Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 7 and bookmark

I finished another bookmark. I can’t show the whole picture as the designer is quite certain they do NOT want anything posted on the web. But, I had to show the end of the bookmark.
Working the chains was a bit of a challenge. I have one error, but overall, the challenge was accepted; and completed!!

And now here’s Day 7 of TIAS 2013:
TIAS 2013 Day 7
 No guess as to what we’re tatting. Can’t wait for the next section!

Monday, January 28, 2013

If .... Then.... in a tatter's life

A misty moisty morning. The weather is cloudy with a high fog that will burn off soon. In the summer, that means it won’t be as hot. In the winter, that means it won’t be as cold. I’ve a couple of projects to block and scan/photograph. Now, my scanner and I are on friendly terms. My camera just tolerates me. I’ve decided that it’s just too different from a computer to use this logic: If I can learn how to use a computer, then I can learn how to use a camera. Sigh. I will conquer it all and post photos as I can.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 6

So, it day 6 of TIAS 2013. I’m getting much better at joining to another ring in the 2nd half of a split ring.
TIAS 2013 day 6
I’m inclined to agree that my creation looks like a flower pot. But, I’m still thinking of that second color I have set aside. Where does that come in?????

Friday, January 25, 2013

looking for Leo

Yesterday’s afternoon was spent immersing myself in Leo Sowerby’s Passacaglia for organ. Well, as much as I could. I have the recording. I found that on Sunday. I know I own a copy of the score. But, most of my energy was spent in search of the elusive music. I have no idea where the book is. I play other pieces from it, so it’s possible that I left it somewhere I played as a substitute. I just don’t remember playing any of the pieces in the book and there’s no note that I loaned it to someone. (I’m careful about that as I don’t mind loaning out my music. And most everyone is as forgetful as I am, so I make notes so that I can let someone know who has my copy.)

I did discover something during a break from tearing apart my stacks/boxes of music: I forgot a picot on day 4 of the TIAS 2013. I only went looking as several others mentioned they noticed they had forgotten the picot. Since it’s a VSP (very small picot) I was able to squeegle enough thread out of the surrounding DS to give myself a loop.

I still have some good ideas for a pattern based on the organ piece. You see, a Passacaglia is a piece that repeats a theme. Good fodder for tatting. And Sowerby’s harmonic language is not completely random. Good fodder for tatting. Not only does he use the same key center throughout, he also uses a constant rhythmic drive. Good fodder for tatting. It may very well take me until next summer to finish the design. Sigh.

In the meantime, I get to look for my score and listen to the music a few more times.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 5

Here is my version of day 5 TIAS 2013:

TIAS 2013 Day 5

I can’t fathom what we’re tatting. But, I’m rather distracted. I was reintroduced to Sowerby’s music last weekend. The afternoon will be spent looking at several of his smaller pieces. I can’t wait.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

musings on Norris book

Have you ever wondered why you keep something around? For “someday”??? For “giving out on loan”??? For “remembering the person who gave it to you”???

Well, I have kept a book my mother sent me eons ago. I don’t even remember when. I can guess as she wrote in the cover that she was reading it, so that means before the Alzheimers got serious. The title is “The CloisterWalk” by Kathleen Norris. It’s slow going for me. I don’t have as much time for reading now as I used to. I find myself rereading sections as I can’t remember what the take away was. Occasionally I find myself giggling. As when I read, “You never really finish anything in life,” she says, “and while that’s humbling and frustrating, it’s all right.” (pg. xiii) This is not a quote of her words, but a quote she used; a friend educated by the Benedictines talking about her sanity with regards to time.

Maybe that’s why I have so many unfinished projects??? No? Well, it was a thought…….

I’m sure I’ll find other things to share here about the book. It’s available in both my local libraries. I’m sure it’s available for purchase too. I just never seem to spend money on books when there’s so much thread to buy!

Tomorrow Jane will release the next section of the TIAS 2013. I don’t have a good guess as to what we’re tatting. Stay tuned though…..

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

snacking on TIAS

Here’s what I was snacking on yesterday:
TIAS! corn chips from Kettle Brand

I found these at the grocery store Saturday. Now, I know Tia is Spanish for Aunt.  And if my Aunt made tortilla chips from scratch, I’d use an exclamation point too!! I don’t have a smart phone, so the obvious solution was to buy a bag and enjoy them!

It’s great fun to see what others think Jane's Brain cell #3 has cooked up. I still can’t fathom what we’re tatting, but you can see why I’m focused on the kitchen with my guesses.

Monday, January 21, 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 4

Here is my execution of Day 4 of Jane’s TIAS 2013

Day 4 TIAS 2013

I’m not sure I can continue with my guess of a platform for performing seals.  I’ll have to think what would need more tatting on the long side. Perhaps we’ll be adding a handle to a pan? Mmmm I must be hungry! Well, off to a snack then!

Friday, January 18, 2013

my guess for Day 3 TIAS 2013

Now that I’m back from my walk, I do see that it could be a platform of some kind. Maybe for a performing seal.
my performing seal on Day 3 TIAS 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 3

Here’s my version of Day 3 of TIAS 2013.
Jane's TIAS Day 3
I haven’t a good guess as to where she’s headed with this design. I am enjoying reading what other people are imagining. My imagination switch seems to be turned off lately. Perhaps a nice long walk is what is needed to turn it back on.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

another class

I enjoyed teaching last night. My 2 students are experienced in sewing, knitting, crochet, and all things thread. I marvel at how quickly the students gain the concept of the DS with the waist band and legs; how quickly they can execute a weaver’s knot to understand the pop of a knot transferring from one thread to another. It’s amazing how much they enjoy twirling the noise maker when we confirm they got the flip!! I enjoy it all!!

In case you’re wondering what method I teach, I let the student take the lead. If they innately pinch with their thumb and middle finger, I fly with that. If they innately pinch with their thumb and second finger, I fly with that. If they feed the shuttle through like a needle, we fly with that and wrap the shuttle thread around similar to the reverse riego. If they wrap their brain around the slip and slide, we fly with that. You’d think there were lots of wings flapping in my classroom, but, no…..just the mantra, “The knot doesn’t care how you make it, just that you tat!” And lots of noise you might hear only on New Year’s. How sad to only hear it once a year! It’s such a joyous sound. WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only bleak spot in the evening was the realization that the store has sold all the better Lizbeth thread and all copies of Learn To Tat and so we’re reduced to the 3 ply crochet cotton that raises blood pressure and the patterns that I hand out in class. Thank heaven we have great resources on-line!! Thank you to all who share on websites and blogs!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TIAS 2013 Day 2

Here is my sample for TIAS 2013 day 2
TIAS 2013 Day 2

I neglected to mention with day 1 post that I’m using Herbal Garden color of Lizbeth thread. That’s the one I named post on thread.I have several colors in mind for my solid color for this year’s creation, but I really can’t decide…..not until I see what comes for the next few sections!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Jane's TIAS 2013 day 1

I am happy to post my sample of Jane E’s TIAS 2013
I continue to tat hearts. Friends have been asking for some to pass on to people they know who need them. I’ve threatened one friend that if she asks for many more, I’ll teach her to tat her own. It was good to hear her laugh and see a smile on her face.