Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year, 2015!

Last post of the year. This pattern by Tomoko Morimoto is turning out better than I had expected. I really like it; the chains are not quite as problematic as I would have imagined. Also, I do think that red thread is complimentary to this design.

Have a Great New Year, Tatters!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Before New Years - New Beginnings

Jan Stawasz in DMC #60 Cordonnet. 
Another rather large pattern, chosen by my daughter.

Tatted in #40 Lizbeth 
The pattern is in a book I received from a very dear tatting friend: 
New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

Here we go... 

Another Jan Stawasz pattern, this time in white, 
which is what my daughter ordered, tatted with #60 DMC this time.

May you all enjoy a happy, healthy and totally wonderful 
Holiday Season, and a fabulous New Year, 2015!

Fox & MrG. : ))

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Five Months Later... the Big Reveal!

Here it is, all 27 inches.
It is an exquisite Jan Stawasz design.
 Tatted with #12 DMC Perle. 

In about 30 minutes, I ironed it, photographed it, measured and packaged it up and stored it on a shelf to await the fast approaching  family festivities. I could not wait to get it out if my sight!  Strange that after about 20 weeks, I feel only relief to be finally done with it. Off the shuttle, it is entirely out of mind.

What must be acknowledged is that this piece would never have been completed without the constantly uplifting support of the many tatters who left encouraging comnents on this blog. 

I cannot thank you enough! You know who you are. And I do hope you realize just how necessary your thoughts, wishes and often very amusing words were to the completion of the Monster. 

Big grateful hugs to all of you. : )

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Approaching The Finish Line

There are 10 curved elements in the final row. I have THREE left to tat! THREE!!!

This will take several more days, but I am fairly confident I shall finish in the next week, ahead of schedule. Keeping fingers crossed.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tip For Troupers

For any of you Tatters out there in Tat-Land who are tackling The Monster, I have a suggestion for the 9-picot reverse rings in the final row.

The first few of these rings I tatted did not lie flat, and they closed with a bit of a rollover effect.

So, I tatted 2 ds at the beginning and at the end and then POSTED the shuttle. It worked well. It is obvious to me in the photo. Perhaps you can also see the difference. I am pleased to have discovered this fix early.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

At Last - The Final Row!

Here we go! 
Row 18.

I had a terrible time yesterday, as I had to cut into the 15th and 16th row, from the 17th, to fix missed elements.

Can you imagine my horror when I saw what I had to do?

But, there was NO other option. So, I did the snippy deed and in the end it was fine...

Whew! Talk about stress.