Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Round 10 Done

    Well, well. I finally got through with round 10 of Renulek's 2018 Spring Napkin. I just have too much going on. This was a long round and it looks like round 11 will be longer. I did remember to check the position of the ring with 5 attachments, though, and I did get them all correct. The doily is now about 9 inches across. I am, if you recall, doing it in DMC size 100. I wish I could get a better photo, but the office lights reflect too much so I have to angle it to be able to see the doily. I still have no blocking needed. Perhaps a light pressing when I finish it. It lays pretty well as is.

    Time to start work now, so I will start round 11 at lunch. Maybe. If I have a moment free.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Metallic - A Bit Different

     Handy Hands has released their metallic thread. I see a lot of people online trying it out and working with it. I have to confess, I have not bought any yet. I am still trying to "like" working metallic threads. I do have some. I think I have 3 brands. Coats, DMC and something else on a mini-spool that I don't remember. I think I got the last one at Tat Days. It's not Kreinik. Brandi (the girl at work that I tat with) did buy some. I tried a bit of hers. It works fine, but there is a texture thing going on with me no matter what brand I use. It just feels funny. I am used to a nice, smooth cotton thread. The metallic threads almost make my fingerprints itch. It feels a little "sticky".

    I did this piece with DMC metallic thread. I don't see a size on the spool, but it is probably something about like a 100 size. I think I found it at JoAnns. This is the center of the Amusement Doily, but only 8 repeats instead of 10. The metallic thread looks more yellow than gold and it does not glitter like metal in the photo. I think this medallion would look at home on a kimono or some such dress. The background is not denim. It is the blue goodie bag from last year's Tat Days.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Trying To Kill Myself

    I know. I haven't posted for a while. But I have been trying to kill myself. First, though, I did some tatting today while I had the wife at the hospital for her checkup today. We use the Walmart grocery pickup, so in gratitude for the assistance from the girls (women) working there, (some are only 19 or 20. To an old fart like me they are girls.), I have been making earrings. Again. They just like them. These are yellow with black beads, as requested.

    As to the topic of the post, the wife likes to make suggestions when spring pops 'round. She suggested I repair our deck on the back of the house. So I bought lumber. Enough to redo the entire floor of the deck. Now the deck IS over 30 years old, so the wood is in really bad shape. Rough and rutted. I am almost 65 and have not worked construction for 25 years. I have to pry out the old boards with a big crowbar, then screw down the new ones. In between I cut and fit the boards around posts and the like. Each day in the weekend I do this, I replace about 12 boards and I am through. I physically cannot take it any more. I have thus come to the conclusion that getting old sucks. If you look at the pictures, though, I think you will agree it looks better.

I will do handrails later this summer. I still have about half the deck to go, so I am not going to be tatting a lot for a while. Too tired!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pay Attention, Will you?

    Pay attention, will you? That is what I told myself this morning after I made a discovery. I had a small, but significant error. Can you spot it? I am just over 1/2 way around round 10. It's going pretty good, but I got distracted this morning and this is what happened.
    I cut back to the previous motif on the round. I cut out or dismembered 5 rings and a lot of the chains. After the last ring was cut, I pulled the core thread out of the chains so I would have something to work with. I sewed those ends in, passed the threads from the shuttles through the last ring and tatted over tails until I was satisfied it would not pull loose. Now continuing with the round. To see the error you will have to look for it, but at a glance, you won't see it. So, see! I'm not perfect.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Renulek's Spring Napkin Round 9 Done

This is a simple round. At least you think so when you start it. But you find out quickly that it will be a challenge. No, it is not difficult. It is all rings and chains, nothing fancy. But the other day I was reading Jane McLellan's blog (here) and of course, she was right when she was saying the elements are not connected.That is the problem. When you reverse work, your thread tends to wrap around the loose elements in this round. One other thing to watch. As you reverse work from the clover, be sure the chain does not get twisted. I had to backtrack a few stitches two separate times to fix that.

So, yes the round is simple. But it's not.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Round 8 Done and Good News

    I now have round 8 of Renulek's Spring Napkin done. Working on it has been hit and miss because we have a big push at work to get out the new version of our software. Since I am a tester and I do support, I have had to work 12 hour days again just to keep up. I worked on round 8 when I could, for instance, at lunch. Of course, I take an hour and someone else will take 1/2 hour and I have to stop.

    I did cut and tie this round. The next couple rounds really do not lend themselves to continuous tatting. It is not that I could not find a path, though round 10 would really be a challenge. Mostly it  was time cut and tie vs. continuous tatting time. It just made more sense to do it the easier way this time. Now to start round 9.

In other news, the good news in the title is that, if you remember late fall of 2016 we had a hurricane and it left a large tree in my back yard with a really massive stump and trunk. I was finally able to hire a service to get it out of the yard and grind the stump down. Now all that is left is moving the rest of the stuff in the old shed to the new one and dismantling the old shed down to the floor. I think the floor is ok. If it is, I am just going to rebuild it. Then I will have 2 sheds. One will become my radio shack for my ham radio stuff. I can't wait!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

On To Round 8

    I am still working on Renulek's Spring Napkin. I have finished round 7 and segued to round 8.

To do this, I used a split chain on the last ring, then a split ring. This took me to the other two leaves of a clover. One is right and one is left. In her pattern, she does tie and cut, then starts with one of the "outer" leaves, makes the big ring attached to round 7, then the other "outer" leaf. From there it is a chain.
    Looking at where I was, I already have the Ring attached to round 7, so how do I make the two "outer" leaves without it looking lopsided? Then it hit me. I have two shuttles. I made one of them with each shuttle. This came together at the center and I continued on with the chain.

    I think I made the balance just right. It looks even and the chain comes out of it nicely. Now I continue with the pattern as written.