Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tatting and Origami

I've always been one who is a lover of many crafts. I've finally gotten the hang of this one origami pattern, and I absolutely love the fold.

This is a lotus flower. It represents rebirth, purity, and enlightenment. When I was getting ready to graduate and enter my new life as a designer, I chose this symbol as my logo and haven't looked back.

I've absolutely loved this flower and those that look like them, but have never been able to fully replicate them in any way. I haven't had the courage to try growing even a modest water lily, mostly because living in the South one always has to be wry of mosquitoes growing in still waters. Ah well, ces't la vie.

This is the same pattern as before, the Eight-Inch Doily from "Easy Tatting" by Ruth Perry. It was tatted using Lizbeth 20 "Black" and LadyShuttleMaker's "Shades of Gray." I like this color combination better than the one before, as it has a bit more contrast. I'm also not one to pay attention where the colors start on variegated, however next time I try this one, I may try it!

Also, the edge of this doily is so versatile! It's also used in a mat as well as a snowflake. I've tried to start the place mat, just to see if I could finish it, and ended up with a happy mistake. My roommate thinks it's cool like this!

Colors used are Lizbeth Black, Denim Whisper, and Country Turquoise.

I haven't got any recent tatting to share.. These were the ones I misplaced a bit ago and found again. Finals are on the horizon, and I'm in the middle of revisions! (blech)

So, I leave you now with these little gems. If I have my counts correct, these bring my 25 motif challenge count to 22. I'm getting close! :D

And, before I leave, I give you a bit of a "LOL GRR!" moment, courtesy of a first attempt at the lotus with foil paper:

(sigh) I can't get it right on the first try, EVER! ;)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Changing Layout!

Sorry to those who are following me, but I am currently making a layout for this blog as well as re-organizing.

If you get a bunch of notifications that I have updated, sorry!

Will post some tatting and knitting later!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cabled Scarf WIP

A while back, I posted this blog entry, and wanted to share how it looks as well as how far I've gotten. I haven't forgotten the Bamboo Scarf pattern; it's at home in a little box and will be finished when I get this one done. I'm well over halfway through with the fist skein of yarn, and will probably need another two to make this of any decent length.

Sorry for the blurry picture; I didn't have my big camera and this was taken with my phone.

I've been working on this one off and on for the past few weeks, since I posted the pattern. I think it's going really well! I've had to make some slight changes (mostly in the needle I was using to hold the cable stitches.. I can't cable without one!), but otherwise it looks good!

Found the tatting I complained about earlier, so I will post more when I get home!

Friday, April 2, 2010

I feel like I should have more to show..

First off, I'm missing some of the tatting I've done since the last time I've blogged.

Why? Let me show you why..

Meet Izzie, my sister's newest addition to her family. She's the tiny one.. The larger one is my darling, Willow, who is nearly four years old. Izzy isn't even four months yet, so we're still in the chewing stage! (At last count, I have lost three single flip-flops and nearly a pair of sandals)

This lovable little demon likes to carry off things. Either I've put the tatting I've done in the last week down somewhere, or she has stolen it. I'm betting I've just placed it where it really needs to be stored, but I couldn't resist sharing a picture of her and my puppy! ^^

However, I do have a few things to show..

Here's the bulk of the items I've worked on. If I could find the other snowflake and doily, I'd show everything! From the top..

This medallion is from an antique pattern that I found on the Online Tatting Class website, but I can't remember which book it was in, but that it was simply called "Tatted Medallion."

**Edit: I found the book while looking for another pattern. The book is "The DMC Library Tatting Book," and the medallion number (there's several on the same page..) is #17. Now that I've found it again, I better print it! ^^

This is the 8-Inch Doily from "Easy Tatting" by Rozella F. Linden. I had another tatted just like this, but in black and in LadyShuttleMaker's Shades of Gray, but it's one of the ones I have misplaced..

And finaly, the "Flower Snowflake," from the same book as before. It didn't want to lay flat again, but some time with the iron really made a difference!

Also, since I haven't posted the pictures of the others, I'm not counting them yet. So, this brings my total up to 18!

I've also made a few more cards. More later, since I'm making the kimono as we speak..