Sunday, 12 April 2015

Starting another 25 Motif Challenge

I really enjoyed doing the 25 Motif Challenge and have decided to start another one.  I found it helped keep me motivated to do some tatting each month :).

For my first motif, I decided to tat the Happy Heart pattern which can be found on Le Blog de Frivole.  For this pattern, I finally figured out how to do the Catherine-Wheel Join!  Yay!  Not sure why I avoided learning until now!  I found these two Catherine-Wheel Join tutorials very helpful: Jane Eborall's and Marilee Rockley's tutorials.


That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog :).

Cheers,
Jenn :). 

P.S. for more info about the challenge, please visit 25 Motif Challenge blog :).

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Some Tatting

The forecast for today was rain and possible storm!  Imagine our surprise when we saw some blue skies at 8am.  It's been a while since we had a sunny day so we took the girls out to our local dam to feed some ducks and a play at the park :).  I used this opportunity to do some tatting.  I added another daisy to the other two daisies and tatted a single red daisy to add at a later time.


I also attempted the Papillon pattern by Joelle Paulson.  I found it a little tricky tatting the bigger rings with #20 Lizbeth thread.  I also lost count of the stitches and made the body too short!  Will be tatting this again in either #30 or #40 thread.


The Papillon pattern can be purchased from Joelle's Etsy shop: LaCossette.

That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog :).

Cheers,
Jenn :).

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Doing More Inkscape Tutorials

Today I did Tutorial 3: Another way to Draw Rings, Tutorial 4: Duplicating, Resizing, and Rotating and Tutorial 5: Grouping, Line Width, and Colour.  These Inkscape tutorials are available on Robin's blog: Tatting by the Bay.

It took a few attempts but I was able to draw a diagram for a simple edging from Priscilla Tatting Book :).

An Edging from Priscilla Tatting Book

I also had a go at drawing a Trefoil and drew a diagram for a Round Medallion from Priscilla Tatting Book.  The diagram below still need picots but I will do that another day :).

Round Medallion from Priscilla Tatting Book

Both diagrams just need numbers to be added in another layer and time for me to tat them :).

Inkscape is a vector graphic editor similar to Adobe Illustrator except it is free.  You can download Inkscape at https://inkscape.org/en/.

That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog :).

Cheers,
Jenn :).

Friday, 3 April 2015

Learning Inkscape

I have been meaning to learn how to use Inkscape but never found the time.  One of my tatting goals this Easter long weekend is to learn the basics for Inkscape and diagram a simple antique motif pattern.

Robin at Tatting by the Bay have kindly put together some tutorials for Inkscape.  Thanks Robin :).

Her first tutorial is Diagramming Rings, Chains, and Picots.  For this learning exercise, I am going to diagram a small simple square motif by Tina Frauberger.  Below is my first attempt :).

First attempt at diagramming a motif using Inkscape

I was not happy about the small chains so I tried the next tutorial: Another way to draw chains.  Below is my second attempt.

Second attempt at diagramming a motif using Inkscape

Looking back at the original tatted motif, I do not think my rings are in proportion with each other so I went back to the drawing board :).  Below is my third attempt.

Third attempt at diagramming a motif using Inkscape

Still not great but I'm happy with it :).  Now to add numbers to the diagram and tat it :).

Inkscape is a vector graphic editor similar to Adobe Illustrator except it is free.  You can download Inkscape at https://inkscape.org/en/.

That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog :).

Cheers,
Jenn :).

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy International Tatting Day!

Happy International Tatting Day!  Hope you all got to do some tatting today.  Plus eat lots of chocolates :).


I tatted 2 little daisies during my girls' swimming lessons.  I wanted to use up leftover threads on my shuttles.  Thought it was about time I free them up for more tatting projects :).

That's it for now.  Thanks for visiting my blog :).

Cheers,
Jenn :).