Picot Overkill

Giant picot overkill?

I love picots.  Big picots.  Giant picots!

But I think I finally overdid it with this tatted motif.  The huge picots detract from the design and it just looks a bit messy.

Lyn Morton would be horrified to see what I did to her beautiful pattern!  🙂

I made several mistakes, missed a couple of joins, and experienced two disasters while tatting it.  The “Tips and Tricks” in Mary Konior’s Visual Patterns book came to my rescue.  (If you are a new tatter, her “Tips and Tricks” alone are worth the price of the book.)

Using her instructions, I was able to open a ring easily and untat my mistakes as simply as untatting a chain.  And I used her weaver’s knot to rescue a broken thread that only had about 1/3″ tail remaining.

So it was a learning experience on several levels…. one of which is be careful when you change the length of the chains in the center because it definitely impacts how the rest of the pattern fits together!

Another Tatted Flower

Tatted flower and leaves

I love this sweet little tatted flower that I finished last night.  It’s now in a frame and is part of my tatted motif wall grouping.

I am making another one like it to use on a card for a friend.

I did get some seeds started.  It was a little late to start  broccoli and lettuce, but they are up now, and I think they’ll be okay.   I also got some sugar snap peas planted a few days ago.

It’s been a pretty cool March, so maybe it will stay cool for a while for those cold-loving plants.  It’s hard to guess what the weather might do anymore, though.

I’ve been so focused on paying off the Aliner, putting every penny I can into it, that I was starting to feel poverty stricken and deprived!  So tonight I went shopping and bought a sewing machine to replace the one that died, along with new scissors, bobbins, needles and notions.  It helped a lot!  🙂

So now I can alter the 4 pairs of jeans that don’t fit right… and I can probably find enough sewing projects to procrastinate working on the camper for a few more days!

Tatted Rose Motif

Tatted purple rose

I am delighted with the way this little rose motif turned out.

The original pattern (in Christmas Angels and Other Tatting Patterns by Monica Hahn)  surrounded the rose with plain rings connected by chain loops, and it just didn’t seem worthy of the beautiful rose center.  So I tatted green clovers to encircle it instead.

I think it’s the prettiest motif I’ve done so far!

I’m including a photo of the original pattern so you can see the difference.

I still have to do a couple more motifs to finish the framed wall  tatting display that I am working on.

Photo of the original pattern

Tatted Spring Flower Motif — Framed

Framed tatted flower motif

I love this little flower motif!

I had done it several times for Christmas gifts, but this is the first time I’ve done it for myself.

I had trouble getting my clover petals close enough that a small amount of thread didn’t show between them, but it is still sweet.

This is a modification of one of Nancy Tracy’s free patterns.  Here is the original pattern.

Denim Tatted Tote Bag

Denim tote bag decorated with tatting

Here’s another tote bag I finished for Christmas.  The tatted edging at the top is from a 1915 pattern that was reprinted in one of the Dover pattern books.

I am still having major problems tensioning my rings and chains evenly, and the work is not very good when viewed separately.  But it is the best I can do at this stage, and I do think the tote bag turned out cute.

I am now working on a canvas tote with brown and variegated spice colored thread.  I did one motif last night, and it turned out too uneven to use.  So I will start again tonight.

If tatting was easy, everyone would do it, so I keep telling myself to be patient with my mistakes.  🙂

My tatting is improving

Second try at this bookmark pattern

This is my second try working this pattern. It's a big improvement over the first.

Haven’t heard from the RV shop yet.  I hope they get the camper done soon.  I left some of my jeans packed in it and I need them!

In the meantime, I’ve been tatting, and my work is getting better.  I do tat too tightly, but will continue to work on that.

Here’s my latest… and I am so proud of it!  Again, it’s one of Jon’s beautiful free patterns.

I decided to use my first flawed version as a motif on a little girl’s tote bag.  It looks great as a motif, and the mistakes aren’t so glaring when used this way.

Little girl's tote decorated with tatting

A tiny tote

 

A Needle Tatted Fan Motif

tatted fan

Pattern designed by Heather Johnston

Just a quick post to show off last night’s project — a fan motif.

I had to start over three times because I kept getting my work turned around and joining to the wrong ring.  And I had to rip out a stretch because I refused to start over a fourth time.

But I finally got it done!  I am thrilled that even beginner projects can turn out pretty!

The pattern is by Heather Johnston.  You can see it here.

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