Friday, April 29, 2011

In the Blogging Mood

That, I am not. I don't remember the last date I posted on, but it seems like very long ago. After the county fair stuff, I just haven't been in the tatting mood. I did do a little bit, and that you will see. I have quite a few pictures for you now, but not all are tatting related, so bear with me. My last post was simply a picture of the handkerchief that I'm working on, and I haven't done ANY! I'm sure that I'll get my head back in the game soon enough, so not to worry. The problem is that I promised myself I would finish it soon because I will be doing another in a little while and I refuse to be working on two of the same project at once. Now here are some crazy pictures.

The first, and my most proud, is from a ball of absolutely luxurious yarn that a friend gave me. It was just one ball, so it wasn't going to be anything huge, so I thought a neck scarf type thing would fit the bill and I came up with this.


Now, here are the bookmarks for the exchange! I'll be sending them next week.

And the progress of the "big piece" I'm doing. Not very much, but I think it might work out.

This is a scarf that is in progress, just not very much of it.

Another scarf that is more like a shawl. I'll post another picture that is taken during the day. It's very web-like and luxurious. I only wish that I could take a picture that would portray the softness of this. And because I'm using those giant needles, it's going very fast!

And, this is my attempt at amiguri, which is a very simple-looking, cutesy crochet that is done to create little objects. I was in a crocheting mood and decided to try. It didn't turn out the best, but I'm quite sure that my next try will be a lot better!

Never before did I think that being reclusive would pay off. I was at Joann getting buttons and thread the other day, and when making my way to the counter, I don't usually go down the clear hall, I go around all the shelves. There were a lot of people in the path, and I didn't want to deal with it. I ran into the purse-making aisle. Little bits looked curious, and I found these little rings! They reminded me of the frivolite tutorial on youtube as well as the projects that Fox is always doing, and decided to try my hand at it. A quick referral to the video and I'm really like it! Now to come up with an idea.. Hmmm....


Now for the last picture. My mom is making me participate in an art show where a lot of people go and, often times, things will get bought. I had a hard time trying to convince her that I really REALLY don't want to sell anything tatted. Many of the things I make take me hours, and people don't like paying much for tatting. To them, it's just pretty thread! I protested the idea for probably an hour and it seems as though it was in one ear and out the other, for, apparently, I was tired and not to be taken seriously. But, I'm not tired now and it still seems rather annoying. So I've decided to just do little things, like bookmarks, pendents, and earrings. *sigh* These will be earrings I suppose.

I hope the pictures were alright. I am scarcely awake during the day, and when I am, I'm playing violin (darn neighbors), so, often, I have to take pictures at night, when I do most of my work. I used faux fur for the background, next time it will be more bearable, and stepping back, I realize the franticity (that's not actually a word) of the situation.

That's all I have for today. Some awesomely exciting things are coming up! You'll see.

(:

P.S. I looked at my post, and some of the pictures are upside down! Weird.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Handkerchief Progress

I failed in a way that probably makes most tatters cringe. I tatted the edging too long on one side and therefore have to on all sides. All because I was so captivated by a movie I was watching. Luckily, it's not too bad, I caught it in time. It's kind of like when you start on one side of the edging and think "This is going to take forever, I don't need to keep track" It'll just be very lush and frilly. No big!

Yup, that's it for once! Just a little pic for the road.

Things tend to collect in my room. HMMM suspicious.....

(:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Snuppy!

You see, everyone is talking about Easter. But does anyone wish Snuppy a happy birthday? I think not. You see, Snuppy was the first dog to be cloned. He was born in South Korea on April 24, 2005. He's an Afghan hound and his surrogate mom is a golden retriever. Isn't that interesting? I don't think I would have named him Snuppy though. It came from the name of the school (Seoul National University- SNU) and the word "puppy". That's the kind of creative that makes people roll their eyes. Like when I pretended to be a dog for 3 weeks straight when I was 9. Well, there's my bit of nonsense for the day. Oh, and Happy Easter!

Yesterday, I FINALLY got eggs to decorate. I set everything up all nice to work... but it didn't happen. *sigh*

I have no idea how to organize those little Lizbeth threads. The bigger ones I have on golf clubs that are propped up in the corner, but these are so tiny. I've just been keeping them in a Joann bag. The eggs are going to be put away and I figure I can work on them in my free time and have them ready for next Easter.

In other news, I am embarking on a new project! It's gonna be big! I don't know how big, it depends on how bored I get.

I don't remember what book it's from "Tatting Doilies and Edgings" maybe. I got it from the library and photocopied patterns that I figured I'd do at some point. Is that illegal? I sure hope not. The designs is made up of little squares, so it can pretty much turn into anything. And if I do a square or more a day, it'll be finished in no time! Wishful thinking, right? We'll see.

Isn't it pretty? Fancy shmancy! The picture on the pattern doesn't do it justice at all.

That's all for today.

I hope everyone had a great Easter! (:

<3

Friday, April 22, 2011

Teeth

Throughout my short life, I've acquired an awful lot of Stuff. Cool little things that I may never need, but will certainly never see again. In this collection is a student ID that I found in the street, little lead figures that could stand on a quarter, a tiny notebook that has a game of tic tac toe in it that I played with one of my idols, and many other things, most notably, a baggy of shark teeth. The baggy had been drifting around for a while, and just recently, it really caught my eye. My grandpa found them, I believe, a very long time ago. He had strange friends, and I guess he was informed of this place where there were just loads of shark teeth. At least, this is what I've been told.

Bored, yesterday, I decided to do something with them. I go two relatively T-shaped teeth, and tatted a little bit onto them. What do you think? And no glue! Yayyy..

How do people cover up that hole?! It looks terrible. I think these eggs will have to wait until next year... Or, I'll just throw them at my brother. Either one.

This is something I'm a little excited about! For the bookmark exchange, my goal was to have all 3 (I'm doing 3) be original patterns, so that there wouldn't be anything like them. I've got to admit, it's a little intimidating to be sending some of your own tatting to someone who has done breathtaking things. This started out as an experiment, but I quite like it! It reminds me of granny squares.

One last picture. I think I may have one of the craziest cats in existence. This is the 3rd time she did that last night, so I had the camera on hand. And shortly after this was taken, she was mercilessly attacking my head.... Lovingly, of course.

About the white paper, it gets so unbearably hot, come March here, that I have to cover the entire windows with it to reflect the sun. Otherwise, it's ridiculous! The brown blinds just attract the heat. But, ya know, it is a lot brighter and more bearable with just the paper, if not pretty!

Well, there you are! Hope you enjoyed this. (:
<3

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Busy Doing Nothing....

These days, I feel so exhausted, but honestly I can't remember what I've been doing... Hmm. Cleaned my room, maybe that's it. Nah. Strange! So, about the fair, my mom expressed her concerns about how the pieces were displayed. In the children's display building, the crafts are just laid out on tables because it's unlikely that someone will steal a little kid's Popsicle stick creation, and a little bit of touching isn't going to wreck it. BUT (always a but!) that's where my pieces were intended on going because, as I mentioned, I have to be in the children's categories because someone, *cough cough* mom, told them how old I am. She informed me of this yesterday and I nearly had a heart attack! I've got nothing against kids, but everyone knows that they touch absolutely everything (dogs, dirt, doorknobs, floors, goats, rabbits, cats, all animals, and some pick their noses). *shudders* This was definitely a problem.

I had my mom call this morning to ask about the cases, maybe she didn't know for sure, or, perhaps, they were just put there for a little? Eh? Wishful thinking. For now, my work is in one of the lady's offices. So, she called the fairgrounds and said that she wanted to pick the pieces up because there's an art show in a couple weeks and the fair doesn't start for a month. Supposedly, the lady was really opposed to this idea and made my mom promise to bring it all back for the fair, it seems as though the tatting has struck a chord with a lot of the fair workers. This caught my mom very off guard and now the plan is to go pick them up, do the show (with more pieces that I have to do), and bring them back with our own cases. Confusing, and a little stressful, but all is well! It'll work out fine I'm sure.

On a more exciting note, I got the Handy Hands catalog! YAY! I nearly hyperventilated.... So much tatting stuff! The eggs from there wouldn't get here in time, but, luckily, I have around 10 blown out eggs to work on. Next year, and soon, I'll have to order some things.

Random pictures!

Easter pins:

Wild Kitty (Darla!):

Wiggly Poodle (Bunny) saw the camera so started to act like a weirdo!:

Nearly empty drawer *cries* all my tat is on a business trip:

Attempted crocheting to use up the size 10 thread. Wayyyy boring :-/, so I'll have to find something else *sigh*

And finally! I guess this is what I've been up to, an elderly classical guitar, just came back from the shop with new turny-things and strings:

Random pictures, I know. I've got nothing better!
But but but, I've been working on some patterns and I'll put those up soon!

Sorry for how abstract this had been, hopefully it entertained you a little.
(:
<3

Friday, April 15, 2011

County Fair Drama

With all things, there is always a chance that SOMETHING will go wrong. This morning, my mom brought the entered pieces (all 12) up to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. When she asked a woman about my entrances, the woman claimed that I wasn't on her list (which I was, it turned out), and she asked my mom how old I am. My age was not on any documents, but when my mom told her, they said that I couldn't be in the same category as adults. But there is no tatting category for children. There is a lace category, but, as it turns out, I am indeed the only entrant. I didn't clearly understand what went on, but it seems as though they made a makeshift category for what I had been entered in as an adult. It's a huge mess, but all is well. There are no other tatters, lace-makers, or anything in that realm, so I guess I already won. Maybe I shouldn't be as upset as I am, but the reason for my entrance was to see some lacework from my area, and maybe have a little competition? Eh! That's how the cookie crumbles.

Now for some good stuff!

I started on some bookmarks for that bookmark exchange going on at the tatting forum, I believe it's called. It seems like a cool thing to do! These two (same pattern, different color) are actually from my own pattern, and I think they turned out pretty cool! The picots on one end are just super long and fringy. It's not as messy as one might think, because I starched them so that they pretty much stay in order.


My mom is obsessed with shabby chic, particularly aprons and the occasional handkerchief. She's had these in her dresser for ages and when I did that Japanese handkerchief, she gave me these to do the same with. They are reproductions of antiques, but are old themselves. There were coffee-ish stains on some of them from a while of neglect, so first order of business was to wash them and I found myself REALLY wanting a clothesline. When I was 12, we had a HUGE lavender bush outside our backdoor and when all the flowers were in bloom, I cut them all off into nice sprigs and hung them on a makeshift clothesline in my bathroom. My mom yelled at me for messing up the plant, but, you know, we still have all the sprigs, and they still smell amazing. Random story.

When they fully dried, I ironed them and, luckily, cotton holds it's shape MUCH better than that finicky silk. This will be a joy.




The blue is lighter than any I have, and the first, dark pink, needs a special pink. *sigh* so, only the purple one with get edging any time soon.


On a different note, does anyone have any tatting-on-eggs tips? I've been feeling the major urge to make some pretty Easter eggs, despite the fact that it's not really a celebrated thing in my house and the candy never fails to make me sick. Nonetheless, it tends to be so pretty! Feeling quite confident with myself, I took an expired carton of eggs from the fridge and spent about an hour trying to blow the middle part out. It was a traumatic experience, to say the least, and I kept getting egg in my mouth. About three were broken, and only one was blown, but very damaged. I watched some youtube videos, but it didn't happen. And it seems like nowhere sells nice matte, pastel eggs (fake of course). It WILL happen, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

That's all for this post!
(:
<3

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Luxuries

Rarely do I allow myself to feel overly confident or too proud. Tatting is one of those rare things, if not the only thing, that I allow myself to be proud of once in a while. And now is one of those times I suppose. I FINALLY tatted an edging for the handkerchief!

Not the greatest picture on the planet because of the lighting and the fact that the fabric is very silky (it IS silk). I've never done a handkerchief, so this was a first and I've got to admit, it was great(the tatting part I mean)! The edging was very fast, luckily. I started it last night and the the whole thing was finished earlier tonight. 44 inches of lace!

The next one I do might have more elaborate edging and a better knowledge of the whole attachment thing, but I'm proud of this one. I'm sure my grandpa would be too, or maybe is, if he's still roaming around.

The reason I went off for a couple days (hardly tragic) started out because of my camera battery, but then I remembered that my county fair deadline is on Friday! AGH. I went into super hulu-watching, mega-tatting mode and I finished this.

Looks nice, right? Well, I have some problems with this pattern. It's from the oldschool "Tatting Patterns and Designs". The book is great, don't get me wrong, but some of it is, erm, kind of lazy. Like this.

Look hard. You'll see that there is an extra ring attached to a pattern section and it looks wayyyy off. Yeah, it's supposed to be like that. And the row where you do two rings, then a chain that goes over it and connects to the top picot of the ring (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE, it looks so cool!) doesn't account for the chains in the first two rows. So, unless you like squeezing your chains real tight, the blocking is a pain.

Okay I'm being a complainer today. Stressed I guess. I do love how it turned out, and I do love that book to death, some of the motifs are great.

This is all I've been up to!

Have a nice day!(:

Friday, April 8, 2011

MIA for a little bit

Uh oh! I overestimated my deadline. I have three pieces to make in less than a week. Two are (very large!) doilies and one is a bookmark, plus I have to make fabric labels. The labels confuse me because it says to make temporary sewn on fabric labels. My thing is that it's pretty much impossible to write neatly on fabric, and I don't know what the labels are supposed to say. Advice would be nice here *stressing*

I know this will be much easier next year, and hopefully next year I won't have gone through a tatting strike a month before the fair.

Sorry I don't have any pictures, haven't been able to get a battery :(. My next post will be sometime next week-ish, or whenever I finish my pieces.

Wish me luck! (:
<3

P.S. this doesn't mean I won't be reading blogs though ;D

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finished Title and MORE THREAD? O:

I don't know what happened to my schedule in the first place, but for the past few days, I've been in the habit of staying up until 7 am and waking up at around 5 pm. The waking up part was the worst because the day would be gone and by that time, it's HOT in my room. Usually the heat was the reason I would wake up. So I decided to stay up all of yesterday, go to sleep about maybe 7 pm, get up early, and have a good day at school (I only go once a week). Of course this didn't quite happen. I crashed around 4 pm, and I guess I did get up early for the day ahead, if you think about it. As in 11 pm. *sigh* So another tired day on the way!

In my late night or two, I did finish the edging around the title! Yay! And I don't I'll add anything more to the cover.

Yesterday, though I was dead-tired, we went to JoAnn and I got more Lizbeth. I need a few colors for the county fair that I didn't have in 20. Because now that I've gotten used to 20, 10 is impossible. It's so bulky and messy! Plus, you can hold a lot more 20 on your shuttle and it tats out smoother. I ended up getting 7 colors, so now I have every color JoAnn sells in Lizbeth. Honestly, that's a little disappointing, there aren't enough basic colors available. *cries* okay okay! I'll quit my whining!







You'll notice that the last color(s) matches the handkerchief perfectly, so I'll start on an edging for it after the county fairs pieces, since the deadline is quickly approaching.

Sadly, as I was taking the thread pictures, my camera decided to conk out! Hopefully I can get a battery soon, pictures are necessary!

Thanks for reading (:
<3

P.S. Thanks so much for the awesome comments I've been getting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Edgings, edgings everywhere!

Today, I've been a little slow with everything crafty, for no particular reason. I did work a little bit on the edging for the sampler book though. It's going to look pretty nice.

My mom brought me a handkerchief that looks pretty old. She found it in my grandparents house. I wish that that I could read what company made it and possibly the date. The writing looks Japanese, but I could be wrong.

I couldn't rotate it for some reason, but if you know what it says, please tell me! The design is really pretty.

The creases were very set in, and, on the silk setting, I did have to use a little starch spray with some cotton jersey in between. FINALLY, the creases came out mostly, I might do it again later.


I think I might do an edging around it, but I want to find a thread that I really love. Maybe a multicolored reddish, orange-ish, yellowish. We'll see.

There's my post for the day! Maybe tomorrow's will be more interesting! (:

Have a nice day <3