Sunday, 19 February 2017

Robin's Magic Square

Here is the piece from the previous post.  It's Robin Perfetti's Magic Square.  Very interesting and clever how it's constructed.  I was travelling when tatting this so it's just photographed on my lap as I worked.

You keep building from triangle to square,
turning one way or the next depending on the final size you want to achieve.

That's as far as I got.

You do have to keep thinking about which way you are going with this,
so you have to pay attention!  But I rather like the concept.

I'll show you the completed square soon.

Best wishes,

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Small Doily....

Well, probably just a coaster really.  The lace is a couple of inches wide but the centre is about the size of a coaster. I'm going to find a small bit of fabric and sew the lace onto it.

It measures 5.5 in across and the centre is about 2.5 in wide.
Made in size 20 thread.

It was a beautiful sunny spring day when I finished it so I couldn't help going outside to photograph it in the sunshine, next to one of the first daffodils of the new year.

... and on top of a crochet blanket I've been working on.
I always like pink and green together.

I'm making good progress on that particular blanket.
I have finished all the squares (victorian lattice square by Destiny Wymore)
and am now working on the border.
Looking pretty with the sun streaming in through the window...

And lastly I made a start on another tatting project.
Not got very far yet but here's my beginning.
I like the shapes already.
More about this in the next post.

Best wishes,

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Another Pair...

When I crocheted the pair of wrist warmers from the last post, I was inspired to finally make the second one of another pair of wrist warmers I had started three years ago!  This one is in much finer wool (Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace) and worked with a 1.25mm hook.  I think the double lacy edge is so pretty and I had fallen in love with them when I first saw them in an old Molly Makes magazine from a few years back.  The originals were made in cotton but I fancied the warmth and cosiness of wool.

Anyway, at last, they're done!

And I'm making progress on my Schwenke tatting,
5 repeats done, 3 to go.

Best wishes,

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Wrist Warmers with Tatted Decoration

I made this pair of wrist warmers for a friend.  I had made her another pair, in blue, a couple of years ago and recently she told me she wore them a lot and wished she had some in another colour so... I thought cream would go with anything.

When they were completed I wondered about decorating them a bit... maybe just a bit of ribbon?  Mmmm, yes, but then I thought a nice tatted flower would complete the look.  Yes?

One looks bigger than the other but it's just due
to the angle of the photo.  They really are the same size!

Here's a close-up of the lace ribbon decoration with tatted flower.

The wrist-warmers are adapted from a free Drops pattern
from their Garnstudio website.

If you knit and crochet, there are loads of free patterns there.

Best wishes,

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Clever Ninetta


Ninetta shared this pattern in December and I've just seen it on her blog.  I immediately had to take a break from the previous piece to tat this straight away.

I made a bit of a mess with the bugle beads on this, my first attempt; I didn't take them consistently from the same shuttle and therefore sometimes the thread is on one side of the bugle bead and sometimes on the other and I made a couple of mistakes in the centre part.  But I really like the idea of block tatting with bugle beads and the diamond shapes too.

I've not blocked it and so it's not quite symmetrical and I should have taken more time to smooth the curves of the chains before scanning it to do it more justice.  I also found that I had slightly too much tension on the last round and I think I might need a couple more stitches to give the diamonds a bit more room.  But that may be because my bugle beads were a tad longer than Ninetta's.  I'll try it again with different beads.

I also took a photo to try to show the nice colour mix in the bugle beads (copper, purple, blue, green)... like a pool of petrol on the street.  Not sure if it's more obvious on the photo below?

Pretty cool design - Thank you Ninetta!

Ninetta is always coming up with new and clever ideas with her designs.  Can't wait to see what she'll tat up next!

Best wishes,

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

From the Same Book...

I decided to tackle another pattern from Susanne Schwenke's book "Spitzen Kreationen", using a different pink thread (Violet/Pink Med).  I have lots of colours in my stash but do tend to use blues more than most - sometimes I have to force myself to go for other colours.  :-)

I thought there were some unusual shapes going on in this design but now I've started, I find it a bit too busy!  Still, I think I'll complete this one.  It will require a small circle of fabric in the middle.  Three repeats done, five more to go.

Best wishes,

Monday, 23 January 2017


Flicking through my books for inspiration tonight, I decided to tat this diamond motif by Susanne Schwenke from her book "Spitzen-Kreationen".  It could be a square too of course but in the book, it is shown as a diamond.

I was thinking of tackling a larger piece made with some of those and slightly smaller ones (as shown in the book) but after tatting this one, I'm not so sure.  

It feels a little crowded around the tips and there's a bit of tension in places and I'm not completely happy with it.  I also think it would be one of those designs where I'd need to constantly refer to the diagram... 

Oh well.  I think I'll try something else.

Best wishes,