Life is still a little hectic here, but I am crafting in between everything else.
Finished a tatted bookmark this morning. This is probably the last skill-builder I will do in single shuttle before I do more tatting off the ball.
- The ribbon embroidery will look better if I add that earlier in the process. There was a backing foundation fabric on the block when I got it, and I added batting and second backing. It really tortured the ribbon when I pulled it through all those layers.
- While the crazy quilt idea was a good use for the tatted mistakes, I think it would work better with fabrics that are less busy than these thirties prints, so I will make up some squares like that next.
- I really need to recover my former skill level with hand embroidery at least, and improve it from there.
If you haven't tried tatting, it is a great take-along project. I can fit a small plastic shuttle, a small ball of tatting cotton, the tatted work, and very small scissors into a large tic-tac container like this one.
When tatting off the ball, I put the ball in the container, close the lid, and it is much less fiddly for me than wrapping thread through all my fingers. I can maintain tension on the working thread better, and with a fine thread, it slides through the closure on the container without much effort or any damage to the thread.