Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Something to Look At

Each of the squares in this piece is 2" x 2". I also have an edge that finishes it off nicely and addes about 3/4 of an inch to an inch around the outer edge. Each square takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. I think if you like this pattern, I can make it 7 squares wide by 13 squares long, giving an overall finished size of 15.5 or 16" by 27.5 to 28".

I thought I had one around here with the edging on it but I can't find it.

I like this square because it actually sort of looks like two motifs. At each corner of the square, you have an eight ring flower thingy that almost looks like a separate motif.

The other nice thing about this motif is that it is very easy to care for. It maintains its shape really well during laundering and can be blocked simply by putting it wet on a flat surface. Works really well on a glass table top.

This is a simple snowflake pattern, about 2.75" across; it would require more work to block but would be quite nice as a matt of joined motifs.

This is from a brand new Russian tatting book that I got last week. I have no idea what the finished size of the motifs would be, but I thought I would send it along anyway. It's almost more like a bunch of small doilies put together.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Little Johnny Gets a Star

A star pattern I designed a while back.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stuff (and nonsense)

Motif 9

Here is a smaller piece of work - a little snowflake using self-closing mock rings. This one is about an inch and a half from point to point. I used the same mystery thread as for the last motif.

Thanks, everybody, for the kind comments.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Motif 8

Another motif - all one round, about five inches across in mystery thread.

I think it's JP Coates size 40 but I'm not sure. It's a donated ball I received that had already been partly used and the tag discarded. Nice to tat with, especially after the yucky junk I have been using.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Motif 7

Another bookmark. Again, pretty simple but uses self-closing mock rings.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Motif 6

Ah, the bookmark. Quick, easy, useful, especially when you are sunk deep into a good book and some jerk interrupts you.

I've been reading Prelude to Foundation. Therefore no tatting for a while.

This little bookmark is made with self-closing mock rings and, if you know the technique, is very easy.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Motif 5

This is the last motif I will make with the same center configuration. I promise!

The motif is about 4" across. The thread is unsized, but it works up about the same as 40 Cordonnet Special. It's also a bit fuzzy, contains some slubs and some thick and thin spots, and is not a joy to work with. I don't remember where I picked it up or what brand it is, but it's only good for doodling. I just hate using good thread for experiments that may come out badly.

And that's one of the reasons all the motifs you will see on this blog are in white. I have a pretty good stash of thread in various colors but I am loathe to use them for designing. Colored threads are hard to find in my neck of the woods except for Cebelia. I know a lot of tatters love using Cebelia, but I don't care for it because it feels mushy to me.