Little doilies, pieniä pitsiliinoja

Pikku neliö

I practiced different Hedebo techniques on this small doily which measures about 15×15 cm. For material I cut a piece of the fine old sheet that I used for the whitework tea cosy. I didn’t have linen thread at hand so I used a No. 10 cotton. The cotton seems to work well on the satin stitch of the little leaves but the pyramid structures still leave a bit to be desired. I’ll definately have to try the thin linen thread next!

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Pieni Hedebo liina syntyi harjoittelutyönä. Käytin siihen samaa vanhaa pellavaista lakanakangasta kuin leikekirjottuun pannumyssyyn. Lanka on nro 10 puuvillaista virkkauslankaa, joka toimii hyvin laakapistoina pikku lehdissä, mutta esimerkiksi tyypilliset Hedebo pyramidit jäivät aika muodottomiksi. Ohutta pellavaista lankaa pitää siis kokeilla niihin.

Neliön kulma

Neliön reuna

Under here is another little doily with a tatted edging and the center made from the same old linen. The edging is a favourite of mine from a previous post. The edge is hemmed with the typical Hedebo twisted buttonhole stitch onto which I sewed the lace edging.

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Tämä toinen pikkuliina on suunnilleen saman kokoinen. Reunus on sukkulalla tehtyä käpypitsiä joka on tuttu tästä vanhasta postauksesta. Tein sen renkaaksi ja mittasi keskustaa varten sopivan kokoisen ympyrän samasta lakanakankaasta kuin ylempi pikkuliina. Kankaan reuna on päärmätty Hedebo kirjonnasta tutuilla napinläpipistoilla ja pitsi on ommeltu siihen.

Frivolité pikkuliina

Pikkuliina pöydällä

Pelaajat

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Reflector lace, pitsiheijastimia

heijastimet-salamalla

A good reflector is a very important “safety device” that should be attached to everyones clothes, bags etc. during the dark months of autumn and winter. These have been made out of the same reflective thread that I used a year ago (link here).

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Ohuesta heijastinlangasta virkattuja ja käpyiltyjä heijastinkoristeita kiinnitettäviksi talvitakkeihin ja laukkuihin. Pyörylöistä virkatut on tehty samalla tavalla kuin korvikset tässä postauksessa. Kokeilin myös onnistuuko heijastinlangasta käpyily. Tekemällä pelkkiä kaaria ja käyttämällä sydänlankana haurasta heijastinlankaa kestävämpää puuvillaa sekin onnistui. Kokeilun tulokset alla olevassa kuvassa missä on kolme heijastinta. Niiden kaikkien keskusta on virkattu ja sen ympärille tehty frivolité pitsiä. Heijastinpitsiä lisää vuoden takaisessa postauksessa.

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These are crocheted the same way as the earrings in a previous post.

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These are more traditional crochet.

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And these an experiment to turn the same thread into tatting. The thin thread is quite brittle and breaks easily but by using a stronger core thread (DMC cordonnet no. 30 cotton) I managed to make this work 🙂 The center is crocheted. All the tatting is done in chains which are joined to the previous row using the core thread. The one on the right has crocheted double stitches with a narrow reflector band weaved in and just one row of tatted chains.

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Now these just have to be sewn on not to be swallowed by the depths of my needlework basket!!

Tatted doily, käpypitsiliina

Doily

After about six months of on and off tatting I just finished my first tatted doily 🙂  I found the pattern on Pinterest, can’t find the origin though since it’s only a picture. The second row looks like Mary Koniors “Spinning Wheel” so maybe it is one of her patterns? I’ll have to get her book from somewhere!

The doily measures exactly 30 cm in diameter and  took about 1,3 balls of number 30 DMC thread using two shuttles.

Doily unblocked

Here’s the doily before blocking. At this stage the center seems to be a little too large.

BlockingFor the blocking I used the rolling pin method which I found on Muskaan’s wonderfully informative tatting site called T*I*P*S. It’s a very simple procedure compared to all the pinning I’ve used before. You just wash/wet the article, stretch it over a clean, even surface (I used a large tray), cover with a clean cloth and roll over it with a rolling pin. You can easily straighten any unruly folds and go over that part again. The result was a crisp and smoothed out doily, much neater than if it had been just ironed.

Doily corner

There’s only one little mistake that I noticed, a picot too many in one of the outer rings in the second to last row. I’m pretty happy with this, though I doubt that I’ll start another one in the near future!

Keltainen kukka

Dyeing with coffee and blackcurrants, värjäystä kahvilla ja marjamehulla

Värjätyt

This year’s top fashion colour – rose quarz – seems to have been the theme of my posts just lately. I decided to dye my tatted new earrings from the previous post that colour too to go with my pale pink cardigan. After my experiments of dyeing with avocado skins I’ve been reading a lot about natural dyes. Many plants that seem like obvious material for dyeing – blueberries for example that make a dreadful mess when you don’t want them to – are apparently not very colourfast as textile dyes. But I had some old blackcurrant juice that was going to be thrown away anyway so I warmed it up and threw my earrings in it. To make the colour a little more vivid I added a few blueberries too. They came out pretty much the colour I wanted 🙂 and I won’t have to wash them very often…

punainen väri

Blackcurrant

The crocheted earrings I dyed with coffee. I didn’t want the colour to be very even so I first dropped them into the boiling hot liquid for a while for a lighter colour, dried them in between, and then soaked the tips in the coffee again for a darker colour.

Kahvin väriset

Coffee

I wore the pink earrings and my daughter the brown ones (with her pink dress) for the graduation parties last weekend. Both were complemented so I guess I’ll be making more of these!

Vaaleanpunaiset

Värjäsin viime postauksessa esittelemäni korvakorut kahvinporoilla ja mustaviinimarjamehulla juhla-asuihin sopiviksi. Tyttäreni oli pukeutunut pinkkiin mekkoon jonka tein viime kesänä ja hän valittelikin taas että olemme kuin kaksi marjaa äidin tekemissä korviksissa ja vaaleanpunaisissa vaatteissamme 😉

Tatted and crocheted earrings, korvikset käpypitsistä ja virkkaamalla

Inspired by a Japanese artist Miho Fujita who makes fabulous intricate jewellery with a tiny crochet hook I tried crocheting and tatting these earrings with my tatting thread. On the right my tatted version with a four petal flower motif and on the left my try of Miho Fujita’s tiny circle chains.

Kukkainen

My tatted earrings are made with individual four petal flowers that rather remind me of hortensias or lilac flowers. The petals are 5-7-7-5 up to 5-9-9-5 at the top. To attach them to the earring I made a double layered flower.

To make the flower unwind about 30 cm of thread and leave it waiting to make the chain. Start the flower with three rings. The fourth ring has to be attached to the first one and to do this I first turned the motif upside down so that the threads are behind the flower (the second picture). Then turn the top edge of the ring towards you so that the picot is the other way around. Connect to the picot as usual and do the rest of the double stitches before tightening the ring. Work a chain of 10-20 double stitches before attaching it to the stem. To attach the flowers together I incorporated the previous threads inside the stem like this:

With more flowers the stem gets fuller on its way up.

Here are the finished earrings.Kukkaiset

This is how I made the crocheted little circle chains.

To move down I made chains and to come back I crocheted over them. Work one side on the way down and the other one on your way up. Start with a chain and make a circle at the end of it with about 14 doubles into the third stitch from the hook. Close the circle with a slip stitch catching the chain with the same stitch. Crochet 4-5 stitches back over the chain and continue with 15 chain stitches making another circle at the end and coming back the same way over the chain. Continue like this until your chain is long enough. Coming back up make the chain for the circle about 10 stitches long and start it half way between the circles on the previous side.

Kolme haaraa

There are three different length branches to my earrings. They are crocheted together at the top with a little circle that can be attached to an earring fitting. Maybe I’ll make them a few more branches to make them fuller?

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The next post is about how I dyed these earrings 🙂

Tatted edging tutorial, käpyilty reunapitsiohje

Pyöryläpitsi

Working through the steps for this tatted lace edging from my previous post 🙂

This is the pattern: Ring 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3, chain 5-5-5-5-5-5-5, turn work, join to the 4th picot of the ring, chain 5-5. Repeat, joining the first picot of the longer chain to the last picot of the previous long chain. Finish with a long chain.

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Old tatted lace remade, vanhoja käpypitsejä

Yhden sukkulan pitsit

Here are some of the beautiful old lace borders I “inherited” from my godmother (see previous post), all made with one shuttle.

Tässä on osa yhdellä sukkulalla tehdyistä vanhoista pitseistä mitkä sain kummitädiltäni lahjaksi (katso edellinen postaus). Rakenteeltaan ne ovat hyvin yksinkertaisia, mutta aivan hurmaavia! Alimmainen on ohuinta pitsiä, josta näkyy kuvassa kaksi kerrosta. Se on luultavasti purettu nenäliinan reunasta sillä se muodostaa 116 cm pitkän kehän ja osa isoista renkaista on rikkoutunut.

Uutta kaksrivistäThis is my favourite. The original piece is tiny – maybe no. 100 thread. It’s a circle about 116 cm long and some of the big rings are torn so I presume it has originally decorated the edge of a handkerchief. I’m using no. 50 thread (which makes the height just under 1,5 cm)  and one of the lovely old bone shuttles that I was also given 🙂

The small rings are all 3-3-3-3 rings and the big one is 3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3, the first and the last picot attached to the next ring and 7 picots in between. To keep it compact you have to make the transition from ring to ring quite short as I discovered after working on it for a couple of rounds.

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Tässä samaa pitsiä hieman paksummalla nro 50 langalla tehtynä, jolloin korkeudeksi tulee noin 1,5 cm. Työkaluna on myös vanhoja peruja oleva luusta valmistettu sukkula 🙂 Pienet renkaat ovat kaikki 3-3-3-3, isommassa renkaassa 3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3.

Uutta vinopyörylää

And how simple and charming is this! The original is maybe no. 70 thread and measures 1.4 cm high. I’m trying it out with no. 10 cotton. Patterns that have chains in the middle make a sturdier lace (eg. the one below or this one from a previous post), so I would use this one shuttle design to sew on top of a another fabric instead of on the edge.

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R 5-5-5-5, R 7-7, R 5+5-5-5, R 5+3-2-2-2-2-3-5, R 5+5-5-5, R 7+7. Repeat.

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Tässä yllä toinen kaunis ja yksinkertainen yhden sukkulan malli. Alkuperäisessä on käytetty ehkä nro 70 lankaa, korkeus 1,4 cm. Minun kokeilemallani paksummalla 10 langalla korkeudeksi tulee reilu 2,5. Kankaan reunaan, vaikka pyyhkeeseen, laittaisin sellaista tukevampaa pitsiä missä väleihin tulee ketjuja (kuten tässä alla tai  tätä aikaisemmin kokeilemaani mallia), mutta yllä kuvatut sopivat hyvin kankaan päälle ommeltavaksi.

Jatkuva reunapitsi

This is a design modified from ones I’ve come across on Pinterest. The bottom two rows are no. 20 thread, about 1,7 cm high, and the top one a crochet cotton (1,5 hook) which makes the hight about 2 cm.

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R 3 x 8, CH 5 x 7, TW, CH 5-5. Repeat.

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Tässä vielä yksi malli jonka versioita olen nähnyt useampiakin Pinterestissä (niissä tosin on lyhyemmän ketjun keskellä vielä pieni rengas). Sen voisi kiinnittää kankaan reunaan kummin päin haluaa. Alemmat kaksi riviä ovat 20 numeroista lankaa, korkeus 1,7 cm, ja isompi Novitan virkkauslangalla tehty, korkeus n. 2 cm.