Friday, 26 February 2010

4 of 25

Pattern: Milky Way from the book Tatted Snowflakes Collection by Jon Yusoff
Thread: (Lizbeth 20, col 624, raspberry medium)
Technique: shuttle tatting

An easy pattern to complete as the chains and rings are pretty much the same throughout.
4 of 25 by michl_007
4 of 25 Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 26th February, 2010

Is it just me or does anyone else find their stitches more or less even depending on which shade being used? A long time ago I used to do cross stitch and stitches were different if you used the colour white which was something to do with the dyeing process, or so I was told.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

3 of 25

Pattern: 'Heart's Desire' by Susan K Fuller
Thread: (Lizbeth 20, col 601, white) (Lizbeth 20, col 613, golden yellow medium)
Technique: shuttle tatting

As yet unblocked.
3 of 25 by michl_007
3 of 25 Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 25th February, 2010

I thought before I started that the yellow and white might work but I really don't like them together. Maybe if the yellow was a little bit lighter I might like it more.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Brown & Blue

Pattern: Alladin from the book Tatted Snowflakes Collection by Jon Yusoff
Thread: (Lizbeth 20, col 655, wedgewood light) (Lizbeth 20, col 691, mocha brown medium)
Technique: shuttle tatting

A lovely little snowflake pattern which doesn't take that long to complete and doesn't take a lot of thread.
2 of 25 by michl_007
2 of 25 Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 23rd February, 2010

I did a motif for my previous challenge in brown and took a picture on a blue background. Though I'd never think to put those two colours together I think they worked nicely so chose those colours for this pattern.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Finnegan Begin Ag'in

Pattern: 'Heart's Desire' by Susan K Fuller
Thread: (Lizbeth 20, col 140, country grape swirl)
Technique: shuttle tatting

This might be my favourite pattern. It's an enjoyable project and looks nice when complete. I might make one in a plain single shade next.
1 of 25 by michl_007
1 of 25 Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 18th February, 2010

I have decided to start the challenge again because I enjoyed it so much the first time round. I advise anyone who reads this to do the same and make sure you check out what others make as there's some great tatting out there.

This shade of Lizbeth looks a lot like the one I used for the last motif of my previous 25. I like it but I prefer the purple splendor.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

25 of 25

Pattern: Motif 19 from the book The Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito.
Thread: Lizbeth size 20, col 129 purple splendor.
Technique: Shuttle tatted.

This is the largest item I've tatted so far. Actually it's not, but I managed to spill tea on the other one before I'd had a chance to take a picture of it and because it was white the stain was really obvious. Anyhoo, this one measures about 16cm across.
25 of 25 by michl_007
25 of 25 Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 9th February, 2010

I really couldn't (and still don't) understand the instructions in the back of the book for the joining technique that was used so I resorted to using a lock join. I don't think it would have made so much difference if I'd been using a solid colour but the joins are more noticeable because of the colour changes. I'm still pleased with how this turned out and for the most part I enjoyed making it.

This marks my final 25 Motif Challenge item. I'm glad I joined the challenge as it's given me the motivation to seek out new patterns and it's exposed me to the work of other tatters. I think I will join for a second round however I think it will be more difficult to find patterns this time round. I have a number of books now but I like to mix it up with free patterns online so that if someone likes what they see then they can make it too without having to wait to order a book.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

In Response... comments by Fox and Isdihara.

I keep looking through the Artistry book because it really is lovely. I've tried to start one of the patterns for what I think is a small doily but it wasn't working so I've put it on hold. Instead I'm working on one of the edging patterns.

I also tried one of the handkerchief patterns which I liked very much but it looks too clunky in the size 20 that I have so I'm going to wait till I get some size 40.

I got the Farm Animals book after seeing the calf pattern on another blog, which I'd provide a link for if only I could remember where I saw it. As yet I haven't tried any of the patterns but I think I'll do the calf in medium brown.

Monday, 1 February 2010

As A Great Philosopher Once Said...

Oops I did it again.
As A Great Philosopher Once Said... by michl_007
As A Great Philosopher Once Said... Originally uploaded by michl_007 on 1st February, 2010

I haven't had a chance to try any of the patterns from these books yet as they only arrived this morning and I've only had a quick flip through the pages. So far I'm liking the Tatted Artistry the best, quite nice to look at.

The Tatting Farm Animals book is a strange one. It seems to have a couple of nice little items in it but some seem to be lacking. You look at them and it seems that if they didn't have a label telling you what they are meant to be, you wouldn't know. Maybe it's the patterns and maybe it's just the way they were made by whoever tatted the samples.

The Tatted Handkerchiefs book looks okay I guess but the edgings look quite similar to what I already have in two other books. Will have to look more closely when I get a chance.