Sunday, March 08, 2015

Come Spring

Last weekend I was so tired of the snow and the cold, I took my favorite floral edging and made it into a spring time angel.

The variegated thread is HDT from Tat-ilicious, and the green is Lizbeth, though the ball seems to have wandered off.

I think it will go into the upcoming book, no title or release date yet.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wiosna Round 4 and a Revelation

Here is Round 4 on Renulek's current doily.  I elected to SLT before and after each rosette, so that I could work with one shuttle and a ball.  In size 80, it is now approximately 5 1/2 inches across.

Yes, I know everyone else is already on Round 5.  I'll catch up eventually.  Maybe.  One could stop at this point and have a nice little doily, but I have lots of thread left, so I'm going on.

At one point, I discovered a Dreadful Mistake, where I had left out the single ring between rosettes.  The mistake was 7 rings back when I noticed, and that was too many rings to open and pick out.  I was pondering where to make the cut for the best place for working in 4 loose ends, when I realized that wasn't necessary.  I carefully snipped near the base of the rings, and teased out the core thread of the chains, and I was able to leave the green thread intact and wind it back on the ball.  Just 2 thread ends were much easier to hide without a lump.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tat Alongs Progress

Tatting got done this weekend.  Look, here's round 3 of Renulek's now doily.  And I found my needle case, so no more loose threads.

And Jane's  Tat-It-and-See project is done.  It was lots of fun.  I see now I've miscounted the rings on one handle.  Oh well, everyone knows that some scissors have different sized handle openings. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The scissors are made with Valdani Pearl  Cotton that from DS9 Designs, color V108.   The doily is size 80 DMC.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Wiosna 2015

I've decided to join Fox, Umi&Tsuru, and who knows how many others in making Renulek's 2015 doily.  Each year(?) she shares a large doily pattern, giving out a round at a time.  I really admire her work and love the way she takes traditional elements and puts them together.  Watch her blog HERE for updates.  I've been checking it compulsively, hoping the instructions for the next round will appear.  The instructions are in the form of a clear picture, with the stitch count numbers added in.  You have to be able to tell when to reverse work or switch shuttles, etc., so maybe not for beginners.  And don't be intimidated by the language. There's a translate key on the upper left that works very well.

Here are the first two rounds, a bit crumpled up from being stuffed in the baggie with the balls of thread.  As always, I start a doily with high hopes and great anticipation.  Unfortunately, my ratio of doilies started and doilies finished is not very good.  The last two times, my thread choice was to blame: balls of thread that look good together, but the colors in the actual tatting not working well at all; and then mixing different manufacturers' threads which turned out to be not quite the same size.  Most often, it's just my rotten attention span though.  I'll work in those ends once I remember where I left my needles.

Don't forget, the deadline for teacher's applications for Palmetto TatDays is fast approaching!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thoughts on Pattern Piracy

Thoughts on Pattern Piracy:

If you post a pattern online without the designer’s knowledge and consent,
              …that is stealing.

If you use such a pattern,
          …that is receiving stolen goods.

If your repost or repin such a pattern,
          …that is aiding and abetting after the fact.

If you find a pattern online check the source to make sure the designer meant to have it posted as a free pattern.  If you can't tell, it may be an illegal copy. Please pin responsibly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Victoria by Monica Hahn, a Rediscovered Angel

Have you ever paged through a tatting book and found a pattern you had never noticed before, or had forgotten about?  That happened to me.  When my eyes first fell on the page, I was reminded of Mark Myer's style, but when I looked closer, I realized it was a little known pattern by Monica Hahn, called Victoria.  It was very interesting to make, but there were rather a lot of ends to work in, so it languished on the UFO pile for a while.

Then I was reminded and finished it up when I got an email from Georgia this week.  She said, "Hello Tatters,
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There is a possibility that Book 5 of the Ribbonwinners Series "Tatting with Friends" may be back in print next May. I am going to start a waiting list. If interested please email. Thanks."  

This is the very book I had used.  I had considered myself very lucky to have acquired a used copy since it had been unavailable for a long time.  This is a huge anthology style book edited and published by Georgia in 1998.  The contents page reads like a Who's Who of tatting: Doretha Albee, Judi Banashek, Karen Bovard, Angeline Crichlow, Patti Duff, Ben Fikkert, Randy & Gary Houtz, Norma Benporath, Pam Palmer, Rosemarie Peel, Helma Siepmann, Suzann Welker.  And that's just a sampling.  

If you are interested, email Georgia for more information at, aktatter(at)aol(dot)com        (fill in the @ and . symbols)

And don't forget, the Online Class has started again after the holiday break.  There is regular class on Mondays, and beginners class on Thursdays. Click HERE for information.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lost & Found & etc

During these scannerless months, I haven't been too happy with my photos of motifs.  But the camera is better for things that aren't flat, like this bracelet.  Yippee, I have found my long lost Palmetto class bracelet.  I had given it up for lost, but it turned up while I was looking for something else. Of course.  Someone had given me the teapot clasp the year before and I saved it until this perfect project came along. Isn't it sweet?

The pattern is the "Single Shuttle Beady Braid" by Erin Holloway, and it is actually much easier than it looks.  The pattern is available on the Palmetto Tat Days 2014 Pattern CD, and ordering information is Here.

DH has finally located the scanner installation disc, so I hope to be back to scanning soon.


For those who didn't get the full story of what I was ranting about last time:  People scan pattern books and post them online, which is copyright infringement.  Then those same people, or someone else who has found their websites, pin the pages on Pinterest or share them on Facebook, etc.  Then other people who may not be thinking about copyright issues repin them and it goes on from there,  The author/designer may not even be aware this is going on.

You may see a pattern online with no designer's name or copyright notice, and assume it's not copyrighted.  But that's probably not true.  The author's name and copyright notice usually appear just at the beginning of the book, not on every page, but each page is still under legal copyright.  If you see a pattern (whether written out or diagrammed) that's nicely done, especially if it looks like a page from a book, there is a high likelihood that it is copyrighted.  Even a free pattern is under copyright, and the designer may have asked that it not be reposted elsewhere.

If you see a pattern posted on Pinterest, think twice before re-pinning it.  Click on it to see the source of the image.  If that does not take you to the designer's own site, or some other clearly recognizable reputable site, it could be a pirated pattern.  If you aren't positive that the pattern was posted by the designer him/herself, then don't re-pin to avoid the possibility of spreading the piracy problem.  Don't re-pin questionable images because that's the right thing to do.  Or do it from self-interest.  Pinterest says, "Pinterest enforces a repeat infringer policy that may result in the termination of users who acquire multiple strikes as a result of copyright complaints."  You wouldn't want to find yourself in that situation so be responsible about pinning patterns.

The exception is public domain patterns, whose copyright has expired.  There are complex rules that govern this, so again, if you aren't sure, it's safest not to do it.