29 December 2013

The Non-resolution

I have never started a new year with any kind of resolutions, and I don't plan to make it any different for 2014.  But, I received this meme on my phone which I think are both fascinating and compelling at the same time.  I don't know where this originates but thank you to the one who shared this with me.

Like I said, this is not a list of resolutions, but I am just sharing some of it here.

Drink plenty of water
I can do this and will continue to.

Eat Breakfast like a king,  Lunch like a prince & Dinner like a beggar.
I try not to skip breakfast, but certainly not to have one like a king.  Sometimes I skip lunch but not dinner.

Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm & Empathy.
So true

Make time to pray.
Food for the soul.

Play more games.
Huh? I play with my shuttles - does that count?

Read more books than you did in 2013.
Ha ha .... I just need to read one book and I have met this target.... errr... does this include tatting books?

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
I do this all the time when I tat - not a problem here.

Sleep for 7 hours.
hmmm .... sacrifice my tatting to sleep?

Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily And while you walk, Smile.
It feels much better when people smile back at me, :)

Don't over do. Keep your limits.
What? Don't know if I can when I am tatting!

Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
Oh, I never do.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
I can't afford to gossip, I will miss my stitch count.

Dream more while you are awake.
I don't dream during my waking hours, I tat.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
I have enough shuttles and thread, I don't need to envy anyone ... I think.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
Teach them how to tat.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
This is difficult - I won't be at peace until I correct that mistake in the last round.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
I am happy tatting what I want and the way I want.

You don't have to win every argument, agree to disagree.
Tatters call this creative diversion.

Each day give something good to others.
Yes - give them a tatted butterfly

Forgive everyone for everything.
I am not strong enough yet for this if it affects my tatting patterns, I am sorry.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
Learn from the senior tatters and teach the young ones.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.
TIP - Tat in public

What other people think of you is none of your business.
But I'd love to know what other people think of my tatting - good or bad.

When awake in the morning thank GOD for it.

Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
This is a no-brainer - tatters are happy people.

I hope this made you smile, :)

Happy New Year everyone!

24 December 2013

Blue Mary's

In a rush to tat some motifs for a project, I turn to one of my favorite designers, Mary Konior.  These are what I have chosen from the book 'Tatting with Visual Patterns".

Quuen of Hearts


Maids of Honour
As to what they will be turned into, you'll have to wait a while for that.  The thread is Lizbeth no. 142 size 40.

11 December 2013

After the lull

After taking a tatting break following the huge work on the Mystery Doily, I picked up the shuttles again.

I wanted to re-work this doily after comments from my test-tatter (thank you, Lady Test-Tatter). As often happens, I get distracted by new ideas that seem to push everything else away, and this is what turned out.
I still need to do the re-work of the earlier doily as there are some interesting elements in there that I want to keep.  I just hope I don't get distracted again.

Doily WIP - thread is Milford Mercer #40
At this point, when I finish this last round, the doily's measurement will be about 8 inches wide.  I am having a thought as to whether I should stop at this round or add more rounds to it.

In the meantime, I decide to try a new technique that I have not tried before, Maltese rings.  Here are a couple of my attempts, 

It was quite confusing at the beginning, but once I understand the concept it flows quite smoothly. And this is the real thing,
This is Gloria's Maltese Bookmark pattern by Martha Ess.  The thread used is Lisbeth 684 for the solid and Lizbeth 109 for the multi-coloured, both in size 40.  You may not be able to see it in the picture, but each maltese ring is of a different colour - one the surprises of using variegated thread in tatting.

This unfinished oval medallion is a Norma Benporath pattern from her book, "Tatting Illustrated'.  I plan to turn it into another bookmark.