I'm ready for my next round of Dorset button ornaments! These are all Dorset Crosswheel buttons in size 10 Lizbeth #181 Cranberry Bush. I love this color!
Yes, I have another mission!
I like the thread packs, because the colors are matched for me. I don't have to think. I can just pick a pack and start tatting!
Tollway Tatters met via Zoom today, and I was able to accomplish part of the project I'm working on, but I'm not ready to reveal it.
I'm still working my way through Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett. This pattern is Wide Flower - traditional. I really like the look of this one.
Time to get back to my project!
I decided I needed a little variety, so I tatted up a bottle cap Ice Drop with Liz Metallic #324. I didn't look at any of the patterns I've written up. Instead, I tatted front and back rings of 6-6-6 and tatted chains of 12... very simple!
This is one of the simplest Dorset patterns I've tried, Small Pinwheel from Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett.
The companion pattern is Pinwheel - traditional.
Variety is the spice of life!
Jane M suggested I combine my December 6 button ornament pattern with the Nautical - traditional pattern from Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett. Jane said that she the December 6 pattern reminded her of a ship's wheel, and I agree!
Today was a slow crafting day. I was having too much fun watching YouTube videos!
This is a Dorset pattern that I will try again. The spacing looked fine as I was working, but when I was finished I wasn't happy with the way it looks. It may be because there are five spokes. I always find it challenging to space uneven numbered designs so that they are pleasing to my eye. Still, I'm sure that this is a challenge I will enjoy. The pattern is Nautical - traditional from Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett.
This Japanese button book arrived in the mail today. The pictures are beautiful, but figuring out the patterns is going to take some brain power. I sure hope Google Translate helps out with this one!
Today I played with my December 6 button ornament pattern. This one follows the original directions.
This one has a slightly different stitch count. I'm not sure it's worth the effort to play around with this one. There just doesn't seem to be much difference other than the size of the "rings" on each spoke. I think it's time to move on!
It was very humid today, a perfect day to sit inside and tat! I did go out on the porch for walks throughout the day, but otherwise I was content to stay inside.
I'm working my way through my button ornament patterns. I'm finding that I really like some of them, and others just do nothing for me. Still, I had great fun creating them all last year. This is my December 2 pattern. I'm terrible with names, so naming them by dates kept me from getting bogged down with decision making.
The December 3 pattern is one that I can take or leave. I'm not real thrilled with the open spaces. The shuttle is one of my newest ones from Alexey Romanov.
December 4 is a pattern that just didn't seem right to me, so I decided to tweak it a little.
I changed the stitch count a little on the last round, and I think it has a much cleaner look. So now I have a December 4 variation!
December 5 is one I really like. One advantage of tatting these designs after months of ignoring them is that I have to follow my own directions. I know I had to revise several patterns because of mistakes that others found. It's funny that at the time I just couldn't see the mistakes in the patterns. Thank goodness there were tatters who asked for clarification!
It's hot here, too hot to do many things. However, it is not too hot to sit and do needlework. Continuing through the book Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett, this pattern is Maltese Cross - traditional.
This pattern is one that really intrigues me. It's called Yarrell - traditional. I can imagine many variations of this pattern with beads, multiple colors, and even different types of threads. This may be my ornament of choice for Christmas gift giving!
Today was the first day of school, and it was great to see all the kids again!
Our Internet was down from Monday night until mid-morning today. It's amazing to think how much of my life involves being online.
I thought I'd accomplish a lot more, but I found myself getting distracted by things I wanted to do around the house. I guess being offline is not all bad!
I'm still making button ornaments for Christmas in the Village. Some of my color combinations seem a little strange, but I still like them. With any luck, others will like them as well!
I had several community members say that they would bid on a tree decorated with Seagreen Lt ornaments. For a little variety I decided that some of the ornaments should be in Butterfly Breeze.
I've had success on two fronts over the past several days. First, I finally finished the curtains for daughter Carol's classroom. There are eight panels. Each one is 75" long and 16" wide. Our plan is to go to school tomorrow to hang them, and then I will show pictures of the final product!
Once again, I worked on Dorset buttons before going to bed. This pattern is one I've done before, Lychett Basket - traditional. The pattern can be found in Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett, and it's available at Gina-B Silkworks.
Of course it's always nice to end the day with a simple tatted piece. I've already had requests for button ornaments, so I have a feeling this may be a good fund raiser for the drama club!
I'm busy making curtains for daughter Carol's classroom, so I don't have much to show. I'll post pictures of them when they're finished.
Since the curtains are a priority (school starts next week), I only managed one Dorset button and one ornament. This pattern is Old Blandford - traditional. I actually made the Dorset buttons Monday night before going to bed. I had just bits of the light pink perle cotton left, and I decided to try and piece them together to finish the ornament. It wasn't worth the effort. I was short! So, I snipped off the tatting and moved on to the next color.
I spent the entire day working on the curtains, and then tatted the edging last night. I was too tired to finish the hanger, so that was my first chore this morning.
As soon as it's light out, I'll be back to the curtains!
I'm really enjoying trying the patterns in Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett. This one is Blandford Cartwheel - traditional.
I've started going through my new book, Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett. At the suggestion of one of the members of the Gina-B Silkworks group on Facebook, I'm making a button for my button collection as well as a button ornament for each of the patterns I try. We'll have to see how long this lasts! ;-)
This pattern is Dorset Crosswheel Variation - traditional.
This pattern is Dorset Crosswheel Variation 2 - traditional.
I'm always looking for new things that I can use, and I found these large stitch markers on Amazon. These are slimmer than the plastic curtain rings I've been using. I hope they work!
I've now tatted a Dorset Cartwheel button ornament out of each of the colors in my box of Wonderfil pastels!
I've now tried 3/4 of the colors in my box of Wonderfil Eleganza perle cotton.
The two shades of blue really appeal to me.
I think I'm going to have to put these beauties on a special Christmas tree!
In my quest to learn about Dorset buttons, I found these on Amazon. They're nowhere near as pretty as the patterns I've been following, but they do make pretty ornaments.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I hope I can find some time for tatting!