Showing posts from May, 2017

How tight is tight enough when it comes to chains???

A few of weeks ago I bought two patterns from Renulek. The current Wiosna 2017 and a pattern called "Sunflower".  The big doily I am having zero issues with and am up to round 9 so far.....the Sunflower doily however is frustrating me to the point that I am questioning every piece of tatting I have ever done! I tat with a mediumish tight (definitely not loose) tension that is pretty consistent however EVERY attempt on this doily has given me issues and bowled. After 5 attempts to get past row 3, using different thread, different size thread, different tension, I just cannot get it to sit for me. So in desperation I searched everywhere for someone that had completed the pattern and didn't have any success (unusual) so I wrote to Renulek. Her answer was that perfect tension on this doily is essential, I am not tatting tight enough and that I need to pull my chains a lot tighter. "As tight as you close your rings". (Although being referred to as

Oops....been a bit of a while!!

Just looked at my blog and cringed at the fact that the last entry was in 2015..... So much for keeping up to date with logging my tatting! Been a hectic year and not a lot of tatting but I will try to catch it all up over the next couple of weeks. Our dairy farmers here in Victoria had their milk price dropped unexpectedly and needed some support so I have been spending most of my time helping with food packages and assisting with applications to get the household allowances and other support. A big year and sadly still ongoing at the moment. Moved into my own house (yeay!!) in Mooroopna in February and still unpacking and sorting things out. BUT..... do have a lovely little tatting nook, a lovely glider rocker (which is Sheridan Femia's fault because she introduced me to her one way back in 2006 and I haven't forgotten it!!), a nice warm fireplace for the coming winter and lots of natural light. No excuses now eh?? Today I have a bit of time to look again at some books. These