Monday, December 21, 2015

Tatting and temari

There are two unfinished doilies sitting in my drawers.  I'm trying to finish them.  It's not going well.  Here's the smaller one.  The pattern from a Japanese book, and it's supposed to be dainty and lovely.  Right now, it looks like a dish rag.

I know blocking will do wonders, but I had to take a break before I got discouraged.  So I made a temari.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Good week for tatting

It's been a productive tatting week for me.  I finished a collar and an edging, both from the Tatter's Treasure Chest.

With the left over thread, I made these little onion ring motifs, from 'The Tatting Book 111'.

And for a final distraction, there's this little bracelet, from a pattern of my own devising.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bit by the tatting bug

I tend to swing back and forth between my various hobbies.  Right now I'm tatting, and starting too many new projects.  That's the thing about a hobby though.  You can start as many projects as you want.  No deadlines, no pressure.

I'm working on a tatted collar.

It's actually a re-make.  I made one a few years as a way of coping with a truly painful work project.  Unfortunately the stress shows in the work and there are shredded, discoloured parts where I pulled too hard.

I also finished a Bloomer bracelet designed by Marilee Rockley.  I made one out of DMC Cebelia thread.  The little lady wore it to a school outing and it instantly turned into a floppy, fuzzy mess.  So now I'm on the lookout for a thread that works better for wear-ables.  I wore this today and it seems to be holding up quite well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How long is long enough?

With shuttles firmly back in hand, I'm back to tatting.  This is an edging I started a while back.  I was thinking of making a border for a skirt, but I realize now that I don't have the patience.  So now I'm planning to put it on a bag.

The question now is how long should it be? I think I'll just empty the shuttles and call that long enough.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I can tat

It took a bit of time to reactivate the muscle memory, but thankfully, I can still tat. The pattern is the "Nouveau" bracelet by Marilee Rockley The thread is some HDT made by fellow Malaysian, Zarina.

I had some extra yarn from making the pony, so I made a heart too.  The pattern is from heidibears.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


I finished my crochet project. It's a little flower pony from a design by Heidi Bears.

The pony came out so nicely, I felt confident about starting new project.  I picked up the tatting shuttles and started a bracelet.  After spending too much time trying to find the right thread and beads, this is the mess I made of things.

Looks like I'll have to do a bit of relearning before I can tat successfully again.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Playing catch up

Yay, my new banner is up!  The banner was designed by my little lady.  Doesn't it look cheerful!

It's taken me quite a while to clear up the projects on my table.  I've got two shirts and a dress made.

A bunch of bags are done.

I finished two amigurumi.

I even took care of the Math corrections.  Unfortunately my desk is still as messy as ever, with one crochet project and cut out pieces for about half a dozen bags.  Sigh, it seems that I'm just fated to have a messy desk.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gift from my little lady

The chaos on my desk is a bit more under control.  I wrapped up about half of the previous mess (I even made a start on the math corrections), so I'm starting to feel a bit more in control.

The little lady saw my plain blog and made this for me. 

 It's meant to be a banner for my blog.  I'm doing a little digital cleanup on it, then I'll pop it up there.  That'll certainly brighten up the blog.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


My head's starting to hurt.  There are too many projects on my table.  In the boxes are a dress, 2 shirts, 2 amigurumi, a set of bags and stacks of my kids' math books I have to go through.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Unknown crochet

One of the highest items on my to-do list this weekend was to go yarn shopping.  I ran out of yarn for my latest project.  The whole ball of yarn in the picture got used up and I was still only half way through.

It's such a strange looking piece of crochet, I think I'll save the pattern information for next time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Intercepted the laundry

I finished the little lady's dress a week ago, but she kept wearing it and putting it in the laundry before I could get a picture of it.

Here it is.  It's entirely hand-stitched using techniques from Natalie Chanin's books.

I've sewing with knit fabrics more now that they're more readily available in Malaysia.  Sometimes I use a sewing machine (I learned from Cal Patch's course on CreativeBug) and sometimes I hand stitch.

One necessity for success (at least for me) is to use strong thread.  I've tried to cheat and ended up with ripped seams.  These are the locally available threads that have worked for me.

From left to right:

  • Fujix hand quilting thread from the local sewing shop.  It works great in the sewing machine.
  • Gutermann buttonhole thread. It's nice for hand stitching, but it's a bit too think and a bit too pricey.  This particular spool came from Art Friend.
  • Gutermann upholstery thread.  It works in the sewing machine and for hand stitching.  This one came from Spotlight.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tatting, sewing and crochet

I finished the tatted bookmarks.  There are 7 little bookmarks, one for each day of the week.  I couldn't decide which project to start, so I started both; one amigurumi (another Rose Roxy) and a top for the little lady.

Maybe I should start a knit shawl too, just so the knitting needles don't feel left out...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Itchy fingers

I'm itching to start a project.  I tried making myself finish stuff.  I finished a rainbow loom bracelet (lattice braid from Amanda and Monica RLoomy) and three little tatted bookmarks.

It doesn't seem to help.  I still want to start something new.  I've got a bunch of yarn dumped out on my table.  Maybe I'll start a doll tomorrow, or maybe sew something for the kiddos.  We'll see.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Simple tatting

I'm not actually doing tatting penance, but I am tatting something else for a bit.  I found this in my tatting box.

A while back, a local magazine asked about doing a piece on tatting and asked for a simple project.  I was playing around with making a simple bookmark, showing the work at different stages.  The tatting article did get published, but this project didn't get used.  I figured I might as well turn the bits into something usable.  I'm finding the simple rings and chains quite soothing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two steps forward, one step back

I was feeling good about wrapping up unfinished projects, so I picked up a doily I've been working on for years and started tatting on it again.  I started the final row, still feeling good.  Then I realized I'd misread the pattern and missed a ring.

I had to chop off the final row.  It's a good thing I managed to take it off without nicking the previous row.  Still, I feel like I should do some sort of tatting penance for making such a silly mistake.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The machines are out

It's the day before Hari Raya.  The sewing machines are out and I only just managed to put the last stitches on the kids' baju raya.

I was actually planning to skip all the sewing this year.  The kids are big enough that new clothes just aren't that big a deal.  Then I looked at their sweet faces and remembered all the Hari Raya outfits I've made them over the years.  It occurred to me that it's not much longer until they are too cool to wear hand-made clothes.

So, yesterday, I found myself cutting silk crepe and strewing pins everywhere.

In a minute, I'll tuck away the machines and hustle the kids to bed.  Tomorrow is time for peace, grace, family and food.  I have a lot to be grateful for.

Selamat Hari Raya!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Incentive for chair covers

I finally finished my 8 chair covers, and just in time for Hari Raya.  It's nice to do a little something nice for the house for special occasions.

I kept myself motivated by allowing myself to make one rainbow loom bracelet for each finished chair cover.

This worked pretty well as incentive. The designs clockwise from the left are:
  • Diagonalism by Claire's wears
  • Royal Hearts Bracelet by SarahCJW, tutorial by Rena T
  • Lovely Little Lotus by Claire's wears
  • Diagonal Derp by Claire's wears

Then I came across the Edditude design by Ai lovestoloom.  I couldn't figure it out.  I watched the video 4 times and still couldn't figure it out.  I've been a crafter almost as long as I've been alive, so my ego took a bit of a hit.

I've spent the last few days obsessing over it.  After making my own short double edged hook and a bunch of head scratching, I finally made one.

Now that's done, I can stop obsessing and get back to the sewing that I'm supposed to be doing.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bored of chair covers

Hari Raya is in two weeks.  This is the time when I break out the sewing machine and start sewing stuff to spruce up the house and clothes for the kids.  Right now I'm sewing chair covers.  The covers are turning the chair on the right into the chair on the left.

The covers are long overdue as the uncovered chairs are already looking a little yucky.

Unfortunately, chairs come in sets.  There are 8 altogether and at this point, I've done 4 covers.  I don't have much patience for repetition, so I'm starting to feel cranky and itchy fingered.  Maybe I'll go fold some origami or something.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roses should smile

The Rose Roxy doll is finished.  The rather well-written pattern is from

The little lady asked for one little modification. She requested a smile.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cleaning out my desk

Last week I pulled out all the little unfinished projects around my table and took a stab at finishing them.  I had 3 unfinished items, and now I'm happy to say that they're all done!

I have a tatted bookmark...

a rainbow loom bracelet (pattern by YarnJourney)...

and a unicorn finger puppet (pattern by WhisperedWhimsy).

Monday, June 22, 2015


I made a start at finishing some of the little projects decorating my table.  I even made some progress, but in the end, I was my usual impatient self and started a new project (Rose Roxy from Zabbez).

The little lady saw it and said, "Ooo, so cute, but it would be cuter with a head!"

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Got to choose one

I've been playing around with Kak Jon's little tatted motif, trying to find ways to interweave them.  I thought I'd gotten a decent way through, then I really looked at it this morning and realized I'd done the joining in two different ways, one through the side, and one through the middle.  Now I've got to choose one and cut off the bits that aren't woven the right way.  I guess I've forgotten some of my tatting wisdom after all.

I'll post one more picture of the knitted shawl (design by Ilga Leja) before I stop talking about it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Little touches

My latest baju kurung is done.  I've made dozens of these, so it's hard to get excited about it.  Still, it's those little touches, the hand stitched necklines and hems that make a home made piece of clothing worth the effort.

The shawl is pinned out and drying.

While I attempt to wait patiently, I'm reviewing the small projects sitting around my table, trying to chose one to finish off.  (Let's not even think about the big projects; the huge doilies and edging stuffed in any free nook or cranny)

From left to right, there's a tatted motif, some rainbow loom flowers and a crochet soft toy.  I suppose I'd better tackle these before I start something new.