Saturday, April 30, 2016

April's Challenge: Conclusion

I set aside the blue one and began again in Lizabeth Charcoal. The reason for this is the beads. They was too much discrepancy between the sizes that it was awkward to work.  
Even though the thread size is the same, I had better results when I got beads closer in size. Another obvious mistake is the loading of the seed beads. I still like how it turned out. Once again I began with tatting the non-beaded butterfly then the beaded one. This time around, I didn't have any thread waste.
 The antenna was made with 32 Gauge silver wire.

 The most frustrating thing was the actual "weaving" of the extra beads. I broke at least 4 needles. Today while purchasing new beads to finish this, I came across these needles in the beading section of Joann's Fabrics and Crafts store. They are large eye beading needles. They are not cheap, luckily, I had a 60% coupon that took the sting out of buying them. I don't bead, so in all honesty, I can't say if they're expensive or not but $7 for two needles is expensive to me. These wonderful needles held up to the stress of running the thread several times through the beads, with the help of some pliers.
I highly recommend watching the videos while making this for the first time. Without it for reference I would have sewn in the beads completely wrong. I will have to make this at least once more. I had it in mind to gift this. However, the first finished one I'm keeping for myself.  This is a beautiful pattern and I wished she also gave instructions on how to make the matching band to turn it into a ring. I'm going to have to visit her patterns for sale and add to my pattern collection.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April's update

Progress has been made. It took a surprising amount of thought and wasted thread to figure out the order of threading those beads. In the end I loaded them from the left upper corner of the pattern to the right. I started with the single one on the core thread then the blue. Then the white group then blue group for each wing. I only used one shuttle and left about 2 inches before starting that self closing mock ring which lies in the center. This way I kept it continuous so no extra hiding and balancing the knots out.

I did have to go back and use the videos for reference a lot. After the second mistaken bead load, I grew frustrated and did the bead-less version just to make sure I made the wings correct. Even that gave me issues at first. The graph of the pattern was playing tricks with my mind. It was the video to the rescue again. I realized when I saw the bead-less version that after the smaller 10 Ds ring, the next two rings are tatted prior to the next six chaining section. After that the Ring is thrown, which is the fourth ring on the right side then the next two rings are made before doing the next chaining section on the mock ring. The left side is the same.

When I reached the last large ring with the 4 beads in it and after making it , I threaded the core thread through the loop at the beginning of the mock ring and closed it. Then I hid that thread in the final 10Ds ring. Now I ran that thread tail through the beginning 3 Ds at the beginning of the mock ring.
This is the butterfly almost finished. The sewing in beads are giving me quite a headache. It's probably because I didn't have the correct size of beads and I'm just working with what I had on hand. I really don't like beading. This is where I wished YouTube translator actually worked better. Watching the third and fourth part of the video tutorial, made it abundantly clear that the voice over instructions held crucial information on the proper attachment of these beads. It didn't help that the camera went out of focus a few times making just watching a contributing factor to my headache via eyestrain. I'm going to stop here for tonight and post another update with the finished piece later this week.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April Challenge~ Tatting butterfly~ Ankars style


The pattern was originally shared on Facebook by Angela Gambka. She also made a video to show her technique, which I found incredibly useful. I finally got my Rewards stash of the month from the Sears Rewards Program and plan on using the beads for it. I have that coworker who loves anything butterfly, and at least I have someone to give it to when it's complete. Since this involves beadwork and a lot of it compared to my normal tatting activities, I'm going to wait until I have a full day off from my IRL to start it.
Although, I  will most likely be working this first in size 20 then maybe size 40 thread. I'm not certain on the gauging because of the actual beads I have to work with.