Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I Like It!!

I am still plugging away on Renulek's Spring Napkin. I wanted to post a picture of what round two looks like on the one I am using Lizbeth Springtime size 20 thread on. I was looking at it and I liked how the stitches look so much tighter.

You see how uniform it almost looks. I am still in awe of the fact that I tatted this. It amazes me that I am able to make something that looks this lovely. My one in the size 10 threads looks wonderful as well. 

Hopefully I will be able to get a picture of it after I complete round 7. 

I was out and about today and received so many compliments on it. There are still so many people that have no clue about tatting. It is a shame really because it is such a beautiful art form. Maybe when I can get back on my feet I can teach a class on how to tat. I would teach both needle and shuttle tatting that way no one feels left out.

I am really going to have to think about that and see where I could possibly have a class for it to be done. 

Well Happy Tuesday and happy tatting!!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Back to work

Well I haven't worked on my Renulek in a bit because I was beading but I started working on it again. The  colorful one I am working I reached round seven. I can't believe I made it this far. I will have to post a picture of it later. Using size 10 thread has made it huge. I am beginning to wonder what it will be like when I get to round 13. It is at 14 inches so far. I am excited though that I have been able to get through it.

I also have another in which I used Lizbeth thread in size 20. I just finished round 2. I was having trouble remembering which way to turn to get my chains in the right direction. I got it to work and it looks pretty good. I decided to do front and back side tatting and oh my goodness I love how it lays. We shall see what it will look like as I move on to other rows.

Now the one thing I want to do is create a pair of barefoot sandals. I did a pair using beads but I want to try with tatting. I even have some buttons I want to use in creating them. This will be a challenge because this will be my first pattern that I will be creating myself. I am nervous and excited at the same time.

There is just something about seeing a creation come to life. I think that is why I love my three crafts so much. Tatting, beading and writing all bring me such pleasure and joy. I love sharing with others as well.

One other thing that has come up. In the tatting group I am in on Facebook I have a tatting exchange partner. I am looking forward to seeing what we exchange with each other. Just so much fun and it helps me keep my mind off bad things. It is not always easy keeping faith but I know that I must and doing these things help to do so.

One last thing of note, I used a technique by Sue Draney for hiding finished ends and I love it. She uses a needle and goes under the loops that create the double stitches and pulls the thread that way. Oh my goodness! It was such a smooth process. The only downside is using a tapestry needle because I have so many problems threading needles that is one of the reasons why I stopped needle tatting but I think I will purchase a wide eye needle and it should do the trick.

Well back to tatting and seeing what else I can do!! Happy Tatting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pay it Forward

I was in one of my tatting groups on Facebook and a young lady had received tatting supplies from someone else. She was so excited. I love feeling her excitement. I also love the fact that someone thought about her and how she wanted to learn to tat.

I think that when we pay it forward we help to bring sunshine to someone else's life. That is a blessing. It made me think, how can I pay it forward. In the next month or so I am looking to get several packages together. Each package with have something a bit different but they will be together so that if anyone who wants to learn to tat but doesn't have the resources I can send them a care package. I am thinking about doing with beading supplies as well. I want to do something that will help someone enjoy some of the pleasures I do when it comes to tatting and beading.

I am looking forward to sharing. If you could Pay It Forward how would you?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Plugging away.

Well I made it to round 6 of Renulek's Spring napkin. For some reason my mind was drawing a blank on this round. It seemed like my mind could not remember how to make it look like floating rings. Thank goodness for the help of all those wonderful tatters on Facebook. I managed to make it happen.

Here is what it looks like with round 5 completed.

Then I was having color decisions. I guess since I like to be different I wasn't sure what I wanted to do and even though I had some wonderful suggestions it just didn't feel right. I ended up using the pink again and decided to work backwards with the colors. 

I am going to continue working on this and see how far I get. I also started working on Renulek's Summer napkin. Boy it is going to be a busy happy tatting fest for me. I want to work out a pair of earrings using beads. Having some issues figuring out what I want but I know that I will work it out and see how things go.

I did mike something quick though using Jon Yusoff's dragonfly pattern. I think I am going to use it as a striver. I have been wanting to make some ever since someone posted theirs. 

I love what I do and I am so looking forward to making more creations and maybe one day designing something of my own. 

Well happy tatting!!