Friday, May 19, 2017

Geometric in life

wrapping paper pattern
box pattern
I observe patterns in life. It’s what I do; as a musician, tatter, weaver, Mom, homeowner.

I found these on wrapping paper and Kleenex boxes. They inspire.


I’ve been working on the bookmark. I had an “aha” that really helps. This pattern has beads added at joins. That means they are loose until you need them on the picot as you join. I wanted the beads to be random, but not pool in color splotches. How to keep track of them? I loaded them on a length of sewing thread as I was loading the rest of the beads onto the shuttle threads. Here's a good explanation of the technique:  http://www.georgiaseitz.com/classes/beads.html 
So far, so good. I can use the sewing thread to pop the bead onto the picot when it’s time to fumble with the crochet hook, paperclip, and shuttles. Did I mention that the beads are too close to the size tatting thread I have to needle the thread with glue? That means I would have to get creative with thinner thread to put the bead on the picot anyway. I’m going to take time today to put the beads onto a length of beading thread. That will make things go faster as I can coax the waxed thread back through the bead easier than the sewing thread. I’ll have enough done for pictures next week.


But first, I’m off to figure out why the tree leaves are shriveling and dropping all over the floor by the tatting chair…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In neutral:

So, because the yarn is neutrals, it doesn’t photograph well with my little camera. And I really did try to use the fancy artistic settings! My phone worked better.

The material we wove on each warp was cut into these very small swatches. You can’t really see much. They are just to remind us of what we discovered. Note taking fiber-art style!

I’m picking Renulek’s Wiosna 2017 up again. So far I’ve only had to untat twice. Of course one of the elements I needed to undo was a lock join. In size 80 thread that required a dose of chocolate and wine to recover from! I already know what I want to do in round 5.


Oh, and we have another wall walker. This one isn’t an animal nurtured by us. So, it’s time to monitor the traps and hope the damage isn’t too bad. I saw a truck in the neighborhood that specializes in trapping ‘possom. I don’t think so……….???

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I learned so much!!!!

Not all of it Weaving with Neutrals; much of it about how to communicate. Yes, there were the awkward conversations that go along with such lessons. So, when I didn’t have my foot in my mouth, I tried to explore. Asilomar is wonderful! Our room was windows on 3 sides with a fireplace on the remaining wall. We needed a good fire as the wind off the bay was chilly! Despite all the glass, I really didn’t feel like I was in a fishbowl. I guess because those most frequently passing by were the deer.

I took a break yesterday and did some pleasure reading: Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton. Good short read. Quote of the day: “I returned home with so many knots in my stomach that I felt as if I’d gulped a mugful of macramé.” My stomach is fine, thank you. I’ll be catching up tatting the rest of the week, so my knots won’t be so filling. I doubt I will have extra knots.

Enough silliness!


As soon as I get my samples photographed, I’ll share here. Oh, and this sold
variation on Ice Drop by Diane Cademartori

in the auction. It didn’t raise as much money as I was hoping, but the comments by established, successful professional fiber artists were very appreciative and encouraging. I’m glad I put in all the effort. I have several ideas in the sketch book now! Thank you all!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I’m ready!

The workshop starts tomorrow and I’m ready. I’ve dressed the loom. It took 2 tries at beaming, which is NOT recommended, but with this warp was necessary. The biggest mistake: I read 16 as 10. That threw off my math which threw everything off. Corrected now. And ready to go!

Remember this?
Ice Drop by Diane Cadamartori
In case you’ve been AWOL: http://www.georgiaseitz.com/2017/patterns/dianedpurplefudgeicedrop.pdf


Ice Drop in Spring Flower Lizbeth
I’ve been tatting up some Ice Drops in spring colors as a thank you. I’m pleased with how it looks. 


For those AWOL, I’ll be joining you for the next few days, except I put in my paperwork. I’ve got leave to learn and soak up as much as I can at Asilomar enjoying CNCH. See you when I return!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wallwalker

Preparations for CNCH at Asilomar are coming along. I’m calling this warp my “murphy” warp. Every weaver has one. Mistakes creep in at every step. Most are recoverable. Well, almost all are. The consequences are just that little bit more “handmade” look in the cloth that comes off the loom. THAT is all I’m saying on this.

The noise in the schedule will really pick up the next few weeks. I won’t be sharing much here. There will be little time at the computer, and until after the Raffles, I will not be sharing what I’ve donated. I wish I could. I think the pieces will raise lots of money. At least I hope they do! When things calm down a bit, I’ll be sharing pictures and such.

Part of the noise was an adventure one of the cats had. The walls in the house are very thick. There are actually 2 layers of plaster with lath and a sizeable space between them. That dead space makes the temperature and humidity pretty constant. I’m getting used to 62 – 65 degrees F. The space is large enough for a small animal, like a rodent, to use. So far, we’ve been able to discourage extra critters with 4 cats in the house. The cats don’t have access, but the presence has been sufficient.
Well, a wall was open during the bath facelift. And yes, a cat found her way in. That space in the wall is open to the crawl space under the house which is open to our tiny basement/cellar. After frantic meows, the toy finally coaxed her to where she could be relieved of the cobwebs she picked up. Her new nickname is Pixie the WallWalker.


I’m looking forward to getting the loom warped for CNCH, getting back from the framer the donation, getting the bathroom functional, getting the fence fixed, getting the front landscaped after the tree is gone, getting back to regular walks at the beach. I’ll have lots to share then!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Concentration

We who tat, we who play the organ, we who weave know about concentration.

If we’re not concentrating at the organ, a stray accidental can creep in. If we’re not concentrating with the shuttle, a stray picot can creep in. If we’re not concentrating at the loom, a stray float can creep in.

My concentration hasn’t been up to snuff lately. The fix for that is usually to reduce the noise in my schedule and thus clear the brain cells a bit. More on that later. For now, I’ll just be untatting, repeating that section of the piece, and counting my passes on the warping board a bit more often.

In reading what others are saying about Round 4 of Renulek’s Wiosna 2017, it seems like this section needs more concentration. Perhaps I’ll set that aside until after I get a motif mounted and ready for framing. I discovered standing in the frame shop that I had oriented the motif off 10 degrees. That doesn’t sound like it would matter, except that there really is a “start here” in the design. I don’t want people getting a crick in their neck looking at my creation!


Back to work….after a walk by the sea!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

weakest link

Yesterday I discovered what I consider is my weakest skill in tatting:

Photography

I have spent time over the last decade or so practicing different techniques, working with different threads and tools, gaining my voice in designing; and have gained a fair amount of skill in those areas. But, I still struggle to capture the finished piece with a camera.

I’m not alone. Many fiber artists will practically groan when you bring up taking a picture. There are classes and workshops offered in using your phone to photograph. The posts I create for the Homework blog display a wide range of photographic success.

I have learned a few things. I’m better at bullying my phone than my digital camera. Black really does work. Oh, and just keep swimming.



Here’s what I’ve decided for Wiosna round 4. Forgive the abysmal photographs. I’m trying out new thoughts there.

The clear crystal type beads are from my stash. They looked so pretty in the store and I thought the round shape would work very well. The reason I haven’t used them before now? The inner hole is too small for the size thread I typically use. Even the size 80 thread is difficult. That makes loading the shuttles difficult, the beads heavy when tatting and thus floppy on the finished piece. Sigh! 

I’m also using my bone shuttle. It’s heavy and larger than I like to use. But, it feels nice, so I’m trying to get used to tatting with it. Perhaps my reaction to the bone is why many did not take to tatting in the past.