Tuesday, 20 March 2018

65 + 126 + 24 and one

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Sent and received !
Rather sent and received and sent and received and sent and received and sent and received...

When the hubster realised I was going to send 55 squares, he panicked and insisted I courier them. Cho chweet. 
In the end, though, I sent in 65 squares : 55 from Cathy’s original pattern and the rest from 3 of my patterns (Classic Square ; Heart Square ; & Quatrefoil Square in size 40). I tied them in batches of 5.

Since the rates were same for the first 500 gms, I asked Usha whether she would like me to include her group's work as well. She couriered me the package, & I received it along with a surprise  ....
A beautiful letter and her exquisite lanyards and oh so lovely beads !!! 
Yay. It came in handy almost immediately when my new glasses became a bit loose & I feared dropping them! Very light & beautifully worked - the sparkle of the crystals is not captured here. 

So the 1st sent was by Usha & her group; received by me.

The Happy Tatters group had collectively sent in 126 squares, some from own original designs. 
9 tatters with 126 squares and wishes (scroll down for screenshot).

Even with our collective tatting and stuff, the padded envelop barely weighed 200gms!

Thus 2nd sent was by me (through my BIL); received by Cathy a couple of days later.

Meanwhile I received another envelope from Vrinda, delayed by a day, with 24 more squares
4 each from 6 original patterns! Wow!
We decided to send this by ordinary mail, keeping our fingers crossed.

The 3rd sent was by Vrinda; received by me.
4th sent was by me in a new envelope; received by Cathy about 12-13 days later.

I am so very fortunate to have seen firsthand all the lovely tatting from the Happy Tatters group !!! You can see a lot of their work on Usha’s blog. Above is a screenshot from Cathy’s facebook listing
And Usha’s gift to me is priceless!
I can take credit for motivating Vrinda to share her square patterns ;-P She has used different techniques to create her squares, and given them adorable names, too. Cathy put each pattern up on facebook.

I also have Vrinda’s gracious permission to share them on my blog. So don’t go away – my next post will have her square patterns (in my notation). And also a listing of the various 3x3 cms squares that creative participants have shared (it’s good to have the links all in one place, right?).

The deadline for receiving squares has been extended to the end of this month 
and the tatted fabric will be displayed at Les Halles Saint Gery.

Many many thanks to Cathy for her graciousness and help throughout,
including sharing her personal address for the courier.

Oh, but before I leave there was another lovely sent & received a few weeks back (this has been a hugely delayed blog post due to health reasons). 
This is the latest and sadly last issue of Frivolté(k)ring. This time they included my Block Heart bracelet pattern. If you remember, last year I had the privilege of sharing my Curly Cross pendant pattern with them. Since it is their last, I asked for a physical copy instead of pdf. They graciously obliged.
A very special thanks to Mari-jan !

Between all this sending and receiving, I have made new friends and forged old ones !
That’s what this global initiative represents – a unity of purpose and meeting of minds.

Oops I forgot to thank the men in my family - hubby & his younger brother for their role in the Tat a Monument in Pink ;-P

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


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Lavi has come up with an artistic visualization of the snowdrop flower, ensconcing it in heart-shaped foliage!!!
I already had size 40 white on my shuttles, so got to work right away.

Lavi Damian-Boja (Dandelion Lace) 

It is one of those patterns where multiple pathways are available.
Just like in Coretta's Rose with so many alternate ways of working (not to mention all-chains starting with a mock ring).
Going by her comment, the pattern is still in a bit of development stage. She has 2 versions on her blog.  
I decided to work the white flower first, using a single shuttle. At the end of the 3rd ring, I lock joined to the 1st ring through a tiny space left before tatting over the tail.
This ensured I had an attachment point for the calyx later.

Loaded 2 shuttles CTM, with green. Changing the sequence a bit, I started with bottom ring, and up the inner chain. Then the next ring (calyx), attaching the flower, and down the outer chain.
One can simply move across the base ring using the under-over or alligator join to work the 2nd half. However, since the ring is so tiny, I did a lock join, then moved shuttles to other side.
With my tight tatting tension I ended up with 90 to 100 half stitches in the Josephine chain!

This would look great as a pendant in metallic thread! It will give it the strength to hold shape as well.
Other ways to stiffen this piece :
- diluted PVA or fabric starch
- padded tatting (adding additional core thread)
- padding the stitch (pds).
Perhaps some beads in one of the arcs would work, too?

I tremendously enjoyed working this little motif. It has the elegance of Nicola's Kiss Curl heart, yet with more 'story' within it.

And to give an idea of the size of the 3D carnation in an earlier post -


Many many thanks for sharing the pattern, Lavi.

hope you give it a whirl, too J

Monday, 5 March 2018

the haze is lifting almost

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As we sat down to breakfast one cold winter morning, this ghostly vision emerged! Spooky!!! 
Now these pics were taken in mid-Jan. In our over 20 years here, I have Never seen such a layer of haze in the morning!!! The sun rays through the French doors may show up some suspended dust particles, but never this.
After the initial pic (from top left clockwise), I moved the air a bit & this Casper disappeared for a few seconds only to regroup into almost exactly the same configuration! We thought it might be a dust haze. But that wouldn’t coalesce again in this manner, would it?

It was almost like the clouds on a high mountain – you can walk through them! We had encountered such great clouds in Munnar - ephemeral. They would enter into the room and disappear again all within seconds.

And a time-lapse collage of the Super Blue Blood Moon on the evening of Feb 1st, for a half hour between 1927 to 2006 hrs. 
Taken from our balcony with the smart phone, hence the haziness - no close-ups or sharpness. This is the best we could manage. We couldn’t capture the eclipse in these pics either. 
The black spot in the moon is because of my cut/paste, though. The collage below shows the very first & last pics during that half hour... 
Once while flying to Chennai, we saw a HUGE Orange moon from the aircraft. It was rising and seemed so very close & on fire! One could reach out and touch it, almost. An unforgettable sight.

Now for the haze in my eyes …. well almost lifting.
The blur in my peripheral vision is moving further outwards as my eyes adjust to the new spectacles. It still takes me time to focus on the middle range & I cannot encompass the wide screen of a 17” computer screen. But the strain & ache is decreasing daily. Perhaps another week, but I will try to blog a bit & also fulfill some of my commitments. Thank you for your lovely wishes!