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Wednesday, 19 October 2016


I belong to a local nonprofit association that has the aim of passing the knowledge of lace, as many techniques as we can, offers courses during all the year and participates in exhibitions here in our city. It happened that an event was held during last week, where various associations participated and there was also a space to display their work. We went, too. Many of us brought their laces and I had a surprise from a friend: she brought a fan that I did!

I had completely forget it! Some years ago - forget how many - I gave her that fan as a Christmas' present. Pattern for the edging is Ila Frost's "block and clover edge" (I found a link, even I can't remember if that was my first source!):

We worked in public, I had my semi-invisible tatting and others worked on their bobbins.
Here it is the bobbin lace in progress by a talented boy just 10yo! He started learning in May!!

I also brought one rings' pillow I did last year, edging is from Priscilla Tatting Book #2

and also I showed the squared doilies in Bosa's filèt:

While I was there, I worked at my glass xmas' balls, diameter is 4cm, thread is Finca light gold (I doubled the thread) and the pattern is ... ergh, actually they are original but I can say something only about the last, this time I needed 5 prototypes to get a "passable" pattern, I was looking for that all-in-one-pass kind of pattern, eventually I got it. But I finished the balls!

I tried climbing to the outer round with the method learned from the rose in Priscilla Tatting Book #3, and I think it's quite good, even they're not double stitches. It is a valid alternative to the split chain method.

And what do you do with your last bits of thread? There's not only butterflies out there!

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

blog anniversary

Thank you very much for visiting me during these 3 years! Time flew!

I know Who has to be blamed for these almost 300 posts of mine that you've had to put up with ;-) ... (thank you dear!), but I don't know how it's been possible that I had over than 200,000 visits! My heartfelt thank you to everyone! Thank you so much for your support and for sharing with me your love for tatting. If you are a blogger too, please let me know with a comment, I'll add it in "My Blog list" in the sidebar. (I'd also say thanks to Google Translator, indeed!)

This week I'm going on with the green&purple doily, but I just needed a break. That's how the centre looks in white:

Sorry, I can't say what that thread is, very thin but without a label, it's a cotton ball my aunt gave me last year so it's been something old, not so much twisted in fact the lace turned out very soft.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

this way or that, it's always a fun time

I'm enjoying all rounds. I wonder if this patter could work in total white ... I'm sorry, this doily hasn't a proper name yet!

While tatting, I make a note about the way I'm doing it, as suggested in Muskaan's This Way or Tat exercise, and I found that for this doily - unconsciously - there's a mix of ways and changes of directions and not always the same method to hide ends, too. In the case of a new design, often the thread must be cut, just because that is the prototype, so it happens that I cut a quarter of one round to change stitches' count.

Basically I'm having fun, so in general I don't care cuts nor the direction.

Nevertheless, I like the look of all front side tatting, in this case emphasized by the curled rings.

Rounds with only chains: tatted with normal ds (flipped), clockwise direction.
Rounds with little rings and curled rings: chains tatted with reverse stitches – these are not flipped, and the order of half stitches is reversed; rings tatted normally. These rounds grow in counterclockwise direction.

All little rings used in centres are tatted separately and closed using the magic trick to hide their end.

Chào + [The correct word to address that person]
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

aunt's action plan

If you visit her in August, she's giving finishing touches to her handmade Xmas' gifts! Yes, because she starts early, -"because well done handmade crafts demand your time - she says - and then you sure want to have a rest when the season is coming, aren't you, and of course you love visiting friends in December, ..."-  I've always tried to follow the aunt's plan, without success. During this year I've started few different things, incomplete, and for some of them I also changed my mind. Anyway, that's only to warn myself  I'd better start something for Xmas.
glass balls
To cover that glass ball, I've used Finca light gold (Hilo Metalizado, 1000mts, Presencia Hilaturas), double strand, 35% Polyester and 65% Viscose, but I doubled the thread to make it thicker. Tatting is in 3 parts, joined with a bare thread with the help of a needle.

Do you remember that I'm learning Bosa's lace? The ladies from Bosa, maestre of their Sardinian filèt called  “SU LÀURU 'OSINCU”, are coming again by a month, and I can't wait! I hurried finishing the net from last year and that's the frame completed:
And this is only one of them, after cutting from the net:
I'm still learning, I beg you don't look too close!

So, that's why I've less tatting this week! By the end of this week (I hope) I'll show you my progress on the green&purple doily with CR and wide picots.... this one: .... Mmmm, I need a name! Would you rather help me or suggest me a names generator link?

¡Pura Vida!
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(all posts with label "invisiballs":) so far so good
(about the frame started last year:) 200 posts, blog anniversary and 100,000 visits!
(about the Finca thread:) a thread about

Friday, 23 September 2016

go on

12th round... to be continued!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

beloved monster

Lately it seems that indecisiveness is my first attitude. I don't know what to do with this one, I like a lot the centre daisy with wide monster's picots but it is very little, even with that size 60 thread.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Flowers make the ideal gift - or just treat yourself! -, but the first is way too little, the second ruffles, the third cups... I rescued the little version and I'm tatting a white bracelet.

For the green version I used 2 strands wound together, they are dmc E703 and dmc special dentelles colour num. 94. The white version is dmc Diamant 100% polyester, D5200. They are both very similar to a single size 50 thread. Superduo beads are 2.5x5mm.

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