These are the brooches I designed as gifts for the Tat Days tutors. I never actually got around to writing out the pattern and so I had better do it soon so that I can post the pattern PDF in my Free Pattern section.
I have uploaded two new collar patterns to my Free Pattern section, I tried to put pictures of them in this post but blogger is having a moment and simply isn't playing!
Although I designed them two years ago I wasn't able to publish them because they were designed specifically as presents for the teachers at Palmettos Tat Days. Now that the Tat Days event has taken place (last weekend) I can now share the patterns with the rest of the tatting community.
I also designed a brooch for the same set of teachers but I haven't written the pattern for those....maybe soon.
I don't usually do cake requests anymore but how could I say no to such pleading! I must admit I really enjoyed the challenge, but I wouldn't want to go back to a regular thing!
The cake is a rich fruit one and could last for months, but being laced with so much whiskey I don't expect it will last for very long! It is covered with 2lbs of marzipan and 2lbs of soft icing. All the decoration is done by myself including the lily.
My neighbour bought a metal stag to decorate for Christmas and asked if I could tat it a "horse blanket". This is what I came up with. I will try to write the pattern out, but I think it might be a bit complicated with the Celtic design!
Some of the snowflakes I have been working out. I am happiest with the top 2, this being my final design. I have used size 40 thread with varying bead sizes. The centre sequin is 6 sided (like a snowflake) and I have made a hole in each arm, using a red hot needle, to attach the thread to. The design is chains only and using split chains to climb out of each row. I also found a way to incorporate a bead on the split side of the chain!
I have made this set using purple faceted glass beads...6mm, 4mm & 3mm...and purple 15/0 seed beads and 11/0 bronze seed beads. I didn't have the usual fishing line in a dark colour and so I used a pure Japanese silk thread, brown, which is very difficult to break, but still used it double, just in case! The pattern for the earrings and bracelet are Sidonia,s from YouTube and I adapted the pattern to make the necklace. Sidonia's YouTube videos are absolutely brilliant!
I have knitted this Aran jumper for myself to wear for cool autumn days. I made the same jumper last winter in Aran weight wool which is really thick for the winter months, but I wanted a lighter weight one for the autumn when it is cool but not winter cold, so I made the same pattern using double knitting wool instead of Aran.
At last I have made the video on shuttle tatted clunies that I promised eons ago! I just had a new camera.....GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, which is fabulous to use and the editing software was not too difficult, but the uploading was a nightmare! Still....got there in the end and here is the result. I hope it is of help to my follow tatters.a