Saturday, September 27, 2008

TIAS Day 8

Well, we're 2/3 of the way home. I can honestly say that I don't have a clue what it is I am tatting. I thought I did, but now I'm not so sure. Ha!

Once this is said and done, I'll definitely be re-tatting this thing in a more appealing color combo. Three shades of green? What was I thinking?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More block tatting

TIAS #4 finally broke the ice for me to practice block tatting. With every new technique, I shy away from it no matter how badly I want to learn it. I'm not as bad as I used to be, thanks to all the great people in Blogland. Without you all, I'd still be doing hens and chicks with size 10 thread and that's all.

Here is my latest go at block tatting, Inga Madsen's giraffe:

Still have to work on my tension, but getting better! He was done with DMC size 80 (color #51)thread and is about 3.75 inches high and 2 inches across. To join the picots, I had to use a #15 hook (.04mm). He was a lot of fun to tat, not to mention that I love love love giraffes!

Thanks to Jane Eborall for coming up with that one shuttle technique to do this. Brilliant!

Now it's off to Martha Ess' block tatting books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for the past three months.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

TIAS Day 5

What is it?! I see some of us think it may be a candle. of Sherry's hints was 'illuminate', but after seeing Day 5 completed I've been pondering it. Maybe this is a 3-D TIAS. Could it be a church or chapel of some sort? They are illuminated either by electric light or candles. Hmmmm.... I wonder.

My block tatting definitely leaves something to be desired, but I wanted to get caught up and this was my first serious attempt at the technique, hence the sloppy work. Green, green and green!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

An ode to summer... I already miss thee !

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Adonis and Lorella

I've been catching up on everyone's blogs and see that Tatskool has done yet another Cornelia! Seeing that made me get the fever to do one, too. Only I ended up making Lorella instead of Cornelia. For the hundredth time, I have to say that I love Iris' patterns. Lorella was tatted with DMC size 80 thread in variegated reds, some people call it Poppy Red. Nice and vibrant, I love it. Of course, it would be one of the colors that have been discontinued. It measures just under five inches (about 12.7 cm). The next one I'm going to do will be another Milena. You may remember I showed a picture of a half completed one a while back. I gifted it to a friend who fell in love with it and forgot to take a finished picture! D'oh!

The butterfly flitting about is one of Sherry's awesome patterns. He is called Adonis and was tatted in Flora 20 in dark purple and lime green, which are two of my favorite color combos. Why? I have no idea. Speaking of our Lady Shuttlemaker, I really really really wish she'd grace us all with another book soon! *hint hint* I can't wait to try my hand at her 'Royal Diadem'.

My hands haven't been bothering me at all lately. I thought for sure they would after making Lorella, but not a flinch!

Back to school I go on the 29th after having the whole summer off. Advanced Database Management and Marketing Principles 101 this semester. The marketing class makes me nervous for some reason. Maybe I'll see if there are any openings left for the online class.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Good morning!

Hello everyone! I had to take a break for a bit because my wrists have been bothering me lately. Not on the underside, but on top, especially my pinky and ring fingers of my left hand. I know it's because I have a tendency to push myself to finish something instead of taking a break when feeling fatigued or sore. I'm also a lefthanded person who crochets and tats righthanded, which makes one of my crochet pals think is the culprit. I think not. It's probably more that I will tat, crochet, and/or cross stitch from sunup to sundown if I have nothing better to do. So I don't end up with a more severe injury, I decided I have to limit myself to 45 minutes of tatting, etc a day.

Yesterday I picked up a shuttle for the first time in two weeks. I tatted for about thirty minutes and was pain free, so that's a good thing. With TIAS #4 starting in a few days, I wanted to be able to get back into the swing of things. I've been going crazy not knowing what to do with my hands! Good thing I love to read and eat chocolate. That took my mind off my self-imposed tatting exile.

I've been catching up on everyone's blogs and will be commenting soon. Miss you all!