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.


  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.

    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.

  2. Love your stars and flower!! :)