Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, I haven't really been gone. I just haven't had anything to blog about! ...until now. Isn't this a pretty little doily? It's pattern #31 from A New Twist on Tatting by Catherine Austin. There are some beautiful pieces in this book, but I find the patterns difficult to follow. I did fine with rounds 1 and 2 of this doily, but I could make no sense of round 3. Finally, I decided to just look at the picture and figure it out. It was really very simple, and I'm pleased with the result. It's 7" across in size 20 Lizbeth, color #651.
I've also been working on a TSTP (top secret tatting project). The two that I've tatted are beautiful, but I'm not free to show them to you yet. Stay tuned!
My hanky is taking forever, probably because I keep getting distracted by other projects! This weekend I spent more time blinging than tatting. I just wasn't up to using any brain power, and it takes far less brain power to decorate shuttles. Pictures later, after they finish drying.
Friday I came home from school and went to bed at 3:45. I got up at 6:20 Saturday morning, and I was back in bed within a half hour. I slept until 12:30! I just felt awful! Needless to say, I was no help with daughter Carol's move. I still have time to help, because we unearthed a lot more stuff that needs to be packed and shipped to her house! Sunday I woke up with a migraine... wiped out until mid-afternoon. Monday... another headache, but not nearly as intense as Sunday. Happy three-day weekend to me! It's not all bad, though. I'd rather feel lousy on a weekend than have to take time off from school.
I did have some fun yesterday. My sister Janet called and asked if I would tat a piece for her 18" long and less than 3" wide. I enjoyed searching for a pattern that would please her. She decided on edging #8861 from an old Coats book, #207. I found the pattern because of some wonderful discussion with some ladies at InTatters. Their suggestions gave me the kick-start I needed. Janet looked at all of the suggested patterns, probably 10 or 12, and chose this one. It's kind of cool, because the booklet is one my mom found and gave to me because of the beautiful tatting!
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I love the pretty blue doily! I really need to work on hiding ends so I can do multiple round doilies. Sorry that you lost and entire weekend to illness - that is so hard when you work. I love the edgings in the picture - both of them. I can't wait to see them when you tat them!ReplyDelete
Your doily is lovely! Gee, I wonder why it's blue! I think your sister chose a wonderful edging.ReplyDelete
Your doily looks great! :)ReplyDelete
Looks great. Hope that you are feeling better.ReplyDelete
I love your doily - it turned out great!ReplyDelete
I know what you mean about being distracted - I have waaaay too many things going to actually finish one. Ha.
Hope you're feeling better!
The doily is rather sweet! And I did make the sock blockers out of wire coathangers.ReplyDelete
Your doily looks great!! I love doing this pattern but I must say I have had to change the chain ds count to make it lay right!!ReplyDelete
Yes, the doily is lovely! I have that book, also - it's the one that I used to learn to tat and it's a miracle I figured it out... :-P But the pictures in it are beautiful.ReplyDelete
I love the patterns in that book! I got it out from the library a while back. It's weird though how the patterns are written, like with two shuttles, it's not very specific.. Idk. just needs to be decoded lol. Those look great by the way!ReplyDelete
This doily is absolutely gorgeous! Nice jobReplyDelete
Your blue doily is lovely. I know what you mean about sometimes having to look at the pictures to decipher the pattern. I'm trying to learn how to write patterns clearly and it's a lot harder than some might think!ReplyDelete
So sorry to hear that you had such a bad weekend. Glad that you've started feeling better.
Did your sister pick the colors for the edging or is that your choice? :-) Looking forward to seeing it finished?
Beautiful blue doily!ReplyDelete
Totally get the distracted thing with projects....:)