Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Poppies, poppies, poppies... (Motifs 5-7)

Okay, maybe just one. I have been tatting Birgit's Small Star in Aunt Lydia's size 10 Victory Red and white, and finished two before deciding to take a break. I made one five-pointed because I was running out of thread on the shuttle. The ring on the other one isn't really twisted, it just flipped when I put it down and I JUST NOTICED IT NOW and I'm too lazy to take another picture.


I used the remaining shuttle thread to make a poppy from Tatting collage by Lindsay Rogers. I made the stem extra long to use up the last of the thread but I think it will find a purpose. I have a plan for this one which I will not reveal at this time. In the meantime, here's the poppy in Aunt Lydia's size 10 Victory Red and green:


I have had the pleasure of working on the TIAS we started last week. I think I'm doing pretty well so far. I've learned split rings and lock joins. My picots are a little big; I'll adjust them in the next go round. Here's Day 4:


And I'm back to work on the cross for pastor. I had thought it would be sewn to vestments and left it natural. It turns out he intends to wear it as a pectoral.  I'll be looking into means of starching it this week. I want something that will hold the shape and not dull the color or sheen of the piece. After that, I figure I'll add a jump ring and let him decide on how to string it.

4 comments:

  1. Your Small stars look good. You're not the only one that finds tatting has a mind of it's own when you want to take pictures of it. The good news is that it's not twisted and actually looks better than it shows.
    I don't starch my pieces often so I can't recommend anything for the cross. Unless you hear about something from a reliable source, whatever you try I'd try it on small scraps before trying it on the cross.

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    1. Thank you! Pesky little star! It looks fine right now, of course.
      The cross is big enough that I will have to starch it for it to hang correctly; no drooping arms. I'll be trying out cornstarch on a smaller piece early next week. If it doesn't dull the sheen and color, we'll be on to something.

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  2. Love your stars and flower!! :)

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