Friday, June 24, 2011

Motif #25/25! I did it! :-D

Definitely planning on starting up a new 25 Motif Challenge but I want it to be more focused (all crosses, maybe?)...  Anywho, here's today's tatting.

This is one motif from the "Wild Rose Tray Mat/ Luncheon Set" on pp. 55-56 of The Tatter's Treasure Chest edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep.  It's done (predictably) in Lizbeth size 20.  The center is color 644, Boysenberry Dk; the outer round is 131, Vineyard Harvest.  I was happy for a while that it had a pretty uniform look, then the last two went completely off of that *rolls eyes* (Look at the chains that connect to the middle... left side.).  It measures 5" unblocked.

I'd been looking at this pattern and had a bookmark in it since I got the book, but I don't really like the look of the motifs attached... I wanted to see how just one would look... Ya know, pretty decoration or glass mat.  ;-)  I think this would also make a lovely snowflake!  I'm already thinking about grabbing some white thread and pearly beads and seeing where it leads me. :-)  

Sooo... tomorrow (if not tonight), I'll start working on my next 25 ...just need to think of what to do...  

Thank you all so much for reading! :-*  Love, hugs, and happy tatting to you all!  

-Stephanie Grace

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Motifs 23 & 24 /25

Ya know, I started a "large" project and decided not to count the motifs of that toward my count... Now, I'm wishing I had!  I'd be at 25! LOL.  But, methinks that project will end up taking forever and possible being 25 motifs all on its own!

First, I want to thank everyone for their comments and support!  I'm horrible with actually remembering to respond to e-mail which is horrible, I know... but I read every one!  *blushes*  On top of that, I opted to take a day away from the computer yesterday --which I enjoyed much more than I'd ever imagined I could! :-)

I remembered what I forgot in the last post: 
It's another "Heritage Cross" by Dee Powell from Tatted Bookmarks Needle and Shuttle edited by Barbara Foster.  This one is done in Lizbeth, Size 20, Color 131, Vineyard Harvest.  It's been sitting around for a bit (balled up at some points), so it drastically needs to be pinned, but I wanted to share it. LOL.   I'm leaving it without a tassel for now just in case it gets used in a different way...

I went on a little spree of finishing things that I'd left with only a ring or chain to go and then started hiding ends.  (Facing fears is a good thing, right?).  In the process, I found myself hiding the ends of this doily...  Guess what happened next...

I decided to revisit the pattern!  :-)  It's "Small Round #11" by Kenna Prior from Ultimate Book of Tatted Doilies.  It's tatted in Lizbeth Size 20, Color 157. Raspberry Frappe.  I was pleasantly surprised that the actually thread gives off a more pink appearance than purple.  It didn't scan very well --and I had to put paper behind it.  I definitely need to adjust something on my scanner.  Blah.  

I really can't believe I'm actually hiding ends! LOL.  I'm pretty sure everything will fall apart rather easily, but at least I'm finishing, right?  LOL.  

I had something else to say and it's gone now... I hate when that happens!  *rolls eyes*

Hope all is well with you and yours!  :-*

-Stephanie Grace

Oh! I remember!  I was surprised to see the similar size of today's doily and the older one.  There's very little difference even though that one was DMC Cebelia size 30 --which going with my theory that there's not much difference in size between that and Lizbeth 20...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Peacock Blues meet Starry Night? Hmm... (Motifs 21&22 /25)

As soon as I opened up the window to create a new post, my brain automatically started screaming that I have more to post than what I'm about to, but I can't think of what it is... Oh well.  I'm sure it'll come to me later... (Maybe. LOL). 

So, here's the long, boring story:  I wore the red and black bracelet that I made on Sunday (and it held up!!!).  My cousin saw it and asked me to make one for her.  I had some tatting stuff with me so, while I didn't plan to make a whole bracelet sitting in the middle of a park, I figured I'd just show her how it's done.  Of course, I go to show her off the ball and the thread knots.  So, I cut it and decided I'd just make up a quick ring to show off, LOL. Well, we left before I finished, but I came home, finished half of that ring and decided I wanted to make another one.  (Oh!  It's the Remembrance Ring from... Yarnplayer?  I'll check in a bit).  

So, I did...  It's done in Lizbeth Size 20, Color 149, Peacock Blues with two colors of size 11 Czech glass seed beads and one li'l Hematite star (I love hematite!).  I went with the nine ring that the pattern suggestions ...definitely much too big for my hands...  :-/

Yesterday, I sat down and started tatting with the same thread, the same beads (plus one somewhat larger hematite star) and went with the same stitch count... This is what happened:

A bracelet for Kathy!  :-)  It measures 7 1/2" with Lobster claw clasp included in that.  Scans don't show the beauty of hematite, so I had to whip out my phone and take more pictures...  I still need to hide the ends, but it's done! :-D  

Well, hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  

-Stephanie Grace