Sunday, March 1, 2009

Playing "Catch~Up" with the TIAS

On a previous post I showed you some new shuttles and a current project I am working on called a TIAS. "TIAS" stands for Tat It And See. I have no idea what it is that I am tatting because the designer reveals only a portion of the pattern little by little. I just have to "tat it and see" what it is! This TIAS is hosted by the world famous tatting designer Iris Niebach. I'm not sure how she feels about being called "world famous", but when it comes to tatting design she sure is! Iris has a blog called the The Tattingplayer. That is where the pattern bits are posted.

I'm so excited to finally get caught up with all four days that have been posted so far! I was behind for several days and today I got caught up on Days 2-4. The nice thing about a TIAS is that you don't have to do it exactly at the same time that the person hosting the TIAS posts the pattern bits. You can start late...months or even years later if you had to... just as long as the TIAS pattern pieces are still available online.


TIAS Day 2
Click on the photo to be taken to this portion of the pattern!

TIAS Day 3

Click on the photo to be taken to this portion of the pattern!

TIAS Day 4Click on the photo to be taken to this portion of the pattern!

Any guesses on what it could be?

I have no idea. I do know this ~ whatever
it is ~ it sure is beautiful!

Iris is known for her beautiful
and intricate tatting designs.

Thank you, Iris!

I look forward to the other days of this TIAS.


You may have noticed in the photos above that a new tool is appearing with the bunny and goddess tatting shuttles. That is a mini crochet hook (this one is a 0.5mm hook) attached by a silver and turquoise bear shaped beaded chain to a ring that fits my little finger. I use that hook to join parts of the pattern to itself. For those of you who tat it is perfect for doing picot joins and lock joins. As you can see there is no pick or hook on these lovely hand carved shuttles so I use a crochet hook to take it's place. In this case I thought this was a lovely tool, much prettier than a regular ol' stainless steel crochet hook! I got it from Alexandra Beatty Designs! Yes, the same shop that I got my "Wild Thing" tatting shuttle, LOL!

Thank you for stopping by! I always appreciate comments. Whether you have a guess on the TIAS or you just want to say hello ~ your comments are welcome!

Have a fabulous week! :)

Bye for now,

60 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Valerie said...

You know what -- everytime I popped by, you have something so curious and enviable to show -- and make me drool. LOL

the crochet hook on the ring is just so nice, like a little piece of jewellery. Love it. And you are using the new shuttles! You must be having a swell time! Sweet colours used for your TIAS.

Charmingdesigns said...

I'm just making the rounds trying to catch up on what you are working on!!! laurie

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Your pictures are always so pretty! My tatting doesn't look anything like yours. I need to just keep practicing, I guess.

Sharon D. said...

I love the shuttles and the hook. Hard to wait for the next part of the TIAS.

Gina said...

oooh, she has a necklace AND a shuttle I really really like. too bad I spent all that money yesterday - and with lace day coming up at the end of the month...guess I'll wait.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I love that your thread and shuttle colors coordinate! Your tatting is beautiful!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

The heart and the crown make me think of a claddagh...possibly since I had had one on my finger since I was 21 and it's staring right at me now ;) Or the Lukenbooth! This is like Wheel Of Fortune!
Whatever is becomes it's so pretty!!!

M ^..^

Connie said...

I love the pink and white together. This is going to be very pretty.

TattingChic said...

Hi Valerie! I'm glad you like my goodies. Yes, I couldn't resist the hook ring when I saw it! I suppose I could make my own now for a lot less now that I have the "prototype"! I just wanted to get THAT one, LOL!

Hi Laurie! Good to see you! So glad you stopped by.

Oh, Karla, thank you so much! Please don't compare! I've been tatting for almost 30 years!!! All that matters when you are learning to tat is that you can close a ring!!! If you can do that you have jumped a HUGE hurdle! ((HUGS)) to the tatting newbie!

Hi Sharon! Iris' TIAS is so lovely isn't it? I can wait...LOL! I've got so much going on and it's hard to get caught up, but I'm glad I did!

Hi Gina! Doesn't she have some great stuff? I so know what you mean about the money being all gone on either other tatting stuff or some future tatting "need". LOL!

Ah HA!!! Thank you for noticing that, Diane! I am a matchy~matchy girly~girl through and through, LOL!

Yes, M ^..^! You noticed the heart she has in the pattern. Oh, a crown! How interesting. Thanks for the guess. Well, we all have to wait and see what it is, LOL!

Thank you, Connie! Iris' patterns are so lovely! I can't wait to see what it is.

lime said...

i just marvel over the beauty of your tools as well as your tatting. both are works of art.

AngelDoll said...

Thank you once again for your 'visit' and are such a nice person and your tatting is BEAUTIFUL...sure wish mine looked like yours. As Valerie said, I drool when i visit your nice...tfs

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

I really like your goddess shuttle. It's definitely one of my favorites in your collection. I wish scrapbooking had prettier tools! lol. All I have is boring paper trimmers, scissors, and glue! I love the idea of TIAS! Whatever it is, I love the colors already! :)
No worries about getting back to me yet! I completely understand!! When you can! Thank you for coming to visit me! I love your visits. :D
PS. Car troubles and migraines?? Gosh. I hope that it all settles down for you soon!

Needledreams said...

I like the colors of your TIA. I'm also intrigued to know what it is. :-)

I have a mini crochet (US 10) hook like yours but with round lapis azulis beads, which are my favorite beads. Got it on E-Bay over 6 years ago and since then I have used it and travel with it everywhere!!!. Have now on that's .04mm and that's my baby for the beads.

Gail McCormack said...

You are so clever!!
I have no idea what it may be, but will be popping back over to visit to find out

Riet said...

Hi.Thank you for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you. Now I must say I see something completely new for me. Tatting. Never heard about it or saw it but it is beautiful. I am going to look around if I can get something like that because I want to learn it too. Thanks for showing

KatCollects said...

You cracked me up with your comment on my blog, thank you for the much needed smile : ) I have NO idea how to tat or do tatting or however you say it, LOL, but you gotta love that bunny : ) I love the idea of a mystery project, how fun. I hope you have a great week.

Bella Sinclair said...

Gosh, I have no idea what this could be. Kind of looks like an upside down spade, but I know that can't be it. Your mini crochet hook -- WOW! That is teeeeeny. Microscopic, even. Do you ever need a magnifying glass? I really like the bears, by the way. And I like how it connects to your finger so you don't lose it between the cracks of your couch.

By the way, my kids were looking over my shoulder, and they demanded to see the My Precious video. Now they're walking around the house, giggling and saying "My precious, my precious!" Creepy.

Mona van dijk said...

I know what it is going to be ...another beautiful peace of work that you made...

The Victorian Parlor said...

I don't have a guess as to what it will be but one thing I do know-it will be lovely!

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh I can't wait to see how that will end up. It already looks beautiful. What a fun project! xorachel

Tattycat said...

Your TIAS is beautiful. Are you enjoying working with the new shuttles. I am very envious of the goddess! I like the idea of hanging the crochet hook on your little finger. Mine is around my neck. I think this would be better. I'll have to see what I can do!

Lori said...

this is totally amazing to me...the process of tatting...i am going to take a peek at the tattingplayer to look for clues as to how you can make something so beautiful using two little shuttles and a looks lovely so far, you know i love anything pink:)

Vintage Tea said...

My cheeseburger was VERY VERY good!!!

Victoria xx

Betty said...

How in the world do you post a pattern after you finish? I couldn't keep all the steps in my head for that long. The beginning is beautiful. I can hardly wait to see how it ends!

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Lime.

Thank you for your sweet comment, Angel Doll! I always enjoy the visits to your blog!

LOL! Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! None of my scrapbooking tools are pretty, either! Besides, aren't the other toys just delightful like embellishments and papers and stuff! I love all the things we get to make with scrappin' and card making. It's such fun! Thanks for understanding about getting back to you...and I will!!!

Hi Needledreams! Your beaded hook ring sounds gorgeous. Yup, I've got a couple of 0.4mm hooks, too! I've yet to get them in the mini hooks! Maybe next month, LOL!

Thank you, Gail McCormick! Actually I wish that I was the one who was so clever. It is actually Iris Niebach who is clever...after all, it's her pattern, not mine!

Hi Riet! I think it would be really neat if you decided to learn tatting! There may even be some tatters in your area! I hope you visit eTatters and introduce yourself and find out!!!

Thank you for visiting, Kathy. Glad you like the bunny. The "mystery project" as you call it is fun...when I can keep caught up! LOL!

LOL! I have lost the crochet hooks between the couch cushions SEVERAL times, Bella Sinclair! Funny that you should mention that!
Oh, that Gollum is creepy!!! I used to work with a guy who would tease me by saying "my precious" in that creepy Gollum voice. I hated it, but it was funny when he did it, LOL!

Cute guess, Mona! You are so sweet,thank you! :)

Hello again to The Victorian Parlor! I don't really have a guess, either!

Thank you, Rachel! Iris makes lovely patterns so I suspect this one will be no less!

Hi Tattycat! I am having fun with the new shuttles. Sometimes the thread gets caught in the notches of the bunny while going back and forth between the threads with it, but as long as I am mindful of that I can usually prevent it from happening. I've thought about getting one for the neck, too! That sounds very nice!

Hi Lori! If you would like to know more about how to learn to tat you might want to take a peek at YouTube! Iris has beautiful patterns and bits of lace on her blog, but I have never seen tatting lessons! I'm so glad that it has piqued your curiosity, though!!! :)

LOL, Victoria! Glad you enjoyed your cheeseburger!

Hi Betty! To answer your question: I do not post the pattern after it is finished. Iris, who is hosting the TIAS (Tat It And See) is posting a portion of the pattern at a time and everyone who is participating is tatting that portion. We are not told what it is going to look like after it is done! We won't know until the very end. I am not making this pattern up...I am participating in the fun event. Click on the photos to get to the links where the pattern portions are to see what I mean. :)

Vinnie said...

Hello there!
As always your posts are awesome and very inspiring. The shuttles are lovely and your tatting is perfect.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments, I really missed your beautiful comments; as if a dear friend stopped talking!
Keep in touch,

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Hey girl!! I'm trying to play catch up on my blog today!

I can't wait to see how it turns out! You know pink and white....can't go wrong there!

Judi said...

hmmmm I wonder what you are making? A collar? Its gorgeous..I sure wish I knew how to do that. Is it hard to learn if you follow instructions in a book or something?

I'll be back to check it out further.
Have a lovely day.

Lisa "Oceandreamer" Swifka said...

I'd love to learn how to do this. I always thought tatting involved all sorts of pins that you have to weave around. NO? Are there books out that are like "tatting for dummies". I've wanted to do edging mostly - can tatting be done for that? You can tell I know nothing about this except it's lovely to to look at.
Your work is amazing!
OH and btw...I cannot believe how many giveaways you won during OWOH...way to go!!! The best gifts are the new friendships building!
I'm happy you participated!

Heather said...

Ooooh! This is coming along lovely.... my first thought was a Celtic cross and then I saw the comment on the claddagh, so at least two of us are thinking Celtic.

Can't wait to see more!

Mary Ellen said...

You have the neatest tatting I have ever seen. My grandmother's tatting was very similar, although I don't remember her ever having such gorgeous colors. Most of what I have is white or cream.

Anyway, gorgeous, as always! And what a fun idea, to slowly learn what you're making!

Tatfully Yours said...

Hi TattingChic
I'm a little behind in my blogging but just wanted to touch base and say hi. I have not started on the TIAS yet but hope to soon. Been busy tatting a doily, that I can not believe,took 22 hours to tat!!!!! (It's the beige one now on my blog) Only a few WIP's to finish then I can start the TIAS. Later Kelly

Anonymous said...

Your so inspiring and a constant light..I have another blog award for you!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I wish you were playing rummy with us too but you might have to teach cause I've never played!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend, Lindsey

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Chicky, I took your "1400's" quiz and I scored "The Knight" LOL....go figure....

Jen r. said...

Hmmm... I have no idea, but it's lovely and I love your colors! Jen

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh that is so pretty can't wait to see the finished item

Christine said...

I'm with "M" from O.C. Cottage. I think you are making a Claddagh for St. Patrick's Day. A pink and white Claddagh will be beautiful.

Donna said...

I have no idea what it is going to be, but I can't wait to see it. And I love your new little hook!

TattingChic said...

Oh, Hi Vinnie! Thanks for your very sweet comment! I appreciate it! Sometimes I get so busy during the week I cannot keep up with all the blogs I visit, LOL! I end up waiting for the weekend for one big BLOG-a-thon, LOL!

Hello, Adeline's Shabby Cottage! I know what you mean about catching up on the blogs, LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by! You are more than welcome to come back and visit anytime! As far as learning from a book depends on the book. I hear that the book "Fancy Pants" has excellent photos and explains the process of learning to tat very well. Other than that you would need either someone to show you in person or Youtube videos! Lot's of people are saying they've learned with them and they're FREE!!!

Hi Lisa!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! It's always so nice to have you visit (and comment, LOL!). I have been very fortunate to have won so many wonderful giveaways. I have enjoyed "meeting" some wonderful new-to-me bloggers and fabulously talented artists! What a wonderful thing to participate in! Thank you so much for hosting OWOH! You are a treasure to blogland! BIG ((HUGS)) to you! :)

Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by. You know, there are a few people thinking that it looks like the Claddaugh! We'll just have to wait and see, won't we!?

Thank you, Mary Ellen! I'm so glad you like my tatting! I love sharing it and I'm so glad I've found sweet people such as yourself to share it with! I am so glad to be alive when we have the internet so I can get beautifully colored threads such as HDT's (Hand Dyed Threads) and stuff like tt! It's so fun to tat with all the fun goodies out there!

Hi Kelly! I stopped by and saw your 22 hr doily! Good for you! Keep tatting! I am so glad you came to visit! Thank you.

Oh, Couture de Papier! You spoil me! Thank you so much! I appreciate your generosity!

LOL, Lindsey! That would be fun! You know, I only know how to play gin rummy and it's been a while, at that!

That is too funny, Lady ShuttleMaker! Oops!!! Make that "Sir Lady ShuttleMaker", ROFLOL! ;)

Thank you, Jen! I'm glad you like it.

Thanks, Alison! I can't wait, either, LOL!

Hi Christine! That makes 3 for the Claddaugh so far... maybe 4! Only time will tell. Iris has just posted Day 5 so I'd better get tattin'! LOL!

Thank you, Donna! I have no idea, either. Glad you like the "new-ish" toy!

Vicki C said...

Catching up on all that you've been up to. You are a busy girl!
Beautiful work!

Lace hearts said...

I absolutely love your shuttles - that Goddess shuttle is so unusual. I can't wait to see what emerges - I remember your last tat it and see project, which was gorgeous. What a fun project.

Tracy said...

Such pretty work in progress, TattingChic! I'm not sure where you're headed with it though...LOL! I wait eagerly to see more soon...Wishing you a happy, creative week, my friend ((HUGS))

Vintage Tea said...

I've definitely been with you dancing around to Madonna's tunes!!

Victoria xx

Ais said...

Hi Chic,
The hook is too pretty the first thing I noticed when I saw the pic was your hook. I absolutely love the chain with it. he TIAS looks really it a bird, is it a butterfly... a heart may be... I wanna do it too...but I am finding the pattern a bit complicated ... Going back to take another look.

Betzie said...

Maybe a crown? How pretty it is and I love the colors...that must be so much fun to be creating something that will turn into a surprise! Love that idea! Have a wonderful day!

TattingChic said...

Hi Vicki C! So glad you came on over to catch up, too!

Hello Lace Hearts! How cool that you remember the last Tat It And See! I'm excited for this one, too! Iris designs beautiful patterns so it will be fun to see what's next.

Well, Tracy, I'm headed wherever the designer takes me with the TIAS, LOL! Other than that I'm not sure where it's going either, LOL!

Dance on, Victoria! ;)

Oh, AIs, I do hope you join in! That is the point of a TIAS is to get a little piece at a time. That way it doesn't seem so complicated. Glad you like the hook ring.

Hi Betzie! Thank you for venturing a guess. Lot's of people are guessing the heart with a crown. Well, who knows! We'll all have to wait and see! LOL! ;)

Thimbleanna said...

I have no idea what it's going to be, but it looks very cool! A TIAS sounds really fun, but one wrong turn and your project probably looks totally different from someone else's, no???

rochambeau said...

You are rollin' on your TIAS Tatting CHic!! Looking good!! Interesting to see your progress. Thank you for dropping by.


Draffin Bears said...

Loving the pale pink and white, TattingChic but I have no idea what it is going to be. Beautiful work.
We will have to be patient.

I love the little crochet hook with the little bears .


tattrldy said...

The TIAS is looking good, whatever it turns out to be. I had to show my daughter your goddess shuttle. She doesn't tat but she thought it pretty cool. I have a hook I wear around my neck but if you wear a sweater be careful!

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! How wonderful that you tat - I am in awe!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Tat Chic,
Your TIAS is beautiful whatever it is. I don't know at this point, but looking very pretty.
Love the mini crochet hook.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie


Thanks so much for the little "Wild Thing" clip. It made everything GROOVY!


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Yes, it is a beautiful creation! So delicate.

TattingChic said...

LOL! Yes, Thimbleanna, you have a point there about the "one wrong turn and..." bit, LOL! That is the advantage of being so behind on a project like this; I can "cheat" and look at everyone else's photos of their TIAS's! **GASP** Did I just say "cheat"!?

Thank you Constance, so glad you came to visit.

Hi Carolyn, the designer has just posted the 5th and last post ~ I'd better get tattin'! LOL! Glad you like the little beaded hook ring.

Hi Tattrldy! Thanks for the warning on the necklace/sweater thing! I've seen a necklace hook thinger that I'd like to get sometime so I appreciate the heads up...don't wear it with a sweater...GOT IT!!! LOL! Glad your daughter likes the goddess shuttle. Does she like goddess inspired goodies?

Oh, Thank YOU, Claudia, for stopping by my blog! You have such a lovely porch! I am in awe of THAT! It looks like the perfect place to sit and tat on a cool summer evening! :)

Thanks, "Cel Marie", LOL! I guess we will all find out together what it is! Glad you stopped by!

LOL! Judy, I am glad you like the "Wild Thing" post! That was one of the funnest posts to do!

Thank you, Cathy! Glad you like it!

Angela Harris said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so in love. This craft is very intimidating to me for some reason. It looks So hard! You have mastered it!

TattingChic said...

Hi Angela, thanks for your sweet comments. Oh, don't let the funny little tools scare you off! I just have some unusual tools, most people use simple plastic shuttles. It's quite easy, really! :)

Dona said...

Hi... I am Dona, one of your readers ^ ___ * your jobs are very beautiful.. I am to the beginning with tatting, but I like a lot, it relaxes me... and I will often return to find you..
A dear regard from Italy...

TattingChic said...

Hello Dona from Italy! By now I have commented on your blog and stuff so I know we have connected. Thank you for reading and visiting my blog! I hope you visit often! :)

Feel free to comment anytime! :)