Here we are at week 4 in my *ahem* journey to learn how to make tatted lace. I am a pretty happy camper right now.
I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!
I only practiced needle tatting and I only practiced for a few hours this morning. Last week I had set my goal to be practicing chains. Well I wanted to play around a little more with joining circles. 😀
These actually look like something!! Or at least the start of something!!
I am trying to temper my excitement because I still haven’t made much headway with the chains. This is more than a little frustrating because the super cheerful but somewhat unhelpful people in the tutorial videos kind of skim right over chains with a flip little “Just pull the thread through – easy” – THAT IS A LIE!
If anyone out there knows how to needle tat please tell me why when I just pull the thread through I only end up with circles and not the nicely curved chain??
Once I have the chains figured out I am going to just go for it and find a simple needle tatting pattern.
Here are my take-aways and important things that I learned this week:
- Remembering to turn your work is very important – the top of the stitch goes in a certain direction and failing to have your work on the correct side makes it a little messy
- I have found that cutting the thread off of the ball is easier when just starting to learn how to tat. When I try to leave the string attached it is very easy to end up with knots where they don’t belong
- Use a nice big flat surface to work on – my rather beat up card table was perfect for laying the thread out while I was pulling the needle through the stitches – less tangling.
I will eventually get back to the shuttle but at this point I am so encouraged by my needle progress that I just can’t stop.
One last thing for this week – Last night I posted on Tanglewood Tapestry a painting that my daughter Madeline did for her last art project of the year. It is her last high school art project ever actually, her graduation ceremony is Friday. It is a self portrait and I know I am biased but I think it came out beautifully. I was going to reblog the post but decided to just show off her stuff right here instead. I am incredibly proud of her and can’t wait to watch her become an amazing adult!!
This is a close up of the painting. For the full post click here – Madeline Self Portrait in Oil.
Thanks for reading!!