Sunday, December 25, 2016

Off the Shuttles: My First Ice Drop

Now that Christmas gifts have been given and opened, I had time to make my first ice drop. It's a really quick and easy pattern.  I just find it somewhat awkward tatting the last part of the last ring while holding onto the glass gem at the same time. I definitely have to work on not twisting my stitches at the last join. 

When Hobby Lobby opens tomorrow, I'll have to get some 1/8" ribbon and some other gem colors.  I've been wondering if the ice drop would have the same effect if were tatted in coordinating colors instead of white.  I may try that on the next one.

The step by step tutorial can be found here:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Off the Shuttles: The Holy Family

This was made from a purchased pattern.  It's The Holy Family, designed by Edda .  It's an easy pattern.  The hardest part is placement.

It was tatted with Lizbeth size 20 in white.  It's sewn onto blue velvet and mounted into a 16" x 20" wooden frame.  It's a Christmas gift for a friend.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Off the Embroidery Machine - Bloodhound Pillow

I made this pillow for my oldest daughter for Christmas.  It's 16"x16" not including the 2.5" ruffle.  The fabric has small paw prints in white, tan, and brown on a black background.

Off the Shuttles: Tassel Angel

My first tassel angel.  The pattern is in the booklet, "Big Book of Tatting". It is such a fast and easy pattern.  Best of all, no sewing required, glue only. While I was putting on the wings and the halo, I left the plastic sleeve on the tassel so it wouldn't get messed up.  The pattern called for size 20 thread.  When I make the next one out of white, I think I'll make the halo gold color. 

I used Altin Basak white and silver thread which is U.S. size 30 (European size 50).  The wings may have been a bit bigger if I had used the normal size 20 but I don't have any metallic thread in size 20. I wanted the metallic so color from the Christmas tree lights would bounce off it.

The tassel was manufactured by Wright and I purchased it from Joann Fabrics.  It's 3.5" (88.9mm) long.  I purchased some colored tassels from Hobby Lobby. I'm anxious to see how the tassel angel looks in color.

This is a gift for a friend's daughter. 

The photo on the left is the front of the angel.  The other photo is of the back showing the wings.