Monday, August 27, 2018

Fair tatting

It's that time! Six projects to be entered into the fair this year. Two in the Tatting Category, two in the contests, and two in random categories that I could squeeze tatting into it. Let's see how they rate this year. 
  1. The first piece, Jan's Monster Doily.
Here is where I left off last time. I was really annoyed by the fact that the picots were getting twisted up. I know with blocking it will make it better, but it just annoyed me at this point. I was so bothered by it that I started over without any picots but joining picots.

I like this version much better. It feels cleaner. I didn't switch the shuttles to get the tree shape on the third round. I actually forgot to do that and was going to redo that round but I had already joined four of the next rounds motifs before it registered. I just kept going, I can do that on a further round, since it does repeat later. These motifs are tatting up quicker without having to worry about not having enough picots on each ring.

         2.The second in the Tatting category is just a bunch of 3D flowers. I was working on some ribbon roses at that time and just settled on it since it was somewhat unique looking. It wasn't something you would typically think of when you think of tatting lace. Besides the ribbon roses I can make other flowers with wire and regular thread. There are a bunch of 3D flower patterns out there so I can make different species.

         3.The first general category was "beaded lace". I'm not very original here and am using the El Dorado doily.

I really should be hiding ends as I go. As I go further along those tails get caught up in the element I'm working. I still haven't gone to replace my big eyed beading needles yet, so I've been putting it off. I tried doing the magic thread trick but even using the 32 guage wire (really fine) and it still leaves the double stitches looking stretched out of shape. The larger center motifs that go in each quarter had typos in the directions. I've redone it several times without joining it to the main piece, and I'm glad I did. They do not fit. Six is the magic number on this piece, meaning that most sections on the motifs are counts of six. Unfortunately doing that makes them way too big. I did a couple with three then four double stitches and the four count seems to work better. The most time consuming part is stringing up the beads on the connecting chains. I only did one corner before deciding to do that last, next to the hiding ends part.

          4.Christmas Articles was the next one. I chose to make a Ice Drop. I made the Birthday one.
I could not believe this was finished in a little over an hour. For the center, I just filed a resin cabochon failure until it fit withing the center. The tiny flower sat just right so you can see it through the rings. I probably should have used silver or lavender beads to compliment the flower better. I might just redo it like that. Especially since it didn't take much time to tat up.

         5. The first contest is Butterflies. How fitting is it for tatting? I'm brainstorming on how to display these so they look their best. I can't have them flat, I want them to look like they are in flight.
I unloaded a shuttle with these. Of all the different tatting being done, this project has to be the fastest and funnest one to work up. Who doesn't like making butterflies? I made about a dozen in white using the downtime at work, but they flew away with coworkers who just "adored" them. I finally have a purpose for some of the fine pastel threads that are just hanging out in the thread box. I think a larger (size 20 thread) should be a focal point with all the rest of the butterflies( sizes 40/80/100) flying around it. Dramatic, that's what I want.

          6. The final contest is Rainbow theme. I just listed my piece as tatting lace rainbow. This will give me leeway as to what to create. I didn't have an actual plan for this. I just wanted an excuse to use up more of the colored thread so I can make room for new thread. One idea is to pick a heart motif that can be easily repeated in the various colors of the rainbow. They can be joined together for stability.

There's a month to complete and turns them all end. Let's get that speed tatting on the way! Sometimes I find that I tat my best pieces when I'm on a deadline rather then a leisurely tatting pace.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Let's start working

Up went two of the smaller shuttle cases. The top has a few of the different colored Clovers, the bottom has resin shuttles that I have made over the years. You can see how aged they are by how yellow they tinted, as they were made with a cheap resin class back when I was learning how to work with the medium. I hung up two more cases on the wall, but they need to be painted and the shelves added....yeah a definite work in progress.

Since the shadow boxes are lightweight, I'm using 3m Velcro strips to hold up the boxes. They're rated to hold up to 10 pounds, I doubt the shuttles weigh that much. (haha). The only motivator for this is my dog Butters. This little fluff ball has learned how to open the drawers to my toolbox and picks out random items to chew on. I have to put my tools up on the walls now, so annoying.

This is a 100 Yen shuttle from Japan, that I painted in UV resin. I was trying to figure out if the resin will bond to these plastic shuttles or if it would flake off. This was a prompt from the facebook group Tatting shuttle Addicts, where a member wanted to know on how to seal shuttles they paint themselves. As you can see, my painting skills are very crude and basic. I like the background more than the actual focal point. This is five layers of painting with resin on it. It's pretty thin, I like how it doesn't add much to the width of the actual shuttle. I tried to 'pick' the resin off, and it did come off the side edges but none came off the flat top. I really tried to pick it off too, since I wanted to repaint something else on this. It's going to need some sandpaper to get it off. Now I know, at least on these type of shuttles, that the resin is a really good sealer. Now to try this on some Moonlight shuttles. I have some I purchased where the shell is starting to lift off the shuttle. I don't know how these were sealed, but if the UV resin bonds similarly, I can repair them.
I tried using super glue on the blue shuttle but it just made a nasty glob on the end and lifted after some light tatting work with it. Before I attempt to repair the bottom green one, I'm going to try sealing some stickers on another pair of Moonlights I have. I really don't want to ruin the shell layer on it. If I can't fix them, into the collection box they go. They're Moonlights, I can easily pick up a few pairs at Hobby Lobby here locally.

Now for the actually tatting updates:

It's time for some fair tatting! I can't add any of the pieces I finished last year prior to my Mother passing away, I get too emotional when I handle them. Just thinking about them gets me teary eyed. Shake it off girlie, let's keep moving. I finally read the categories for the entries. There's a 2 per class limit, so two tatting items. To qualify for best of show there has to be 3 or more separate entries. I have a strong suspicion, there won't be a best of show for the "tatting" section. There was no tatting entered last year according to friends who attended.
This is one of the famous UFO's on my blog, the El Dorado Doily. It likes to visit in different colors and thread sizes but never finishes the story.

This pattern that has been working up faster as I do all of an element instead of a section. The very center will be the last I work. I haven't hid any of the tails as I worked. I was having a blah crafty day and decided to sew them in. I broke 3 beading needles and only managed to work in four elements. Today I was supposed to go pick up some more, but the air quality is very harmful to us asthmatics, so inside I stay. I clearly tat too tight. At least I know the finish piece will last for years. This one is going to be listed as miscellaneous lacework with beads. 

One of the sweepstakes entries is Butterflies! How can I not tat them up? These were worked up last night before I got too tired. I'm going to do them up in multiple colors. I think I'll use Ruth Perry's Celtic Butterfly as the center piece and lay these around it. I'm still planning out the display of them.

There's one more for a "Rainbow" category. I think I'm going to do some "tatted balloons", or something along those lines. I have another week to pay the fees and a month before it all needs to be turned it. I think 5 projects in total will be a good amount to do without me getting overwhelmed.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fix it, play, and think it through

Butter's attacked again! He has a major attraction to wooden shuttles. I mixed up some resin and used it to 'glue' it back together. It looks a bit lumpy but is actually smooth. The dog's little teeth gauged it really bad. I did the same for another one of my Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle with clear resin on that one.

There was resin left over so I made a quick cabochon for an Ice Drop to be made in the future.
 This little strip of triangles was just an attempt to keep busy. I finally received my fair entry catalog and was trying to find some ideas to enter. I only downloaded the catalog, I haven't had time to actually read through it yet. I stopped here because I lost track of my progress and went the wrong way. I wasn't able to split ring climb to the next element. I think it would make a nice trim if it had another row of simple rings to join this strip to a piece of fabric.

 It's the five year anniversary of the Facebook group, Tatting Shuttle Addicts, of course I had to order one to celebrate. I love Rita's acrylic shuttles, there's a few in my collection already.
 This little piece is going to be shaped around the bunny and made into a keychain. Now I will always have a pattern at my fingertips to tat when I'm bored. The pattern is from Wiki. The file was found on imageshack.
 This little clay Evee with it's Pokemon egg never made it to be baked. After sculpting them, I made the mistake of leaving them on the desk when I went to work. I came home to an empty baking sheet. I couldn't even find them anywhere in the carpet so I can assume they were eaten or became bottom shoe art for someone else.
This lovely bamboo tray is going to be converted into a small shuttle display table. After making some dividers for it and a acrylic hinged lid. I'm in the recycling ugly end table phase right now. This will be the top to a recliner side table. Maybe even add some fine tatting and sealing that with resin.....The ideas are flowing right now. I just need time to make it.