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Friday, August 24, 2012

Can I See That In a Smaller Size?

I finished Diane's challenge last night.  I haven't blocked them yet, so just imagine them completely flat and completely straight... Come on.  You can do it.  Thanks Diane, for the day of fun!

I talked Tessie out of the tiger stripes for the first one and she backed off to this lavender/yellow/white variegated tatting thread.

I have no idea what brand it is.  Most all of my fine tatting thread is inherited or thrifted.  Many times, without labels.

I had to start it three times.  I drew the pattern on Diane's card without number of stitches listed and I had to work that out as I went.

I think it turned out pretty good for a "flying by the seat of your pants" kind of thing.
I liked the pattern so much that I picked out the variegated peach/orange for my own.  Tessie is eyeing it greedily, but this one's mine.

Here you can see the pattern a bit better.  I started in the corner of the finding with a 3-3+(attached to finding)3-3 ring and worked my way around with a chain of 3-3-3-5 and attached to finding.  Another chain 5+(attach to previous chain)3.Turn and do another 3-3-3-3 ring. Then I reversed these steps until I reached the next corner.  I am not a pattern writer.  Just an explainer of what steps I took.
Since I was in a tatting mood last night, I pulled out a necklace that I have been working on.

This one is with #5 over dyed pearl cotton, around a pottery button that I made when I was in college.

I have three more buttons just like it.  Either more pendants or a shirt with matching buttons will probably follow sometime in the future.

The piece of tatting that you see at the bottom is a piece that my great grandmother made a LONG time ago.  I suspect it was meant for the edge of a pillowcase(real life sized).  It is an unusual pattern.  It's very irregular along the top.  Made with chains that slant to one side and tiny rings to hold it together.  One of these days, when I get brave, I am going to have a go at copying it. 

For now, I am happy with doing small pieces.  Three foot borders are for the brave hearted.....I am chicken.

Back to the real mini world tomorrow.

See you then.


Jane Smith said...

Everytime I visit your blog you fill my head with a wonderful to do list ;)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I love what you've done with your doodads! I hope Tessie doesn't steal them away from you. Thanks for joining in the fun!

Margarets designer cards said...


I have pop over from Diana's blog, love your little pattern and well done on being first, my doodas are in the post and have to cross the pond so they will be a few days yet.
Lovey colours love the second one of pink and peach.

tattrldy said...

Great job on the Doodad Double Dare. They both look great.

Jean Day said...

What wonderful tatting, fabulous to have your great great grandmother's as well. Love the colours too and the contrast in fibers.

Minteriors said...

I'm mesmerized, Casey! My own paternal grandmother used to tat, but that skill was never passed along, or even shared with her offspring, so that remains a "lost art" in our family circle. My dad, a pilot, didn't have much interest in such things growing up, he was far too preoccupied with surviving and doing farm "chores"...milking cows and fixing machinery. LOL My own mother was definitely not the artsy and crafty type, so I was never exposed to anything at all, my loss. At this stage of Life, I'm probably too "old" to learn such fancy new tricks, though it is an intriguing thought that crosses my mind from time to time. Naaaa! I don't have the time. I'll just content myself with watching what y-o-u can do and "oooow" and "awwww" from the sidelines. Lovely work, Casey!!! Beautiful.

Lelia said...

Good going on Diane's challenge!!! I"m a new visitor to your blog ... what fun ; )

hopeful said...

Beautiful work Casey. Please tell me there is at least one craft that you don't know how to do so I won't feel so inadequate! :-) - Marilyn

Caseymini said...

Marilyn, there is Bobbin Lace?LOL