I've been working with size 40 so much lately that it seems working in 80 has gotten easier. So I've started a pineapple doily (not my own pattern- it's written out and I've already found mistakes in the pattern, so I'm making a diagram of the pattern as I go along, fixing those mistakes)
In this last Handy Hands newsletter there was a free handkerchief, so I immediately started working on an edging (pattern from same newsletter).
I pretty much hate pink, so this is going to mom (she loves pink).
I'm also starting another Tischband, different colors this time and in size 40 instead of 20. We'll see how this goes.
On the last leaf and I've run out of thread! I literally only have the last 7 chains (two joins) to do and the shuttle is empty. I don't want to refill the shuttle just to finish the little bit left, so that means finger tatting. I'm ok with that...it can be a bit of a pain if you have a lot of thread though. Oh well.
I've seen that others have the same problem I'm going to have when I do the last two joins, in the the piece won't be laying flat. I'm hoping a hot steamy iron will take care of that.
I think I'm going to leave this piece at this size, starch it and have a little coaster. It's the perfect size for a coaster.
Jess over at Tat-licious had a give-away of some of her HDT. I received a package full of lovelies the other day.
Beautiful HDT! The pic doesn't do the colors justice, they look so much richer in person. From back to front: Rustic Cranberry, Pink Western, Chocolate Romance. The pink in Rustic Cranberry is REALLY PINK! Thanks Jess!
On the second leaf, I did a downward picot for the first normal picot and then folded the work over itself (like a movie clapboard) which made it lay more nicely. You really have to pay attention on the leaf, not get up to do anything else between start and finish.
I think for the rest of the leaves I'm going to make the first 'real' picot a downward picot and then just fold the tatting over itself. I'm leaving the last two flowers for after the leaves so that I can easily join them. You can read more about the Tat-Along here.
I've tried to use metallic thread before but it just never works out. So I thought I'd finally try the DMC metallic thread... so much easier to work with then I expected it to be! I haven't broken the thread while tatting once! Look at the shiiiiiiny
And we come to the end of TIAS. The finished piece is a little billy goat. Thanks so much Jane for another great tat it and see!
While waiting to finish TIAS, I found these little findings for cheap on etsy. After having received some findings from Fox (thanks Fox!) I wondered what other findings were about and what tatting with them would be like (especially after seeing all that Jane has done)
The findings are just the right size to fit in the middle of Konior's Windmills worked in Lizbeth 40. I'm not happy with how the joins to the findings lay, so I'll have to work on that some.
Well, just as I was starting the last ring in a new Windmill, whadaknow?
The thread breaks again! I know I tat tight, but I've never had a thread break this much. Why Lizbeth, why?
So I had to add thread all just to finish the last ring. I haven't ironed it yet, so it's wavy. I can't figure out if that means I need to make my picots longer or shorter. Anyone know the answer?
And for xmas:
3 Lizbeth in size 40 (I've only ever worked w/ size 20 b/c that's what's available at the local store here)
3 Lizbeth in size 20 (to mach other variegateds I have)
Shiny shiny beads and Swarovski crystals