Friday, July 6, 2018

They bloom

Let's start with the most recent, then work backwards. Some of you will find the post has some familiar items in it because I've posted to Facebook already. A few nights ago I was beginning to tat up some flowers to add to some shuttles I plan on casting next month. This is a blade from one I made a few years ago. I wanted to make a mold out of it, but it wasn't possible as it was too flat and wouldn't hold the curve for a post shuttle.

 I got distracted, and ending up making interlocking rings (celtic). After a few were made, I noticed that depending on how they overlap, they can look like a flower.
They unfortunately didn't stay put. So I played around with different ways on how to run the thread so it would stay where I wanted. In the end I just joined the two larger outside rings to one another and it worked!
Now in theory, it was pretty straight foward, and joining to the first side of one was easy and normal. The tricky part was turning the work so it would lay properly before joining to the second picot. I did record it when I tried to make a second one of these blossoms. The footage has about 2 minutes of me just fiddling with the thread before finally getting it right. The hardest part was closing that last ring. You can't just 'tug' the ring closed, you have to walk it in sections. It's a slow manual closing in tiny portions at a time. If you tug, your thread will snap. I'm looking for an unused Tatsy shuttle so I can make this in size 10 thread to create a tutorial for it. It's had good feedback on Facebook, and people seem to want to recreate it.

The last couple of posts mentioned storage solutions, and here is another one. I ordered this photo storage box on Walmart.com for $8 USD. Inside of it is 6 smaller containers meant to hold 4X6 pictures. This is a wonderful for when my projects grow larger, I get distracted and put them aside for another. I can print out the pattern on a 4X6 photo paper so no more trying to remember/ decipher what the project is, and just stick it in there along with the shuttles and thread.
I'm most likely going to order the larger 5X7 sized bundle, but that was more just a 10 pack of them with no box to store them. If you want to look at them for yourself, they are labeled as " 6 pack Photo Keeper". Michael's and JoAnn's both had something almost identical for two to four times what I paid for this. Oh and it's acid free archive safe.

On Facebook in one of the tatting groups there was a post about how they stored their shuttles in old thread display boxes. It motivated me to finally make up one that I purchased supplies for months ago. The progress from a wood cut out, the shelves and sides being made, the painting and attempts at decoupage, and finally, the finished pieces!
The shelves have a small lip on them so the shuttles don't fall out by accident. I couldn't decide whether to add some hinges and cover so I left it as it is. I have a much larger one that only needs the shelves to be cut that I think will get that hinged top to keep the dust out better.
This lovely hanky was one of the treasures I found while checking out antique store with my Honey. It was calling for some tatting to decorate it. I searched for a pattern that would compliment the curves of the fabric, but this was harder than I thought. Most edging patterns are straight edged. I found one on Pintrest that could fit depending on where I joined to the hanky. This was a test tat run to see how it would lay and how to space the joinings. It's being worked in size 100 DMC thread. I can't tat and not drink tea. In the cup is cinnamon tea I learned to make thanks to a recipe from Pintrest as well. Originally, it had cream and such in it but I didn't want all that extra sugar so it's just cinnamon and water. It's sweet enough on its own.
Let's end this post with a snapshot from the beach. The kids are getting so big now. They didn't want to leave, and complained the entire way back home. We didn't bring Butter's with us because this trip was completely sporadic. Next time, we'll bring the dog so he can play as well.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Repair day

Last week was a "shuttle clean up" day. I go and find all the stray shuttles (sometimes their remains after the dog has played with them) and try and get them in some semblance of organization. I was extremely happy when I found this one. I have been mentally debating with myself whether or not I actually bought it from Rita. I'm working on placing an order in a few days for some new shuttles, in honor my 10 year wedding anniversary! Wow, has it really been 10 years....doesn't even feel like it. Actually now that I think on it, I don't really notice the passing of time, unless it's to prove a point to my Honey. LOL. Now that I know I have this one, I can browse around for a different one.
 As far as the organization went, it didn't, because I found TWO of my PopABobbins in pieces. I managed to save this one with some gorilla glue but the dogs teeth inpressions are pretty deep. They snag on my hands when I tried to use it. I'm thinking another resin project is in the works. Maybe engrave a little design onto the surface and do a resin pour into it. I was planning on doing a resin seal to smooth the surfaces once again, so why not get a little fancy with it?
 
I'm going to wait and see if I can "fix" the other one first so I can work them both at the same time. Besides being broken along the center there is also one point that is dangling along. I do think it is salvageable though. Since I was already working with my hands, I glued up some plastic shuttles using a pair of the large bobbins I found in a box.
This was made cutting up a large clear ball ornament. You can clearly see the glue holding it together. Normally, I would use resin as my bonding agent, but I was inpatient to have the shuttle in working order. The air bubbles that were trapped as the glue dried gave it a crazing look that is rather ugly. I tried using washi tape to cover it. Decoupage is not one of the crafts I have on my crafting belt.

It actually came out worse, so I just peeled it off. I think I'm going to just add some watercolor stickers I picked up and seal it. 
Isn't this a cute little container? I'm tempted to make a few of these. They consist of two of the little saucers and in the center or wall of it, is a candy sprinkles jar upside down.The little resin cat is secured to the bottom of the saucer to act as the handle for the "lid".

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Contain your excitement

For those who aren't aware of it, I am an asthmatic. One of the downsides is that I have to use a breathing machine at night. An upside is that I now get monthly storage containers for my crafting in the form of recycled nose mask cases.
I've been using these to keep a pair of shuttles and a few cabochons I've made to make Ice Drops. Another is used to store the tiny butterflies I make when I unload shuttles. They are recyclable but the closest recycling center to me doesn't accept "medical plastic".
This one is a yogurt container from Walmart. It only cost $1.50 so I picked up a few extra for crafty purposes. I wasn't sure if I wanted to add beads to the project in the jar, so I poured some into the top of the container to have on hand should I decide to add them. There's half a ball of size 20 Lizabeth thread along with a beading needle, two shuttles and a few pieces of the WIP in there.
This last one is a crayon box, found in the stationary section. I'm using to hold the floss that will be used to make my miniature crochet pokemon for this year's fair. I only picked up six of these because I have no idea on where to store these. They do stack on one another, so that's a plus. I also like the clearness to it which lets me see what it is without having to take apart the stack. There was another larger container near these where I could use as a master box for them, but it was a ugly orange-ish color that made my eyes want to bleed out. A bit dramatic that last sentence, but it did force me to look away because it did actually make my eyes hurt just looking at it.

I have the next two days off so I'll be spending many a long hour going between my different craft obsessions right now. ^_^