Monday, April 8, 2013

Less than a Week Away!

Can you see the Big Dipper? 

Just a week until the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference in Lodi.  Our theme is stars!  Last week I finished sewing stars from across the U.S. and Canada on the quilt and quilting around them.  When I was almost done, an envelope with more stars appeared.  Here is our Starry Night quilt – you can see almost all the stars.  It’s hard to count them all, but Bill and I estimated there’s about 135 tatted stars on the quilt – that’s a rough estimate.  Could be a lot more or a few less. 

The quilt will be auctioned off Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm.  There’s a reserve of $250 on it, and we are accepting good-faith bids from outside our group – contact me with your phone number where you can be reached if you want to join the bidding at the time – or you can put in your high bid and you just might win!  All the money from the quilt will go into our scholarship fund, to enable more tatters to attend the

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Neil's Crocheted Butterflies

Chain 6, sl st in 6th ch from hk to form a ring. All subsequent stitches are made in right side of work.

RND 1 [petal round]: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work the following stitches inside the ring you just made, 2 dc, ch 1 [first petal made], * 3 dc, ch 1. Repeat from * 6 times more [ending with ch 1] for a total of 8 petals. Join with sl st in top 1st dc. DO NOT TURN.

RND 2 [cluster round]: Sl st in next dc, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 3. (2dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in same ch 1 sp [first cluster made]. * (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch 1 sp [ending with ch 1] for a total of 8 clusters. Join with sc in top of beg ch 3. DO NOT CH OR TURN.

RND 3 [shell round]: 9 dc first ch1 sp [center of cluster from previous round]. * Sc in next open space, 9 dc in next ch 1 sp. Repeat from * around, for a total of 8 shells. Join with sc in top of beg sc. DO NOT CH OR TURN.

RND 4: sc in each stitch [ edges will/should curl in toward center of work].



TO FINISH: Fold work in half lining up the sets of 9 dcs. Fasten a pipe cleaner around the centre and twist to form antennae. (see photos for placement)

I use a g-hook with worsted weight yarn, a d- or e-hook for sport or baby weight, and a b-hook for sock weight yarn.

I have found that some people crochet looser with an f-hook than I do with a g-hook, so adjust to suit yourself. Body/antennae can be formed using ½ of a standard [12-inch] chenille wire, or a standard 6- to 8-inch pipe cleaner. If you crochet very loosely, you might want to use 7 inches of chenille wire. I use the end of a small hook to curl the wire ends [either in or out] so as not to leave an exposed point.