Needle Tatting Ups and Downs

I have been doing a lot of tatting recently because it is super portable and easy to do in cars and coffee shops. I haven’t been finding myself with tons of time recently.

I finished my red oval doily from my last post but…

Red Tatting

It isn’t sitting. Nothing I can do will make is sit. It is super frustrating. The issue is that my picolts are too short.

Here is a quick snapshot from the book it came from, Needle Tatting from the Heart by Tina Neurdof. Can you spot the difference between mine and theirs?

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Yep, the picots are all too short. Picots are the little loopy bits that serve as decorations and as links to other parts of the design. So… I started it again. I want to make this for someone in particular, so I really want it to work. If I can’t get it to work after the third time, then maybe I’ll move on to another design.

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Still, the red is quite pretty isn’t it?

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Sketchy, Woolly Spider

Sketchy, Woolly SpiderI finally finished my spider and got her hooped up. My mother asked for a non-ribbon hoop, so I only used wood stain and matte Modge Podge to darken and seal it.

Sketchy, Woolly SpiderThis piece was a present for my mom who just finished her Masters in Nursing. She is awesome-sauce and she loves spiders. This one was supposed to be for her office, but she has decided it may be too nice for the office.

I used about 4 different shades of brown DMC thread, and two different colours of Anchor yarn. Here is roughly the steps taken to make her look as fuzzy as she does:

  1. Outline the whole shape in split stitch using DMC thread.
  2. Fill in the legs with long wool stitches, then couch those with different colours of DMC thread.
  3. Fill the abdomen of the spider with long wool stitches, in the same direction as the stitches in DMC thread were going to go (typically, when you pad a shape, you do it in the opposite direction, but I wanted the wool to peek through the thread stitches! It worked too!)13572403865_46f13bab46_b
  4. Cover the abdomen, the head and the mandibles in various colours of DMC thread in various browns.
  5. Buy a huge quantity of minuscule beads and use only four of them.13572398455_a078197cfb_b

The good news is, my mother loved it and so do I. I love the wool peeking through the abdomen and the legs, making her look fuzzy and ridiculous. I love the contrast between the spider and the sketchy web even more.

Sketchy, Woolly Spider

Finished Fridays – Needle Sketched Knitting Girl

20140120-205046.jpgAnother crafty resolution for this year is to try and finish as many pieces as possible. I am talking framed or hooped or made into a pillow or whatever. Finishing pieces is always the hardest, usually most boring part for me, but I’m always glad I do it. Maybe this can be my version of the &Stitched Finish-Along?

For this one I wrapped a bit of the yarn around outside hoop, just to tie in into the piece properly.