Monday, 9 December 2019

Pandora Bracelet of the Week



This is my version of a Disney bracelet. The bracelet starts and ends with the Swirl clips. Charms from left to right are  . 
Belle’s radiant rose; Dream; When you wish upon a star; Believe; Evil Queen’s Black Magic; 

The only Disney programme on TV we had was once in a blue moon on Saturday afternoon. We looked forward to it and always wished it was a Disney fairy tale.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Josephine Knot Pattern No. 24


I noticed the Josephine knots in the book were tatted very loosely. Mine not so. Done using Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 169 Autumn Apple Pie. Not too happy with this one. 

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Bridge Pattern No. 29


Using Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 115 Springtime and Col. 158 Niagara Falls to tat this pattern. An unusual colour combination as I was feeling adventurous. It turned out ok? I think a solid colour thread would enhance the design of this motif as photographed in the Japanese pattern book.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Bridge Pattern No. 28


This is not perfect as the block tatting and chains should all face the same direction. Mine was not. Tatted in three rounds using Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 115 Springtime. Did not pay attention to the photo in the book. Instructions were in Japanese but you should be able to figure it out second time round, if not initially. I was obviously not paying attention as I usually tat while watching the television.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Guo Pei Exhibition at ACM Part 3

Elaborate gowns for celebrities on very special occasions.













Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Taj Mahal Snowflake

This snowflake was designed by Margaret Davies. It was definitely NOT boring to tat this. I had fun, although I must admit I wanted to tat this snowflake in one colour thread but decided to change threads when I had to cut out the mistakes I made.



Tatted in one round using two shuttles in Lizbeth Size 40 
Col. 188 Coral Splash
Note the overlapping rings.


Next rounds, I changed to a Lizbeth Size 40 
Col. 706 Sunkist Coral.


Went back to Coral Splash for the last round. 
Margaret put in a Josephine ring at each point while 
tatting a split chain back. Now that was fun.

Thank you Margaret for this wonderful pattern.
The resulting snowflake is pretty,
isn’t it?

Monday, 25 November 2019

Guo Pei Exhibition at ACM Part 2


More wedding dresses from Guo Pei





Friday, 22 November 2019

Ice Crystal Pattern No 20


I forget what that stitch is called. Can someone remind me? I think I first encountered that stitch in an old pattern, It makes a pretty outer chain here. Another pattern from the same Japanese book on page 9 and 43. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 158 Niagara Falls. It measures about 2 inches across.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Clover Pattern No 48




This was quite a disaster. Had to unpick one section three times and it still came out with major mistakes. My mind was somewhere else tatting this. See the difference below comparing it to the one in the book. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 179 Herbal Garden and Col. 183 Orange Crush. It measures about 2 inches across.



Monday, 18 November 2019

Tatted 11.11.2019


I wanted to tat something on 11 November 2019 for someone. I had done most of my online shopping in the wee hours. This pattern is from the same Japanese pattern book Tatting Lace (ISBN978-4-02-190833-0) on page 19 and 55. I am pleased with how this turned out. Done in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 145 Pink Parade and measures just 2.25 inch.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Guo Pei Exhibition at ACM


Guo Pei had an exhibition titled Chinese Art & Couture at the Asian Civilisation Museum. We visited in August. The exhibition ended in September. I took some photos of the pieces I liked. Guo Pei is a Chinese couturier who designed the famed gold dress that Rihanna wore to the Met Ball.




This one is a Chinese bridal gown in red and gold. 
The headdress is exquisite.
The embroidery is stunning.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Clover Pattern 52


Did I get my mojo back? 
Difficult to start. 
But here it is. 

Three-leaf clovers which looked terrible until it was blocked.  Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 145 Pink Parade. Pattern is on page 19 and 55 of the Japanese pattern book Tatting Lace (ISBN978-4-02-190833-0). Perhaps the motif will go on a coaster.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Dim Sum Piggies


Piggy custard bun
I ordered them because they were cute
Not the best salted egg custard buns I have eaten
Careful when you bite into them
Custard oozing out can burn your tongue




This is deep fried tofu dusted with salt, pepper 
and garlic bits

Part of dinner at Canton Paradise last week
Will not be eating there again

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Strands of Pearls







I have not been tatting.
Instead I was stringing pearls.
Broke a few needles . . .
Had problems threading the needle
Getting too old . . .
Patience running empty
Frustrating . . .
Same goes for tatting

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Hydrangea Flowers




When I bought this, it already had a bunch of flowers.
It grew bigger but the colour was pale.


As the days went by, the pink grew stronger.
It needs watering twice a day and I see a tiny shoot sprouting at the base.
Keeping my fingers crossed.


Friday, 25 October 2019

Happy Deepavali 2019




Deepavali is celebrated on 27 October this year and Little India is decked out in lights. I do not know if you can make out the peacocks, chariots and horses. 

The Christmas lights in Orchard Road are also being put up. Seems a little early but it will be enjoyed by many.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Japanese Motif Pattern 9


This pattern involves intertwined double picots. Can you tell which motif I tatted and which one is the photo in the Tatting book? I bet you can. The book is Tatting Lace ( ISBN 978-4-02-190833) and the pattern is on pages 9 and 40. It is the blue book from this post. I used Lizbeth Size 40 Col 625 Plum. 

Monday, 21 October 2019

House Yamamoto



The lanterns have changed. Autumn colours of bamboo and other flowers. I finally took notice of the name of the restaurant. A Michelin star chef prepares truffle and porcini ramen. The avocado ramen is also recommended.

No, we did not eat there. Had lunch at Poulet instead. Roast chicken French style. Chicken was very tender with a cranberry sauce. Will try House Yamamoto next time.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Earring Pattern 33 v2


This is the same pattern as the previous except I ended it earlier and made four instead of five prongs. I was hoping the beads would stand out more but the colour is a little washed out. I need to find my other Delica beads. I used the same thread Lizbeth Size 40 Col 690 Mocha Brown Light. 

Hope you are having a great day.
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Kai Kai



Finally visited the giant pandas at the River Safari. We saw Kai Kai enjoying a morning snack and Jia Jia sleeping in her enclosure on the video cam. They have been in Singapore since 2013. Artificial insemination last year did not result in a pregnancy. Let’s hope this year we will be able to hear happy news. Female pandas are only fertile for a few days each year.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Earring Pattern 33


This pattern had beads incorporated. It looks delicate and the light gold beads are subtle. I used Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 790 Mocha Brown Light. It measures about 1.5 inches across. Pattern is found on page 16 and 56 of Tatting Lace Classical Accessory by Hiroko Nakano.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Cool Lanterns



I saw these at a Japanese restaurant.
Never eaten there but I pass it quite often.
They remind me of plant stomata.
I should note the name of this restaurant
the next time I pass by.



Monday, 7 October 2019

Earring Pattern 26


One more pair for earrings.
Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col 138 Leafy Greens.
I like the swirl effect of this pattern but 
it is not so pronounced here. 
In the book, the swirl is prettier using a solid color thread.
Pattern is on page 14 & 52 of 
Tatting Lace Classical Accesory by Hiroko Nakano


Thursday, 3 October 2019

Beautiful Hydrangeas




I have always loved hydrangeas but never had green fingers to grow them. After seeing these lovely blooms, I was determined to try again. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Back to Tatting



I know it has been months. Thank you for your comments and concerns as to why you have not heard from me. Tsuru and I are just fine, although these days when Tsuru is not feeling herself, I start to worry.

No tatting done! I have not finished the Wiosna 2019. It is hiding somewhere and I have not had the energy to continue tatting it. I might have to finish the round I was tatting and call it a day.

I purchased these three Japanese pattern books hoping it would inspire me but it took a while before I tatted the above motifs. What are they to become? Perhaps a pair of earrings.

What have you been up to? Please do tell.
I have been gardening and collecting Pandora items.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tsuru’s Good


Tsuru has recovered and back to her normal self. She gets hungry and asks for her dry food. With her wet food, she is still very fussy. She needs her medication twice a day and of course she hates that. I am so thankful she recovered. 

Monday, 20 May 2019

Renulek’s Wiosna 2019 Doily WIP 5


Since the last update, two rounds were added. I have 2 mistakes to correct before I tat the next round. I am still behind with this. I doubt I will catch up but that’s ok as long it gets completed.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Renulek’s Wiosna 2019 Doily WIP 4


Round 9 is finally done. The doily currently measures about 12 inches across. It was a struggle, what with Tsuru being ill. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and comments. It was most appreciated. She is slowly getting better. We had to force feed her liquid food with a syringe. It was tough but it had to be done. The vet wanted to hospitalize her but she was already so stressed out. We thought she would fare better at home. Last night she ate a few pieces of her dry kibble. I still had to force feed her this morning. I got a squeeze bottle and widened the nozzle. That was easier than the syringe.