Friday, July 29, 2016

Camilla

Camilla

    This is another favorite, ok, they are all my favorite.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Yaak

Yaak

   We went for a drive to see the Yaak Falls.  Evidently, this is on the other side of the mountain, that's across the street.   Funny how you have to drive all around the mountain to get to the falls.








 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nesting

Nesting

    We had a painted turtle, that kept trying to find a nesting spot.  She would come up toward the house, every few days.  Don't know if she ever found a spot.




 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Alternative

Alternative

     Same brooch, a few different beads...pearls instead of seed beads.

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beads

Beads

    Here is part two.



Beads and Terms:
    Experienced tatters can add the beads as you tat the brooch.  Beginners may want to sew them in, after your done tatting the brooch.  Feel free to substitute beads.





Step #3:
     Brooches tatted with DMC floss, the bead sizes are in parenthesis “(  )”.





1.)   Thread 6 - SB (3 mm) and go around again.  Pull the ends tight to form a circle.  The black lines show the direction to sew the beads in.   2.5 mm round beads can be used instead of SB. :)
2.)  Tack the ring down by sewing around the thread, that holds the beads together, and tack it to the bottom of the front rings.  In the area where the ring closes.   Sew this twice. (See diagram)
3.)  Add a bead on top of 6 – bead circle, using a 3 mm (4 mm) bead.  Tack it down on the opposite side.  Go back through the bead to secure it. 
4.)  Add 6 – 4 mm (6 mm) beads to the back rings.  Use the BOP and TTS (use the picot joins) techniques.  Sew this twice.


Step #4:
     Sew on the pin bar.  Use the holes and ends to attach the pin bar to the brooch.  Make sure you place the pin bar above the “horizontal axis” (see diagram).  Doing so, will prevent the brooch from “flopping” forward. 
 
     Add a drop of acid-free glue on the tatting, where the “flap” hits the tatting (see diagram).  This will prevent the threads from wearing.  This brooch should be stiff enough, not requiring stiffener.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Love

Love

     Christmas is coming and time to start getting presents made.  Anyone can buy a present but one you make is from the heart.  To get you started here is my "2-Layered Flower Brooch" pattern.  So get started....with love, Marie



   

 2-Layered Flower Brooch   
© 2016 Marie McCurry

     This was written using size 20, Lizbeth thread and DMC embroidery floss (in parenthesis).  Feel free to add decorative picots and/or beads.  This brooch also would make a great pendant, bracelet or earrings.  Finished  size:  1 ¼” in diameter (size 20 thread) and 1 ½” in diameter (DMC floss).

Materials:
2 – Colors of size 20, Lizbeth thread or DMC embroidery floss (use all 6-strands)
1 – Strand of gold or silver, metallic sewing thread (Coats & Clark or Sulky)
1 – 1” pin bar
6 – 12/0 seed beads (SB) (3 mm round bead)
1 – 3 mm (4 mm) round bead
6 – 4 mm (6 mm) round beads
2 – Shuttles
Matching sewing thread (optional, can use the ends to sew in the beads.)
Acid-free glue
   
      All tatting will be done with one strand of metallic sewing thread and one strand of size 20 thread (DMC floss). 


Step #1:
NOTE:   This part can be tatted in two parts, the back rings first, then the front rings.  The back rings are in purple and are 6 - 10 - 6.  The front rings are in red and are 6 + (join to the picots between the back rings) 6.
Wind 1 – shuttle with the first color thread and the metallic thread.  This step will be the shuttle only.


Start with one of the back rings (in purple):
R1:  6 – 10 – 6
R2: 6 + (join to the last picot in R1) 6
R3:  6 + (join to the last picot in R1) 10 – 6
R4:  6 + (join to the last picot in R3) 6
R5:  6 + (join to the last picot in R3) 10 – 6
R6:  6 + (join to the last picot in R5) 6
R7:  6 + (join to the last picot in R5) 10 – 6
R8:  6 + (join to the last picot in R7) 6
R9:  6 + (join to the last picot in R7) 10 – 6
R10:  6 + (join to the last picot in R9) 6
R11:  6 + (join to the last picot in R9) 10 + (join to the first picot in R1) 6
R12:  6 + (join to the last picot in R11) 6
Cut ends, can use the ends to add the beads or use matching sewing thread.

Step #2:
Wind the second shuttle with about 18” of the other color thread and the metallic thread and do not cut the threads.  This step will be working off the ball.  If you feel comfortable, you may finger tat this step.


     The second round is all chains with 14 ds.  Lock-join each chain in the large picots of the back rings.  You can hide ends now or use the ends to add the beads. 

DMC on the left and size 20 thread on the right.


Stay tuned, until tomorrow....you'll add the beads.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Brooch

Brooch

     Started a new collection called the Stacked-Ring Brooch Collection.  This is the "2-Layered Flower Brooch" made with size 20 thread.

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Flowers

Growing

    Here are a few beauties, growing around our house. 









Keep watch....midweek there's a surprise for you.

 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Confirmation

Confirmation

       There were a few children getting confirmed.  The pattern was Lene Bjorn's.  Used white for the rings and white, with a strand of metallic gold thread, for the chains.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Order

Order

    The bracelet pattern was C-M Handmade and the earrings I made up from the pattern.

 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Birthday

Birthday

   Happy Birthday, little sister.  I had to post this a little later, hoping she had opened presents already.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Simple

Simple

    This started out as a simple doodle, trying to use up a little bit of thread on my shuttle.  After using up the thread, it looked like a horse shoe.  I decided to add another row, and another, then some beads.  It need a little focal point so I used and old, too heavy to wear, earring.  Adding a pin and I love it!!  This one's mine!!

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mindless

Mindless

     Wanted to do something that didn't take much mental effort.  

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016