Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why is my tatting time limited?

Someone wrote to me the other day and asked why I had not updated my blog with tatting lately.....Oh wow...what a question!

Between leaving my job (where admittedly I had a LOT of tatting time), helping Ben film Debutante Balls, playing photographer at a recent wedding, and dealing with a demanding (in the nicest possible way) new family member, my tatting time has been limited quite a bit lately.

Here is ONE of the reasons......
Meet Amelia

A Border Collie x Kelpie (about 17 weeks in this pic)

After losing the amazing Alli (a red kelpie) in August last year I was very reluctant to get another dog  even though it would be the first time in my entire life that I was without one (or more), But it was nagging me so I started thinking about what type of dog. It had to be trainable, intelligent, loyal and quirky, but not being on the farm any more, if I WAS to get one, it would have to be one that was NOT an energetic working breed.......yeah....right....famous last words!

Don't ask me why but the very basic ad and photo of her spoke to me, so we went on a 9 hour round trip to collect her from south west Victoria!

Incredibly she slept all the way home and has been a pretty cool little surprise packet so far. Keenly intelligent and willing to learn. AND.....quirky!
Looking forward to seeing how she grows up.

She took a keen interest the other night in a bubble shooting game I was playing on the laptop. She kept trying to eat the bubbles as they shot across the screen. So I started teaching her to tap the mousepad to release a bubble....didn't take long before she got the idea.  Lucky it is an old laptop!
Some of her natural behaviours and quirks are going to set  her up for a heap of tricks to teach her later!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Land of Laces Hearts

Quite a while ago I found a picture online of a really cute heart based doily so I thought I had better track it down and give it a go.

I had bought a job lot of Cordonnet Special and had a huge stash of red thread....PERFECT!

Lovely doily but for me it has been a pain to make.  
The original pattern had 5 repeats in the centre but that didn't join up and sit for me very well so I did it as 6. Everyone tats differently!
The row of hearts for the outside is done as a separate round then connected to the main body of the work with a connecting row. That is not so hard but the hearts twisted all over the place as I tatted them and trying to make sure there were no twists in it when I did the final row was....well let's say it just gave me a headache LOL. Thank goodness for coiless safety pins!

I think a trick to keeping it all straight might be to fold the hearts over as you tat them and put them on a pin so they can't twist. That is what I ended up doing.  Then I held the outer row in place with long coiless safety pins until I was ready to join so everything was right way around. Worked much better.

Lovely doily when it is finished. I am glad it was in 30 not 80 this time!

Thank you Land Of Lace for such a beautiful pattern and being so generous as to share it with us all.

The pattern is from the Land of Laces blog http://dorartthea.blogspot.com.au/

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Starting a new challenge.

Been a while since I did a challenge doily so I am starting one Susanne (Dantatter) has proposed. 
Need some relaxation tatting for a change.
This is going to be fun!

This is the doily.