Tatting Tea Tuesday with Sophie and giveaways

Who is Sophie, you ask? ‘Sophie’ is the pattern I chose to make for the InTatters October Tatting Challenge. This example of Sophie, here with my pink ribbon mug – for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – is not my entry to the challenge. I made this with a thread that I like very much, thank you, but I was having trouble with my project, so made it first in this. It’s DMC Perle Cotton, color 115, size 8.

Below is my entry for the challenge. It is made with Knit-Cro-Sheen size 10 in Deep Coral. The Challenge is to use a thread you don’t like or don’t use and I don’t use this kind of thread any more. There are too many threads out there that are much nicer for tatting with (anyone heard of Lizbeth?). This thread is something I must have picked up some time ago. I don’t know why I have this thread – it’s not my color really – or why two balls of it. I must have had something in mind when I bought it but I have no idea what it was.

The problem I was having was actually with the pattern. It’s by Lyn Morton of Tatting & Design, which I found a link to in the pattern library on InTatters. The problem? It’s written in long form with lots of words. I found it a little hard to follow. Of course, if anyone has noticed, I make a lot of things with my own patterns, which means I just have to figure out what I meant and not what someone else might mean.

So I took a few minutes and wrote it out in shorter form then made it with a thread I like working with so I could concentrate more on the pattern than the thread. I thought it came out great! (I won’t mention that I forgot the last chain of 10 ds – good thing I cut my tails long – but I didn’t mention it, shhh!)

I have no idea what I’ll do with these, but they came out looking pretty good, even the one in Coral.

Did everyone see that LadyShuttleMaker is having a giveaway? If you haven’t seen it yet, or haven’t posted a comment yet this week check her blog out here.

And Wickedtats is also having a giveaway! Check out her blog here.

Good luck to everyone in the giveaways. I think they’re contagious, because I’ll be having one this month, too! Check back for more details.

9 thoughts on “Tatting Tea Tuesday with Sophie and giveaways”

  1. These are pretty! I have made one of these from Lyn Morton's book as well. Once I got past the centres that she uses the patterns were not difficult at all!

    I Like the colours of of these two. But you cannot beat Lisbet, can you!
    Fox : )

  2. Very pretty pattern – in both colors. There are so many threads I still 'need' to try. I think you did great on that challenge 🙂

    I feel a little better knowing that experienced tatters like yourself have trouble reading some patterns – I thought it was just due to inexperience on my part. I'm learning that every designer writes a little differently!

  3. Thanks, Cindy. It deffinately was a challenge.

    You are soo right about the patterns! But it's good for us, makes us think. And then we feel good that we figured it out! But writing patterns out so others can read them is the really hard part about making your own pieces.

  4. Your post title reminds me of the 1997 book, "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. 🙂

    Great motifs! And I commend you for accepting a "yucky thread" challenge. We all have threads that we don't like, but can't bring ourselves to chuck in the rubbish bin, don't we?

    So glad to read that you have caught the giveaway bug too! Did you know that I have a "fractured quote" parody and giveaway going on RIGHT NOW on my blog? Drop by, read some of the sublime and knotty entries and then give it a go!

    Can't wait to see what you've got planned for your giveaway later this month.

    And thanks for joining in Tatting Tea Tuesday! It makes my heart glad to know TTT has played a small part in breast cancer awareness month.

  5. I LOVE your medallions in a faint varigated thread too!

    Thank you again Wanda for the encouraging comments on my blog and yes I am trying to alter the number of stitches to make larger butterflies too.

  6. Thanks Rose Anne B! Good luck with those butterflies!

    🙂 Isdihara! I'm not always up for a challenge but this one was workable, and not too bad, either. Yes, I'd seen your giveaway, I just had to think on what I was going to write!
    And I really enjoy TTT! Thanks for starting it.

    Mrs. John, thank you for stopping by. Do join me for a cup of tea on Tuesdays. As I tat I like to think of all the other tatters out there that may be doing the same thing right then. It's a nice communi-tea!

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