Friday 30 January 2015

Tatted Centrepiece WIP1

I managed to do 3 more rounds on this doily. I am using Altin Basak threads in Size 50 in 2 colours but looking at the amount of threads left on the ball, I might have to add one more colour.

Next round will take some time with more daisies.

Thursday 29 January 2015

Mall Adorned

The lunar new year decorations are up in the shopping malls. Many include goats, lanterns and flowers. Red is the colour of choice.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Flawed Daisy - Corrected

This new daisy is an improvement with smaller picots and 12 petals. Found out why I had 13 petals earlier. I had forgotten to do a split chain to climb out of one of the rounds. 

Thank you so much for all your comments in the earlier post. Flawed it was with a baker's dozen but because (like some of you guessed) it was a centre to a larger piece so it had to be perfect in count.

I have started the next round in a lighter shade. See its progress in a couple of days. 

Tuesday 27 January 2015

School Shoes

This reminds me of the time when I had to wash my school shoes each weekend so that they are sparkling white to start the school week.

I see that this is still done today. White canvas shoes are usually less than white at the end of each week. Although these days, some schools assign black ones.

What amused me was how these shoes are arranged on this window ledge for drying. I remember putting mine against the side of the small longkang by the car porch to dry.

Monday 26 January 2015

Flawed Daisy

This was an interesting pattern. During rounds 2 and 3, it seemed like there were too many stitches but in round 4, it all worked out and the design element was revealed.

I was too eager to finish this daisy that I forgot the last chain. Then I realised that my daisy had 13 petals instead of 12. Where did I go wrong? So it is back to the beginning.

Friday 23 January 2015

Snowflake Motif

This looks fine but it wasn't much fun to tat. Too fiddly for my liking. I had more leftover thread in my shuttle so this is done in Lizbeth size 80 #701 English rose dark. Pattern is found in Aunt Ellen's Treasury - Tatting Patterns on page 46.

I have also found the next pattern for tatting in this book. That will be in the next post.

Thursday 22 January 2015

Penang's Famous Food Truck

We do not visit Penang often enough. The first time we went looking for this, it was the late 90s. It was by a coffee shop in Tanjung Bungah. My father insisted we drove around until we found him. Yes we did. Bananas, sweet potato, tapioca, yam etc. dipped in batter and fried twice. A fantastic snack. Never miss having this, whenever we visit Penang.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Small Flower Bookmark

I had lots of thread left in the shuttle and decided to try this out. A bookmark pattern in Tomoko Morimoto's book on page 58. In Lizbeth Size 80 (#110 & #701) this little bookmark measures only 3 inches in length without the tassel.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Lexus LF-LC

A car is a car. It gets you from point A to point B. Or so they say but a thing of beauty is to be admired.

I've never been to an auto show but we had tickets to this one. I was disappointed there were not more beautiful cars at the show. 

Monday 19 January 2015

Space-dyed Classic Doily

This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 80 Desert bloom (#110), English rose dark (#701) and Fudge medium (#698). The pattern is found in Tomoko Morimoto's book New Tatting. It measures about 6 inches across. I love the shape of this and the design is unusual. Many colour possibilities limited only by your imagination. Try it! Definitely a rewarding tat.

Friday 16 January 2015

Episcia 'Unpredicted Valley'

I was really happy to see this in the garden shop. Remember I was looking for it ever since then. A nice addition to my Episcia collection. They do quite well in my balcony but I am trying very hard not to kill this one. Over-watering is my folly. I have killed many succulents this way.

Thursday 15 January 2015

Square Flower Square Mat

This is complete for me. Instead of a make-up bag, its going to be a square mat. Pattern is found in Tomoko Morimoto's book New Tatting on page 79. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Latte foam (#168), Rootbeer float(#150) and Fudge dark (#697). It measures about 4.5 inches square.

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Sea Urchin Sedum

Got this recently and looked up the web for identification. It is Sedum lineare 'Variegatum'. It has yellow flowers and I hope it will flower under my care. I already took cuttings to propagate them. I am in the gardening mood. I wish I could get into the quilting mood.

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Space-dyed Classic Doily WIP2

Finished one more round for this Morimoto doily. The 3 rings nicely changed the round into an octagon. It looks like too much pink right now but hopefully that will change with the next round of 16 motifs.

Monday 12 January 2015

False African Violet

Many new blooms have appeared since I fertilised it. We got this at the garden shop when we were at Gardens by the Bay to see the Spalliera weeks ago.

The name on the pot says it is Streptocarpus saxorum 'Concord Blue'. So far it seems easy enough to grow. Took cuttings and they have not died on me yet.

Saturday 10 January 2015

Space-dyed Classic Doily WIP1

I thought this was tatted using only two different colour threads but after studying the diagram (without reading the instructions), I realised I needed another colour. Something similar to the earlier Morimoto square flower. I think I am beginning to like it.  This one is on page 89.

Friday 9 January 2015

Lanterns in Chinatown

We had fish bee hoon soup and beef hor fun for dinner and it was a nice evening stroll after. The lanterns were lighted up so pretty. It was a cool windy night so walking was quite pleasant.

Thursday 8 January 2015

My Marigold Seedlings

It has been 5 weeks since I sowed the marigold seeds. They are growing but not as fast as I was hoping they would. It has been raining and the December skies have been gloomy and cloudy. The weatherman said it would clear up this month and we can get more sunshine for these young seedlings.

Yes, you got it absolutely right in this post. They are marigold. I am not particularly fond of them but they do brighten up the garden.

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Square Flower -WIP1

Pattern is by Tomoko Morimoto on page 79.
It is actually a pattern for a make-up bag but 
I doubt mine will end up as such.
Tatted in Lizbeth size 40 threads - #150, #168 & #697.
I followed the use of the three shades in the pattern although I find the sequence a little strange.
Perhaps it is meant to appear random.

Tuesday 6 January 2015


A single bloom on the grass lawn. 

Monday 5 January 2015

Daisy Heart #2

I wanted to tat this again in a solid colour thread as compared to the first. But I got side tracked with this Lizbeth Size 20 Grape Splash (#165).

Daisy heart is a pattern from Aunt Ellen's Treasury Tatting Patterns on page 56.

Saturday 3 January 2015


I had only a mouthful of this as the Szechuan pepper was so spicy and numbing. I loved the sliced fish, beansprouts, wood ear fungi, soya noodle strips and bean vermicelli but it was just too spicy for me.

Try it if you happen to visit Paradise Dynasty restaurants in Singapore.

Friday 2 January 2015

My Potpourri Sachets

These were gifts to friends for Christmas
I poured some potpourri in the sachets and 
candles in the top two.

Thursday 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope 2015 
will be a wonderful year 
ahead for you.