Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Revelling With Renulek

I was going to change colours on the third round, but I really like this Venus thread. It is soft, but I find it super to work with. So, I am going to use it for the whole thing, if the whole thing is not one of the regular Renulek monster-doilies!  I haven’t tatted a large one in one colour in a while.

If I am going to run out,  I will have to get more creative.

So, Tatters, who sent me this ball of pink? I forget! I thought it was Suneeti, or perhaps Liyarra. Well???

Then there is the progress in the Lucky Clover, which I am also enjoying, as it is being tatted in #80, vintage DMC, from Tally Tatty. Another delightful thread.

This one is almost too large for the scanner.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Receptively Ready For Renulek Row #3

I am loving Serwetka Letnia!

Today Renulek  posted the third round here. : ))  

This is teeny, as it is tatted in Venus, which I think is #80. I want to tat a differing colour now, but do not have any idea how large the piece will be, so it is “interesting" to plan.  

I wonder how large it will be.

Renulek herself said:
"napkin is not large - perhaps half that spring, but who knows :)”

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Congratulations Renulek!

To see Renulek’s accomplishment this week, have a look, here

Jumping on the illustrious bandwagon, I have managed to begin her new napkin. 
Such an inspiration.

Thread: Venus #80 or 7#0 
Thanks Suneeti - or is it Liyarra?!

I was not supposed to begin this - says me - before 
I have done this, which now awaits the third snd last row. 

It is getting large, now measuring six inches across.

Good new about the hankie. 

I am really happy with the finished piece, but wish I had 
picked a different edging, though simple is good on this.

I sewed the picots to the back side to manage a neater frontside, but then the frilly part is lost.

The pattern is upside-down, I think. Perhaps I should have revised it and made the corners on the underside. Oh well. I like it - and I do not admit to that readily!

Thanks, Kristen! It is a lovely hankie. : )

Friday, April 25, 2014

Apoplexy And Advancement

Getting some tatting done - finally. Almost at the third, final row of the Lucky Clover, and one more side to the edging. Not bad for just a few available hours!

I was actually happy to go to the dentist today as the I dislike that visit very much because of the fear of cavities, but it took my mind off Blogger blues!

No cavities and Blogger is behaving. 
It is a good day.  : )

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Up And Running at tat.ology.blogspot.com

Applause For Tatters!

Thank you all for the support and encouragement through this blogging blunder. I could not have stomached the past two days without your help. Truly. Ask Mr. G who has heard a lot of....you know!

The silver lining in this thunderhead is that the persistent anonymous commenter has been left behind with the old URL - and good riddance!

If you have tat-ology in your reading list or your sidebar, please set the new address, or you will be directed to the 404 message. Thanks. Here is the new one:

Moving on...

The Lucky Clover is growing and I have added beads to join the second row. It is a very demanding tat which I am still finding to be error-ridden. Lots of un-tatting here! But it is a beautiful pattern so slow and steady is the way to go.

The Clover shuttle, you ask? Well, I was so fortunate to have a real-life, in person visit with my great friend Suneeti! She was in Canada and I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet up with her, if only for a short while.

Of course we looked at tatting! No big surprise there. Once again I saw how perfect and precise her tatting is, and once again I fell under the spell of her shuttles!

Do you do that? See someone tat with shuttles you do not use and then figure if you had those shuttles you would tat better? I do this all the time! That is why I go on shuttle kicks and am so fickle.

Well, ages ago, Suneeti sent me a package of these pastel Clovers, which I kept safe from my “cleaning-out-tatting stuff” habits. I tucked them away and forgot about them. After the visit last week, I went hunting, found them and of course had to transfer the green thread to the Clovers so that my tatting would magically improve!

The result? This tatter is certifiable!

Someone is not impressed with any of my dramatic tatting scenerios. As some of you have wondered what Mr. G is up to, here he is, in full disgust mode, watching me tat.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


New blog address...


Notice it is “blogspot."

Tatters, do you see this?

I have been struggling with my account for 10 hours! So tired and frustrated... Let me know, please, if you see this list. : (

Grumpy  Fox

Monday, April 21, 2014


For once, my totally inadequate sewing skills came to the rescue. I was not pleased with the curved edge of the hankie and none of the borders I attempted worked because of it. The last one I began was adequate, but still not pleasing enough for me to continue.

Finally, it struck me that I had to address the edge of the fabric, not another tatting pattern. So, I got a pair of scissors .... and....

I am sew impressed! : ))

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Peripherally Perfect

Yes, this pattern will surely do! I like it and the thread is now behaving, though it is VERY  thin. It is a Sulky  Blendable, in 12 weight. Not recommended for the faint if heart!

Pattern found in 
The Craft of Tatting by Bessie M. Attenborough

Friday, April 18, 2014

Edgy About Edgings

Tatting has been frustrating since I finished the Spring Doily. I tried many threads and many patterns in an attempt to find a suitable border for the hanky sent to me by Kristen in Russia - here.

I ordered a Sulky thread as I did not have a proper purple for the edging. However, this particular thread seems thinner than the Sulky I have. It is very, very fine, perhaps because it is not variegated.

However, I like it much better than the #40 Lizbeth, with which I am so un-enamoured! The white and green sample are tatted in #40 and feel like twine. That Susanne Schwenke design, and the blue on the left were too busy-looking for the hanky

Mary Konior’s Curds and Whey was tempting, but tatting it was too confusing for me to consider tatting it for an entire edging. It is a great pattern though that I have not used before. I hope to use it in the future on a hanky that is a solid colour or has only a bit of embroidery. Kristen’s is very colourful with a design throughout.

I settled on this pattern from 
Bessie M. Attenborough’s 
The Craft of Tatting."

I am still plodding along on this Lucky Clover... It is NOT lucky, believe me! Though it does not appear to be an overly difficult pattern, it is surprisingly challenging. I cannot tat this when I am tired, as I have recently learned.

That second row has been started several times.

The Mystery Shuttle?
 The Slider Shuttle!
It can be purchased here.

I wrote of my experience 
as a tester over at Tatting Shuttle Addicts:

I thought I would share with you some of what I wrote to Sandi about The Slider. I have added and subtracted stuff but here is the gist of my experience with the new shuttle. 

Thank you, dear Sandi, for entrusting me to test tat your invention! This is the BEST of shuttles! 

I tatted something right away. I used #40 Lizbeth, and normally I use #80. The shuttle is a bit heavy for the teeny threads, but that is because I am used to LaCossette shuttles. (Aerlit)

I am used to GR-8s as well, so the weight is not an issue for me, but might be for some tatters. 

The size - not as bulbous or long on the end as the Silent a Tatter. Hopefully, as you perfect the design you will be able to slim down the rather thick body. Sleekness is all it is missing. 

I like the wood of this tester - really smooth finish, light colour, with grain visible, and the hook is the right size, in my opinion, and a perfect length. 

The mechanism is brilliant! It took a minute to figure out why there was the little brass knob... Like the Silent Tatter, I suppose? It keeps the tension just right with absolutely NO fiddling. Love it. 

Sandi, you are to be congratulated on the fine workmanship of this shuttle.You should be exceptionally proud indeed, as you have created the perfect post shuttle. You will make a lot of tatters very happy. 

I am delighted to see that this new star in Tat-Land is ... a Canadian!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finally Finished

Fourteen inches. #80 Lizbeth and Perfect Quilter. There are 4 rows in which I used beads. I am not sure if you can see them in these photos. It is difficult to get a good pic.

 Spring Doily 2014 design by Renulek  -  Thank You!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Taking a break from that final Renulek round, test-tatting the most amazing shuttle! I can’t tell you more at the moment, but I can say that Tat-Land is in for a real treat!

Here is the pattern I used for the test-tat. It is “Viola” designed by Frivole. This is unblocked and right off the shuttles. The tension worked extremely well!

#40 Lizbeth

Almost forgot!

Received a lovely bracelet from Lilas this week, from France. Thank you, Lilas
Look at her tatting. It is impeccable.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Slow Row To Go!

Some tatters did not want to tat the last bit because they thought the later rows were merely a repetition of earlier rounds.  

However, as I tatted through the pattern, I saw that though there is a bit of repetition, there is also good reason for the repeats. This became clear as the beauty of the pattern emerged toward the end.  

Also, perhaps because of where I chose to change colours, I came to appreciate this lovely Renulek design. It is simple, elegant and very fluid. I love it. : ) 

Next post - the big reveal!