Tuesday, July 2, 2013

More Messy Motifs (#s 16-18) + a MOBILE (and Motifs 19-20)

Well, I've kept on with the shuttle the last couple days and made a few more messy motifs. I'm still working from Easy Tatting:
Motif 16--ick
Motif 17--slightly less ick
Next I decided to take it up a notch and make a multi-level motif:
Level 1
Level 2--What's with the paperclip you ask? I can't quite figure out what to do with the first strings, so I put the paperclip in the knot so that it can become strings so they can be hidden...(yes? Is this what I'm actually supposed to do?)
Level 3--Motif 18
I'm clearly still having picot problems (see level 2 for a hideous example) so when I started tatting the third level I decided to use Fox's suggestion of marking my finger (which Margaret reminded me of, thanks!) to try to work on this issue...

I don't think it 100% worked, but I do think the final level is slightly better in picot uniformity...
So we'll see.

Anyway, I also forgot I had some other needle tatting motifs laying around from sometime last week:
Motif #19--Valerie Square from Eliz Davis' website
Motif #20--Tatting Box' adorable cross pattern

These two were made specifically to finish a project I hinted at WAY back in August of 2012 when I decided to play "What is It" and then never actually told you what it is...

 I also asked people to guess what I was making based on a recent purchase, and Margaret and God's Kid both took a guess...and God's Kid was right! (And since you both waited so patiently I will send you BOTH something fun from Russia, although I might wait until I get back to the States to mail it...sometimes things sent from Russia take longer than necessary to get to where they want to go...)

As a refresher, here's what I asked way back when:

And now it's time to play a game: WHAT IS IT?!
I took a trip to a local craft chain store this weekend and picked up the supplies I need to make something out of all those ecru motifs I made earlier...

I bought:
-Clear thread
-Flower wire
-Measuring Tape
-Needle-nose wire cutters

 And the answer is...It's a mobile! :)

 It was in taking this picture that I realized a few more motifs were needed to make this mobile truly "awesome", so the cross went under the big motif on the top, and the square went in the middle/under the four motifs in the second row.

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of that currently, but give me a month and a half and I should have one...

So, there you go, a little shuttle, a little needle.

Tatting is so fun!


  1. The beginning ends of a piece can be hidden in the first ring and chain without even tying a knot. I hope this will make sense. http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/StartSCMRNoKnot.pdf
    You'll find that the picots will become easier to eyeball as time passes and anyway I think you're doing REALLY brilliantly. Keep it up and you'll soon be at that level where you'll put a finished piece down and think 'I've done a great job there'. Promise.

    1. Thanks for all your encouragement! And thanks for the link...I have been practicing hiding the ends, it is not easy! :)

  2. Your shuttle tatting is improving fast. Comparing it to your needle tatting, I think the needle tatting looks puffier. Try making that little cross motif (#20) with the shuttle and see how it looks. Anyway, great job on the shuttle motifs.

    1. Ok I hate to admit it, but I see the puff on the cross too...sigh. :) I will try the cross with the shuttle sometime soon, then I can compare the results...

  3. They are only messy until you block them.

    1. Blocking never hurts, that's for sure! :)

  4. Your shuttle tatting motif looks really good for a beginner!!! :)
    Great square motif and cross!! :)
    I can't believe I actually guessed right about the mobile!! :)

    1. Yes, well done! Send me your address and I will send you your reward! :) (And thanks for the compliments, you are very kind!)

    2. Hi Kristen, where am I to send you my address? I can't find an e-mail address on here for you(but then again, I am not very swift on the blogs yet-just ok). :) You are most welcome!! Your shuttle tatting is coming along, and it has to be hard going from needle to shuttle or even the other way around so I admire you!! :)

    3. Hi! Sorry, I guess I didn't have my e-mail on my Blogger profile, silly me! It is on there now, if you click the "about me" link on the right, and then email it should send you to me! It has been a fun challenge to work on the shuttle, but my needles are looking at me reproachfully! :)