Saturday, November 9, 2013

Virtual Showroom of Revista Promocionarte

She's keeping us buzy! Carmen from Revista promocionarte found a way to gather crafters from all Spain for 2 intense days of promotion. Not only she is hosting a lot of us in the blog, she's also keeping us moving. In these virtual showrooms like this one we meet, have a peak in the other one's closet, way to say it.

And sometimes I find stunning pieces like this bag from Belum Complementos:

The more I look at it, the more I want to make a tatted bag, clutch, something. Thing is I never did something like this, I know how to attach the mechanism... But knowing and doing are too far away a part.

What you have to do is to post a picture of your work, the links (ok, of course be fun of the page) and then share, share, share. Not only your post, but the other ones too. This is actually the trick wich puts us toghether.

Fun fact: I always wonder, every time I see a nice, neat piece, how much time, work, hope and energy is invested in it.
Funnier fact: There is no tatting to see in there.
Sad fact: that there is no right price for such a work. At least not in Spain. But I know I am not the only one complaining about it.

This time I had this as promotional picture. My last pieces could not miss.

I tell you, I still have one an half days of fun: sharing, sharing, sharing. 
Thank you again, Carmen. 

Simple pattern for the bracelet white and silver

This is what I like with tatting: thre is always something to discover, to test, to try. It is not only the calming effect. How many times did I curse when I did a mistake I could not undo??
The word would be challenging. And rewarding. You know, that moment when you make the last double stich and your eyes are searching for the scissors? And then the little pice of some centimeters square (your worked for it some good 40 mins if not longer) lays in your hand and you say to your self: "Yup! I made it!"

So back to the bracelet I posted yesterday in Facebook... I played this time with a very basic edging, (what else?). Experimenting, tweaking, testing threads... It gave this: the white one were the first attemps, the black one has no picots for the exterior rings... It looks nicer, in my eyes. Both done in poliester thread Brildor 15.

Then I thought, what would it be if I make it in 2 colors? I had, after all, a rest of some silver thread already on my bobbin (strand of 3) so I used as second color a thread from Brildor, the 40, strand of 3.

Since the threads have different consistency, they behave differently and the effect surprised me: the lace has the stiffness I need and the white waves give a nice line.

The result :

I worked it with 2 shuttles. 
The pattern is easy to follow: 
All rings are 6-5-6, done with the silver metallic thread. 
All chains: 14, except the ends, white thread. 

Ring : 6-5-6, close, turn work 
Chain 14, turn work 
Ring 6 + 5 - 6, close, do not turn work
Ring: 11 - 6, close, turn work
Chain: 14, turn work... 

The only thing you have to take care of is to thake the right color for each element you will do. And, of course, not to rush, in order the make a neat colour transition. In my piece, I tried to carefully place the silver thread on the right side or on the wrong side of the lace when I started the next element. 

When you reached the needed lenght, then you use the following pattern: 
Chain 14 - 3 turn work
Ring 6 + 6 (join to the join picot from the braid). 
Ring: 3 + 14 - 3, do not turn work
Chain 3 +14. 

Of course, you may consider starting from the small 6-6 ring. Like this you can finish the lace with  the 3+ 14 + 3 ring and hide the thread you will not need anymore.

This would be it. Easy pattern for a newby... 
Just enjoy if you decide to work it and please let me know if there is something to improve.