Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Not much done

I haven't gotten much done on either the triangle doily or the horse picture.  I've thought about them a bit, more the horse than the triangles, but no progress on either.  The doily still taunts me from the blocking board where I've been ignoring it.  The horse has been teasing me from several possible backgrounds to give it a pasture to run in.  I've played around with tatted flowers and birds, bunnies and grass, background colors and frame sizes, and still haven't made up my mind.

We've finally been making progress on a house project that's been put off for a long time, which is now taking up some (okay, a lot) of my time.  I think most of my creative thoughts have been funneled into this instead of my tatting.  Instead of trying to come up with ideas for the doily or the horse I worked on my vest Sunday night.  I'm at a place in it where I'm just repeating the same thing over and over for a while so I didn't have to think much.  It was very relaxing.

This is a doily I gave to my mother several years ago.  I noticed that as it aged it looked like it was stained.  I brought it back home and washed it.  It now looks good as new.

A cup of tea
A ball of thread
A shuttle close to hand
A little time
A plan in mind
A tatter's wonderland

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tatted horse

Horse (Foal) © Inga Madsen
From Inga Madsen's book "Tatted Animals"
Made with Lizbeth Silver #605 and Mocha Brown Dk #692, size 20

I tatted this horse over a month ago for a niece's graduation present - and I still have it!  I want to make this a tatted scene, with flowers and  - stuff.  The horse itself wasn't hard, though I did do a little unintentional change in the saddle right at the start.  I also took off the last chain of the pattern because I didn't like the look.  In the book all the animals are done in one color and look great, but when done in two colors that last chain just didn't look right. 

So why is it still at my house instead of the graduate's?  I'm having a hard time making the decisions about the flowers and birds and such.  I have been going through Lindsay Rogers' book "Tatting Collage" to get ideas.  And now I have a lot of them.  I have so many ideas now I have to choose how elaborate or simple it will be. Do I put it in an 8" x 10" frame?  A 5? x 7"?  I'm afraid the one is too big but the other would be too crowded.  Decisions, decisions!

I'm still trying to make decisions on the triangle doily as well.  It is right there beside my chair so I can see it, taunting me to finish it.  But again I can't make up my mind exactly how to do that. I will eventually, probably sooner than later, but...  Decisions, decisions!

Maybe I should ask the horse.

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse
He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse.
He's always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And this one'll talk 'til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?

Well listen to this.

I am Mr. Ed."

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/mredlyrics.html

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Circle of Triangles

I'm still working on triangles. 

All the centers are made the same, a tatted circle motif that is then stitched to the inside of the triangle with bare thread.  Attaching the centers this way is a bit tedious.  The triangle has to be pinned down to a board so they don't get pulled out of shape too badly while putting the centers in.  And while stitching them in the thread has a tendency to catch on the pins holding the triangles. It did seem to get a bit easier as I went along and got the hang of it.   

Even pinning the outsides while adding the centers deformed the triangle shape.  Once the centers were attached each one had to be blocked to have them lie flat.  After pinning then out flat they were sprayed with water then left to dry that way, which worked out well.  The whole thing was blocked and dampened again after joining the triangles together, too.  It now lies flat very nicely.

This arrangement was suggested by muskaan in a comment made on my first triangle post a few weeks ago.  I looked at the first triangle and could see something like that, so I tried it.  I'm now trying to decide if/what I want to do in the center.  Maybe something around the outside as well.  In white?  White and red?

Hmmm, I'll have to work on that.

"Square box, round pizza, triangle slices.
I'm confused..." 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Airplane pattern available

I've added the Airplane pattern to My Patterns page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's a Plane!

I've been trying to post about this airplane for the last several weeks.
First I had trouble with my computer so I couldn't work on the pattern.  
Then I thought I was ready and lost the tatted airplane without a picture of it.  So I tatted another one and in the process found I hadn't saved the most recent changes of the pattern (I think the computer ate it).  
Today I finally get a picture of the new airplane - and the computer won't let me download it.

After a bit of fussing and worrying I tried out a feature of our camera that we hadn't attempted before - transferring the picture from the camera to my phone.  Have you seen the commercials for the Samsung Galaxy phones where two people hold their phones close together and the picture/file is transferred?  Just like that, except from our Samsung camera to my Samsung Galaxy III phone.  Then from my phone to my Google+ and the picture is accessible from anywhere I can get to the Internet.  Pretty cool!
Airplane @ Wanda Salmans 2014

This airplane is made of Lizbeth thread # 605 Silver in size 20.  Unfortunately the pattern isn't up yet.  I still have to go back and fix a few things.  If things go a bit smoother tomorrow it will be up in the afternoon (I hope) but if not, then in a few days I will try to put it on my Pattern tab.

Triangle update
I've gotten a little bit done on the triangles.  All the white center motifs are done and I've started adding them to the middles.  The one on the left below has tatted chains instead of the bare thread.  The center was added last just like before except this time I went all the way around with the bare thread and caught all the picots of the triangle as well as the long stitches in the corners, then went around a second time using the needle as my shuttle and doing direct tatting (un-flipped stitches) on the bare thread.  I don't like this very much: it wasn't fun to make and it didn't end up very round.

Independence Day is this Friday and I actually get the whole weekend off!  This doesn't mean I'll have a lot of time for tatting but I plan to get a little in one way or the other. 

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More Triangles

I had such wonderful comments on my triangle from last week that I thought I'd try a few of the things that were suggested.  I had a lot of time to tat Sunday between watching the NASCAR race and watching a movie on Blu-ray (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).  The outside is a very simple edging pattern making it easy to watch TV and tat. I completed four more triangles and most of a fifth that evening.  

Now I'm working on the centers. Making the centers first might seem like a good idea but I also want to try putting a few triangles together so I don't want them to look too different from the original.  I can tat these on the way to work while my husband drives so it shouldn't take me too long to get them done even if I don't have as much time this week to watch TV.  The hard part will be putting the centers into the triangles.  Of course, once I've done a few it will probably get easier. I will have to pay close attention so TV viewing might not be a good idea while working on this part. 

I'm actually pretty excited about this little experiment and am hoping for plenty of time to work on it.

"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery