Sunday, January 31, 2010

3rd Motif - Glass Mat

This is a motif that I fell in love with the first time I saw it. Just recently I purchased Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns so I could give it a try. Up to now I was afraid to try it. You see, I didn't want to try it to early in my tatting journey and get frustrated because I wasn't experienced enough or have enough understanding of visual patterns.

Fortunately for me, this pattern was very easy to follow and I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Thank you, Mary.

However, now that it's all said and done, I have to admit that I did have a little trouble joining that last and first sets together. I tried folding them but a couple of times, I think I actually tatted it backwards and had to untat it to continue.

If anyone would like to share helpful hints on joining something like this together, please feel free to leave a comment. I'm going to make another in a different color - just because it's such a beautiful motif - and I will appreciate any suggestions for finishing it up.

Note: I swapped the photo of the Glass Mat because I felt the first one was too dark. 02/03/2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2nd Motif - Paprika the Dragon

I had a little bit of red thread left on a shuttle after doing some Christmas ornaments and decided to use it for this motif. Meet Paprika the Dragon, pattern by Martha Ess.

She's a cute little dragon and the pattern was fun to do with all of the lock stitches to create turns in the head and wings.

Now, onto the next motif. What will it be?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1st Motif - Tatted Heart

I finally decided which motif to begin with - a heart. I love hearts so it is fitting that I begin with one.

I used the beautiful Spring Green Lizbeth Size 20 thread. The pattern which is called Tatted Heart is from Handy Hands Tatting and it was shuttled tatted. I did the center three rings one evening and finished it the next. It works up very quickly and the pattern is very easy to follow.

Hmmm, what should I do next?