Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pink squares for the Brussels' monument project



Cathy De Greef is the organizer of this monumental project.  For details, see her YouTube video: https://youtu.be/ez-RSEwQvKE  She also has another video showing how to do the pattern. 

I plan to do as many squares as I can for a while, then I'll mail them in. I think this worldwide project is so cool! 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elegance Earrings video demo



The pattern Elegance earrings is found in Boutique Tatting.

This video is the result of people reminding me that I haven't made a video in a while, plus I wanted a new pair of earrings for New Year's Eve with a lot of bling!

If anyone is wondering about the pink leaf teardrop beads that show in the background but aren't used in the earrings, they were originally "plan A", but I decided on the gold drop beads instead. I played with colors! All of the beads are the size called for in the pattern, except the smaller gold seed beads were size 15/0 instead of size 11/0. The thread used was my own hand dyed, size 20 in "Roses".

Naturally, I edited out a lot of the boring, repetitious parts, so tatting the actual earring will take longer than 11 minutes for most folks! I do hope that the video helps make the tatting techniques and the design a bit more understandable.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Found from 2008: Quickie Snowflake Earrings


 Found hidden in 2008! My pattern for Quickie Snowflake Earrings, which I've now added on the tab My Free Patterns so it'll be easier to find.

Naturally, it's only the basic pattern, but can be embellished! I've done them with a bead in the center and additional, smaller seed beads in the picots (as shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos). In those variations I used size 40 thread, a 3mm center bead, and either size 15 or demi seed beads.

Leaving you with this, as I have a busy week. I'm a serious amateur cellist and I have 2 concerts this week, including the one shown on the flyer below. I also play and sing in the church choir. So, that's what I'm up to! After Christmas, I'll have time to finish writing up the pattern for the Milkweed pod and will be hand dyeing more thread for my Etsy shop.


Monday, December 4, 2017

The winners!

The 4 winners of the hand dyed thread giveaway are: 
Karen Jensen, Silvie Sainsardos, Katie Verna, and Bridget Hefner. 

I will need mailing addresses from these winners, so please email me at yarnplayer@yahoo.com. 

Please continue to share on social media fundraiser for Rod's power chair and prayers for him and his family are very much appreciated!

December 28 update: The fundraiser provided enough for Rod to buy a power chair! Thank you, everyone!
Rod in his new power chair

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In case you didn't notice this giveaway, ONLY IF YOU GIVE to help my friend get his wheelchair

This giveaway is different in that I have a requirement! To be entered, you must give a donation (any amount) to https://www.gofundme.com/rods-new-power-chair-fund?pc=tw_dn_cpgntopnavlarge_r&rcid=r01-151231892975-1bcb400182ca4fd6 

My friends Carol and Rod, at the gym. Rod has Rapid Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and needs a new power wheelchair.
Leave a comment below or on this previous post to let me know you donated and I'll choose the winner on the evening of December 4th, 

I'm not asking for anything big, folks. Every small donation helps!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Metallic thread experiment 2 = success!

This time I tatted my Atom in Simthread. It’s finer than size 20, so I added a few more double stitches. (6 instead of 5 in the center. 8 sets and 13 sets in the “orbits” instead of 7 and 12.)
The work in progress

 The Simthread from Rita Richmond at Shuttle By Design worked well! I was able to tat my split rings around beads and close them without problems. The thread also stood up to undoing mistakes.
 I still need to finish the ends of the necklace chain before listing this atom in my Etsy shop.
 This new colorway I call “Solar Flare”. Only a test batch, so just a few skeins listed in my Etsy shop

Want a chance to win some hand dyed thread AND help out one of my friends who is battling Multiple Sclerosis? Donate any amount at this Go Fund Me fundraiser and let me know about it in your comment below. I’ll choose a winner from those who helped.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Metallic thread experiment 1

I recently gave this Beadsmith metallic thread a try. It's a 2 ply with a thickness is similar to DMC size 30 crochet cotton. It worked okay to tat both rings and chains in a simple pattern (my "Dazzling Debut" earring design).

However, something more complex, such as my "Atom" with a split ring around a bead, didn't work, though. The Beadsmith thread isn't smooth enough for such a tricky maneuver!

Rita Richmond of "Shuttle By Design" sells a different brand of metallic thread that is 3 ply. I've placed an order for some! When it arrives, I'll test tat it!

In the meantime, I decided to tat an atom of Lizbeth thread (River Blue medium) and get more scientific (using the term VERY loosely) with particle theory by adding "neutrinos" and "quarks" simply by adding tiny beads :-D

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pod

A tatted pod, inspired by milkweed pods. I'm surprised this attempt at pod design actually worked!

I started with a center row of split rings. After that, I add each side separately. No pattern yet, but I plan on writing it up.

More split rings around the edges, and a pod shape starts to form. I used 2 shades of color so that I could remember what I did where. A final row of chains with joins produces the 3 dimensional shape.
Tatting friends posted lots of great ideas for filling the pod on my Facebook Page. For myself, though, I am taking on the challenge of mimicking the seeds. I don't have a picture of a newly opened pod with most of the seeds still inside, but that's what my plan is to try to do. All will be written and diagrammed out, eventually.
I've been busy with music (playing cello with WIO and at church) so that is taking up much of my time lately. Housework will have to wait! I will, however, be hand dyeing another batch of thread in a week or so.