Why I make

Jan. 16th, 2008 10:47 pm
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(Watching an episode of Craft in America.
I admire the skill that these people have, the knowledge, the ability. They are all making a living making, and that is beautiful.)

I learned to cross stitch in the summer of 1989, and since then, I have taught myself several other forms of embroidery. I learned to sew in high school. The Girl Scouts taught me to crochet in second grade, but I forgot how til my first year of grad school. I got obsessed with crochet then, and a friend taught me how to knit, and I really never went back to crochet. Since then, I've also learned to tat, and will learn to spin and weave as well. At some point, I'd like to play with temari and kumihimo, and braiding, and small loom weaving.

I make because I don't like sitting still, and it gives me something productive to do with my hands.

I make because I like making something.

I knit because it's in my genes - my mother's mother was a knitter, and a very good one too.

I tat because my father's mother tatted - it's one making I know she did, and I only found out years after her death.

Knitting and tatting connect me to my family, on both sides, in some profound way that I really don't have the words for.
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well, since this blog is titled Fibergeek!, I guess I should blog a little on the fiber in my life.

I finished the wedding sewing in time, and the skirts and chemises looked good on everyone. The wedding was good, too - yummy food, lots of fun, no major upsets.

I am currently knitting a shrug, and I ripped out half of what I'd done, in order to knit it to fit my body. I am actually trying the thing on as I go, in order to make it fit me properly. It's kind of fun - this is one of the larger knitting projects I've ever taken on.

On the bus to and from work (yes, I commute by bus at least some of the time, and carpool the rest.) I find that tatting is great. It folds very, very small, and fits into a 2.5" by 0.25" by 1.25" box in my purse, which is really cool

I'm not taking on anything else; working with what I have keeps me busy enough.
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I would like to observe that it is hard to navigate the communities in LJ, and figure out which ones are the ones I want to participate in.

So, here is the plan for becoming a proficient tatter:
-Practice on ring-only bookmark; use a variety of shuttles to figure out which one I like best. Use thick thread (size 10 Opera).
-Practice on ring-only bookmark; use size 80 tatting cotton.
-Practice on simple ring-and-chain bookmark with size 10 thread.
-Practice some more on simple ring-and-chain bookmark with size 80 thread.
-Do something other than a darn bookmark!

I want to learn split rings, Celtic tatting, self-closing mock rings, Cluny tatting, block tatting, bead tatting, and a whole lot more, but I will get to those when I get to them....

Tatting

Sep. 16th, 2006 04:12 pm
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I've been tatting a bit lately. My tatting bag comes from DS9Designs, and it has red roses on it. It was a gift from a dear friend.

I've decided I need to build my skills some, so I switched from a simple bookmark pattern that has chains in it to an even simpler one with a 4 ring motif that is repeated, joined together. I also switched from size 80 tatting cotton to size 10 crochet cotton. (The size 10 is Coats & Clark's Opera; the 80 is DMC tatting cotton.)

When tatting make sure you have a hard thread, not a soft, smooshy one. The soft threads don't work well, because they compress down when you pull and the knots don't stay even.
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for those of you who are traveling, here are two TSA website that tell you what you can and cannot bring on the plane with you:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm

I myself, when travelling, bring tatting, because it is small and portable, and uses little plastic shuttles, which makes it all okay as far as letting me carry it on.
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Tatting is a form of knotted lace that dates back at least 100 to 150 years. It can be done with a needle or a shuttle.

This site has excellent directions on how to tat with a shuttle; they are probably the best I've ever seen.

This site has videos.

Some good places I've bought from are Lacis, Handy Hands, and DS9Designs.

Most of the following links are Celtic Tatting.
http://home.netcom.com/~ntrop/mimi/biblio.html
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/5082/index.html
http://rozellalinden.com/
http://www.angelfire.com/home/avital/tatting3.html
http://www.snowgoose.cc/friv/
http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/3737.asp
http://groups.msn.com/OurTattingLinks/celtictatting.msnw
http://www.georgiaseitz.com/celtic/celticvote.html
http://home.comcast.net/~elizabeths-lace/
http://www.paradisetreasures.com/index.html

If you google tatting or free tatting pattern you will get a lot of hits. Many tatters are very generous, and share their patterns on the web.

I don't tat very much, or very well, but I'd like to get better. Maybe I'll bring some along on my November trip; at least I won't have to argue about whether or not needles are allowed on the plane.

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