29 July 2014

Still practicing needle tatting

I think I finally mastered the part of tatting that terrified me... Tatting around a plastic ring.  Yay!
Also practicing following patterns:
And attempted a heart, but of large yarn so I could see what I was doing:

11 July 2014

More practice needle tatting

Getting a bit better.  Need to practice... A lot.  Still picked this up when knitting and crochet were not working out.

24 March 2014

24 February 2014

Image transfer using Chartpak blender

In the past I've tried this with Mod Podge which gives very dark results but feels plastic'y and is tough to do.  

Then I tried with Citra Solv Natural Cleaner which gives a soft/ no plastic feel / slightly faded result - loved it but you really have to put serious effort into rubbing it with a spoon to get the transfer to stick (all of these methods are basically the same -- print your image as a mirror image of what you want since it will be transferred -- place the printout ink-side to the fabric you want to print on -- cover the image with the transfer method you've chosen -- rub over the image carefully -- in the case of Mod Podge there is drying time and rubbing away the paper as well).  

I saw a post about using Chartpak Blender Markers - same results as Citrasolv but took way less effort to get it to stick.  I didn't tape down the Supermarionation one so got some blurred spots - the text on the Tardis was small and didn't transfer well but overall, this is now my fave method of transfer even though it is way stinkier than citrasolv.

 If curious, you can my CitraSolv / Mod Podge reults here

26 January 2014

Time to try tatting

I feel like I must learn a thread / yarn type of craft.  Well, one besides cross stitch which I lost interest in years ago.  I tried crochet and failed.  I can get a basic chain going and then I just lose track of what the heck to do.  I tried knitting and didn't even get a basic chain going.   Using the Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Yarn Knit and Weave Loom Kit, I did at least manage to knit a square but ended up preferring to weave and bored of that quickly.

 Yeah, I'm just not cut out for these things. My hands and brain do not connect with what I should be doing at all. I have not given up though. I bought these Clover Tatting Shuttles. Tatting, making lacy designs, that one I will do! And I did. Sort of. I learned to do the double stitch, the picot, the chain, and the ring. That is all you need to know to make something, right? Wrong. Some of those use one shuttle, some two. I found lots of clear details on doing each separately, but not so much so for putting it all together -- going from rings to chain to picot to ring... Fail. While looking I ran into a needle tatting video. That showed clearly how to connect things. I had a needle that was way too fat and short but I figured I'd try using that anyway and bingo! With a longer needle meant for the thread I was using? I think I can get that. Needless to say I have now ordered this tatting needle set.. Hopefully soon I will be tatting up a storm. Hopefully. It's about time I get a win over threads and yarns!

23 January 2014

Teesha Moore style patches, the first

These are my first attempt at Teesha Moore style patches.  Not yet quilted, but so far I'm in love with making these!