Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Distracted Tatting

    I am sure all of you are aware of the subject of distracted driving. Using a cell phone, gawking at something other than what you should be looking at, eating a Whopper, can all cause you to have an accident, sometimes with a really bad outcome. I found out the other day that distractions can have other consequences too.
    I was working on the shown area of Renulek's Spring Napkin, still on round 11, and something else got me distracted. I think someone came in and started talking to me. (I was at work. I go in early and tat for an hour before time to start. It helps the day get off right.) I kept tatting since I have this round in memory now. Then I got half done with the ring I have marked 1. I need to join. Wait. I don't see the ring I have marked 2. OOPS! I had forgotten to do the previous ring and ch6, jumping right into the part that is on top,(the onion ring and topknot).

    This is a long way through the pattern. I am 2 1/2 rings and 3 chains ahead of myself. So now what? This is size 100 thread! I considered cutting it off and re-attaching, but I really did not want to do the tails. What I did was undo all of it. It took about an hour. (There goes lunch). But after I did, and re-tatted it correctly, I am glad I did. All because of getting distracted. Next time someone walks in you can be sure I will just lay it aside for the moment. Lesson learned!

Monday, July 2, 2018

One Round Robin Completed

    I like this thread a lot. It grows on you. I showed you Saturday that I was starting the finish round. Now I have it done. I think the Catherine Wheel joins look good and give a smoother appearance.Of course, some people like a more in and out type of finish. That's preference, really. I should take some time to try to make it circular, but probably won't. I have too many irons in the fire. I have a couple other round robin pieces to finish, some things the guild needs (Palmetto Tatters Guild), and the TAT program I am working.
Then too, Tat Days is only 2 months away. I am already excited to go. So, on to the next task.
Oh, by the way, it is 4-1/2" across. Pretty dense.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

More Round Robin

    I did finally finish my round on this doily. Now I am putting on a "finish coat" to it. For this doily, I had to create the last round. I left picots to attach to because the agreement was a last round could be added by the person who began this doily if so desired. A couple of them pronounced it finished. I want to end it off smoothly so I am adding a chain round. At each picot, then, I make a Catherine Wheel Join. This gives the smooth, undimpled look to the chain. After I am through, since the core thread will slide through a CWJ, I can adjust the tension around to make it even.
    I used this thread (King Tut Rosetta Stone) because I think it looks like granite, or some similar stone. Don't you?

Friday, June 15, 2018

I Passed The Artisan Level

    Some of you know I have been working the TAT program. That is Tatters Across Time. You can find it here. I have had the Apprentice level for a couple of years and as soon as I got that one, I sent for the next part, the Artisan level. I tatted up the items required, but I sat on it and sat on it, needing to finish the last part by tatting 2 rings. I just did not do it. I don't know why.
    Finally, about the end of February or so, I did tat the rings and submitted the projects. (I was spurred by another friend sending hers in.) Now to wait. It takes a couple of months because they mail the submittal to each of three "graders" for evaluation. I got a notice that it would possibly take a little longer for this one, but not because of anything I had done. Well, life happens, so fine.

    Yesterday, I received my materials back in the mail and enclosed was the Artisan pin. It also has the evaluations from each person. Yes, I did go through the evaluations. One of the purposes is to get better. If you read constructive criticism, you will learn to make your work better. I appreciate every comment. The big surprise, though, was one piece that I really did not think was that good was liked by everyone! I guess I need to stop pre-judging myself.
    Sorry, but I cannot post pictures of the items in the project. The organization specifically request that you do not in order to maintain the integrity of the program and not give someone an unfair advantage. I agree with that idea and will go along with it.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Round Robin and the Deck About Done

    I think I have mentioned that I am in a round robin on Craftree. It is my first attempt at designing anything and I am really finding that design is not an easy process. It takes imagination and vision. I work in technical graphics and use math and dimensions, but I don't have to come up with the original design. This is one of the doilies in the round robin. I am working on the round just before my turn to add something. I am using King Tut thread, color #978,  Rosetta Stone. I think this will look good next to a granite object like a bowl.

    You may remember a couple posts ago that I am working on replacing the floor on my deck behind the house. I am almost done. I got all the floor installed and the tails of the boards cut even today. It has been a project. I have just a little trim to do and it is over. The trim is really minor. I will get that when I get a chance. No rush. I don't do heat very well and it is now in the 90's outside. Summer is here.
    Here is a shot from my drone of the deck. Pay no attention to the troll on the left.

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.