Thursday, 28 October 2010

Vintage brown thread

It is time for something new. During this summer I was in Poland and my grandmother has given me some old cordonnets. She used them to embroidery gorgeous tablecloths long, long ago.  Anyway – threads I got from her are really vintage –more than 30 years old for sure –and tat perfectly!!! So here we have a tatted set –earrings and a pendant- in brown with dusty pink beads and gold earrwires. The pattern is simple, but I just love the simplicity of this –definitely my favourite pattern so far.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Romantic tatted earrings in dusty pink

I recently was looking through various blogs and forums (by the way I love to do it - and you show you are doing amazing things!). I was looking for inspiration, ideas, new patterns, etc. The blogging community is growing me in my personal artistic development. This is the part of my personality, who was waiting dormant for many years for THAT period in my life. Learning new skills and use them in a hand-made projects, it gives me much satisfaction, a sense of fulfilment and self-realization. This may sound lofty, but it is how I feel at this moment and I am therefore very pleased.

Returning to the topic - I looked through blog written by Jane Eborall and found a bookmark which I really liked. I've reconfigured it a little, and thus arose romantic and very feminine earrings. I used a thread in dusty pink colour (KAJA from the Polish thread factory Ariadna), pink pearl seed beads and long Czech glass beads (also pink).

Monday, 18 October 2010

Red tatted lace bracelet

Today I want to show the red bracelet, which I tatted lately. Pattern I invented playing simple rosettes in various arrangements. The effect I really like. At the insistence of daughter I used two extension chains and fasteners. In my opinion it looks very nice. I am tatting the black version just now.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

How to decoupage a tatting shuttle? – Tutorial

As I have promised in my previous post, I'll show you today how to decorate a tatting shuttle using a decoupage technique. You will need :
*shuttle (Clover),
*acrylic paint in bright colours (I used antique white and pink),

*decoupage glue (I used Mod Podge, but you can use any PVA craft glue –a little worse effect, but it works),
*paper napkin
*some brushes (including foam brush – you can use a small piece of sponge)

Paint the shuttle with a white acrylic paint, leave to dry (you can cheat a little using a hairdryer)
Repeat 2 or more times, until satisfactory results
(I added a little bit of pink paint to make some shadows)

Prepare a paper napkin with a nice motif (I recommend bright background). Each paper napkins has several layers, we need only top one. Be careful, because napkins are very fragile. When you have separated a top layer of napkin, you can very carefully tear your motif.

Just now apply a decoupage glue on the motif. You have to do it very gently pressing a napkin using a brush. This is the hardest part of this technique -you need to straighten out any wrinkles but do not destroy the napkin. Leave it to dry. Cut off protruding pieces of the paper napkin.

When it is completely dry, apply a few layers of varnish (leave to dry between applying coats). Leave for 24 hours to dry.

It is going to be your favourite shuttle!

EDIT: here is the picture of the bottom side of my shuttle

Monday, 4 October 2010

Decoupaged tatting shuttle

Today there is not too much to write. I started this blog writing about decoupage. So I had to decoupage my tool for tatting. I embellished a few days ago my shuttle with a cute forget-me-nots motif. I used a cream acrylic paint, a motif from paper napkin, a decoupage glue .
Would you like a tutorial, how to decorate shuttles using decoupage technique?

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