Friday, June 29, 2012

Finally, a bit of tatting

So, I haven't showed much tatting lately.  The reason is that I haven't had time to sew in the ends, and I didn't want to show pieces with ends hanging out.
But I did get the ends in on this one:
Tat-ilicious size 40 "Fireflies"
The pattern?  Why... can't you tell?
It's MK Spinning Glass mat.... of course lol

As you might have noticed, I have a tendency to abbreviate patterns.  You could call it lazy, or resourceful, or you could just say it's my way of dealing with the fact that if a pattern takes too long.. it won't get finished.
If it's abbreviated however.. I tend to push through and finish.

I have LOTS of unfinished motifs.  I bought a twin size sheet the other day though and I am thinking about doing a crazy quilt.  Before I start, I will get myself used to the idea that it will take me forever to get it done. That way it won't be rushed and look horrid.  In fact, because I also don't sew and don't even have a clue as to how to work a sewing machine.  I am planning to do this by working small pieces of fabric (which will be coming from old clothes that Livi and I don't wear anymore. ) and then tacking my little tatted bits to the small bits of fabric. Then those pieces are going to be stitched onto the sheet.  It may look messy, but that's the whole charm of a crazy quilt right??

I started to do something similar a few years ago, (a year or so after Livi was born) with baby blankets and such, but I was trying to do it by hand stitching all the little pieces to one another.  It didn't go far. But, since I did it, I may include it some how in my crazy quilt.  Why not right?

I REALLY REALLY need to get Livi's old keepsake clothes out of our attic.  That is for sure.  Our air conditioner in the house went out a few days ago.  Turns out that we have roof rats. So, all those things that were tucked up there for safe keeping are at risk of being rat nibbled.  Not cool if you ask me!

On a brighter and way less gross note:

Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted about this yarn:
I had dyed this yarn and sent it to a crocheter in Alaska, so that she could crochet me an elephant.  

Well, I got my elephant back... isn't it darling!!!!

The yarn looks phenomenal too!  Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking... that these colors would look fabulous in thread?  I think I can safely say that there will be some in the Tat-ilicious future. :o)

Since then, it has come to my attention that some of you crochet.  Why I didn't think to ask one of y'all to crochet me this elephant... I don't know.  

BUT I absolutely love these little crocheted critters. SO, if any of you like making these and would like set up some kind of barter.  I could get more yarn and dye it.  Livi really loves this little elephant.  so I know she'd like more of them. 

Or if you would just like for me to dye up some yarn.... I don't know what the going price is for hand dyed yarn, but I'm sure we could work something out. 

This however is a sneak peak of the next entrant to the Tat-ilicious Etsy Store.
Super Yum!!! Right?

I have more details to share about this particular colorway, but I'll save it for another day. ;o)

OH.... can I get a "WOOT WOOT" for having sold my 200th skein the other day!

I'm so excited folks!  Only a month nd a half ago did I announce that I was at the 100 skein milestone.


Now, I also have a plastic bin of more than a hundred skeins.

How about, when I hit the 300th milestone.... a "big" giveaway.


  1. I have always wanted to do that to that pattern! Well, that and a 2&4 rings per arm too. And would a bigger, 4&8 work...? Anyway, lovely!

    I think your elephant is great too!

    And way to go on the sales! I admire your entrepreneurship!


  2. I have done a 2/4 variation.
    I started to do a 4/8 variation.. but I ran into the age old problem of boredom... it quickly got detached from the shuttles and in my scrap pile. I don't see why it wouldn't work with any number of 1n:2n variation. Just be careful when attaching your 1n rings to chain between the 2n rings. I got a little confused at which picots to join to :o) But you have reignited my intrigue to same question. Maybe I'll find that scrap and start over where I finished :o)

    At some point it will actually spiral, which would be really cool. :o)

  3. :o)

    Another variation I have not done but looks interesting is making only 4 or 5 "arms", and letting it cup...

  4. Great minds!! LOVE your thinking! I almost did that on this one... kind of like the bell flower pattern but without those pesky chains. :o)

  5. I never thought of abbreviating the Spinning Wheel. Not a problem for me though... it's my comfort tat, and I don't mind how long it takes to make. I just finished one in your Aurora... looks great!

  6. I like the look of your glass mat, but think I would prefer it in a different colorway. :)
    And that elephant is so very sweet!!! :)

    congrats on your sales.
    and good for you to figure out what works for you with tatted motifs. Nothing says that patterns have to be followed to the nth degree.
    tough to have rats in your storage area. good luck with things.

  8. Interesting post! Love the elephant. Congratulations on your thread sales!! My dragon has wings that are adapted from the spinning wheel mat, so I have taken liberties with the pattern too.