happened ..

I only needed enough thread in the shuttle to make three large rings and one small ring and ....!

Trying to get myself out of the rut, I thought I could do like Diane with her Spinning Wheel Glass Mat.  I should have a go-to motif that can get me through periods like this.  It has to be a simple one shuttle and ball motif that I can finish with only one full shuttle of thread.  It has to be a one pass motif because I don't like to have to cut and tie after each round.

Looking through my small collection of tatting books, I found this motif in the DMC Book of charted Tatting Designs.  It is the No.29 Doily on page 28 of the book.  This pattern fits my criteria except for one part where I had to do the SLT, which is not a big problem really.  I used size 40 Lizbeth #109 for this.

Have not actually decided if this is going to be my go-to motif.  If you can see, the flowers all round are cupping a bit, but I suppose it will flatten after pressing.  If I were to do this again, I must remember to put a few extra turns of the thread on the shuttle

3 July 2013

Tatting Doldrums and Tattoos

There is a stagnation in my tatting right now.  Can't seem to tat anything.  I can't get anything done even following a pattern, let alone trying to design something.  Tried to tat something from the Norma Benporath book that Liyarra sent me and I got it wrong 3 out of 3 times that I tried it.  Heck, I can't even take a decent picture of what I have tatted or attempted to tat, to show here.  I think I should have something

So I did something 'crazy' and type 'tatsaway' in the search box and, as some may have guessed, out come several sites for removing tattoos.  That got me thinking that I should change my blog url!

My blog name is Tat-a-Renda, which is actually made up of two key words, 'Tat' and 'Renda'.  'Tat' everyone knows refers to tatting.  'Renda' is a local term meaning lace.  I think the word is a Portuguese origin because I remember someone in my other group mentioned it.  Just for fun, I typed 'renda' and using the Google translator (from Portuguese to English), this is one of the translations that I get, "renda, cordão, passamanaria, fita, rede, atacador". Isn't that interesting?

Anyway, I think I should also change my blog url to 'tat-a-renda.blogspot' to align with my blog name.  I don't want to create a new blog with the new name because I will lose all my settings and my followers, but I can change the url of my current blog.

Before I do that, I kept thinking of all links and references that have been made to my blog.  What will happen to them? How do I let people know my new blog url?  Any suggestions for making a smooth transition to the new url?