Wednesday, August 16, 2017

JMD, Shuttles and what's next

These last couple days I have noticed a weird shaking in my right hand. Every time I hold something in it lightly, it seems to begin to shake after a few moments. Something to report to my doctor on my next appointment, in case it's a side effect of one of the many medications I'm on. Okay, back to the tatting portion.
The next round went by super fast and on the seventh row, I noticed that numbers were missing on the chart. I went to Craftree to see if I could get help. I had forgotten that a few years ago, they did a Tat-a-long of sorts with this doily. They even posted Errata info! Yay, I can move on and not have to 'make it work' on my own. Now deciding on how to work the color combination. As I began tatting I noticed the threads began fraying more often. Thinking it might be the shuttles doing damage, I spent an afternoon unwinding and rewinding the threads onto new shuttles. Unfortunately, I kept having the same problem, so it is the thread not the shuttles. I began to get discouraged by this. I picked up another pair of shuttles loaded with size  DMC thread. I began this doily again but I left out all but the joining picots.
 I like the way it looks without the "frufu" picots. It feels cleaner, less cluttered. The idea actually came as I began to work row seven. I will continue to work the size 12 Pearl thread doily, I think I will also work the other version at the same time. Then when it comes time to enter my doily, I can choose between the two and hopefully win a ribbon for it.
Yesterday I received my second set of Daiso shuttles from Ebay. I won this at cost. Luckily for me, no one else bid on these for the week they were listed. I'm debating on whether to leave them in the package and put them up for display.
Friday I plan on spending the day making some 'Aquatat' shuttles. I'm looking for the water globe water to fill these with. I tried using oil but they hardly moved. When I tried distilled water, some of the inclusions were too heavy and just stayed stuck to the sides. Glitter was really bad with water. I later found a video that said to mix clear glue and water, but I'm not sure if this would be a good move. I tried alcohol, but this made the paint on some of the inclusions bleed out and cloud the alcohol badly.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The next round : JMD

Finally finished that snowflake round! It seemed to take forever. Now this next round seemed to be moving along super fast compared to the previous round. It was when I moved to my chair in the living room where I have more natural light, that I noticed a problem.
I'm not sure if you can make it out in the picture above, but there is a color discrepancy.. The rings are being formed with the left over thread from a previous ball. The chains are with the new thread I picked up earlier this week. The new thread doesn't appear to actually be white. It has a more cream coloring to it. I went back to find the label from the first ball and the tags match the new thread. I thought that maybe there was two different whites in Pearl 12, one regular the other bright white, like with DMC's rayon and embroidery floss. Well then I thought that after it is washed it would match more closely. Normally this wouldn't matter, but this is for my fair entry, so I need the colors to be correct. I had no choice but to snip off the work and start over.
The difference is subtle, but more noticeable in this photo. I suppose it could be interpreted as a deliberate change in colors by adding grey in the outer last rows but I don't believe there is a Pearl 12 grey available. I rewound the shuttle with the new ball and kept tatting. Next mistake was that I kept tatting for too many repeats that I forgot to join. I'm going to retro-tat the rings and chains. The ball is already half gone so I don't want to waste thread even though I will be wasting time to undo the work. The deadline for the entry fees in next week. Besides this doily, I have four other projects I want to submit. If I'm not at halfway done with this by then I know it will not be finished in time. There is another two tatting projects and a wire entry to make. I was also thinking of some clay projects but have my doubts about the ability to finish it all in time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Planning mischeif

This video has me convinced that I need to visit this store in L.A. soon. Coincidentally, we are planning a trip down south in a couple of months for my birthday. I think I can convince my sister-in-law to go with me before the family trip though.

I am secretly hoping that they stock the shuttles I purchased online. The girl in the video didn't really spend much time in what I assume to be the craft section of the store. Even so, this video did show the potential. I'm going to have to remember to carry cash only in there. As the video played on, I saw yet another reason to go (as if I needed convincing at this point) the nail art section! I can pick up a bunch of little inclusions for the "Aqua-tat" shuttles I'm working on. I have to thank Marti J Miller for the name suggested on Facebook for the shuttle.

In the mail today was some more of the UV gel as well as the acrylic to make more prototypes before casting the "real" mold for them. I ordered it online since it was cheaper but had to wait a few weeks for it to get here. As hot as it is here in the valley, working outside shouldn't be too bad. I just have to see about getting three days off in a row to work on this. Once I start a project, I have to have that minimum time to work on it or it will never be completed. I will usually forget where I left off or what I was planning. Writing it down doesn't help because once that moment for creation has passed...well, it's passed.

On the Monster doily front, I currently have seven of the twelve snowflakes finished! I'm really bored with this round. I hope the longer outer rounds don't feel as tedious as this one. 

There's also the Facebook TIAS by Alenalea. It's a short cute little doily so I think that this one I'll actually finish within a couple weeks of it's conclusion.

Pintrest has pulled me on another crochet project. What originally was going to be crochet flip-flops for my little one is turning out to be for me. I am going to modify the pattern to encase my entire foot rather than be house slippers like in the original link. Oh goody, a chance to update the Pintrest Challenge page for me. I plan to do an entire crocodile *cough, dragon scales,cough* stitch motif-ed theme of projects.