Thursday, August 7, 2014

This week has gotten away from me. Even this day feels like it has just begun and it is almost over already. Deadlines off all sorts are quickly coming up. I have lots of tatting projects to get finished and some which are waiting to get started. Those for my own pleasure are ironically getting worked on first. It doesn't help that the neighbors children decided to play ball in front of my Momcave window. Every time their balls hit the wall, I startle. Not a good thing when I'm working with resin. I can already feel my right eye beginning to swell up when I accidentally stabbed myself with the toothpick I was using to pop air bubbles with.

Going through Teri's blog I ran across the most beautiful doily. She stated that it was a computer generated version of what can be made with the base of one of her fan patterns. Also, that she hasn't actually tatted it up, but was looking forward to someone doing it. I took it upon myself to 'work it out'. I, of course, was already trying to find ways to climb out and avoid unnecessary cutting. Part of me was thinking that if I can finish it before the deadline, I can enter it into my county fair as well. It is definitely an eye catching pattern. I'm working this with DMC Pearl 12 in white. I was thinking of adding beads, but thought for a first run, I should just stick to the actual lace.

I need at least six large roses and about the same in lily's to fill up the different tiers of my topiary. The leaves will end up being the last to be tatted. I have no idea how many to make and I don't want to end up wasting tatting time by making more than I'm going to actually need.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Leaves, leave it alone

These next couple of weeks I'm going to concentrate my tatting efforts on making various leaves for the topiary. So far, I have one. It's from the new book I received by Ruth Perry. There's at least six different patterns that I have found online that can be used, so I don't have to worry about one particular leaf overwhelming the topiary. I also picked up some ideas for 'flower fluff' to break up gaps with. Flower fluff to me is just small nothings used, kind of like when they use baby's breath with roses. This is going to be my largest project for this years county fair. When it's over I will also have a justification for purchasing a new curio cabinet to store it in. It's too big to just leave it out where the kids and the kitty cat can pluck flowers off it. Like they've done already. I've come home to find the lily's in practically every room in this place. I've found the magnolia floating in the toilet because according to my daughter, "it was thirsty".

I heard via Facebook that Teri Dusenbury, aka Tatbit, is sharing her patterns again! I am excited. I began this blog with a WIP of her Fantasia Fan. Most of her early patterns I had were lost when I had a hard drive crash years ago. I'm glad they're available again. Her patterns are beautiful and fun to make. I actually have my future sister-in-law wanting the mat for her wedding be made out of one of Teri's heart patterns. It's great that she's sharing again.

In between my tatting projects, I have a resin project to make. I was sent some blank bezels to 'design' something in it. Of course I'm going to add tatting to it! The bezels are a nice medium size, not too big not too small. I only have two weeks to get it finished and shipped back to the originator of the challenge. Since it does take up to four days for the resin to fully cure here, I can't put it off for too long. These bezels are going to be able to be placed in various components, making them wearable in different styles.

With some many different projects going on right now, I better go fill that coffee pot and get started!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Payment received

In the mail today was the payment for my slave bracelet, err, pay off I should say. Ruth's book arrived! Inside is another lily pattern style that I can add to the topiary. Also and open petal flower that I can use to 'fill up' spaces on the other tiers. The print on it is on the larger side. Then again, everything looks large when you've been looking at small screens all day.

The rest of this particular order is still on it's way, but should be here by Saturday.

I've made some progress on the topiary covering. I'm carrying around a shuttle with that color thread. It's such an easy pattern that no thought is really needed, I can just 'wing it' on what size rings to make. Alternating how many picots are on each ring do make for a more interesting covering. I just have to train my hand to keep those picots long. Since I've got today off, surprisingly and unexpectedly, the plans are to finish the first bottom tier with the 'moss' and get half of the second one finished.

I still have two whole months before my entry is due. I don't want to wait on it, because I don't to lose time to complete it. I will still have to wash all the flowers before I place them in their final position. I'm aiming to get a blue ribbon for this, no matter what particular category it finally gets placed in.