Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pattern for Tatted Bridal Garter

Here is the link to the pattern for the tatted bridal garter, which my cousin wore at her wedding. Congratulations Leslie!! This is an esnips site, so simply check the design and download.

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Let me say again that the pattern has not been proofed, so tat at your own risk. It may need some stitch count adjustments as well, according to your tension and liking.


Happy Birthday to Me!

This is my birthday cake that my daughter made for me. Look at all those candles!!! Forty-four to be exact. The doily under the cake was made by a very special friend of mine, Mary Ann Brooks. I love it! It suits my dining room table perfectly. I will always cherish it.
I didn't think we would ever get the last candle alight before the first one lit melted down, but we did and I had an amazing birthday. It was a perfect conclusion to my 44th and entrance to my 45th year...OMG!! I'm so close to 50!!

Christmas in NZ

I don't think I will ever get use to Santa Claus wearing shorts and having a picnic. I found it amusing when I first arrived to NZ, but thought I would be use to it after 7 years....nope!! I miss the cold breath on Christmas Eve and my grandmother's fireplace on Christmas day. It does however make being homesick easier to cope with during the holidays.

The internship has been fun and I've learned so much about how to handle and catalogue items of value. Besides textiles, I have grown fond of the printed word...not only books, but also diaries that have handwritten entries by soldiers or emigrants. I have an interest in print culture and am looking forward to studying more of the subject in next year's classes.

Design, obviously, has taken a back seat. On the one hand, I'm annoyed by it...on the other hand, I see it as a turned page that I can always go back to. Calligraphy, for the moment at least, has taken much of my time. Oh, I've managed to work a bit on cross stitch, but only because this particular project has sentimental value since the same pattern was made by my mother for my grandmother years ago and hangs in her corridor. I wanted the same in my dining room. My daughter began it a couple of years ago, but put it down and hasn't touched it since. I decided to finish it and have been working on it for a week now. I hope to finish it before classes begin.

I also hope to complete the bracelet I began. I have promised one person in particular to design the bracelet and make the pattern available. I do want to keep my promise.

Additionally, the garter pattern will be up soon for downloading. It is on a pdf file but be fair warned, it has not been proofed, so tat at your own risk.

And lastly, I hope to complete a hussif I began 4 years ago. Funny only needs a couple of hours to complete. How could I have put it away without finishing it then? Go figure. It is really silly when I think about it. There must have been something more important at the time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New Blog

I've begun a new blog devoted to learning calligraphy. This helps me to be more organized and also keeps the two interest separate for interested reader/viewers. You'll find the link to the calligraphy blog on the right of the page.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Work in Progress

The bracelet design will continue soon. I've put it aside while I am finishing Christmas gifts. Hopefully...hopefully I'll get back to it Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mourning Sea - Center Motif

This is the pattern for the center motif of 'Mourning Sea':

Coats and Clark Dual Duty Plus (Black)
14mm bead for Center with a horizontal hole
0.65 steel hook
36 delica beads (light turqoise)
needle threader

Use the double thread technique

The work must be located to the left of the bead. Enter the end of the thread at A and exit at B. Pull end through leaving about 5" of tail (this will be longer than you actually need). Now repeat again then bring the end back and across A and letting it hang to the right of the bead. Now grab the working thread, pull under both strands and chain 1. Adjust the threads around the side of the bead in equal length. The loop should be large enough that you can work comfortably.

Continue working over both threads with the following:

*4 sc, ch 5, remove loop from hook, insert hook into 1st sc made, replace loop on hook and pull thru stitch, ch1, work 6 sc in ch-lp* (6 times). Elongate the loop on the hook and remove hook.

Pull the tail just enough to see which thread begins to shorten. Once you located the right thread, pull that thread from point B. This will cause the second thread to tighten around the bead. Pull tight so that there is no space between your work and the bead. Now pull the tail again until the this thread is tight around the bead.

This is the first half. Repeat for the second half. A needle threader will be necessary to pull the thread thru the center. Sl st to the ch-1 of the first loop.

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To be cont...