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Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
Ex pat Yorkshireman living in North Wales. Married to Heather. Two dogs, Two cats

Sunday, 28 December 2008

I seem to get something wrong with every snowflake I do. They all end up with 7 facets. Wierd.

This is a near miss at Darlene Pilachic's Ice Crystals Snowflake.
It's in DMC cordonet special size 70 and is 1 and a quarter inches across.

Friday, 12 December 2008

The Owl

I was doodling about , dropped it and picked it up the "wrong" way up, and thought it looked a bit owlish. Fiddled about a bit more and here he is......

When I get a couple of shuttles free, (limited supply), I'll do him again and post the pattern.

I do remember the thread is Finka pearle size 12.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Halloween Masks

Couple (well 1) of evil faces for the end of the Month

The second one is similar to the first but with the top of the head cut off and the ends teased out.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Is it a coily ? Is it a doaster?

Made a new round thing! Dont know what to call it. According to a recent discusion on HBT it would appear to be toobig for a coaster ot too small for a doily!!

Just spent 2 hours writing out pattern and adding photo, previewed it and guess what. All gone. not happy I hate this blogger thing. unwieldy What You See is Certainly NOT What You Get.

Have to keep regigging it.

Pattern follows. I havn't put when to reverse work or not to as I had trouble working it out at the time. May come back to this, as I think it may expand. However, I have 2 difficulties.

1 Any bigger than this and I can't work out how to balance the pattern, stitch count etc. and literealy use miles of thread doing it.

2 Still can't get my head round hiding ends other than cut and tie.

Round 1 R 3-5-5-3, R 3+5-5-3, R 3+5-5-3, R 3+5-5-3, SR 3+5/3+5

SR 3-3/3-3, Ch 3-3-3-3, R3+3-3-3, Ch 3-3-3-3, R 3+3+3-3

Carry on round to completion of round, Finish with preferred method.

Round 2 R 3-3-3-3, Ch 10+10, R 3-3-3-3, Ch 10+10. Repeat all way round finish with prefered method

Round 3 R 3-3-3-3, Ch 5, R 3+3-3-3, Ch 5, R 3+3-3-3, Ch 5, SR 5-3/5-3, R 3+5-5-3, R 3+5+5-3, R3+5-5-3 SR 3+5/3+5, CH 5 Repeat all way round. Finish with prefered method.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

25 finished but slightly overdue

Had some family issues to deal with lately, so not done much tatting. Anyway here thay are.

A small coaster in DMC size 50

Sort of slightly clover DMC 50

Finished off the DMC50 with an attempt at a ric rac outer ring.

A tiny circle in DMC 80

The centre of Roger aka Friedman's oval doily.
Had lots of trouble working out where it went from here.

DMC 80

And finaly the doily Which went to Riet as Christmas in July

Friday, 1 August 2008

Christmas in July

I've hardly got words to say about the bike, brilliant. Am now looking for a good frame to put it in. Thankyou Martha.
The chocolate was lovely, the tea is a realy grand delicate flavoursome drink. My granddaughter took one look at the mouse and after a couple of goes at either hedge mouse and mouse hog. plumped for the latter!!
Thanks again

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Last Round robin piece (and 22/25)

Due to severe polution this snowflake turned green and grew an extra leg.

It is the Elegant Snowflake from Rozella F Linden's book Easy Tatting. I could not get the length of thread correct between the 5 rings of the points, so substituted a 3 ds chain instead.
It is now on it's way to Margaret in Canada.

Monday, 28 April 2008

21/25 and Third round robin bookmark

Left leg
R 5-5-5-5, (Ric rac, S/R 5-5/5-5)*
*repeat x 4
Ric rac S/R 5-5-5/5
Centre Leg
S/R 5-5-5/5 , Copy left leg Joining S/R to opposite picot.
Right Leg
S/R 5-5-5/5, Copy left leg joining S/R to opposite centre S/R
R 5-5-5-5. Use prefered method of finish.
R= Ring 5-5 etc
S/R-Split ring 5/5,
Ric Rac (1st half double stitch x 5. 2nd half double stitch x 5. 1st half double stich x 5
= 5.5.5
This bookmark now on it's way to Margaret.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

20/25 and second Round Robin

Here be Jane's Sleeping cat, in Rubi thread. I wanted to try and make a ginger tom, not quit but never mind. 74,000 split rings . Enjoyed making it.

There is a comment on my blog from
barb michelen. If you are a Tatter, shame on you, If not bog off and keep your adverts to yourself.

And just in case someone thinks I'm absolutely brilliant. I did't tat this ginger tom!!!!!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

19/25 and 1st round robin effort

1st round robin thing sent off after me e-mails went wobbly on me.
Round 1 R 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 Close
Round 2 CH 1 join to picot of ring 5-5-5-5 join to next picot, CH 2 5+5-5-5 join to next picot. Repeat all way round, joining last picot of last chain to chain 1
Round 3 Ch join to top picot of chain on previouse round. 5-5+5-5+5-5+5-5+5-5+5-5+5-5+5-5+
Round 4 R 6-6+6-6 Close. SR 6+6/6-6 close. Ch 6-6-6-6+6+6-6-6. SR 6-6/6-6 close. R 6+6+6-6 Close Repeat x 3.
Round 5 R 6-6+6-6 close. Ch 6-6. R6+6+6-6 close. Ch 6-6. R 6+6+6-6 close. Ch 6-6.
R 6+6+6-6 close. Ch 12. SR 12/6-6. CH 12. Repeat all way round.

I hope that lots clear I got confused!!

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

16/17 and 18

Started on an edging but messed it up so many times I ran out of thread. Looks like I will have to visit Mother in law and Sister in law. They are only five minutes from Roseground.
Finca perle size 16, strange variagation the white shows up every few feet but omly for a few inches.


I hope this is not classed as cheating!! Its No 1 revisited once again Finca perle 16. Can anyone tell me how to get the last chain interwoven with the other two. might look a bit Celtic that way.


BJ strikes again!! She sent me some King Tut Quilting thread. By heck that is so fine. So I doubled it up for this Pentagram? Enjoyed working with it. I break threads a lot because I play a guitar and have long nails on my right hand and particularly strong ones on my thumbs.

Friday, 25 January 2008

No 15/25 and my tatting kit

Above is my tattiong kit. goes wherever I go. Glasses case, silent tatter, aero shuttle, Scissors, dowell for winding on to the silent, and the tangled mess of whatever i'm working on at the moment. There's normally a 0.6mm crochet hook as well but I think it's down the back of the sofa at the moment!!

My first Heart, which on looking at it in a photo seems a bit unbalanced may do again.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

25 challenge 13 and 14


Round 1

R 10 quarter inch picot 10, RW Ch 5-5-5-5, RW R 10 + picot R1 10, RW Ch 5-5-5-5, Repeat for total of 4 rings and chains.

Round 2

Ch1 + to 1st picot of a chain. 5-5-5-5 + to 3rd picot. Ch2 5-5 + to 1st picot next chain Repeat all way round.

Round 3

SR + to picot on small chain. 5-5/5-5, Chain 10-5-5-10, RW R 5+ 2nd picot larger chain, 5

RW Ch 10-5-5-10 RW, R 5-5+5-5 RW. Repeat all way round

Round 4

Ch +to 3rd picot of chain 5-5-5+ to first picot next chain. 5+ to 2nd picot 5+ to 3rd picot.

Repeat all way round.

Finish each round in desired pattern (I'm still stuck on anything more complicated than cut and tie!!)


Slightly Maltese cross

Round 1

SR 5-5/5-5, Ch 5-5-5+5-5-5+5-5-5+5-5-5+ to base of SR, SR5+5/5+5, Ch 5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5, RW

R 5+10+5, RW Ch 5+5-5-5-5-5-5-5. Repeat all way round

Last Ch 5+5-5-5-5-5-5+5+ to base of SR