Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chugging along

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chug.....

What better way to reduce stress than tat a hanky edge.  For me, the repetition of rings and chains is quite therapeutic.  The familiarity of the pattern allows one to breathe in and breathe out drifting in and out of different thoughts and dreams.

A few more days and I will finish the second round of the wedding hanky.



As I noted in a previous post, the corners have been challenging.  I really don't know what I was thinking.  Let's just mark it up to being a bit rusty.  After the first two 'misses', I figured out the clover sequence that works....however, I didn't have the heart to retrotat nor did I want to rip out and discard the work I had completed.  So, on the second round I've been improvising on each of the corners, adding additional doubles here and there.


Just one more corner and I'll be left with the never ending 'frilly' rows.

On another note, last weekend we traveled to the mountains for a quick getaway and ran across these friends...


Until next time,
Peace!
John





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Old, New, and Blue

Another project in the WIP pile is this wedding hanky.  The idea that a bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue....this will have all covered except the borrowed piece.  A vintage hanky with newly tatted blue edge will begin as a base for the rest of the piece.  I finished the first round this morning after a year on hold.

I'm a bit rusty on several things as a result of my hiatus with several mistakes on the corners....I have no clue what I was thinking.  AND, I need to review how to join last to first...., other than that, it's fine and DONE.


And another view


And, just a reminder of my plans for this one...


The blue pass is a base for the first round of white rings and chains.  My hope is that I can drop a few rings and chains down each corner to make it quite ruffled.  Any thoughts on this?

As I am a collector, I have a huge stash of vintage hankies.  My goal is to tat a wedding hanky each year.

But, for now, must get ready for another day of jury duty..... (The judge actually warned the jury there was to be no knitting.....he didn't say anything about tatting......). 

Happy Tatting!!
John

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello to my cyber tatting friends!!

It's been so long since I have been in touch with you all.  I have been nursing my elbow.  The 'gym' injury which might also be tendonitis caused by excessive tatting has healed.

During the winter holidays I picked up my shuttles and tatted a simple snowflake

It felt pretty good so I started a bigger project.  I've been wanting to do another stocking.  So, over the last six months I've been slowly tatting a combined edge for another holiday stocking.  Here is the process and the progress.








Now all there is to do is wash, block, and attach it.

Although I think the tendonitis has healed, the elbow still feels a bit tender.  Therefore, I've been going slowly.  Each day I tat for about 1/2 hour.  Not enough...but enough.

In other news.... the year past has been full of good things.  I turned 50.  Still can't believe the time has passed.  We have wonderful neighbors who helped celebrate and are always so gracious.  Here is the evidence.... an impromptu surprise party.


I hope I've been bitten by the tatting bug again because I've missed the tatting community.  It feels good to be in touch with y'all once again.

Until the next entry,
Peace!
John