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Monday, June 27, 2016

Tatted coaster patterns are in the shop

Just a quick post today to let everyone know that the tatted coaster patterns are finally available in my Etsy shop. You can get to the listing by clicking here or on the Etsy icon on the right side of my blog.

The PDF file is 22 pages long, and contains full written instructions and diagrams for each pattern. The following seven patterns are included in the pack:

Rosette Coaster

Rosette Coaster (Variation)

Square Coaster

Kaleidoscope Coaster

Victorian Coaster

Floral Coaster: Five Petals (split ring and regular ring versions)

Floral Coaster: Six Petals (split ring and regular ring versions)

Testers: If you did not receive the full pattern pack from me within the past couple of weeks, please let me know. I've had a lot of emails going in and out and it can be tricky to keep track of them all.

I keep thinking that I should take a break, but I've already found myself drawing up a bunch of new snowflake designs. I'd really love to try putting a few Swarovski crystals into them, just like Joëlle uses in her Bentley pattern.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Updated Pattern: Garden Cross and Square

While the coaster patterns are out for testing, I have been revisiting a few of my "old" patterns. The Garden Cross and Square (available in my Etsy shop) was written in 2014, when I was first starting out with Inkscape.

Garden Square mat
Garden Cross

The twists and turns make this pattern complicated to follow and I have gotten a few requests for written instructions over the years. Well, I'm pleased to say that I have finally had the chance (and confidence) to do a full rewrite of the pattern. It has all new diagrams as well as a full set of written instructions.

I've updated the listing so that the new PDF file is available in my Etsy shop. However, I don't believe that Etsy has a way for people who have previously purchased the pattern to access new files. So, if you have bought this pattern from my shop before and would like the new instructions, could you please contact me so that I can email them to you? The best way to contact me is through the Contact Form on the sidebar of my blog or directly through my Etsy shop. That way you can be sure that I have your email.

In addition to this, I've also been taking a look at the Frauberger Doily. I never did get a proper pattern written for it, and am currently in the process of making that happen.

After that, the Frauberger bookmark also needs to be written up. Sigh...why am I always finding more things to add to my To Do list?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Taking an idea from Ninetta

I've spent the past few weeks fixing up the five petaled version of my floral coasters so that they can be tatted using either regular rings or split rings. Just like the six petaled version I talked about a few weeks ago, these needed some minor changes to make everything fit.

As I was looking over my written instructions, I thought that it would be neat to incorporate something I regularly see Ninetta use. If you take a look at any of her posts with patterns in them, you will see that she includes little drawings of shuttle and ball thread. These symbolize what is needed when tatting each pattern.

I drew up my own version using Inkscape and have been adding these little symbols to each round of my tatting instructions.

Hope you don't mind, Ninetta!

Update: Muskaan wanted to know if anyone would share the sketches. I've just updated my Free Diagramming Template to include the shuttle and ball drawings. Click here to access the new file (you must have Inkscape to open it). Please note that the sketches are not visible in the preview window, but will show up to the right of the page if you open it in Inkscape and zoom out. Objects have been grouped so you will need to ungroup them if you'd like to make edits.

For those of you who import photos into other programs (such as Word or iBooks Author) you can save the following images to your computer:

One Shuttle

Two Shuttles (disconnected)

Two Shuttles (connected)

Shuttle and Ball (disconnected)

Shuttle and Ball (connected)