Thursday, February 4, 2016

25 motif challenge

I’ve recommitted to the 25 motif challenge. 
So far in 2016, I’ve completed

Ornament cover:
Pattern # 10 by Nadine Nunnelley




Wild Rose: http://picotsnkeys.blogspot.com/2016/01/wild-rose-22.html

And a snowman: 
Snowman by Melanie Cervi
Shawl angel
4 down and 21 to go.

On the shuttles now:

Jane’s TIAS

Another Shawl angel


Flag http://picotsnkeys.blogspot.com/2014/10/flag-with-red-stripe.html


That’s pretty good for me! Just 3 UFO’s!!

That encourages me that I can tat 25 motifs in 2016! Off to the shuttles……

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TIAS 2016 Day 10

Well, my guess of a dinosaur isn’t correct. I wasn’t tatting a beak, but an ear.
Jane's TIAS 2016 Day 10
It’s always fun to try to tat a section without the previous section directions sitting in front of me. At least most of the time. I saw with this TIAS just how much I’ve come to rely on diagrams! I think that has been what has challenged me most this year: Moving ahead without seeing where I’ve been.

What an important nugget for me in this new adventure in Monterey Bay area! When you pack up your belongings and move them to a new house, you are wise to sort through and pay for the movers to take only what you need. Putting something on the moving van just because you may use it in the future is silly. Putting something on the moving van just because you haven’t sold/donated/gifted it just doesn’t make sense. Putting something on the moving van because someone else has expected you to store it for them is hardly wise at all.

I’m not planning to share where I’ve been; that would not be interesting. I will probably not share all I’m doing at the moment; most of it is trivial, believe me. I will be sharing those little nuggets that will make up the future; organ events I participate in, tatting patterns I design, music I play, tatting I tat, you get the idea.

A final word:

Thanks to all who have helped me as I begin this adventure. Come along and enjoy with me!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wild Rose 2.2

I’ve been working on designing skill. I’ve decided it’s a skill. 

What little talent I have always seems to run out as I get to the point at which shuttles are filled ready to try the ideas. Sue Fuller has been teaching a design class on Tuesdays. I’ve really learned a lot. It has helped my design process. I still need a lot more help. One area is getting the designs from thread onto paper so others (including myself in the future) can recreate the lace. To that end, I decided to take a pattern from the Younburg project and tat it and write up the pattern and create a diagram.

So, here’s what I have so far:
Wild Rose by Nellie Hall Youngburg
I didn’t like the gapsosis in the larger rings. It just didn’t look very flowery. More like hearts. So, I decided to try adding some embellishments. Beads to fill the gaps and Josephine Knots instead of the smaller rings:
Wild Rose by Nellie Hall Youngburg
Obviously, there’s still some work to do. Nothing written yet. But, I like what I have so far. Now to block it, do a proper scan or picture, write it up, and then share!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

TIAS 2016 Day 7

Curiouser and Curiouser.
Jane's TIAS 2016 Day 7


Day 8 is out but I haven’t yet completed it. I wanted to get this cued up so that I wasn’t scrambling to post. Well, that’s my intention.

I really haven’t a clue what we’re tatting. I know Jane favors objects, in particular animals, for her patterns. So, it’s always fun trying to dream up what the rings and chains will become; especially if there are beads involved. The first comes in Day 8. I hope to have that ready for Thursday’s post.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chugging along on TIAS

Well, my mistake is working in just fine for the TIAS. It won’t look like what the other samples will along that chain, but it will work I think. 
TIAS 2016 Day 6





So, why do TIAS? 

Well, for me it helps get me into the habit of doing something often. I tend to delay starting a task if I don’t think I’ll have time. That leads to a lot of time just not doing something. If I’m ever going to get the design ideas in my head out there for others to tat and enjoy, I need to learn to just do.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How many people can you teach tatting to at once?

I managed 10…..sort of.

Last week ended with a delightful day. I spent Friday afternoon presenting a hands-on program about tatting to a local Craft Guild. Now, they are called Carmel Craft Guild, but they aren’t like the “crafters” I’d gotten to know working with the Girl Scout troop. Most of the members are spinners or weavers. Most knit and/or crochet or even tat. Quite a few quilt, embroider, needlepoint or sew. What they create with fiber of all kinds is incredible. They are a Guild in the sense that they meet once a month or so. There are study groups that meet weekly or more informally. They sponsor and organize workshops and demonstrations. They are a fun group!

So, how do you teach a group lesson?
Well, start with an open invitation. Talk about tatting. Hand out some simple supplies of thread and a chopstick to teach the knot. The group will thin out a bit, but those left usually get excited and take off with a loaned tatting needle or tatting shuttle. I like to celebrate when someone gets the flip with a noisemaker. The noise usually scares off 1 or 2, and attracts 1 or 2 more.
I’ll be starting a tatting study group soon. It’s going to be a blast! Some knotty fun!!


In the meantime, I’ll be working on Jane’s TIAS. What will it be???????

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Well, no one seems to have spotted it yet. 

So, here’s a hint 
arrow shows mistake

I don’t think it will matter that much; unless I think about it in the middle of the night. So, I think I will leave it and keep tatting. My threads are still safely away from the dust. I don’t want to start digging in there and introduce more mess to clean up. I still haven’t really cleaned up from the Holidays. But, hey….


It’s still Epiphany!