Saturday, May 31, 2014

More Projects (Motifs 23-26!)

Well, once again you have Grace to thank for reminding me to update my blog.

Sigh. Sorry!

If I actually posted every time I thought about it, there would be multiple posts a day. I am just not good with time management, I guess...or maybe I just put more time into tatting (and working, and cooking, and...) and less into blogging?

Anyway, thanks for the prompt, Grace, and here is my update! :)

There have been some continuing trends in the past few weeks, and some wide divergences:

For example, in the quest to make an actually wear-able sized baby bootie (and no, in case any of you are wondering, I'm not trying to drop subtle hints, I am not expecting! but I do have an awfully cute niece who is still very small). I used Cathy Bryant's book "Tatting" to make this:
Motif 23

This is still quite small, but larger than the first option.

So, I kept looking via Google images and found a (Lenore English?) pattern on somebody's Pintrest (which I am now feeling guilty about, thanks to Jane's exceptionally accurate post today...thanks for continuing your crusade Jane, you are so right! If anyone recognizes the pattern as Lenore's (or anybody else's for that matter) and knows how to contact the author I'd be happy to send remuneration if they didn't make the pattern generally available...it doesn't look like it's been copied from a book, but it could be, I suppose...)
Motif 24
Again, I'm not a mother and I don't spend a lot of time around small children (I teach middle school and my nieces and nephews are all on another continent), but I think these are a slightly better size for baby feet?

For comparison (remember the one on the top right is about the length of a Clover shuttle):


Eh.

I've kind of met my tolerance for pink and baby stuff I'll never actually use...let's move on to something usable and blue! :)

Motif 25!!!! Peacock from "Animal Bookmarks: A Tatted Zoo"
Aren't these two cute?! Normally I do not like to make multiples of things, but this was a challenging pattern and I was trying to do a good job, so one is the "practice" and one is the "perfect."

Oh wait, hahaha. :)

Also, I need to point out:


It's not even June yet, and I made it to 25 Motifs!!

This is unprecedented. And a bit amazing. :) I'm so proud :)

Finally, I decided to branch out a bit and dip into the Beanile pool. Nina Libin has so many great things out there in tat-land, and was nice enough to send me a list of Russian tatting terms when I reached out to her shortly after moving to Russia and acquiring a bunch of Russian tatting books, so I thought the least I could do was try out her signature technique:



Motif 26: Beaded Necklace by Nina Libin, pattern found on the Online Tatting Class website
 I'm not sure if this makes any difference in the end, I realized about halfway through that I was using the Needle Tatting pattern to make this necklace, rather than the Shuttle Tatting pattern. After comparing and contrasting, the big difference is the use of one needle vs. two shuttles. I think I'll work this pattern again with 2 shuttles and see what difference (if any) there is...

Because, why not?!

So, there you go Grace, another post done. Thanks again... :)

I will try to be better about posting pictures soon(er) after I finish something, but no promises... I'm off on a 6-week circumnavigation of the world next week (Vlad-Iowa, Iowa-London, London-Vlad) so I will be quite busy, but how is that anything new?! :)

14 comments:

  1. Well done to Grace. I always enjoy your posts, Kristen, and this is another 'good 'un' as we say over here. Love the bootees, by the way. After a week with grandkids (6 and 11) I'm thoroughly 'into' kids!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jane!! I am so inspired by your daily postings, I need to work harder to be more regular! :) The booties have been fun to make, I just hope they fit somebody's kid! :)

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  2. Lovely work. I especially like the peacocks, wow! Enjoy your travels.

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    1. Thank you, Jane! So far the travels have been great! :)

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  3. The booties are lovely, the necklace is lovely and I love the peacocks, well done
    I hope you enjoy your travels around the world, look forward to reading about them in your next post.
    Margaret

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! So far is is great to be home! :)

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  4. You go, Girl! Fantastic tatting all! Great post as always. : )
    Fox xxoo

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    1. Thank you, Fox! I feel so close to you now' being just one country away! ;)

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  5. Precious booties!!! :)
    Wonderful peacocks!!! :)
    Beautiful necklace!!! :)

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    1. Thank you! :)
      Thank you! :)
      Thank you! :)

      :-D

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  6. Love it all but especially the peacocks! THANKS for the post. :) Enjoy your trip!

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    1. Thank you, Grace! Are you so proud, I posted without being reminded today!! :)

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  7. peacocks look unique and fun, you have a good eye!

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