Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Turning things around.....

After completing the Tatting the Australian Way challenge bookmarks I started thinking about some of the patterns I had stashed away in my files.  I went through a few and found a pattern that was basically the same, except it was turned 'inside out'.

So I did it too.....

Lizbeth 40 
Seriously keen to get rid of the rest of this thread.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Deceptive patterns

Belinda Spence put up a challenge in the facebook group Tatting the Australian Way.  (  )

It was a free pattern and anyone could participate. LOOKED easy enough. But it actually has a more than usual level of concentration required, as we pretty much all found out!

First attempt and I made the rookie mistake of thinking it was a rock along easy pattern so I used Alenalea Rako HDT......  and suffered the consequences.

After attempt number 1.... after cutting out a repeat of the pattern because I joined in the wrong place (twice),I ended up untatting 9 rings in an attempt to not run out of thread. THIS is what I had left!

 This was the result of the first attempt. Really love Lea's HDT. Withstands unpicking beautifully and always feels great to tat with.

 So I decided to try it again.....
This time with Altin Basak 50 in red and Butterfly gold thread

Version 3 was a breeze. A couple of small unpicks and swearing at the fraying Lizbeth thread but otherwise ok.