Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The one that NEARLY got away.....

Well here is the second of the potential suppliers that I found. A risk that may pay off in the future....

This one has some ups and downs with a great twist in the end that just made it all worthwhile. Please don't be too quick to judge this and read right to the end........

Browsing eBay I came across a gorgeous color combo called River of Lights and decided to have a chat with the designer. She told me what she had and gave me a link to her website. Tatting-wise nothing really screamed from the page but the colors are incredible.
So I decided to take a risk and buy some 20-2 organic cotton. Always up for new experiences.

It arrived in record time...a 500 yard ball!!!! Not expensive. So I thought the risk was worth it.
Ok - the tat test.....
Unfortunately - this is one that would be a wonderful crochet thread or good if you are a loose tatter and perhaps even needle tatters might find it ok cos there is less stressing the thread. There is nothing wrong with the thread AT ALL - just didn't pass my personal test for MY tatting threads - it broke a few times from closing rings and unfortunately had to be put down.........
It is a very soft, perle-type thread. A little fuzzy. Others may love it. KEEP reading. 

  I have since talked with Tammy and she is sourcing some 6 cord size 20 thread to do her colors in especially for tatters!!! YEAH~~~ 

So there is the twist - from a risk comes a possibly great result!!!!! 

Definitely keep an eye on Yarntopia Treasures.

Oh and BTW - I am not getting anything from these reviews. They are purely my own observations based on what I expect from a tatting thread. There are no freebies attached to these reviews in any way shape or form.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And now for something completely different - not 25 motif challenge related!!

Someone asked me a while back what threads I liked to use. I tend to use anything I can get cos thread is pretty hard to come by over here if you want something other than ecru Coats or perle cotton.

I found that the Anchor perle 12 was a delight to work with and was happy with that for a while cos the colors were really good.....THEN......

Dantatter - my tat and chat buddy from Denmark had some hassles getting some of Yarnplayers wonderful thread. Marilee graciously agreed to send them to me and I forwarded them on from here.
As a result - Dantatter kindly gifted me a skein of Garden Afternoon and I became hopelessly hooked on HDT.
(sounds so evil doesn't it?? H.D.T.............. "and what was she using?...M'Lord, she's using HDT......").

But oh it tis a WONDERFUL addiction.........

Skeins started flying all over the world. Yarnplayer, Tatskool, LadyShuttlemaker......they all became suppliers to my growing need.

So I started seeking more suppliers.. I mean - what if Yarnplayer didn't HAVE any Garden Afternoon or Tatskool starting keeping her Rainbow Brights to herself???????? OH NO>>>>>>>>>>>>

I came up with a few alternatives and have ordered thread from all of them. Just to sample it of course. Purely for EDUCATIONAL problem here......

Anyway. The first I will show here is from KLMATTOX via Etsy.

It is a 3 core, firm twist thread.Gorgeous colors. Designed and made by a tatter for tatters.....
Best of all - it is 300 yards!!!!!. So being on a budget does not mean you cannot get HDT. The ball is a centre pull deal. I messed it up a little when I first opened it.
This is how it tats.

Now again - I messed up this thread while I was doing this motif. DELIBERATELY!!! So any lumps and bumps are the TATTER's fault not the thread. I am really rough on the thread when I test tat it. I pull some stitches really tight, unpick sections and generally give it a hard time to see if it will be worthwhile.
This one is LOVELY!!! Honestly - on the ball I thought it might be a bit fluffy - but it tatted up smooth and really felt nice to deal with. Doesn't tangle or twist and pulls even all the way. I didn't break it pulling up rings...but then I don't tat SUPER tight.
Overall verdict??
Nice thread Linda - you've done well and I hope to order more from you in the near future!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Motif 9.

The weather is still quite warm here but the need to tat is greater!!
Here is my 9th motif. Catherine Wheel Split Ring Motif
Pattern designed by Julie Patterson. Found in the Australian Tatters Guild (Victorian Branch) newsletter January 2006.
Thread is Altin Basak green 50

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's here.....REALLY here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yippee,, hooray......

OK - worked out I am excited yet?? LOL
I have a new tatting book!!

Hmmm...Pointed out to me by a friend who was here this morning - that I already have MANY (too??) tatting books - so what was so important about this one?????
(Hrmpp - non-tatters!!!)

The thing is.. I am a tatting addict. There - out in the open. (As if those of you who know me didn't realise this already!!). If it is tatting related - I gotta get it. But most of the fun of my tatting addiction comes from the chase...that obscure pattern, thread, shuttle or book that (regardless of content) you just HAVE to have.

 I am an investigator by nature, a procurer of the elusive by reputation. (modest too....). If it is frustratingly near impossible to find, I have to give it a try. There are things I have searched for over a period of years (see shuttle entry here) but I got 'em eventually!! BUT....I do have a limit to what I will pay for something.

I have been chasing a book for well over a year now after seeing a pattern picture online that I decided I wanted to do. The only ones I saw of it were up around the 50 euro mark plus postage to buy.....WAY out of my league for a book I cannot look at first.

Then... just as I was seriously starting to consider paying 38.00 euro plus 12.00 euro for postage for this book -(approx $78.00 AUD)  it magically appeared on eBay in Germany for......5.9 euro!!!!!!! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!! that was ONLY $9.23 AUD plus about $10 for postage!!!!!!!!!
So naturally...I bought it! and here it is ..... my latest addition to the every growing library.

The book is Occhi by Hilde Schleip
Published in 1989 and although not that hard to find - still hard in that it is usually priced quite high.
The patterns include edgings, motifs and doilies. Hand drawn diagrams (which several are hard to read the print on) and short notation instructions (German).
Some nice patterns. Lots of onion ring type arrangements and multiple chain rows. Several patterns very reminiscent of Frauberger and Konior.
Overall nice enough book with plenty to do in it. But is it worth the larger asking prices??? hmmm......not in my opinion. But everyone has their own value on things. Once again it comes down to - if you hold out a bit longer sometimes it can be worth it.