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.
- The first piece, Jan's Monster Doily.
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.
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.
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.