Monday, April 6, 2009

A UFO that won't be much longer

On Int'l Tatting Day, I started working on one of my numerous UFOs. It's 'Corona' from Ben Fikkert's Floriade. I thought I was going to tat a pleasant little doily in dainty pastels -- lavender, variegated yellow, and variegated green. See pic:


Somehow that morphed into this:


LOUD ENOUGH FOR YOU? Hmmm...interesting how my mind works. I'm really liking how the colors work together. As you can see, I just started Round Four with five more to go. It will be interesting to how it turns out. When done, it will be approximately 12 inches across. The threads are DMC 80.

19 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! The colors work really well together.

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  2. Wow! You're ambitious, size 80 thread with that lovely doily pattern.

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  3. Thanks, everyone! TattingChic, I love using size 80 thread. I feel it gives my finished pieces a crispness (does that make sense?)that the larger sizes don't.

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  4. Yeay! Another person that likes using size 80! For the longest time it was all I used. Then I branched out a little. I totally understand what you mean about it being "crisp". I now sometimes use even finer thread (various sewing threads), but the result is too floppy for my liking. Same with thicker thread. Too bad DMC keeps discontinuing colors of 80:(

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  5. Oh, I know the disappointment about DMC discontinuing their colors! At least there is Majestic/Venus thread, which is size 80 and in lots of colors. No variegated ones, though. :( I'm going to try tatting with some quilting thread, maybe King Tut or Perfect Quilter. I've heard good things about them.

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  6. I am thinking about getting some more size 80 just for kicks....I do notice that the longer I tat the more I migrate to smaller threads...

    Maybe I'll make it to 80 someday!

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  7. Hi Krystle! Smaller thread sizes are great. I think they make a person a better tatter since more attention has to be paid to the stitches and tension.

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  8. Mmmyes, I just pulled some out today. In fact I thought I'd ask you your favorite method of hiding ends in small threads?

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  9. I have one ball of Majestic, but it's not *quite* the same as DMC. Close, but not quite. Not as crisp, and it doesn't close large rings as easily. I agree, the color range is quite nice. I haven't tried King Tut or Perfect Quilter yet, but definitely want to. They both have beautiful colors.

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  10. jmm, you're right about the Majestic. It's kinda twisty, but we may not have an alternative much longer!

    Krystle, I tat over the tails if possible. If it's the tails at the end of the last row, I use a size 24 or 26 tapestry needle and go behind the 'legs' of the stitches. I tat frontside/backside so there's a definite right and wrong side of my work.

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  11. Oh Wow, Steph. I need shades to look at this, LOL.
    I like the DMC in 80, too. I have two balls that are still waiting for the right pattern.

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  12. I just found your wonderful blog and would love to learn to tat. I purchased my suttle and I have a how to book that does not have a lot of information. Do you have recommendations for a beginner? I would love to learn some great places to start, your work is EXCELLENT. Jenna Louise

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  13. I do frontside/backside for the most part too. But I bow to thee oh queen of size 80, I have been trying some and it's kicking my butt! I kept attempting patterns that were on my list of things to try, but wasn't able to get them to good tension yet so I finally went back to something simpler. I have some of the majestic and it doesn't seem to like to close ring swell for me. I might try to find some DMC to try but I have to order it. And I will find myself a 24 or 26 tapestry needle! I tried sewing the ends in with my smallest tatting needle but that didn't work.

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  14. Don't give up, Krystle! You'll get it. The tapestry needles can be found in the embroidery floss section at any craft store. To make the rings easier to close, drop the shuttle and let it hang for a few seconds. That will help get some of the twistiness of the thread.

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  15. Hi and thanks, crazyquiltgal! Welcome to my blog. I was lucky enough to find a five week tatting course at a local craft store. Youtube is a good resource for tatting videos that actually show how to do the 'flip' that is essential to being a tatter. This is a good one because it shows how to hold make the ring and hold the thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOimfd-bRdg&feature=PlayList&p=E105DBFCCB5DF6D4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=11. Just copy and paste the address in your browser. Another place to learn is InTatters.com. Everyone there will be more than happy to give you advice to get you started.

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  16. I really want to see this one when it is finished!

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