Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
This tatted tree slants perhaps due to the blocking or it could be due to the different types of thread that I used. But I thought this would be an appropriate tatting for today.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
This is this month's giveaway from Umi and Tsuru's blog. If you would like a chance to win this, just leave a comment by 28 Dec 2009 and check back after that.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
These bookmarks are for Julie Riley. I hope she likes them. I tatted them in her favourite colours blue green (Anchor Perle Cotton 8 in #1345) and sunset colours (Anchor Perle Cotton 8 in #1315). I much prefer the shape of the leaves here. The last one I made was a little roundish. Pattern for the leaves are by Ruth Perry as I listed here. Photos were taken without blocking. I am blocking them now and it should be better. Julie, do send me your addy and it should fly off to you soon.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Aunty May (5 kor) passed away on 7 Dec 2009 aged 66.
I tatted this last night because I wanted this angel at her funeral. This pattern is by Lenore English called the dimpled ring angel. This was done in DMC Perle Cotton Size 12 in Blanc.
Monday, 7 December 2009
The little tatted teapot goes to Margaretha in Queensland, Australia. Please e-mail me your contact details, Margaretha. Umi made the choice again this month. Thank you all for coming by to visit and give your comments. I hope you all had fun. The December 2009 Giveaway by Umi and Tsuru will be posted soon. Look out for it!! I hope you will visit again soon.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Monday, 30 November 2009
This is from Martha Ess 'Tea is for Tatting' book and it is called a tiny square teapot. I look forward to tatting the larger teapots. I think the first one I would like to try is the Celtic Teapot. I also need to learn how the Maltese ring is done. Time to go for a tatting lesson.
This little teapot will be Umi and Tsuru's November 2009 Giveaway. If you would like a chance to receive this, leave a comment before 6 December 2009 and your name will be put into a draw. Please check back to see who won.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
I love to browse TattingChic's list of patterns she's gonna tat. That is where I first saw this really pretty square motif. I used TattingChic's link to this pattern. It is by Lady Lace Tatting and you can find the pattern here. Thank you to Lady Lace for the free pattern and TattingChic for showing me to it.
I like square tatting motifs. The pink one is done in Flora 20 #206 and the light green/gold/blue one is done in a metallic DMC (?, I lost the label) thread. It looks a little different from Lady Lace's but perhaps I should try it in a dark thread.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
The thread used is a Cotton Pearl 8 from China called GT (Gold Thread). I bought a few colours of these when I visited mom in June 2009. The quality of the thread is not great but I liked the colours they had. Tat with these only if you are sure there will be no unpicking. Look out for more tatting in these threads. I just realised I could not find the colour name or number on the label. The colour is similar to DMC Perle 8 Colour #111, except this GT colour changes with less gradation.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
In the book, this was tatted up and used as simulated smocking over fabric. I think it looks like an unusual bookmark. What do you think?
I think there will be more bookmarks coming up. I am enjoying the Lizbeth threads and Mary Konior's patterns. Happiness!!
Tomorrow I might be going to see a lady about a new sewing machine. We'll see how that goes.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Gave Tsuru the day off and asked Umi to work this month. The bottle contains treats for Umi and Tsuru. They know how to put their paws into the bottle to pull out the treats. I put all the names in the bottle, gave it a good stir and asked Umi to pick. The first name she pulled out is . . . . . .
Congratulations to Edna Henry. Do drop me an e-mail with your address and I will send the bookmark off to you. Thank you to all who participated and your comments. Look out for next month's giveaway.
Monday, 26 October 2009
This is a tatted bookmark in Lizbeth Cotton Thread Size 20 Col #105 or Confetti. The book mark measures 8 x 2.5 inches without the tassel. This pattern is by Lenore English and can be found here. As I tatted this I was amazed at how it turned out and could not imagine the how creative the designer is.
Leave a comment before 31st Oct 2009 and your name will be put into a draw.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I first saw this tatted up on Tatskool's blog and found out that the pattern is by LadyTats (diagrammed here). A big thank you to LadyTats for this pattern. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to tat this. I got so excited that I was not paying much attention and tatted up this off white one. It does not look anything like the photo in the pattern because it was full of mistakes. There is no meandering path. This is what happens when you are not paying attention.In the next few days, I tatted one in 2 colours DMC Cotton Perle 8 in colours #9 and #51,
one with Delica beads in DMC Perle Cotton 8 #9
and the last one in DMC Cotton Perle 12 in #814 (this ball of thread was a gift from Pat Winter).
Can you see the square in each one?
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
I made these in 3 different sizes: mini, medium and large. I prefer these mini as the portions of cake, lemon curd and icing seemed to be just right. I have never made this recipe of lemon curd before but it turned out really delicious. The recipe is from here. I did not have any Meyer lemons so I just combined 3 regular lemons and 1 small orange. It is yummy and fragrant and for those who dislike the sweetness of butter cream icing, this combination is good. Earl Grey Tea anyone?
Friday, 9 October 2009
My eldest aunt passed away last night at age 85. She was born in China and came over with my grandparents in the early 1930s. She worked as a midwife for all of her adult life. She never married but adopted a baby girl. Just the other day my mom was saying how lucky my aunt is to have a daughter who looked after her during her illness. My cousin would drive out to buy whatever my aunt craved to eat that day.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Have you ever bought something just because you wanted the packaging it came in. I am definitely guilty of it. In this case it is the tin that I wanted. Similarly, I choose to buy mooncakes that had lovely packaging. I loved the tins it came in. I use the tins to keep my jewellery supplies, beads, gemstones, threads and pieces of tatting. They are quite useful.
It is that time of the year again. To celebrate the mid-autumn lantern festival, mooncakes and Chinese tea should be enjoyed under the full moon. Light a lantern and see the children enjoy themselves under the moonlight. I remember my grandmother singing a song when my sister and I walked round the garden with our lanterns.