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. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Renulek’s Wiosna 2019 Doily WIP 3

I finished tatting Round 8 in a red black ombre thread and just started the next round. This new round will take some time to complete, longer than the previous round. Tatting is slow these days. 

Tsuru is not well. We took her to the vet last night as she threw up her last meal and refused to eat. Due to her age she may have many health problems from kidney to heart.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Renulek’s Wiosna 2019 Doily WIP 2

This is a bad photo but just to show you my progress to Round 7. I think I will change the thread color for Round 8.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 27

This pink leather double bracelet is kept simple with just 4 charms. I used three charms with light pink enamel and the sparkling bow dangle.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Smokers Corner

I wonder how long it took to accumulate these cigarette butts? 
A day?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Renulek’s Wiosna 2019 Doily WIP 1

I started Renulek’s Wiosna 2019. I am trying to catch up as the pattern is released on Renulek’s blog each week. I am using a thread bought online from China. It looks like a Size 20. Sorry there isn’t a label and no link to the shop as it was bought years back by a kind friend. I love this red shade. It comes in a large hand-wound bundle. A little tedious to fill the shuttle. Come back next week to see it’s progress.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Morning Nap

Catching the zzzzzzz while my slave makes me breakfast. 

Note she has a gate to prevent me from chomping down her plants. And I thought I was the precious princess.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tat-a-Renda’s Tat Along Completed

This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 179 Herbal Garden. I gave the doily to a friend for her birthday. She loves green so I thought that this in different shades of green and brown would be perfect for her. Hope she liked it.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 26

Very seldom that I would fill my Pandora bracelet. This is loosely filled including 6 dangle charms. The size 2 bangle is a little too large for me so if I fill it, it fits better. Otherwise I do prefer my bracelet with charms just in the middle section.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Practicing Mindfulness

This princess has a new catnip toy.
She needs it to calm herself down in her new surroundings.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Happy International Tatting Day

This is my progress of Tat-a-renda’s Tat along.
Just had to post some tatting on this 
International Tatting Day.

Friday, 15 March 2019


It was outside a train station and
I was waiting for a ride when it started to drizzle.
The pinkish red flowers were brightly calling out to me to capture its beauty.
And so I did.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Tat-a-Renda's Tat Along

Thank you Jon Yusoff for this pattern. I missed it on Facebook but Margaret so kindly alerted me and sent me photos. She knows I do not have a Facebook account and wanted to share. I was most grateful. 

Also found out that Fox is tatting it and posting on her Instagram account. Please check that out.

I am using Lizbeth Size 40 in Col.179 Herbal Garden. I noticed that my last split chain looks horrendous. I will try to correct it. It must be those late night tatting. Sleepy then, but wide awake on the bed. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Art Around Raffles Place

These days, I need glasses to read on my phone, the same goes with framing my photos. What with the sun shining brightly, I did not do a good job here. But I am certain you can get to view better photos than these ( and more) on the web. Just search with those keywords.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ranunculus Doily 1 Completed (LHO 15)


Another pattern from Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 681 Pistachio Green Light.

Somehow my chains are longer and this resulted in a doily that is more airy and open.  Perhaps if you like to tat this, keep your chains compact and if you use two colour threads as in the book on page 44, it makes an interesting effect.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 25

This week it is the Pandora Essence silver bracelet with 5 charms. The photo is not too good.

Anyway from right of the clasp: Silver cubic zirconia 'compassion' charm, Black spinel 'strength' charm, Silver cubic zirconia 'balance' charm, another black spinel 'strength' charm and silver 'affection' charm.

Friday, 8 March 2019

A Heart for Shirley

Not one but 5 hearts. This pattern is by Kendra Goodnow. You can find this pattern on Handy Hands' website. The top hearts of two Lizbeth Size 40 in English Rose Medium and a Country Turquoise Medium. The bottom is of the same pink one for size comparison to the two variegated purple in Size 80.