Monday, February 28, 2011

Greetings!

I am, as usual, not going to be on for a while, BUT I have pictures!!! Fun pictures. Without the internet, I've been able to improve my skills in crocheting and knitting, not so much in tatting, as I've pretty much worn out all there is to learn. Also I've been committing a lot more time to violin, piano, and guitar. With tatting, I started putting together a huge portfolio of patterns that I wrote, and ones that I photocopy from library books. Variety is amazing, I tell you! FINALLY, I've broken through the the conformist barrier and into the realm of creativity, tatting patterns are really coming to me.



The first is a doll that I knitted when I was in the 9th grade, she's been wearing a not-so-fashionable dress that I crocheted a while back, and I wanted to make her some fancy new clothes. So I crocheted a skirt with tatted trim and sew a top with more tatted trim.

Then, I worked a little bit on ring and pattern designs, which turned out lovely, if I may say so.


This is one that's very hard to photograph, but am I am so so so proud of. It took absolutely forever and I thought about stopping several times. Five days total. It's about 7 by 13 inches. I'm going to be entering it in the county fair, I hope they're as impressed as I am! (:

And this last thing is something not tatted but knitted! The extent to which I love knitting is extraordinary, not as much as tatting of course, but it's up there. This is the most complex thing I've worked on, and I'm so happy about it. I turned it into a hat.

The pattern called it a star, but it looks more like a daisy. That's why I chose to spend the last bit of my yellow on it, because when will I use yellow again? Meh.

That is all (:
Have a nice week!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Distant

I have been without constant internet for about 5 days now, and let me tell you, it's terrible! I'm at the library right now on my laptop. Erg..

In the world of tatting, I'm working on three new projects! Yup, three. The first is a belt, the second is a doily, and the other is a tablecloth, so I'm pretty busy, which makes me happy.

The crown that I had made, completely refused to stay stiff, so I made a glue mixture that I read about which is 1 part glue/3 parts water. I mixed it up really well in a cup and then scrunched the crown up, dipped it in, rung it, and gave it a light rinse, I didn't want the glue to totally wash out. The challenge with this method is that you can't pin any of the picots out, being that it has to be on a hard form, like plastic or glass. If it were on any sort of foam or fabric, it would adhere to it. I used a plastic protein powder container upside down and it worked out great. I just had to make sure that everything (rings and picots) were in order. It dried over night and turned out awesome! So a few things were a tad out of place, I love this finished product and it's very strong. This mixture wouldn't be that good for doilies or anything, but it really makes a difference with 3d creations. Maybe if it were diluted more it be okay, I'm not sure.

Anyway, I guess I'll be on my way! Have a nice week (:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Heartbreaking

While browsing through the wonderful pieces of TotusMel on etsy, I was horrified to see that the lovely heart is one of her designs! BUT, I am absolutely sure I did not get the sketch from her blog/etsy. So someone else either copied her before me, or she didn't create it herself. But I'm pretty sure she did.

*Sigh* The reason why this upsets me is because she's SELLING them, and they are making her money to help support herself and her family. I feel bad :/

Anyway, I've begun a belt for my mother, it's going to take ages, but that's okay, I have MONTHS. I'm also experimenting with larger threads, which is turning out great. I tried working with a cotton crocheting yarn and though I liked the results, shuttles can barely hold enough thread for 4 rings. I'm looking into designs that I can sell for Valentines Day, exciting! And any day I'll be getting an email from David Reed Smith saying that he finished my shuttles and they're on the way! YEEEEEE!

So those are my updates (":

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tatting Syndrome

You know the moment. When your pieces are drying and you're completely done with all the projects you were working on. It feels so refreshing, yet wrong. It doesn't feel good when you have no idea what to tat. Your home is already full of tatted pieces. The closest event is either months away or you've already tatted something for it. You go through the mental list of friends, do they have birthdays soon? Are they getting married soon? To no avail. You look through your pattern books and saved pattern sites on your computer. So many nice options, but what will be the next project. I always find this part of any art or craft difficult. Deciding what to do. And it's especially difficult with tatting. So usually, while I'm tatting, I make note of the next thing I'd like to tat, maybe replicate a piece I buy, or change something up, or even work on a sketch I've drawn. But today I was lost. It's very hard to think in that state! So after a couple hours of annoying everyone, I finally decided to try out a doily design of mine! Yayyyyy, we'll see how that pans out.

I FINALLY finished the crown I was working on. It took me about a week, but not straight. Maybe 6 hours total. I tatted the first row too loose initially and had to do it over. Tiresome I know, but that crown will last forever! I want it to be perfect.

Earlier today I had a little photo shoot with my cousin, and I must say, the photos turned out pretty cute!



Being the perfectionist that I am, I'm not particularly happy with how it turned out. Probably another aspect of Tatting Syndrome. Yes, it's now a thing.

In other news, I committed plagiarism. Kinda. Well not really. A while back, I saw the cutest heart ever on someone's blog and sketched it out. Today, I tatted it up (LOL, name reference). I searched thoroughly on several people's blogs, but I can't find it anywhere. So I warily will post my picture. Please tell me if it's from your blog or if you know who's it is. I take no claim! haha

Well, it's just so lovely (:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tatting Shuttles on the Way

I am so entirely excited!!! I just ordered two tatting shuttles from David Reed Smith.

A while back, I happened upon the site when I was in a DIY type of mood, but the process he showed was way to complex and I shunned the idea. Eventually, I decided to look at the rest of his pictures. I was surprised by all the wonderful looking shuttles I saw, but was unsure of the insecure system of payment and everything, so I forgot about it.

Then, I went into a frenzy about a week ago. My clover shuttles are just SO boring and I was craving a lovely shuttle. Most are just too expensive. I don't feel like dropping $100 on a shuttle. So while searching, once again, I came across the site of David Reed Smith. And after a little bit of research and reviews, my order is in, and my payment is in the mail.

Hopefully I'll soon have two 2 1/2 inch shuttles, both with brass hooks, one in maple, one in purple heart, both with "Anika" burned beneath one of the shells. (:

Here are some pics from his site,

Maple:



Purpleheart:



Points:


And here's the link to his order page:

http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Toordera.htm

I'll post the pics when I get them! Tell me if you've gotten any shuttles from David, and send the link to your pics if have them up, thanks!

Oh, and I'm working on an amazing piece right now, hopefully I'll finish soon (((: