Poppy Spray

I've wanted to try this Pattern via Muskaan found here  and here for a few years. It takes Mónica Manceñido's Peace and Tolerance Tiny Heart  and modifies it into a flower.
I thought, it's a nice small thing I should be able to put together pretty fast. However, I tried to do it the first time soon after coming out of surgery for my hip. My brain was not yet my own so I couldn’t see the point or keep straight how to do the “R A : 4 - 2½* - 2½ - 4 . RW ” in Muskaan’s notation. So I just did R:4-2-2-4 and it all worked fine so I continued with that, then I joined wrong in the bottom half of the split ring, twice, undid it and thought I got it straightened out only to find I couldn't tighten the ring (because I'd done it wrong again) and snapped my thread. No biggie, as Muskaan says you can do it in three separate motifs so that's kinda what ended up happening on the first flower base. The second one was a few days later off of pain meds and not quite as exhausted. 

I'd never done roll tatting so that was something new to learn. The flower part would be easier with vsp where the roll tatting joins happen instead of picking through tight caps. (Because my caps are very tight.)

So here is my slight variation. 

Petal 1 –
R A : 4 - 2- 2 - 4 . RW 
Ch : 3 RW
R B : 4 + (to A) 5 vsp 7 . DNRW  SS
Ch :  2 fhs-shs 2 DNRW  SS
R C : 7 vsp 5– 4 . RW
Ch : 3 RW
R D : 4 + (to C) 2 - 2- 4 . DNRW
SR E : 4 + (to D) 2/ join to base of Ring A with Sh2 (to form clover), 4 + (to A) 2 – 3 – 3 . DNRW
1st petal (tiny heart) made.

Petal 2 –
SR F : 2 – 4 / 3 – 3 – 2 – 4 . DNRW
R G : 4 + (to F) 2+ (to D) 2 - 4 . RW
Ch : 3 RW
R H : 4 + (to G) 5 vsp 7 . DNRW  SS
Ch :  2 fhs-shs 2 DNRW  SS
R I : 7 vsp 5 – 4 . RW
Ch : 3 RW
SR J : 4 + (to I) 2/ join to base of Ring F, 4 + (to F) 2 . DNRW
2nd petal (tiny heart) made.

Petal 3 –
SR K : 2- 4 / 2- 4 . RW
Ch : 3 RW
R L : 4 + (to K) 5 vsp 7. DNRW  SS
Ch :  2 fhs-shs 2 DNRW  SS
R M : 7 vsp 5 – 4 . RW
Ch : 3 RW
R N : 4 + (to M) 2+ (to A of 1st petal) 2- 4 . DNRW
SR O : 4 + (to N) 2 + (to E of 1st petal) 3 – 3 + (to F of 2nd petal) / join to base of Ring K, 4 + (to K) 2 .
3rd petal complete.
One poppy flower with 3 petals made. But do not cut thread yet. 
But I did because I got excited... it all worked out, I sewed in my ends and just did a lock join to start the roll tatted edge. See Muskann's instructions for that. 
I followed her instructions for the yellow and black parts too. I lock joined the yellow threads to the base of the red flower in the picots used to join to the black to keep the yellow pistil in place. 
I suggest you make all greenery before combining. I had to stop and cut thread from ball and make more, encapsulate, decide I needed more etc. Encapsulating takes a long enough time as it is. But I also added twisted picots to the encapsulating stem. 

I had done two long bud stems but decided instead to do one long one and other sprays with buds in them. 
I ended up making 
1 bud on long Josephine chain
4 buds with twisted picots on Josephine chains of varying length. 

On my next one I plan to do less greenery but we'll see how it looks before I start combining it. Laying it out before hand I think will be advantageous. 

Then I combine them all through tight encapsulation as I went down in a Josephine chain as Muskaan suggested. I started trimming tails towards the end so it tapered slowly. I ended with a ring with some encapsulated thread and then sewed in the ends. 

I am overly delighted with the look of the large twisted picots. This was a new thing for me. It’s always fun to learn something new to add to one’s arsenal, especially when the learning of it goes easy.They look like Christmas tree pine needles or juniper bushes.
Muskaan's instructions are awesome as usual and super helpful, after getting my brain back I laughed at how confused I was. But the exercise made me make two flowers which will result in two sprays instead of just one. And two is better than one. 

I am just so pleased with how pretty this is. I'm excited to finish the second one. 
And it's the perfect size.


Tat a Monument in Pink

I don’t have a lot of tatting time. But I wanted to join in this world wide effort. I finally tatted up six squares that met the 3mm requirement after some adjustments to the original pattern.
My first one was too small. So I added a stitch to all counts.

I also tried a pattern designed by Muskaan for the purpose. She has more than this one and there are others people have shared on Cathy’s Facebook page. This one turned out smallest of them all. I just tat very tight. So I added 2ds to all counts to Cathy’s design and arrived at the right size for my tatting. 
For the 6 I sent in I used all the same variegated Lizbeth thread 176 Pink Blossoms. The second one pictured above was tatted with a gifted thread on a spool, I’m not sure what it is, other than it’s not cotton. It is somewhat resistant, where cotton locks in this had a tendency to loosen a stitch, so you’d think it would have turned out the right size since it by virtues of its characteristics made my tatting looser. It was a bit hard to close rings (again because my tight stitches created a bind in the wound (not braided thread) but I did like it. Also I wasn’t doing quite the right join all the time in the center of it so it’s a bit wonky. But all learning experiences to arrive at 6 nicely uniform squares. 

They are of course a drop in the bucket. But they are my drop and they matter.
They arrived at their destination today. 
I snatched the photo from Cathy’s Facebook page of today’s arrivals. Mine is there in the middle far right. 

The deadline has been extended till the end of March. I am consumed by other projects right now but if I have a moment for a small motif I will try to add to my contribution. 

Do you tat? If you do, please consider making a contribution of your tatting. You can see the introductory video here: 


TIAS Completed

Here are the last 2 days of my Tat it and see. 

Her body is tatted in Wedgewood Lt 655 Lizbeth size 20
Her hair was remnants from shuttles all Lizbeth size 20

I have started a bunch of new projects and then was sought out for a LARGE project. It’s one I’ve wanted to do but knowing the time investment, as well as it being a large quantity of white work, is making me a bit nervous. I feel like I may have bit off more than I can chew but I don’t have those specifics yet so I will keep busy with Round Robin Doilies.


Tat it and see

I’ve been participating in Jane Eborall’s Tat it and See game this January.  She has put out that it shall be her last year doing it, and while I can understand it, I sure hope it’s not. Her patterns in this form have given me split ring practice when I was new to it and “forced” me to learn other methods along the way in a fun and well paced environment. She’s helpful and responsive. Her other website is a wealth of knowledge and one of my go to places when I forget or need to learn how to do something.

At this point I’m fairly certain we are making a mermaid, but we shall see. If so, mines a bit creepy with blue skin and black eyes. 

I take a screen shot of the pattern page and take a picture of my work completed for each day and collage them together using the app pic•collage. 

So here is my progress day by day so far. 


Rose methods

As I mentioned last post, there are a few different ways you can go about tatting this rose.
First off, by looking at them you can’t tell a difference visually in the methods so it is really about how you are comfortable tatting it. I can see the benefit of each and depending on what is on my shuttle or how I feel that day would choose any if them over the other.

Method 1
The original way I designed it. Shuttle and Ball.  I just arranged the threads in the right position at the arc changes. A shoelace trick could have maybe should have been used here but it worked so well without it, I didn’t bother. It was smooth and easy and lies flat. No added bulk. A benefit is you only need a small amount of thread wound on a shuttle. 

Method 2 
Per Judith Connor’s suggestion to use the reverse join. It is an easy join. Shuttle and ball. I think it does add a wee bit of extra bulk compared to method 1 but is considered the more proper way of doing it. It does get threads in the right position and lies flat and you only need a small amount of thread wound on a shuttle. 

Method 3
Per Muskaan’s suggestion as she and I worked on getting the pattern ready to share: CTM with 2 shuttles. Of course it also lies flat and you can use the appropriate shuttle at each arc change without issue. I liked this for clarity on diagraming and reading the pattern as you learn to tat it the first go around. It helped keep arc direction more obvious. My only issue is I mismeasured thread getting shuttle in hand and thread source mixed up when I was doing math. I have notated that so I don’t make the same mistake as easily again. 
Have Fun! 
I have stems to tat. 


Valentine variations

When I first adapted Vicki’s “Roses are Red” pattern I used the method she had used (shuttle and ball) to make the adaptation. My early notes looked like this.


by Coretta Loughmiller 

Oct 2016
rw= reverse work 
tw=turn work 
lj=lock join
vsp=very small picot 

R: 5-5 rw 
1Ch:1 vsp 9 lj turn work
2Ch: 4 vsp 12 vsp 3 lj 12 to vsp on ring turn work
3Ch: 6 vsp 21 lj (2nd vsp on ch 2) tw 
4Ch: 8 vsp 19 lj (vsp on ch 3)
5Ch: 3 vsp 9 vsp 4 lj to (1st vsp on ch2) tw
6Ch: 5 (2nd half 2d) turn 3 lj to picot tw 
7Ch: 9 vsp 6 lj 6 vsp 15 vsp 5 lj tw
8Ch: 7 2nd half ds turn 7 lj turn 14 vsp 7 vsp1 lj 2 vsp 13 Tie and cut.

I was just moving the thread where I wanted it at the arc changes. When Muskaan started helping me go through the pattern she suggested 2 shuttles. This always gave you the option of having enough thread in the right direction. It made good sense. We went ahead and diagrammed and layed out the pattern that way. 

Upon posting it on Craftree Judith Connors suggested the reverse join. Therefore being able to use shuttle and ball and not having to wind and unwind shuttles at each arc change. I am pretty sure I have heard of this join and used it, but never put the two together. Sometimes you just do something because it works and you don’t know the name for it. 

I had hopes to try out the pattern using the reverse join before today and share what is great about each method, but I am a mom with 4 kids and a husband that travels, to say the least. So it’s up to you to choose which method suits your knowledge and tatting style. 

In the mean time here are some I tatted using the two shuttle method. All the ones on the previous post used my original adaptation notes and method. 

The great thing is if you have a preference you can tat it according to your preference. As many have said before me, though perhaps different context: 
The knot cares not how it is made. 
Happy Tatting! 

I am trying to pick back up blogging, but in the mean time if you are on Instagram you can find my tatting and other art @corettadeesign


A Valentine for you

A while back I was looking for a rose pattern to tat. A friend had requested rose bookmarks for her two emergent readers. I went hunting for a pattern assuming there would already be one,  I found Vicki Clarke's rose and liked the premise but needed a bit different angle for what I had in mind. You can find Vicki's rose here. Since her original pattern was free I figured my adaptations would be too. It has been a long time in the making getting it ready to share though. I had my pattern notes and good intentions to diagram it and lay it out in PDF and had reminders as people kept asking for it. however, I rarely sit down to the computer these days and some things I just have to do at the computer. Add in a myriad of other things in life, sickness, and technology and here we are over a year later. That's embarrassing.
So it came up again and I decided it was time to get moving on it. I started to lay it out but found days going by without more work on it. Enter Muskaan who has delighted me with her "how else can it be accomplished" and "look what else you can do with this" etc. Seriously take a look at her blog. She contacted me and offered to help me on it. At first I was like, "naw, I'm a graphic designer, I can do this." Then I remembered that can and doing and done are different things. Besides it's always good to have a test tatter and another set of eyes looking at and proofing. And I couldn't have had a better set of eyes on it. Muskaan asked the right questions and we reorganized the method of tatting the pattern. It can be done with shuttle and ball as I originally did it based off of Vicki's pattern or it can be done quite simply with two shuttles CTM. I decided to use the latter for the pattern instructions. 
Over the course of all this I have tatted the rose part a number of times and then added options like a stem with a bud and a version for earrings. These are also on the pdf. There are so many more options, a bigger leaf, thicker stem etc. etc. So put your own touch on it, and then come back and share it with me. I'd love to see it! So get to the good part right? See the PDF below. If you tat this item please make sure you give credit where it is due, and for the love if you pin it, make sure it links back to the source! Happy Valentine's Day! Share the love. 



Chokers are making their come back, which I love. You can get oodles of cheap plastic chokers or you can get something special. 

Here are a few of the designs I’ve tatted up in the last while. They are available and more in my Etsy store. If you see something you love but want it in a different color let me know! I’d be happy to make something custom for you. All custom orders require a $20 deposit.

Right now I’m working on one adapted from a pattern from 1921. If you’d like to see more up to date works I post on Instagram @corettadeesign much more frequently than I blog these days. 


Glass Adventures

Recently I have been working with glass as well as my tatting adventures. This has been something I have long wanted to do and though I have done stained glass I wanted to try glass fusing. I love making the glass sandwiches and sharing in the experience with others. So when I have extended visitors I often rope them into making their own glass pieces. Throwing aside all the "I'm not artistic comments." The best part of glass is that if it doesn't quite turn out you can cut it up, re-layer and fuse it again to make something else.  It's always awesome to see the transformation of the glass. Here are a few examples. Including ones that I guided others through making. To purchase finished pieces you can contact me directly or see what I currently have listed on my Etsy page. I don't have all of them listed there so if you see something that catches your eye let me know and I'll see if it is still available. I post current artistic adventures on my instagram account.

 A very subtle black dirchroic glass with blue,

 This was a set I helped my sister make. She only wanted earrings until she saw the pendant I made to match them. :)

 I love the little glass stud earrings, one of my new favorite pieces of jewelry.
This was obviously not a fusing job, but a way to preserve a loved one's handwritten recipe for a dear friend. I sandwiched it between glass and soldered it together for a wall hanging.
I've done something similar with some antique tatting another friend found and gave to me. Of course I had to give her the pick of the three pieces. 

Bolo ties are something I have made quite a few of. Making them was inspired by my youngest son's love for his primary church teacher who wore bolo ties frequently. My son wanted one too. So I helped him make one for himself and for his teacher as a Christmas present. Too bad we didn't get a picture of them wearing their bolo ties together before he moved.
 Bolo ties designed by my sons.

 My youngest son wearing his bolo tie that he designed.
This fused and then slumped dish was a fun first try. 
 Slumped IBC bottles make awesome and fun spoon rests.
 And to think it mostly all starts something like this little glass sandwich.