Thursday, July 29, 2010

Motifs 11, 12, and 13 plus cat

I apologize here and now for the following pictures. I took them with my phone as my camera is currently staying at Mom's house. I got a fair bit of tatting done. But no pressing or blocking. The first motif doesn't really have a name, but it is one I had in the past tried repeatedly to tat. Never could get it. Then I read up on how to do rings on chains, something I had never heard of the first 10 or so attempts to tat this motif and I learned more of the principle behind the shoelace trick, and voila! My first attempt in my second tatting life turned out a completed motif! The pattern can be found here. It is by Lisa Trumble of This 'n' Tat. (Sorry for my fingers in the pictures) Here is Motif 11.
This next motif is number 12 and it is Trefoil Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes. It was tatted in size 20 Carousel by Lizbeth instead of the called for size 10 white. I'm kind of liking my multi-colored snow-flakes.
Motif 13 is also from Ms. Sunderman's book Tatted Snowflakes. It is the Glitter Snowflake tatted in size 5 instead of size 30. It is plenty small in size 5 thread.
And just because I found it on the phone, here is an 'awww' picture of Leo taken around Christmas time. Talk about one relaxed kitty. He is sleeping on my double wedding ring quilt that is taking me forever to quilt. I really need to quit finding new crafty things to try out and finish up all my WISPs and UFOs. Oh well, some year.


Kathy Niklewicz said...

I congratulate you for persevering and completing Lisa Trumble's pattern (thanks for the link)! This pattern is reminiscent of what I call 'classic' tatting, and is very appealing in its design. I commend Lisa for her design and for sharing it (way back in 1998!).

It is not as easy as it looks, however, and I admit I had difficulty with it, even though I'm a somewhat experienced (but not expert) tatter.

Although I do prefer to follow diagrams, it was difficult to tell where to start! Lisa did not indicate it! I started with the ring preceding the l-o-n-g chain with the 15 picots (also a challenge to keep those picots even!). At least starting there made it easy to connect at the end, with the last chain easily attaching to the base of that first ring.

I'm curious about your mentioning the 'shoelace trick', because if you use two shuttles, that trick is not necessary. However, if you used only one shuttle, you definitely have achieved the thrown off rings using the 'trick'. I would find it handy to not have to use two shuttles! However, I have never really tried the 'trick'!

I also had to give up on 'front-side, back-side' for this motif, because my head couldn't quite grasp that while trying to figure out which way I was going! I'll be trying it again!

In size 30 Cebelia white thread it wlll make a nice 'doily' for my Victorian Doll House dining room table. I might even try it in size 80 (something I rarely use) to make a brooch!

Also love the photo of your kitty!

Kelly said...

Kathy, Thanks for your comment! I mentioned the shoelace trick as the first time (or 10) that I tried to make the motif I was using ball and thread and sometimes used shoelace trick to switch to rings on chains, sometimes I didn't, I had no idea what I was doing. Now 3 years later I could sort of see what she was doing and why it would be easier using 2 shuttles rather than shuttle and ball. I was thinking with a thicker thread, several together would make a nice doily, or even table runner.