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I had several delicious weeks full of energy and excitement and wanting to do stuff and practically not being anxious at all. Then some stuff happened and things weren't great anymore. So these colourful pieces are from a couple of weeks back:

One photo )

They're all from great grandma's book. The big one is by far the biggest thing I've made so far (and, logically, the one where I had to unpick the most! Concentration cannot wander for one moment, truly).

I was a bit worried about how well the ends would hide in this variegated colourway, especially now that I've decided that the more rudimentary technique is good enough for me. See, instead of pulling the end through the body of the stitches, along the "shuttle thread", where it can't be seen at all, I sew along the top of the stitches. This leaves slight traces of odd-looking stitches, but I find that less noticeable than the way whole sections of lace are pulled out of shape when I try to get the thread through the body of the stitches. Anyway, when the colour of the end to be hidden is different from the stitches it's going to be hidden in, I thought that it'd look very weird, but it turns out that the anatomy of the stitches makes it work out quite nicely. Where it's visible, there are little dots of the colour of the hidden end along the row of stitches. I actually have to look closely to find thos places, even on the pieces I've made myself!

These pieces are still unblocked and unstarched. I'm thinking I might do a before-and-after comparison post about the starching process once I have access to an iron in a few weeks. It really is quite magical!

Now I'm planning to do a set of jewelry/accessories in a light pink just for me. I'm going to pick a leafy motif to design various pieces around: earrings, bracelet, necklace, headband. I have some vague sketches but not quite the oomph to get going, so for now I'm working on another small rainbow piece from the book.
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My next finished tatting project is this bookmark.

One image )

The lip balm is for size comparison; I think this is the first thing I've made that doesn't scream "Tiny! TINY!" whenever I look at it. It's also not completely finished because my parents picked up an iron that they will bring when they visit at the end of May. So the smoothing out and the starching will have to wait until then. (I'm actually excited about getting an iron. I've been getting by without ironing any of my clothes ever since I moved away from home (cheers for student life), but I'm living in a more grown-up way now, and I do have an ironing board, so maybe it's time to level up in this area. But mostly the iron is for my lace.)

I think this bookmark was a little too far beyond my skill level to be fun right now. It was quite fiddly and I actually had to force myself to finish it, which is no good! Now I've gone back to great grandma's book and have done a couple of small pieces in my "rainbow taffy" coloured thread and it's hard to keep from working on it ALL the time. (Okay so maybe the colour plays in as well. I dislike the lime green so much and adore the rainbowy one.)
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I've been tatting quite a lot and making loads of progress on slightly more advanced techniques, I just haven't got around to posting stuff here. The one (er, two) finished project(s) I've got to share is (are) Dr. Who themed. (For the record, I have a strong aversion to Dr. Who but grew to like police boxes a lot while I lived in Edinburgh. I'm considering making a purple one because some of the Edinburgh police boxes have been turned into bright purple coffee kiosks. Hmm.) ETA: the pattern!

One image )

Grandma was able to advise me about where to buy starch (in any old supermarket, apparently!) so both of these have been ironed and starched. I'm mightily amused by the packaging of the starch, which seems to have been transported to this decade from 1950 without stopping anywhere on the way. There is a word in the instructions that I'd never heard before! (Dad explained that it's a type of fabric.) It has funny slogans like "gives your iron wings" and the spray version even has a typical stylised 1950s housewife on it. And judging by the smell, it's just glorified glue!

Right now I'm working on a flowery bookmark that is just slightly above my level. And I've been trolling the Internet Archive for old tatting books--there are some treasures to be found there! Though I haven't tried to read the instructions yet, so maybe I shouldn't look too much at those pictures just yet....
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In Swedish, tatted lace is called "frivolitet", as in frivolty. And since I seem to have made a habit of tatting on Fridays, and alliteration is awesome, I shall henceforth be making Frivolty Friday posts.

Two Fridays' worth of tatting; two photos )

I still think this is the bestest, funnest, excitingest thing. So exciting even that I created a Pinterest account just because it seems like a lot of people are sharing patterns and tutorials that way. (I'm finding that less interesting than the tatting, though, so I don't quite know how it works yet.)
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Following this tutorial, I made this wonky butterfly:

Two pictures )

Fun fun fun anyway!
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I've had a rough couple of months as far as mental health goes, so today when I finally made a start on my plan to learn how to tat, it made me feel like an absolute genius for the first time in forever. I followed this set of tutorials and made this:

Tatting has been my favourite type of lace for a long time (in terms of aesthetics) but for some reason I've kept learning about other types instead.

These three loops took me two and a half hours to make and I've concluded that I need bigger thread to practice with, as well as a better shuttle (I had no idea there were different types, nor that I'd need two).

As an experienced knitter, I find that I have both advantages and disadvantages when moving to tatting. For example, my ability to read knitting really helps a lot in reading the lace, but my knitter's index finger (I knit continental style) is really keen to hold out the working thread even though that's not its job here. I keep realising it's moved again without my noticing because muscle memory is just that strong.

Very excited to keep exploring this.


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August 2015



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