Designer of many tatting patterns. Simple method of beaded tatting. Flowers are my inspiration!

Sunday 16 November 2014

Celtic Christmas Motif

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!
PDF now done and here is the link.


Starry Snowflakes

I have now written out the pattern for this little snowflake motif and here is the link to the PDF
The link will also be found in my Free Pattern section and I hope you enjoy trying it out.

Sunday 9 November 2014

Last of the snowflakes

These 3 make 16 altogether for neighbour, Sue, which I think is enough. I shall give them to her this evening. I hope she likes them!

Friday 7 November 2014

More snowflake variations

I'm having a lot of fun with this project.

Monday 3 November 2014

Snowflakes in bangles

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!

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Beaded Jewellery

Really busy over the last few weeks with this new craze of mine.....beading! I love it!

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Beaded Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings Set

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!

Autumn Aran Jumper

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.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Shuttle Tatted Cluny Video

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! there in the end and here is the result. I hope it is of help to my follow tatters.a

More Beaded Earrings

This is a pattern I got from YouTube I think it is absolutely delightful and I have enjoyed doing it very much. Sidonia (the designer) has also done a version for a bracelet which I am going to do next...just waiting for some beads to arrive.

Thursday 14 August 2014

Beaded Earrings

I saw some beading instructions on YouTube and thought I would give it a go. This is the result. I loved every minute of it and will look into getting the proper beading needles, beads, etc.

Friday 1 August 2014

3D Collection No.4

This is the last of my 3D arrangements that I am doing for the fund raising at Palmettos Tat Days in September. I always contribute something for the silent auction and this year I decided to do a 3D collection.
This last arrangement is ideal for a wedding, particularly if a bride does not want a full veil, but it could also be worn by anyone attending a wedding, especially the Mother-of-the-Bride.


Saturday 26 July 2014

Next 3D elements

These are some of the elements I have made for the next edition of my 3D Collection. I have also done a piece of tulle edged with beaded tatting, but you will have to wait to see the finished article!

Saturday 19 July 2014

3D collection No.3

Here is the latest edition to my 3D collection. I have photographed the piece on the small vase to illustrate how it drapes down, especially if worn as a head piece.
I used vintage Anchor white cotton size 80 and Anchor perle size 12 in lilac colourway 0108.

Monday 14 July 2014

3D Collection No.2

Here is the second arrangement in my 3D collection.
It has taken me longer than I expected because I had the temerity to go to Scotland for a mini break. All I did was eat, sleep, drive and sight see. No tatting at all!

Sunday 6 July 2014

3D Collection No.1

I have decided to do a 3D collection of hair pieces and corsages and this is the first to be completed.
I am well on the way to finishing the second one and will post a picture when it is done.

Thursday 3 July 2014

Cushion cover finished

Here is the finished article. I decided against the cabled back and did a garter stitch stripe instead, to match the squares that were done in garter stitch. Dear hubby thinks it will be great in the car, so in the car it will go! We aim to please!

Sunday 29 June 2014

Joy's Split Chain Doily

Joy, from Australia, sent me this photograph of the Split Chain doily that she has completed.
Didn't she do well!

Friday 20 June 2014

Oval Doily in ecru from 2012

I had a request from Alley Cat asking if I had the PDF pattern for the Oval Doily I blogged about in January 2012
I had completely forgotten about posting the finished article so here it is in all its glory.
I have put the link to the pattern in my Free Pattern section.

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Oval Coaster PDF Pattern

Just to let everyone know that I have now published the Oval Coaster pattern in PDF format. The link is in my Free Pattern section.

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Knitting squares

I was given a pattern for knitting squares directly onto one another so doing away with having to sew them together. I used just left over double knitting wool I happened to have in my stash, hence the odd arrangement of colours. The pattern worked very well and I was pleased with the end result. My hubby has claimed it as his "wuss" blanket for when he needs a "horizontal"

When I was making the above blanket I thought the pattern would lend itself well to two colours and tweaked it a bit to achieve the effect I was looking for. This is going to be a cushion cover but I thought I would do the back differently so that I can chop and change sides whenever I feel like it. You can see how far I have got on the bottom picture.

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Oval Coaster

I have designed this little coaster to go under three small oval china dishes that sit on my television stand. We have had a new system that includes a sound plinth and the sub woofers cause the little china dishes to vibrate and so I have made these small coasters to solve the problem.
I have used an antique Coates thread, size 40 in ecru and it measures about 4 inches by 3 inches and I have utilized split rings and split chains to climb out of the rows, so no cutting and fastening off until the end. If anyone would like me to put the pattern into PDF format I will do so.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Lots of sewing and knitting

No tatting recently but lots of sewing. The heart cushion is for my grand-niece and the Scottie dog pin cushion is for my daughter-in-law who is crazy about all things Scottie dog.
I have knitted quite a few Aran jumpers and I am now doing a blanket in squares to use up oddments of wool.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Old Xmas cards used up!

I learned to do this box back in the 1960's when I was a young teenager and have never forgotten the pattern. I have made it many times over the years and decided to give it another airing to use up my old Christmas cards. I noticed my neighbour and good friend did not have a decent work box and thought this would fit the bill perfectly.
I took it round this afternoon and she loves it! I also made a little felt pin cushion to get her started.

It is a six sided box. Each side is made separately with a backing card, a decorative card, a round of holes is punched and the whole is covered with polythene.....I then used a sparkly decorative thread to blanket stitch all around each side. The next step is to line each side and then to sew each side together with the same thread used for the blanket stitch. I make a hexagon base in exactly the same way and stitch it in place. The lid is a little different as it has to be made to fit one side as a hinge but overlap the other sides so that it doesn't fall in. I also pad the lid so that it can be used for pins and needles. If I am feeling adventurous I sometimes pad the sides as well, but it does take up some of the space inside. Last of all I make a little tassel as an opener.

Monday 13 January 2014

New Year Doily - PDF

This little doily pattern is now available in PDF format. Here is the link to the PDF and it is also in my Free Pattern section on the right of my blog. Happy tatting! If you find any glitches in the pattern I would appreciate your update.