Thursday, May 30, 2019

BWV 549 in orange

In my opinion, a good tatting pattern works nicely in any color, any size threads, with beads or
without beads, and doesn’t need a ton of starch or sewing onto fabric to be recognizable. That said, I often specify such elements when I design based on a specific piece of music.

This design is one of those specific style of patterns. Where the beads are placed matter. Color doesn’t so much. I chose to use several hues of orange because I liked the way they look together. The green sample is nice, but just didn’t end up grabbing my eye as much. But where the beads appear does matter here. More on that later.

I do hope that once the pattern is finished and all the ends hid and good and blocked, that the piece will lie nicely without starch or mounting. Something tells me I may need to resort to that with this pattern. At least for this iteration.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Back to Normal

At least that’s what I hope. OK… if we can call any of this chaos normal. 

The equipment necessary for me to post to this blog has not been working properly. It’s too complicated!!! But, I think it’s all working well now. The only thing it cost was time and patience. Considering how much time and patience finishing my tatting patterns take,  the cost of getting back the equipment back up cost a lot. Sigh. Back to the shuttles now. After a cup of tea and maybe even a cookie!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time to reach my goal

Ok…if I’m honest….past time!!

I almost had the tatting done on the Bach Fest piece. But, it just wasn’t cuttin’ it. So, I started over. I know, I know…..I may not have time to frame it nicely now. I can live with that though. It’s looking much nicer now.

Better get to the shuttles!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fair possibilities

By this time of year, I’m usually lining up what I wish to enter in the Fair for judging. Slight problem this year. 

I’ve nothing to enter. 

I’ve tatted things to be sure, but everything that is complete and ready for judging is in someone else’s hands or going with me to Tat Days in Georgia. Mmmmmmm Someone else will just have to win the ribbons this year. 

I’m grinning whenever I think that as tatting has become popular enough here in Monterey County to have several pieces in a number of categories. <grin!>

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Gaining Confidence

Preparations for all those deadlines is going well. I know what I want to say on Friday. I know what I want to play on Sunday. The task list is drawn up for the final big deadline. And I haven’t lost my marbles yet.
I did lose my way briefly on the design task. I woke up in the middle of the night remembering progress is soooo slllllowwww that I was beginning to doubting the design premise. After a bit more sleep, I double checked the design from the “right” side. All is well. The design works, I know the path of tatting, and I’ve found the colors I wish to use. All that’s left is to tat it up and get it ready for the Show! Again, pictures after the Show opens in July.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

I'm ready....or am I????

Too many projects pulling on me for time and energy. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

All will calm down soon though. Friday is a deadline, Sunday is a deadline, and Memorial Day is a deadline. Oh, and I think I’ve run out of time for framing the Bach Fest Piece. I’ll find out this week.

Time to get to the organ and the shuttles.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ruffles galore!

I finished the next part of the Fest piece. It ruffles a lot!

I’m not sure I like them; partly because it’s difficult to tell details of each element when the piece ruffles so much. Like Jane’s experience with this pattern, it’s just not to my liking. I couldn’t even get a good photo to post here. So, it’s back to the drawing board…..

Along with getting ready for the presentation on tatting in a week. I’m dipping my toe into PowerPoint with this talk. It’s been fun. We’ll see if I still think it’s fun after next week!

For all Mothers everywhere, may you feel honored this coming weekend.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Progress on BWV 549

Here’s what I have so far. I’m liking it. I made a couple of errors in joining, but I think blocking and mounting on a fabric to back will take care of things nicely. Now to put the last few chains on with just a small group of beads.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Adventures with Power Point

Well, it seems I confused a few people including myself. When I sat down to decide which thread to use next for the Fest piece (BWV549), I couldn’t remember what specific section was in need of the most attention. Nothing for it but to go back to the beginning. That meant sitting down at the organ and playing the piece. What do you know, it worked! I now know what color will go where with what beads. Pictures will be posted after the show opens. So, those local will be tempted to buy tickets!

And now for the title of this post: Power Point adventures…..

Power Point seems to be something people respond to with great dread, passion, emotion, and such. I am of the age that did not have such tools in school and on a career path that has not needed the use of such programs. My programs are usually lists of compositions with notes on the pieces and composers. Talk about confusing! What program????

But, if my career path continues on the present trajectory, I’ll need to know how to use Power Point effectively. I’ve found a great resource in a friend who tats, so I’ll be working with her over the next few weeks. Better get busy on today’s task list!