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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ben Fikkert "Pinecones" Tips On Final Round

There are 35 flower like motifs that completely circle the final round.  Ben explains that you can go from one to another with two shuttles. This saves tons of time so you don't have to tie off every motif. (that is normally done with one shuttle)
But how? 

After making the first motif tie on the second shuttle and begin the split ring as normal.

Leaving a nice space between each ring and  using the shuttles attached to each thread from your split ring I make three rings down each side.  Remembering the side closest to the doily does get attached to a pre-marked picot on doily.
(I just cut off 5 motifs, for I attached them to wrong place when I began. )

Now it is kind of fun, to attach the center ring, to each space between the rings. Always remember to make the 2 double stiches then attach as you go then 2 more when done attaching the outer rings. 

Now the center ring is closed and I tie a knot before making the final split ring will be made to finish this motif. 
There are a lot of this style motifs in older patterns like this kind, and this method can apply to many of them. 
Hope you all have a wonderful week 
Lace making :)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tatting Lace Making

Well finished the little rings on my pine needles and Excited to show what I have started but will in next post :)
I have some great details that will post next one to show what I have learned with this.

Excited and started the next round in Renulek's doily and wonder, will fit  around my odd size 50, that I adjusted a bit.
I like to go a little further around to see.  But it is looking good so far, the new is a Lizbeth size 80.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Right Color Thread, Wrong Size

I did plan on this color, but forgot it was size 50 instead of 80. So I just did the pattern with one less double stich in the chain and one in the rings, between picots.
I actually did this in the light blue round, for the thread was a 100.  So I just added two double stitches in the chain part.
Will see what happens :)

Well it is a fact, (that I learned) that mignonette tatting is forgiving, cause this next round seems to be coming along just fine. I have on other patterns made the bare threads too long on the first pattern called "Daisy" and the next round just didn't messed up like you would think it would.
Really turns out just fine.
 This one I have no clue how long the bare thread was supposed to be  because I used a totally different size thread than given in directions.
Have a wonderful day !

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Pinecones" Pattern by Ben Fikkert

This was may second attempt at the netting part or as I call it "Pine needles"
This first attempt and the edges curled up the single thread measurement has to get longer on the outer edge of the curves, this part was not really mentioned but figured this out after 4 out of 5 rounds :(

So carefully removed  this mistake and started again :)

This is pretty after pinning out and my bit of hairspray, that will be washed out when done.

Have a wonderful day, and tat away :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lace Happenings

Manage to finish all pinecones

And pin them out!

Next step is to figure out approximately how long is the plain thread for the mignonette tatting will be He said 12 units"
that is 12 double stitches in size 80 thread.  

I love this one shuttle tatting and can even jump up to next round with a split ring.  I know it is hard to believe but it is only 2 double stitches.

Then just couple days ago I got these practical invisible shuttles in the mail :)

But had already Wound my little nesting dolls with blue for row six 
have a great day :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pinecones by Ben Fikkert, Progressing

13 Years ago when this pattern was created, different parts of the world had different ways of writing out patterns.  His is unusual to what I am used to, and requires study.   I do like how he explains a measurement called "unit", calling it a length of a double stitch.
Contemplating this is very smart and anyone could adapt his pattern to there thread if they didn't have same size thread. 
He explains that the bare threads areas are so many units long.

Got some new shuttles too, from Shuttles by Design My husband did a great job ordering these fabulous gifts, and letting me chime in on what I wanted  they are wonderful and well made. Thank you to both I have more and will show them as I go :)
I am very happy , have a great day all!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What Was Stopping Me? Was The Start!

To replicate this is tricky and from the start, wow!
This little beauty is called "Pinecones" from the book called
Tatting Adventure by Ben Fikkert I also wanted to reduce it to one knot instead of two and not cut ends like above.

After about three of these I was successful and pinned out with my hairspray trick below.

Finally passed that hurdle
I have wanted to try is for years and so glad to make it to this point :)
Now I can calm down and have at least two projects going at same time, at least:)