Monday, March 27, 2017
This 10 minute video shows me working with 2 shuttles, tatting a mock ring around a bead, bead picots, lock join, chain, tatting a floating ring thrown off a chain, putting a bead in the center of the floating ring, and you'll hear me talk about what I'm doing.
It's actually a demonstration of the start of my own Nouveau necklace pattern. I made this video in response to questions about the techniques used. I hope this helps!
Monday, March 20, 2017
|Rita and Denise tatting together! Did you know that Rita makes beautiful tatting shuttles? She sells them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shuttlebydesign/|
|Diane working on her doily project.|
|Photo montage showing Diane, Sue Anna, me, and Denise|
|Examples of shuttles that Rita has decorated.|
|Julie and Diane|
|More shuttles designed by Rita|
|Tatting in progress!|
|A collection of Diane's Ice Drops!|
|Diane taught me how to do an Ice Drop. She's a great teacher! These Ice Drops really are fun to make.|
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
I still need to follow the illustration of the Celtic knot from Celtic Tatting Knots and Patterns by Rozella F. Linden every time I tat one of these shamrocks! Actually, I do it backwards from the illustration, using the paper clip end to weave the knot so that a Celtic shuttle isn't required.
This particular shamrock pattern is mine, and you can find it here.
These green heart earrings are based on the "Sweetheart" pattern in Boutique Tatting, but I altered it. I'm always experimenting! Instead of 2 shuttles, I used 1 shuttle and ball, and when I reached the bottom, I lock joined, tatted the ring, and lock joined again. At the top, I substituted lock stitches for the Josephine chain.
After the tatting was finished, I wire wrapped an emerald green Swarovski teardrop, connecting it to the bottom ring while wrapping. I also made the earwires.
Not much tatting lately, since I've been busy with my cello music. Often choir music contains parts for several instruments in the score, but seldom for cello. The choir director gave me a trombone part, but after hearing it we both agreed that the cello is definitely NOT a trombone ☺
So, what I'm doing is transposing the "C" instrument part (usually intended for flute or violin) down an octave into bass clef for cello. I have music software, which helps, but I still have to do it note by note. Naturally, I'm putting my name in as "arranger" underneath the composer's name on my printed sheet music (I'm the only one who'll ever see those pages, anyway). ☺
Monday, February 20, 2017
In my life outside of tatting and hand dyeing, one of the other things I do is play the cello. I learned how by taking lessons as an adult student, and now I've been playing 23 years. I've played in a few different community orchestras. The current orchestra that I'm in is called Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, or WIO for short. Spring concert will be June 2 at 7 pm, at 135 North 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53213.
Sometimes I also play cello to accompany the choir at church (St. Rita's in West Allis). I sing in the choir too, as best I can. It's challenging, but fun!
The cello tapestry is something I designed many years ago, woven of handspun yarn. Some of you may remember her as my first "yarnplayer" logo!
Well, on to the tatting. Here's some photos of things I've finished lately:
|The filigree centers are from Fire Mt. Gems.|
|Argentium silver wire wrapping with tatted cotton "flowers".|
|"Unfolding Heart", based on this pattern.|
|Blue "Sweetheart" earrings, based on a pattern from Boutique Tatting.|
Current dye batch still in progress is "Spooky". It should be dry and listed in my Etsy shop sometime tomorrow.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The basic procedure I've been using for my tatting + wire pendants does seem to always work, with random, asymmetrical, organic results. Generally, for these pendants here's what I do:
First, I form a frame of 18 gauge wire. Any shape seems to work, as long as it forms a base of at least 2 wires to attach the tatting to (so that the tatting stays securely in place and doesn't spin around the wire.)
3 colors of thread on shuttles. I like to use hand dyed thread of size 10 to 20, sometimes mixing the sizes.
Mostly I use Josephine rings for the flowers, but throw in normal rings and dimple rings for variety. Encapsulation technique for the chains (stems), wrapping over the unused colors with un-flipped stitches.
Then 28 gauge wire in basic wire-wrapping techniques to attach the tatting, beads, and cover the frame wires. I think the tatting is strong enough to stand up to the wire, as long as it's over double stitches, not over a single thread.
I have a YouTube video showing this type of work HERE.
I sell pendants like this and other original tatted jewelry in my Etsy shop.
|The back side|
Thursday, January 26, 2017
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