Sunday, March 22, 2020

Serweta 1 Done!

    It has taken a while, but now it is done. The Serweta 1 is finished. I think it came out pretty well. I know where there are a few minor mistakes, but you would have a hard time chasing them down unless you were just obsessed with it. I think the longest round was round 9. That is the one with the 25 little stars that have to be done one at a time and attached as you go. Then there are 50 ends to sew in. It really wasn't that bad. You sew the ends as you go and it seems like there are not so many. This is now on my china hutch under a silver bowl.
    Keep in mind that the patterns in the book, "Tatted Treasures" by Jan Stawasz, are diagrammed. I do not recommend this for beginners. Intermediate will probably be OK. You need to be able to look at the diagram and understand how to get the tatting done. For instance, how did you get that ring? It is a thrown ring. Did you recognize that? Have you done those? Perhaps you need to use an SCMR somewhere. He does not always tell you this. Jan also has his method with picots that confuse people. This is why diagrammed patterns are not always for the beginner. If you do want to try this, on round 10 there are rings that have no stitch counts. I used 6+2-6 then 6+2+6. They are beside each other and joined.I got the counts from the photo as best as I could make it out. Seems to have worked.
    So now what to do? I have to try to "design" an edging. I am not a designer. I can follow instructions, but it takes an artist to design. I guess I will see what happens with that.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Serweta 1 Round 10 Done

    I have been calling this one Serweta. Why? Well, that way I am familiar with at least one word in Polish. I think languages are interesting and I like to find words that I can remember.
    Yesterday evening I finished round 10. I have one more to go. I think it is looking pretty nice. I did iron it a bit to get it to pose for it's photo. Last post I said this round was floppy. Look between the florets at the chain with the one thrown ring. Several are trying to rise up, even though I ironed them. They try to twist a bit, so I call that floppy.
    I think it is looking good. I have one last round that finishes the outside. It should not take too long. Mostly it is just rings and chains around. Easy peasy.
    The photo is not the best. The background should be a dark blue, not gray. I was not in good light. Sorry. Still, you get the idea.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lately ... Doily Update

    I have been working on it. The Doily. Serweta 1. I am almost half way around round 10. Round 10 is not hard but it is a little floppy. It only connects at two points on each repetition so I a working "in the air" a lot. It is not bad, though. I have put a tape across so you can get an idea of how big it is. There will be one more round after this one. It should end up under 11".
  
    Spring is starting to rear its head around here. The trees are starting to bud and of course, the grass is growing. Tuesday I decided to cut the grass. I did the neighbor's yard too. Remember, I was in the hospital last month. He helped me out with things during those days, so I returned the favor. Funny thing was, though, that when I ran the mower (I have a rider mower) by his mailbox it bumped it slightly. Really. Very slight bump. And his mailbox fell apart. Off the post. So I built him a new post and put a new box on it. He really, really needed it. Even the mailman said so. I put it in the hole and concreted it. Should last him until he retires.It doesn't look level, but the level I used says it is. The photo looks off. The red post is actually tilted to the left.
    I did go back later that day and put the new mailbox on it. Now you know why I don't tat 24/7.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Serweta 1 Round 9 Done

    Finally. At last. I thought I had to make 24 of the motifs for this round. No, it was 25! I finally have them done. It took a little while because of things going on. I was in the hospital for 4 days. I demonstrated tatting to all the nurses! Yes, this doily. I did several of the motifs while I was there. I have been home a couple weeks now and finally got them done this morning.
    The doily measures 9" across at this point. I have 2 more rounds to go. I don't think those will take nearly as long. Making the motifs meant I had to join each separately. That also meant 50 tails to sew in. It wasn't really that bad. You make one, sew the 2 ends. Make another, sew the 2 ends. I will recommend one thing, though. Most of the motifs I started with the first 2 clover sections, then joined the 3rd, 4th and 5th to the doily.  For the last one, I started with what was the 2nd, or outermost, clover, then joined the next 4. Why? Because it was easier to to the last join. The last join on all of them is a folded join. This one was easy because that clover was not attached to the rest of the doily, so to speak. It made it simple.
    Why was I in the hospital? Something I never heard of called cellulitis. They said it is a staph infection. I know it spread up my leg fast. I was on antibiotic IV for 4 days then home with antibiotic. I have another week to take them, but the staph is gone. It just left a big place on my leg that was a blister, so to keep it from getting infected while it heals, more pills. Oh, well. Orders are keep the leg elevated. Guess what I am doing in the recliner!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What Round IS This?

     Last post I had finished round 8 of the Stawasz Doily 1. Now I have started on round ... er ... uh ... well, I am not sure. I think 9 comes after 8. The diagram shows VIII for the one I just finished. I see IX and X, but they come after this one. It seems the diagram did not label the last few correctly. Then, too, perhaps since this round is a series of 24 medallions added one at a time, they don't consider it a "round". Well, to me it is 9 and there will be 11 rounds.
     I have completed the first three medallions (24 required). They are about an inch across. The previous round finished at about 7 inches so this will make the doily 9 inches when the round is finished.In King Tut thread, this is still going to be a respectable 11 or 12 inches across. I did not expect it to be that big.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Serweta 1 Round 8

     I went to the monthly meeting of the Palmetto Tatters Guild yesterday. I got there first so I just sat and tatted until someone else showed up. Then I helped bring in the essentials and went back to tatting. We had a good time and there was even someone new to meet. I like to meet other tatters.
    The lesson was making a tatted elastic bracelet. I did not make that one. I just would not wear it and don't currently have anyone to give it to. I kept the pattern so I could do it later. What I did do was finish round 8 on the doily I have been working. Here is a photo. It is on a towel. I ironed it so the outer loops wouldn't twist.

    This doily has been slow. I am sure now that if I tat a lot my shoulder will let me know it was too much. I was right. I finished it off just after I got home and all night the shoulder kept me awake. It was worth it, though. Round 8 is done and now to round 9. I hope to post a picture of that soon. It is medallions around the outside of round 8. It will probably take a while.
    Serweta 1 is what the book calls it. I think serweta means doily in Polish. Google says tablecloth. Maybe it is a tablecloth. I am doing it in King Tut so the thread is tiny. In size 20 it will be a lot bigger. I did try translating it backwards. It seems that doily in Polish is serwetka. Perhaps K in the spelling is a diminuative, like "little tablecloth"? Here is one of the great things about tatting. It is international and you can learn new things about languages. I never let a language keep me from getting a new tatting book.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Still Here and a Little Better

    Yes, I am still here. It has been a few days since I posted so I thought I would update on the doily I am doing. I have not been going full tilt on it so my shoulder can rest a bit. I have gotten more done than I realized, though. No, I have not ironed or blocked anything yet.

     I am a little over halfway on round 8 of 10. I forgot to put the tape measure in the photo, but the doily measures 7 inches across for this round. Round 8 is not hard, but the one thing a bit "unusual" is that when you make a loop of 11 rings,  then you have a chain to connect to the next 2 picots. Because of the direction it curves, you make the last ring of the loop, reverse work and switch shuttles, letting the one you have been making rings with become the "ball" thread. Once that chain is done, switch back and carry on with the next loop of rings. I don't know about you, but I think little things like that make tatting more interesting.