Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Oh No You Didn't"

... Oh yes I did........
There are 2 things I would like you to see here. Both are marked with a X. First the top X shows where I missed a join and the bottom X which shows where I cut the thread to finish it off, before I realized that I'd missed a whole section of tatting.

For some reason my friend, Peg - the one I am helping learn to tat - thought that it was really funny that I missed a join and had ALREADY cut the thread. She said something like it was good to see that I make mistakes too.

I was lucky enough to win this Patriotic HDT from Anika. (you can find her etsy shop here) And since I'd just made this pattern, Julie's Hearts and Flower Cross, for a friend I wanted to make it again for myself and this new HDT was itching to be used.

So in the end was there a lesson to be learned from this experience? Sure was, if - rather WHEN - I make a mistake again don't show Peg. LOL.

Tat On,


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tatted Hairpin Lace

A couple of weeks ago, Georgia asked for volunteers to tat something using Ruth Perry's Tatted Mock Hair Pin Lace. I was unable to find it online to show you, but it is where the Hairpin Lace is made by tatting large picots.

Georgia provided 4 or 5 patterns for us to pick from. Because my time was limited and she asked for it to be done in 2 weeks, I choose a - what I thought at the time would be- fairly simple pattern and made Saundra Hameed's Round Center Motif.

I'd never done Hairpin Lace, so I didn't really understand it, and in hindsight I did it wrong. I made it so both sets of picots were the same size. Stupidly after I made it was when I decided I should have researched HPLace. In doing so I learned that the middle set of picots should have been smaller than the outer ones. I think that's why the upper to middle right section is a bit ....... well, off I guess.

( I prepared this post a few days ago and since then LadyShuttleMaker did an excellent PDF of how to correctly make this pattern using Ruth Perry's Mock Hairpin Lace technique, it can be found here. )

Oh well, as Georgia said "every test brings us more knowledge", and with LadyShuttleMaker's great tutorial I may just give this one a try again.

Tat On!,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rosy Ironbark

I'm sorry to say that I tat many pieces that I don't take the time to blog about.

But not this time :-)

I was told by KBDesignOriginals that I was the first person to purchase the Rosy Ironbark pattern when she posted it in her etsy shop back in April. Since then I have made it a number of times, at least 4 or 5. Finally I am remembering to show you one of them before I gift it away.

Tat On!


Sunday, September 11, 2011


I have struggled all day with something to say about 9-11. Every time I've tried I can't bear to put my thoughts into words. So simply I'll say ...

I have not forgotten all of the people we lost that day, nor the people we have lost in the fight against terrorism since then. God Bless Them and Their Families.

And to all of our Service Men & Women who continue to serve the USA and keep us safe, Thank You and your families.