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24 January 2020

Butterfly snowflake again


Now these two are made using some HDT that Sue kindly gave me. 

I used the same variegated on both but with the top one I used a plain Lizbeth green too. 

I know which one I prefer - the bottom one which really shows off the thread. Thanks, Sue.

23 January 2020

Another 'go' at this snowflake


I've already given this little guy a name - the Butterfly Snowflake. 

I started it weeks ago and then got distracted to try a new idea - the koala.

I’m so, so thrilled at the reaction to the koala.  It’s restored my faith in tatting again although I’m finding it harder and harder to think of new ideas!!  I think poor BC3 is feeling his age at the moment.  The long grey days of winter and other problems don’t help either.

More tomorrow.

21 January 2020

It's finished and ready to be made!

Just a quickie today to give you the link to the koala. 


There are a few techniques to make it more 'interesting' and more life like. 

There's a folded ring which is explained within the pattern, a bead added to the centre of a ring and I've used the double double stitch too to make the chains firmer in places. Jenni hadn't done any of those before but she whipped up hers within an hour or so. Here he is.


20 January 2020

For my Australian friends


Here in England we've been hearing about the devastating fires in Australia but there's so little we can do to help. It occurred to BC3 that another animal design may be useful for my Australian friends to make to raise funds to help the wildlife. I've already done a kangaroo with it's joey so a koala sprang to mind as the 'next project'.

I only started this less than two weeks ago so it's a really quick one for me. Mainly, I'll admit, because I got focussed because of the impact to wildlife 'down under' is so devastating so I kept going. Judith made a couple of suggestions (thank YOU) which finally added the finishing touches. 

Another Australian friend (thank you, Jenni) then wrote to ask me for help with designing a kangaroo or koala - this was the day after I'd completed mine so I wrote back with advice on making animals and the pattern to test!!! I think (or hope) she was a little surprised!!!

As soon as she gets back to me with her alterations (which she now has) I'll finish uploading all the pictures and links. Meanwhile get out your black and grey thread ready!!!  Oh, and a couple of beads for the eyes!!!


16 January 2020

Round 3 second thoughts on motif


As I was having a bit of hassle from the purple fabric I decided to just do enough of these hexagon shapes to put on the ‘corners’ of the whole project. 

The sides will require 2 on each ‘side’ so 12 altogether and that’s too many to struggle with the wretched purple!!!

So I decided to put the purple surrounded by the other colours in the sides and this is what it turned out like. Two pictures as I wanted to see the difference on the backgrounds!!!


14 January 2020

Jan 7 motifs finished


I've done a little doily made with Jan's motif which I started playing with back here.

Now you may well wonder why I've put two pictures up today showing the same thing!!! Well that's not strictly true although I see that I've put one with the swirls going to the left (bottom picture) and one to the right!!! How dozy can I be? NO NEED to answer that!!!!

The reason there are two pictures is that there's a glaring mistake on the first one which caused me to have to take out the final motif. 

Can YOU spot it? 

There was a bit of cussing for ten seconds but I never mind re-doing stuff so that's what I did!!!


13 January 2020

A good idea


Yes I had a 'good idea' the other day.

A week before Christmas it was panic stations for giveaways as I'd done the dreaded thing of giving away all of my stash!!!! How silly is that? Also there were people who didn't get one and who I wished I could've given to - like my son in law and my Zumba teacher. 

Fortunately over the Christmas period I managed to make them a couple or three!!! 

Then my dear friend and supporter (BC3) decided it would be a 'good idea' to start on 2020's giveaways now so that's what I've started doing!!! A first attempt below!

10 January 2020

This is weird!


I've got one of the hexagons done for the next round of the patchwork but something 'strange' is happening here!!

Well I think it's strange!! The purple fabric doesn't want to play nicely with me.

All fabrics are either pure cotton or poly cotton of some sort. As they're all remnants I've no idea of their true content and this seems to be causing a problem with the purple one. 

I'm using a fabric glue pen like this to hold the papers and it works a treat with all the other fabrics but it doesn't 'like' the purple one. 

Come on, purple, get a grip on yourself and BEHAVE or you'll be on the redundancy list!!!

9 January 2020

Round 2 - completed


Here's round two of the patchwork finished. 

I've taken the papers out of the previous round and the centre to make it easier to stuff into the box that I'm keeping all the bits and pieces in. 

As you can see from this post I've got the fabric cut out for the next round already. Only snag is - I've got to cut the papers out now!!! These are not easy to do as precision is vital to enable everything to fit. I'm wondering what the next round will look like and IF I'll still be interested enough to do a further round!!! Only time will tell!!!


8 January 2020

A Vicki Clarke motif


I have two kits that I've been given which contain all the bits and pieces to make a motif but this isn't the one that I was going to do first!!! I've mislaid that one somewhere in the tatting cupboard or in Tat Corner!!! It'll emerge like a butterfly from it's pupae one day!!

I love Vicki's little designs. They always make me smile for some reason. Vicki's blog is here and is well worth a visit.

This is an easy tat and the instructions are VERY clear. I'm not sure where or when I was given the kit but I really enjoyed making it. THANK YOU, Vicki and I'll be making up the hexagon one - when it next emerges!!!

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