30 October 2019

Masterpiece doily again

After looking at several options I decided to re-visit Jan Stawasz's Masterpiece doily and tat it a second time.  And to make it different from the 1st tat, this time I will be adding colours and an added challenge of using size 80 thread.

I have just completed Rd 3 and at this time the doily is only just about 11cm wide.
A little something about the thread.  Size 80 is the smallest thickness that I have tatted with so far.  I am using DMC for this and all I can say that it is a wonderful thread to tat with.  There is only very slight twisting (almost none at all) and the rings close very smoothly.

I have always been happy with my tension in whatever thread that I use for my tatting, but I noticed a slight difference when tatting with size 80 thread.  I seem to be loosening my tension a bit with this thread but the rings and chains still manage to hold their shape well.  Well enough that I do not need to block after each round; suffice to have it pressed under several books from my reading list.

p.s. This is my first JS Masterpiece tatted with size 20. The finished size is about 70cm wide.

19 October 2019

Doily and night-blooming flowers

Still un-decided on my next big project, I worked on a small doily by Jan Stawasz from his book Tatted Treasures.  It was quite an easy tat and quite enjoyable.  There had been a lot of waiting time this past few weeks and this project helped to pass the time.

I also spent some time to familiarise with the drawing software Inkscape to draw my tatting patterns. I had been using Serif before but my computer went kaput on me and I lost that software.  I am now on a different computer and decided to try Inkscape.  There isn't much differences in the functionalities between Serif and Inkscape. I think I am going to be comfortable using Inkscape for now.

At the time of writing this post, I am also following the blooming stages of my epiphyllum oxypetalum, also known as Queen of the Night, or Dutchman's pipe cactus. The plant has given me blooms several time before but this is the most number it has blooming at the same time. Previously, I only got two blooms each time but I was happy to see seven this.  Only five flowers bloomed tonight.  I am expecting the other two to open up tomorrow night.

This was two weeks ago (7 October)
The petals started to open up at 8.20pm today.
The following are the flowers at different times photographed during the night. 

This is a close-up of one of the flowers.