Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Keep on fluttering

The frame base is now complete. When I look at it, it reminds me of an unfinished butterfly. Teri has a lot of different butterfly patterns, I wonder if subconsciously she designed this on her computer with that image in mind? I can see how the wings would lay. If this was a smaller resin piece, I would use different colors to make the stain glass effect with the wings. I laid the size 40 section that I finished in the channel where it would lay when done in the size 20. I wanted a size comparison. This is still all just the inner portion of the design. There's still a whole outer chaining row with a few of the butterfly motifs to stabilize and join. Now I have to figure out what colors to continue with from here on. I don't have many options with size 20 since I've pretty much been purchasing only 40 or 80 thread. My solid color options are black, mint green, or variegated pinks or blues. I think I'll turn this larger version towards a gothic them and make the butterflies black. I would have done it all in this grey, unfortunately I have only the half ball of grey left. I'm thinking of adding beads to the larger piece when it's completed. The smaller one can just rely on it's coloring for 'sparkle'.

Getting back into the "Jan patterns", I finished off the row of one of his motifs that I had seen online. The center and first grey chaining are the central motif of a doily on page 72 from Tatting Theory and Patterns book. I just omitted the large flowers and a row of rings and chains. I do like the flow of it so I'm thinking of simply adding more and more rows of the spiral rings.
I have that ball of Apple Pie thread that would be a good finisher for this. Anyone else remember this ball? The one that was so gorgeous, but left a bit of a sour taste when I actually tatted with it. I guess it was just waiting for the right pattern to come along. I had the gold and red in it that I do like. I wanted this to be 'flamed' in appearance. I hope this colorway doesn't let me down in the end. I'm actually going to be working on the first doily from his book. This spiral doily is a step away for a bit pattern that I'll use when I get bored on other projects.

I have some more time off coming up. The timing is perfect since it falls during the week of my birthday. It also lets me recharge my batteries, so to speak, before the craziness of work kicks in to full drive. I know one of my boss's is not happy with it, but the other understands that we are all burning out and if we don't get the opportunity to decompress, they may just lose their strongest people during a peak period.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A week's break

Tatting with metallic thread can give you such beautiful results. Over at West Pines Creations, she has been doing this a while and her pieces are always stunning. Attempting to make another pair of motifs, I began using one strand of DMC metallic thread. The trick is that you have to keep a bit of slack to your stitches otherwise the rings become too difficult to close. You also have pieces of the metal flake off. Too much slack and the stitches look messy.
Honey and I went to the Gamestop Expo in Anaheim a few days ago. We had a good time. I won some nice prizes and we got to spend the day, just the two of us. I was a nice getaway. I tatted on the way there and a small bit on the way back. Mostly I just zoned out on the drive home.

I started again on Tery's Spider Doily. This time I began with the supporting chains. Now I understand why she calls it a spider doily. The chains when spread out, do look like webs. This sample is being made with size 20 thread. It has given me an idea for some wings. An idea that will go on the back burner for now.  I have too many UFO's again.

One UFO is the making of shuttles again. Not for sale, for my own personal improvement. I tatted Ruth Perry's Celtic rose motif and was testing how thick I would need to make the blade to cover it.
They were made using the exact resin mix, but for whatever reason, the first blade came out more cloudy. I think it's my mold, time to make a new one. I want to have this shuttle finished by Tuesday. It's supposed to be over a hundred degrees this weekend, so I'm going to make the center posts and do a few more test runs. With them curing outside, I don't have to worry about the temperature being too cold for the curing to complete.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Doilys and butterflies

Looks like I have the tatting flutters. Going from one project to another, without really completing anything. As long as I'm tatting, I guess it's okay. There has been progress on Tatbit's Spider Doily. That's not it's real name, since it is just a CG image. I left the center flower out because I was rethinking on the color choice I made.This is just the beginning of the center. It's going to be a very large doily, and this is in size 40 thread! I've been working on this during my lunch breaks at work and once again there has been requests for me to make others. I had to disappoint the admirers.I don't see how I could possibly manage to make more ready for holidays when I have already been working on this for a few weeks. I'll be lucky to finish this by the end of the year.
Nothing more on the topiary for now. All this talk I've been hearing about doing one of Jan Stawasz's giant doilys, has reminded me that I have a pair of his doily's 'in the works'. One a spiral star doily, the other the first one in his first book. I was tempted to order the magazine the giant doily is in, but I promised to finish the first book. Then afterwards, I can order the second book. No jumping ahead. I was distracted again and for whatever reason, got it in my head that I needed to join three of these stars together. The spiral is only on the center and goes off into another direction. After looking at Jan's webpage, I saw the Spiral doily that I thought I was going to make. It is not the one in my book. I'm hoping the pattern is in his second book because it looks like something I'd like for my table here at home. For now I'm going to restart the center again, since this was all Continuous Thread Method. There's no way I'm going to untat all those stitches. I also can't bring myself to cut it off. This is being worked in size 10 crochet thread.


Now we have Teri's Butterfly Monarch Earrings. The first run was size 40, the second 20, and finally back to size 40. After making the first, I didn't like how you couldn't really distinguish the butterfly because of the variegation on the thread. I switched to the solid, but as I was finishing and hiding threads, the beads broke. I still wanted more than one solid color for the butterflies, so I ended up using the Seashell Lizabeth color for them and charcoal for the beaded circle. I really like the contrast between the red beads and the threads. On the bottom butterfly, I didn't use as many beads as the top. It was late and my eyes just could not focus on the bead holes to thread them. I lost more beads to the floor than I would have liked. They still turned out great in my opinion.
There's a doctor's appointment to get ready for so I'll take some tatting with me to pass the time. The Spider doily can keep me company on today's rounds. Can you imagine how large it would be in size 10 thread?! It would be a wall tapestry in relation to the stuff I normally tat.