Inspired by Fox's sometimes murderous post titles, I have come up with the cover of a book I will most likely NEVER write, unless Fox can also inspire roughly 268 pages to go between... But I DO have a rather nice pen name, don't you think?
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Do you have Prince Albert in a can?
Well, you'd better let him out!
This is Queen of Hearts by Mary Konior from "Tatting with Visual Patterns." It was done in Lizbeth size 20 thread, #147 (the photos don't really do the color justice).
I learned a bit while making this pattern. After a false start, heading out in the wrong direction with my chains, I learned that the curve of the chain would follow the curve of my knuckles as I made the chain. Pretty simple, I know, but I usually get caught up in the written directions of a pattern and refer to the diagram only to confirm that my understanding of them is correct. With just the diagram to follow, I became more aware of what the thread was doing to form a ring or a chain. It was a very good lesson for me.
I was really cruising as I got to the end of the pattern. I kept marveling at how natural it felt to tat, even graceful (that word is NEVER applied to me, even in my dreams). So, of course, caught up in my musings, I tatted the last three chains and ring without making my final joins (but I must say my hands moved BEAUTIFULLY as I made my mistakes). That is when I made ANOTHER discovery! For me, it is easier to open a ring and unpick the stitches with a tapestry needle than with the tip of the shuttle or a tiny crochet hook. My tapestry needle was a size 24. It is a nice thick needle with a fairly blunt tip and slid between threads more easily than the hook and I had less problem with the thread fraying.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Well, I was going to name him Little Mojo - but when all was said and done, and HE was done, I realized Jane was right and that my rooster does INDEED look like a Norman! Whatever moniker he goes by, I am QUITE happy with my little guy. He's a colorful fellow and patient too! It took me a week to get his leg and tail feathers on and he didn't make a peep about it! He's crowing now though!!
I really appreciate Jane Eborall hosting this TIAS. It was SO much fun and I learned ALLOT! It was especially good for me not to know what was coming each day. Still being a tatting newbie, I tend to look at patterns and decide if I think they are doable for me. While it may ensure current success, that attitude doesn't encourage growth! To be honest, I probably would have passed on this pattern if I had seen it all at once because I would have thought it was too hard for me. I would have missed out!!!
So thank you again Jane! I hope to be a more adventurous tatter in future.
The parade of Normans continues at Tatting Patterns with the Added Fun Factor!