Tuesday 30 April 2013

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel pattern is by Jane Eborall and can be found here. I just saw that Fox has tatted one too here. Thank you Jane for a wonderful pattern. Next one to try is Twirly.

The pattern can be tatted using a SCMR for the centre or with a button. The first one on the left was tatted with Venus Size 40 threads in light and dark peach. It measures about 2.5 inches across using up about 3.5 to 4.0m of thread in each shuttle.

The second is tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 in Azalea Medium (#620) and Tropical Punch (#132). That one measured about 3.25 inches across using up about 4.5 to 5.0m of thread.

Monday 29 April 2013

Sunshine Seashell Coaster

Here is the seashell coaster in yellow. Tatted this in Milford Mercer Size 20 threads in Sunshine. The pattern is from Susanne Rolf's Mustersammlung book on page 42.

Saturday 27 April 2013

Parkroyal at Pickering

This is an unusual building. A new hotel near Chinatown. I have not been into the hotel but from the ads on TV it looks very sleek and modern.

Friday 26 April 2013

Heidi #2

This Heidi cross did not turn out as expected. Perhaps it is the variegated thread I used. This is a Lene Bjorn pattern from her book 'Tatted Bookmarks - Cross-shaped'. This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Raspberry Frappe (#157).

I gave the earlier Heidi to mom. Most of the time I cannot remember what I give away and to whom but this one I remembered because she chose this out of 2 or 3 crosses I showed her. It is quite difficult to please mom.

Thursday 25 April 2013

Pebbled Walk

I took a number of photos of different paved walkways. This one is just pebbles. Difficult to walk on if you are in heels, so comfortable walking shoes are a must. The problem with comfortable shoes is that they are never in a fashionable design that goes with your wardrobe. What is your most comfortable walking shoe?

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Spider, Spider

This pattern is one by Dianna Stevens called Spider. Another to add to the collection of tatted animals. I could not make the hanging spider's silk longer as I need it to fit the block.

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Tsuru's Tummy Rub

Tsuru gets a tummy rub every night. She loves it. This is in between tatting, watching TV and surfing the web on the computer. I find that she loves her routine and she gets upsets when there are any disruptions to it.

Monday 22 April 2013


This is an edging pattern in the book Fantasia 3 by Iris Niebach. Edging a hanky with this pattern would definitely take some effort so I made a little frame instead.

A pretty pattern and it was fun to tat. I use Lizbeth Size 40 #680 Spring Green and Tat-ilicious' Size 40 HDT Punk Princess. Perhaps Size 20 threads with more repeats to make a larger frame would be more pleasing to the eye, . . . scale wise.

Saturday 20 April 2013

Japanese Sweet Desserts

To end a meal with little mouthfuls of sweets - from left strawberry marshmallows, yuzu with lime and red bean jellies. Served with the frothy Japanese green tea. Sweet and bitter. Perfect!

Friday 19 April 2013


I had to follow Fox and tat this too. I love how this turned out. The pattern was fun to tat and the shape of this is perfect that you need not have to block it. This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Red Burst (#147). The pattern is from Iris Niebach in her book - 'Tatted Doilies'. Annamaria is a variation of Annarita and Annalisa, which is found on the cover of the book. Of the three, this is my favourite. Thank you Iris for all your lovely patterns in this book.

Thursday 18 April 2013

The Durian Fruit

Some of you were curious about the durian. It is a tropical fruit which we love. It has a pungent and distinct aroma that you either love or hate. This is the part that we eat - a custard looking flesh which surrounds the seeds. I forgot to take a photo of the fruit but they pretty much look like this

Wednesday 17 April 2013

Tree Frogs

I am tatting a collection of animals for a quilt project. I think I have enough for more than one quilt. I am also trying not to use any beads and may embroider the eyes in later. This is Jane Eborall's red eyed tree frog but as you can see no red eyes or bugle beads toes for mine. I used Perle Anchor Perle Cotton 8 in Col. 1215 variegated green and DMC Cotton Perle 8 in Col. 51 variegated orange. They measure about 2.5 inches. This is a very clever pattern and I really enjoyed it. Thank you Jane! What does this shape remind you of?

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Drive Smiling

It's no fun driving these days but this had to make you smile. PIE is the Pan Island Expressway which is growing to accomodate the ever growing car population.

Monday 15 April 2013

Workbasket Doily Completed

It is very colourful. I have not used so many different colours in one doily before. After blocking the 'green vine' round flattened out nicely. Tatted in one colour would give this doily a very different look as in the pattern booklet - 'Snowflake in a Circle Doily' from the Workbasket May 1956 issue. Thank you Sheila.

Saturday 13 April 2013


This is the grass lawn downstairs. It was early morning and these blooms of light purple were just screaming for attention. No they weren't but they look so delicate and lovely that I had to photograoh them. About 1cm across.

Friday 12 April 2013


After taking the photo, I wondered if I put two flamingos facing each other, it would make a heart shape. This is Jane Eborall's pattern and I used three different variegated pink Perle cotton 8. It turned out quite large in size about 6 inches in height.

Thursday 11 April 2013

More Earrings

These two pairs of earrings were made for Ellen and Gunhild for their participation in the rose arrangement challenge last month.

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Workbasket Doily WIP 5

I am tatting the last round of this doily. So far it looks like this. Is it too colourful?

Round 8 is Lizbeth Size 40 in Lilac Dk (#641) and Round 9 is Lizbeth Size 40 in Red Burst (#147). The rings in Round 9 seem too small, as not in the correct scale but it adds some interest. Will block and take a photo to show you in a few days time.

On another note, I think I finally got the interlocking rings.

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Gifts from Judy

Yesterday's post brought gifts from Judy. Two tatting pattern books and 6 balls of Lizbeth. I do not know why I deserve these gifts but thank you so much Judy. You are most generous. That pretty card has my favourite cherry blossoms.

My progress in mastering the interlocking rings continues. The top looks good but the last ring is not interlocking with the first ring.

I am not so sure whether the bottom one is correct. These were my attempts last night. After reading your comments on the last post, I will try it again. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Monday 8 April 2013

Interlocking Rings

I am still getting it wrong. I have to try again but I did get the interlocking rings in a chain. I hope that is correct. Perhaps the thread gap is too long.

Saturday 6 April 2013

Hello Japan

I have been enjoying programmes on Hello Japan, a new Starhub TV channel (149) on cable. I saw some beautiful cherry blossoms and wisteria. I went on the web searching for more photos. If you love wisteria, you must visit this link. Also link to last year's photos in that post. Aren't they just beautiful? More here.

Friday 5 April 2013


This is Amanda from Iris Niebach's book Tatted Doilies. Tatted using Lizbeth Size 40 threads in Dark Lilac (#641). This pattern is done in one round using two shuttles. A few twists and turns but I found it easier than Francesca. The petals are not symmetrical but it does work. It measures about 9 inches across. Quite an ingenious pattern by Iris Niebach. Love how it looks.

Thursday 4 April 2013

Southern Rosebud Tree

I found this tree most unusual and beautiful. Another photo from our travels. Hopefully spring is here or will arrive soon wherever you are.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Workbasket Doily WIP 4

Round 1 - Venus Size 40 Black
Round 2 - Lizbeth Size 40 Jelly Bean #119
Round 3 - Milford Size 40 Black
Round 4 - Lizbeth Size 40 Spring Green #680

Round 5 - Milford Size 40 Black
Round 6 & 7 - Lizbeth Size 40 Jelly Bean #119

The doily is cupping a little. Round 4 may have longer than expected chains. I was going to alternate the rounds with the above threads but I do not have enough black to complete one more round. So I am going to use a different colour for Round 8. Hopefully the colour will pop.

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Signs on Bus

No smoking;
No eating or drinking;
No durians;
No animals;
I was probably bored;
on a long bus journey;

Monday 1 April 2013

Workbasket Doily WIP 3

Round 1 - Venus Size 40 Black
Round 2 - Lizbeth Size 40 Jelly Bean #119
Round 3 - Milford Size 40 Black
Round 4 - Lizbeth Size 40 Spring Green #680

No brilliant blue as I was not brave. I used a matching solid colour of Spring Green. Yes the 'odd man out' ring in Round 2 was the reason I had to undo twice - first for not being observant and second for joining to the wrong picot. Sometimes, simple is not so simple.