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9 March 2020

Three times six makes eighteen


I didn’t really like that pink and white diamond motif next to the purple and green one. Too much of a contrast, I think.

Anyway, I had another rummage through my size 40 threads and came up with the lighter purple (lavender?) and a darker pink which seem to have taken the ‘starkness’ off that contrast. I’m going with this for now and we’ll see what happens!!!

4 March 2020

Back to diamonds


During my English Paper Piecework experience I have been still playing around with the diamonds though not a lot, I must admit. I also managed to get the Koala pattern done too as you probably remember.  Sometimes (like the koala) a ‘good idea’ happens and you have to go with it!!!

Here are two posts about the diamonds. First one here and the second one here.

My current 'problem' is going to be what to do next!!! I'm hopeless at planning ahead so always 'go with the flow' - just like I did with the patchwork!!!!! This story is to be continued!!!!



2 March 2020

Patchwork finished

Well here it is. I spent a LOT of time working on this over the past week or so - just to get it finished. I couldn't face another round of hexagons!!!

Here are some facts and figures about it - that's if I've done my maths right!!!!

There are 61 big hexagons altogether and each large one has one hexagon in the middle surrounded by 24 diamonds. 

Altogether that'll be 1,464 diamonds in the hexagons!!! 

Edging pieces which will need another 144 diamonds making in total 1,608 altogether!!!

So, do you want to see it?  Here it is!!!









28 February 2020

The possible insert


Well here's what I'm proposing to do to add to the final round. I'm also showing you what it's going to be backed onto as well so you can see my conundrum!!! 

I'll sew these inserts on (if that's what I decide) and then put the backing fabric wrong side up on the table. I'll then fold the sides of the backing fabric upwards and tuck them under the EPP cloth. This'll all take a lot of mumbling and grumbling and accuracy but hopefully very little of the backing will show on the finished piece. We'll see - this is still just speculation!!!!





26 February 2020

Well I promised!!


Here's the update on the cloth.

Yes, it finally has a finishing post and a reason to 'be'!!!  It's going to be a cloth.  Not sure I'll ever use it but you never know!!! It'll certainly cheer up a dark spot in anybody's house although sun glasses might be needed as it's rather bright!!!

I'm pleased with it so far but am now debating on the finishing off.  

I think I'm going to make inserts where the big hexagons meet on that final round.  I'll do one this evening and show you tomorrow and then I'll decide if I need to do another 23 or just finish it off as it is!!!  

24 February 2020

Thanks to Julibeth

I've got something to talk about today!!! 

I'm sorry about the blog going quiet but I'm frantically working on getting my big EPP (patchwork) finished. I'll show you progress later this week so don’t give up on me!!!

Julibeth has joined the Exclusive Tatting Club and you can find her entry right at the bottom of this page here.

Thanks for the compliment too, Julibeth. Writing techniques and patterns really does keep me out of a lot of mischief although I do find it from time to time!!! Mischief, I mean. Well you need a bit of fun in life, eh?

Just to tease my readers I'm only putting one of the pictures on this post to 'encourage' you to go and look at the Exclusive Tatting Club and see what everybody's been doing!!!

21 February 2020

Final section

Well here it is - the thing you've been waiting for. Or not!!!

The final section of the final round of the EPP. 

It's going to take me a while to get this 'lot' done but I'm enjoying doing them and the break from other crafty things. Tatting still happens as I'll never be able to give that up!!!!

Strange things have happened on these photos!!! The top one is the true colouring - the bottom one has been changed for some reason!!!



17 February 2020

Not a lot!

Well I’m afraid I’m not going to have a lot to show you this week!!! 

Life has become somewhat disrupted lately due to this, that and t’other so I’ve not had the energy to think of something new to do or say!!! A relief some of you might say!!!

I am, however plodding along with the EPP project. That’s English Paper Piecework for those who (like me!) need a translation. I’ve always called it patchwork but I live and I learn! 

I will keep you updated later this week on progress.

14 February 2020

Decisions, decisions and no decisions!!!

I agonise over colours when starting (and during) projects!!

As I’ve probably mentioned before I need another new project to take out and about so decided that I’d do a diamond patchwork one like I’ve done many times before. This time in a size 40 as I do like the lacy look of 40 and it’s easier to pick up and put down too. 

You’ve seen the pink diamond motif before back here and the pink is here.  I no longer have the pink one it as I didn’t like it very much and gave it away!!! So I made the green and lilac/purple (not sure how to describe that colour!) and am happier with that. Problem I now have is choosing more colours to go with it. I tried the green and yellow combination (bottom right in the top picture) but that didn’t look right to me. So, all my size 40 threads came out and I’m still trying to decide!!!!




13 February 2020

Another section

Here's another section of my big English paper piecing (patchwork). 

First of all the pieces as I cut them out and then the section sewn together. 

There's a huge difference between the colour choices of the section I blogged on Monday but that's because I wanted/needed a contrast. 

I'm not sure if this will be the middle section of the sides or the corner. Well, I'm not sure because I've forgotten what I decided!!!! Typical I hear you say!!

I'll keep you posted!!!



12 February 2020

Purple and green


Having 'fallen out' with the pink diamonds here I decided to try completely different colour combinations. I really like this combination but, of course, I now have to try and find colours I LIKE to go with these!!! 

Often people say I've got a good sense of colour and ask how I choose. Well, the answer to that is I don't know how I do it and I make many, many mistakes etc. I'll show you more later this week.

10 February 2020

The next round!


No, not of the diamond project - still trying to decide on that!!! 

This time I’m showing you the next round of the English paper piecing (patchwork). 

I spent hours a few days ago cutting out the shapes for this final round. That’s a LOT of time and not much fabric either got used!!!

I decided on these for the sides. Well the sides will have 3 motifs so I am making two the same and the middle one in the side different. These are the ‘same’ ones. First picture is the pieces cut out (I take photos to remind BC3 what is going to happen!) and underneath is them sewn together. One done and many to do!!  Actually 23.


7 February 2020

A day out!


I went on a day out last Sunday and it was well out of my comfort zone too!!!

The craft group I go to on a Tuesday morning consists mainly of neighbours in our two roads. Our roads are sort of ‘isolated’ but near the centre of the town. It’s a one way road so we don’t get too much traffic and we really, really get on well with each other. Help is always on hand with any problems if needed. 

One of our members has a niece (here’s a link) who teaches and makes ceramics and she runs ‘hare days’. We decided to take a day out and have a ‘go’ at hares!!!

Well I did some pottery and ‘stuff’ at teacher training college and did another course some years later when the kids were little too. Both of those were a LONG, LOOOONG time ago and I didn’t expect to get anything resembling a hare done!  In the end mine does look vaguely like a hare. I won’t see it again for a few weeks as it’s gone to be fired etc. 

Great day with lovely friends.

5 February 2020

Black earrings


Do you remember these earrings? Well it turns out that I’d only got one when I got home a week or two ago. Lost on my walk - somewhere near the canal basin! I wasn’t that bothered as I wasn’t that sure I liked them after a few times of wearing them. 

The saddest part of the loss was the demise of the fabulous beads I bought in America last year. Still I’m glad I bought two strings of them. 

So I got the good old scissors out to the one earring and demolished it!! Instead I thought I’d try another idea and used black thread with gold seed beads as well. I really like this pair. 

The one on the right looks sort of ‘bent’ but it isn’t really. Just the way it got slammed down on the scanner!!  I'm not exactly gentle with my jewellery, you know!!!

3 February 2020

Next round completed


I’ve had a bit of a break from the patchwork (English paper piecing). I got sidetracked by Handy Hands and their calendar!!! I wanted to submit a pattern for that but it took some time for a ‘good idea’ to hit BC3. Finally it did but more about that much, much later.

So now that’s off my ‘to do’ list I’m going to have another sewing session. Well that’s when I can find all the bits and bobs!!! 

I did manage to finish the last round that I was working on while I was at my various craft clubs and this is what it looks like now (well, if you wander further down the page). 

I then spent a few days wondering how to finish the edges off and straighten them a bit. In the end I decided that I’d do another round!!! Am I bonkers or am I bonkers?

No need to answer that if you don’t want to!


31 January 2020

Just for a change

I just want/need something relatively easy to do in the evenings at the moment. I am fiddling around with new ideas but not happy with anything (including myself!) at the moment.

Blog posts may become a bit sparse til I get BC3 back on track!!! We'll see. 

Meanwhile this is my relaxing tatting which is keeping me awake in the evening. Without it I would probably fall asleep!!!  I've used this pattern so many times in the past and here's just one of those 'times'.  

Oh, here's another too!!!  I'd completely forgotten this one.  I wonder where it is?  Ah, probably in the box in the cupboard!!!!

29 January 2020

The butterfly snowflake - again!


I know somebody who will like these - eh, Diane?

Still playing around with this design and enjoying it too which makes a change!!!


27 January 2020

Last Monday

We had an appointment at eleven thirty. Simple really so we got in the car and toddled down there. 

We didn't get back til seven that evening after a few 'things went haywire'. The reason I'm telling you this is because I didn't take my handbag with me (I rarely take it out anymore as I use my phone to pay for 'stuff'). 

Now you may well ask, what is the old git rambling on about? Well, no handbag means no tatting supplies. Well it was just to be a quick visit to the doctor, wasn't it? The following day I was WELL prepared to be out for what turned out to be even longer!!!

These are my regular containers for sitting around tatting when I don't need to concentrate. I have the 'intermediate' supplies but these are the 'emergency' tatting supplies!!

I LOVE these little containers. They came from Walmart many, many moons ago  (probably around fifteen) so I'm not sure if they're still obtainable. I sit and make butterflies to give away while I'm in situations where I need to keep an eye on what's going on around me but also need to keep my fingers busy!!!

The smaller green type of container I tend to use for larger beads too. I think they were in the cosmetics section of Walmart but it was around fifteen years ago that I bought them!!!  All the sections in the pink one have ready wound bobbins  and shuttles.  




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.

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