Monday, March 9, 2009

Perfect when Travelling by Car

I have found the perfect activity to keep myself occupied while travelling by car. I've tried quilting handwork, and the bumpiness of the ride makes it difficult for me to do the type of work I want to do. On our last trip to Phoenix, I took my tatting with me. Now I'm a very beginning beginner, but I found needle tatting in January at our yearly craft show in Phoenix. I've made a little sample bookmark, which I showed you before. Now I want to show you what I made while traveling:

The tatting is laying on top of my cutting mat, which is marked in a one inch grid pattern. I don't know what I'm going to use this for, but Iwas thinking it would be really pretty around the neck of a t-shirt. I'm using size 8 thread. Oh, and I found the pattern on the internet. It is called "Lacy Lace-Free Pattern", and was from Beverly Elrod BellaOnline's Tatting Editor. (This is the info on the page I printed.) On the right side of the picture you can see threads leading away from the work. This is where I joined threads, and this will be the first time I will need to hide the threads in my work. My beginner book gives some directions, so I will have to re-read that, and figure out how to do this.

The suggestions in the pattern mentioned stringing beads on the thread ahead of time, and placing them in the picots (little loops) of the lace. I can really see them on the bottom side of the lace, either in the large loops only, or in all three loops. This is something I'd like to try soon.



TattingChic said...

What a nice edging. I agree with you that tatting is the perfect pass time for the car! :)

Quilter Beth said...

Wow, your tatted piece is gorgeous. I love the look, so I tried tatting once--just couldn't get the hang of it. Keep up the good work!