Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's Not Too Late


It's not too late to enter to win one of the quilts at Palmetto TatDays.  Follow the link HERE for more information and pictures of all the quilts.  Each $5 donation (Paypal accepted) will enter you in the drawing.  You do not need to be present to win, and they will mail them to the winners.

The quilts measure as follows:

Flower quilt: 51" x 64"
Teapot quilt:  64" x 64"

Wall hanging:  13.5" x 24"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Association Tatting


It's like this....  Jane was showing off her latest baubles the other day, and my instant reaction was it looked like a fish.




So I had to sit down and make a fish.  It's not in Gary and Randy's book, but once you get the concept of the bauble, making up your own isn't hard.



You may have notice I've been quiet lately.  I took a break from tatting for a while when my brain needed a rest and I only felt like doing mindless things, like spinning.  (Well, for me, working my drop spindle is pretty mindless, in a comforting, meditative kind of way, no offense meant to spinners.)  Then, once spun, the yarn needs to be knitted.  Yes, it does need; the skein calls out and whimpers until cast on.  But now, the shawl is in its latter stages, and I'm back tatting again. And not too soon, with Tat-Days coming next week.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

In Celebration of Finding Lost Things

I've been looking for my reading glasses for months now.  I've got lots of reading glasses in different strengths, but the really strong pair in its pretty little sleeve has been missing for quite some time now. Time and again, I would shift and stir the piles on my desk to no avail.  Eventually I realized they were in my roly-poly bag all along.  It's amazing how much you can fit in those little bags Jane makes. 

In celebration,  I decided to make something really small, what else but Gary and Randy's little mouse. This is from their book Tatting GR8 Baubles, Bugs, and Blossoms, which Jane has been recommending with good cause.  I can't keep up with all the new tatting books anymore, but I really enjoy the ones that are unusual or really special in some way, which this one certainly is.  Besides the 3D pieces, there are also some advanced SCMR techniques I plan to master some day.







(Since the thread was so thin, I added the eye beads in a different way than the pattern, don't worry if yours look different, and probably better, than mine.)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Serendipity Kitty



I wasn't trying to make a cat.  I was trying to design something quite different from a cat, in fact.  But it continued to look like a cat despite my best efforts, so I decided to give it  a new head and let it be a cat.

Serendipity Kitty

©2014 Martha Ess

2 shuttles wound CTM, with 3 beads in the middle

R:        (with 3 beads on thread around hand) 2 VLP 1 VLP 3 B 2 DPB 2 B 3 VLP 1 VLP 2 clr RW
Ch:      12 vsp 2 DNRW SS
R:        2 + (to vsp of prev Ch) 3 – 3 vsp 2 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      2 + (to vsp of prev R) 6 vsp 2 DNRW SS
R:        2 + (to vsp of prev Ch) 3 – 3 vsp 2 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      2 + (to vsp of prev R) 12 +LJ (to base of 1st R)
Ch:      2 DNRW SS
R:        8 vsp 8 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      15 DNRW SS
R:        10 vsp 6 vsp 4 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      6 – 4 – 4 vsp 1 RW SLT
Ch:      10 + (to vsp of prev Ch) RW SLT
Ch:      5 +LJ (to next p of Ch) 5 +LJ (to next p of Ch) 4 +LJ (to side vsp of prev R) 6 +LJ (to next vsp of R) DNRW SS
R:        10 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      12 +LJ (to vsp of next R) DNRW SS
R:        8 clr DNRW SS
Ch:      10. Cut and tie to base of head.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I Didn't Really Need This

I didn't really need this, since there are free downloads available from Georgia and the Antique Pattern Library.  But I could not resist the lure of owning my own copy of a Riego original from 1867.

The cover is printed with a bright shiny metallic gold, and not just printed, but embossed.  Its condition is a bit battered, with some of the threads used to bind it broken or untied, and some corners dog-eared.  I like to think that is because it was loved and well used.

And now it's mine  :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Folded Rings

I've had a request for my folded rings tutorial, so I've added it to the Free Patterns Page on the blog here.  I didn't try to edit or update it, so I hope it's understandable.  Those were the first diagrams  I ever drew on the computer using Serif Draw.  (Which I still use, in a somewhat less primitive fashion.)

This reminds me that I am way behind on creating the new website so I can get all my old free patterns and techniques back up again.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

News Flash! Palmetto TatDays Registration Now Open



Here is a link to this year's TatDays page, with lots of information.  On that page, near the top are links to all the class projects, the schedule, and registration itself.  I hope to see you there.