"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Autumn Bliss, and a LTR Edging

Can you think of anything better on a chilly night than sitting in a cushy recliner, under a cozy blanket, with a kitten in your lap, a good book in one hand, a cuppa in the other, and your favorite Pandora station playing? Despite the book and the kitten, I did manage to do a bit of tatting last night, just a few little samples.

In my recent tutorial on loop tatted rings, I showed this as one example of the usefulness of LTR's:
The design itself is a perfectly simple one that anyone could have thought of, and I'm sure someone else already has. The use of LTR's allows you to dress it up with beads to make it really special. I made up a few more samples to show how you can give the same pattern any "mood" you want depending on your combination of thread and beads.

Just a few examples of different ways the same pattern can look.

The pattern for this is R 6-6-6-6. *C 6, add beads to ball thread, LTR 4-4, C 6. R 6+6-6-6. Repeat from * for desired length. Make just a few inches of this and you will be an expert at LTR's!

More autumn bliss: I've got some pumpkin bread in the oven right now, and my apartment smells like heaven. Of course, poor Squijum couldn't fathom why anyone would be beating together cream cheese and eggs if they weren't planning to give the entire bowl to their kitten.

Thanks to everyone who responded to the last post! I never would have thought of a netting shuttle.


  1. ...now that is something that I will have to give a try to!

  2. Thanks so much for the tutorial. This is a great idea with lots of potential. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Wouldn't that be pretty across a hair comb or barrette for a little girl's hair.

  4. this technique looks very useful, and interesting. thanks for sharing your tutorial on it. i'd try it soon.

    have fun tatting, miranda!