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Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Sale

A really quick post today to say that all of the patterns in my Etsy shop are on sale until Tuesday, November 28. Everything is 20% off and the discount is automatically applied (no coupon code needed). If you use the Etsy app, make sure you are running the latest version to see accurate pricing.

Other Etsy shops are having sales this weekend too, so be sure to browse around if you've been eyeing anything for the holidays. I'll be doing almost all of my holiday shopping online so I don't have to deal with the rush in the stores!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Easier than expected

Designing this round wasn't bad at all. Tatting it, on the other hand, took some time:

To help with the design, I rendered a polar grid on Inkscape and printed it out. I used some spare thread to create a small tatted sample, and held the doily up to the grid to make sure that everything fit. I forgot to take photos of that, but here's the doily and polar grid side by side:

I took Sue's advice from the tatting design class, and placed my polar grid into a clear plastic sheet. This ensures that no ink gets on the tatting.

Here you can see the small sample I tatted before coming up with the final stitch counts. On the bottom is the sample, and on the top is the in progress tatting:

I eventually had to cut off the sample so I could complete the round:

The doily will need one more round before it is finished. It will be simple, just a trimming along the outer edge.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Putting together a bunch of patterns is a lot of work, and I wanted to do some tatting that was more leisurely. I'm trying my hand at designing a doily, without any drawings this time. So far so good:

Each round has been pretty simple because I want to save the detail for the last few rounds. I'll be mirroring the center as a series of scallops around the edge, and that will be the most difficult part to design. We'll see how it goes...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Snowflake patterns are in the shop

The snowflake patterns that I've been working on over the past several months are now in my Etsy shop, a few days earlier than expected. You can get to the listing by clicking here.

The digital file contains 12 snowflake patterns and 2 stars. Closeups of the patterns can be seen in the listing photos on Etsy. For this project, I experimented with different variations on themes. You might notice that several of the patterns are similar to each other. I also tried out a couple of new (to me) techniques including layered rings.

Creating a set of patterns like this is giving me good practice for self publishing a printed book. I still have to do a lot of research on that front though. I wonder what types of patterns I should include in a book?

Anyhow, I've emailed the full pattern file to everyone who test tatted one of these flakes for me. If you were a test tatter and don't see the file in your inbox, let me know.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Picot Height for Central Beads: Small Threads

Just wanted to post a quick update that the snowflake patterns I have been working on will be available in my Etsy shop next week. In the meantime, I've been running a few more trials with picot gauges for centrally placed beads. Muskaan brought up a good point in my last blog post about thread size. All of my examples dealt with size 20 thread, but if you are working with something smaller, the calculation will be a little different. I'll go ahead and update that post to include the new information.

Here are a couple of samples I tatted in size 40 and size 80 thread:

To recap, calculating the height of the long beaded picot for centrally placed beads involves taking the combined height of the beads and then adding some extra for joins. (You can read over my last blog post for a detailed explanation about the process.) When working with size 40 or smaller thread, the extra picot height needed per spoke will be 0.9 mm. If you are using bugle beads or seed beads, you might want to increase the extra per spoke up to 1 mm. This is because the beads sit a little further apart than Swarovski crystals.

Here's the formula for size 40 or smaller thread:

Combined height of beads + (0.9 mm extra for joins * number of spokes) = picot height

You can increase 0.9 up to 1 mm if you are working with bugle or seed beads.

For size 20 thread, the formula is:

Combined height of beads + (1.3 mm extra for joins * number of spokes) = picot height

You can decrease 1.3 mm to 1.2 mm if you pull your thread tightly.

Another tip: You can use tweezers to gently pull on the bare thread between beads, to make slight adjustments as needed. This helps in a couple of situations. 1) If you are running out of picot thread to join to, and need to squeeze a little more out of it for the last bead. 2) If you have too much picot thread, and want to redistribute it more evenly between beads when the tatting is finished.

Well, that's all for now. If you try out any of these formulas, let me know how they work out for you! I'm curious to know how universally they can be applied.