Thursday, July 11, 2019

HDT and Motif

After starting this motif by Mary Konior many times, I finally was able to finish a square without it
looking funny.  It is called Masquerade from her book Tatting with Visual Patterns.  I may at some point add to it but for now, it will be set aside as I tackle other projects.

The thread is my latest dyes.  The bright green is called "Key Lime".  It is a request from Tat Days last year.  The other is called GEMS (a mix of Emerald/Jade/Aquamarine/Amethyst).  The picture does not do the color justice.  Both will be available at Tat Days.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

HDT and Jewelry

Been a little AWOL.  I have been busy test tatting and finishing up a project for the teachers for Palmetto Tat Days, along with housework and grandkid watching.

All of these projects were tatted using HDT.  The green is called Palmetto.  Pattern:  Newcastle Necklace.  The blue is actually a blue-green called 9K.  Pattern:  Darker is Keyed Up Earrings and the Ligher is Lacy Treasure Pendant.  All these patterns are by Marilee Rockley from her Tatted Jewelry book.  These pieces are for a possible craft show later this year.

The two butterflies are my current colorways just made this past week.  The larger is called AMM-1.  My grand-daughter pick the colors and I dyed the thread.  The little one is called "Spike".

I am planning on having a few of these colors with me at Tat Days this year. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Playing with Dyes Again

After a few more tries, I think I have come close to obtaining a Clemson Orange.  The ones on the right were my tries 6&7.  I used a different red.  Number 7 was more orange, but not correct.  After doing some more research and tweaking the cmyk formula, I came up with the colors on the left.  I believe the first one on the left is the one I want.

I have looked through the dyed samples I have already done.  I believe I have a Clemson Purple and Garnet done.  I will make better samples and send to someone to verify I have correct colors. 

The photo upper right is me playing with dyes.  The blue-green is a request from my daughter.  I have this and a shade lighter.  The other butterflies is a light muted green and muted blue-violet (photo does not do it justice).  I have dyed some to come to Palmetto Tat Days this year.  The green is hopefully close to a parrot green.  I have not decided if I will dye this one for tat days. 

The lower left is back to working on the Dyer's Dictionary samples.  Love playing and combining colors.  Never know what color will come out.  Pictures in a book are sometimes different shades than what is dyed outcome.  Also, there are other variables (water temp, humidity, operator error...) that come into play as well. 

The doily is from Tat-a-Renda tat-along she hosted (see a previous post).  I decided to finish my doily a few rows short.  Thread is April Showers that I had purchased online several years ago. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Thread Dyeing

Got ambitious last week and got my dyes out.  Here are the results.

The first set are from The Dyer's Dictionary that I am slowly going through.  I can definitely see uses for some of these colors.  May do a varigated using about 3-4 of these colors.

The red set is my attempt to dye a cmyk color:  Clemson Orange.  The front is using a converted formula that I could find online.  The back is using 1/2 of the fuchsia.  I have done some more research and have learned there are two sets of primary dyes that a couple of dyers use:  an earthly one and a jewel one.  I will do some more experimenting this week and see if I can actually come closer to the orange color I want.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tat Days and Tat Along

Just a quick FYI post.

For those interested, Palmetto Tatters Guild is requesting teacher applications for their Tat Days September 5-8, 2019 in Toccoa, GA.  Applications are accepted through February 20, 2019.  For further information:

Tat-a-Renda is hosting a tat-along doily.  Beautiful with a couple rounds amazing looking.  Will join in as soon as I get caught up with pattern designing for Tat Days.  Have my thread and shuttles ready to tat.

I also have a couple of WIP that need completing.  Want to do them this week so I can clean up my tatting area a little bit.

Have been ambitious a bit at playing with my dyes again.  Plan on doing more on Friday.  Will post  next week when they are complete.