Sunday, December 23, 2007
Ta-Da! Done! This project kept getting carried around and driven around and went all over the US but I never seemed to work on it. I was pushed to finish it up this morning as an additional gift for my 14 year old granddaughter. It's just big enough to hold a few "necessaries" and I can say it's done!
My biggest problem with this was trying to find a way to coordinate bits and pieces of tatting odds and ends. I've tried several layouts and yet, in the end, I just picked up whatever looked okay and went with it. Otherwise, I was going to be tatting new stuff to go with it and I didn't want to do that.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Anyway, I can work on the bits and pieces when I am between other projects or just need a break.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I've obviously got a LOT more tatting to do to fill up this bag. So far it has some projects that were abandoned for one reason or another: the bridal headpiece start (I broke down and bought a tiara. I was already tatting the edging on my veil, sewing my dress, and crocheting a shawl as a gift for my maid-of-honor. There just wasn't enough time!), some edging ideas that I didn't end up using,
Along with a doily that I could never get to lay quite right. Shouldn't have fidgeted with the pattern, I suppose. And some random medallion and motif bits.
So far I like it. I have to find a way to get my little turtle in since he's sitting in a display case all lonely. I'll also probably do some stem stitch in an open space and sew on some of the little flowers I do with spare thread for scrapbooking and card making. Nothing will be sewn down until I'm sure I'm happy. I don't know if I'll do both sides of the bag or not. Depends on my free time. I'm cross-stitching a wedding present and knitting and crocheting baby sets to fill orders, so there's no telling. I'll be back. I'll try to get the handles on the bag this weekend.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The first picture is of the front and the second is of the back. Everything is fastened down except the petals of the gerbera daisy. I'm working on that. Securing the tatting was a big job, but I had fun selecting and arranging my little garden. Some of you will recognize the three strips of tatting on the bottom left of the back as the first three attempts at designing my own lace for the wedding hanky. I just had to include them. I am tatting a heart from the May Handy Hands newsletter right now that might end up on here. Also, my MIL just brought me two pair of jeans that would make pretty bags. We'll see!
Monday, July 30, 2007
When you don't have, or want, a sewing machine, it's difficult to turn a pair of jeans into a tatted bag! So, I bought this messenger bag on sale at Kohl's this Saturday for half price! It's big, but I figure it will hold most anything I need. The front is a flap that opens to reveal lots of pockets and even slots for credit cards!
The top picture with the pre-embroidered flowers on the lower right is the front. The other is the back and part of the side. I haven't sewn any of the tatting down yet. I just have them pinned until I'm sure what I want to do. I just can't wait to start sewing them down, NOT! I would love to just glue them down, but hate to lose some of them that I've worked so hard and long on.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I decided to use my edging to finish off the other rear pocket. I think I'll leave the purse as it is for now. I may decide to add more embellishments in the future.
Now I am just going to enjoy using it and I am sure the purse itself will become somewhat of an ambassador for tatting when I am out in the public. I'll have to be sure to bring along my tating brochures to pass out to those who are interested.
I started! So far I just have two pieces done. The first one was a bit of pocket lace -- very tentative start. Those aren't beads; they're pin heads. I don't want to fasten anything down until I'm ready with everything. If I decide to change something, it's easier that way. The other piece is really free-form. I don't want to say what it is until I see if it's going to work! It will go on the opposite side of the front of the purse from the lace and will be combined with a whole bunch of little things. I've been saving these little shuttle-end tattlings for months. I probably won't even use them all. The long threads are to attach the pieces to the purse. I'm thinking of using some embroidery stitches to tack it all down. I'm still not certain how well that might work.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I was able to tat two more items for the backside of my little purse. This is a small purse and just my style. I loaded it up with my personal items and gave it a test run and guess what? It's my new favorite purse!
I just LOVE it!
In the beginning I thought this one would be a give away, but nope, I'm going to be selfish and keep it all to myself and I couldn't be more delighted.
The tatting on this purse is in size 80 thread. The gorgeous brown thread belonged to my great grandmother and was given to me recently by a great aunt along with one of her shuttles. So it makes this purse extra special.
I attached the tatting to the purse by carefully sewing it with invisible thread. Talk about a pain in the tush, but well worth it in the end.
Here's just a side note. If you, as I do, suffer from ....let's say ...a rather large "posterior region" apparently pockets on the back of your pants minimize the appearance of the size of your rear. Whereas pants with nothing on the tush area maximize it. I believe this to be true.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This is my little sister's purse which I promised to post here. I have been trying to teach her to tat for quite some time. She was successfull with rings and chains but she soon lost interest. Aw well, I tried. She spent a lot of time sewing on all those little buttons. Cute eh?
So I abandoned my little skirt purse because I couldn't get inspired by it and most of all I couldn't visualize what it was going to look like in the end. I think I was caught up in my dislike for pastel colors so I went back to the drawing board. I found a dollar thrift store and bought some tiny jeans. It was hard to cut them up because I have a lot of tiny people in my life that would have looked so cute in them!
Anyway, because of the recent dog attack that has left my right hand damaged, I haven't been able to get a whole lot done. But I did pick up the tatting last night and stubbornly plodded on. I tatted these original butterflies and made up a flower pattern on the fly. What would normally have taken a couple of hours has taken me two full days. The tatting is terrible, because my tensioning is out the window and I had to stop every few stitches because of the pain. But anyway, I am thankful that I am tatting at all and hoping it will all heal up soon.
These colors are much more my personal style and I can envision a lot more to come for this purse. This is just a start.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I plan to make the bag from scratch. I was looking at it for a long time trying to figure out how to begin. Finally, I took out the scissors and cut it along the inside seams of both legs. Now that it is laid out flat, hopefully I can get a better idea of how to make the bag. I want to keep the back pockets as part of the bag.
Well, that is as far as I got at the moment. But I am getting ideas, now that I can see as a flat piece of fabric and not as a pair of jeans.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Well, for this current challenge, I have a bag bought previously - 12" by 9" dark blue denim. It's plain on both sides, but with a beaded Chinese character on the 3" wide strap on each side of the bag. I'm starting slowly on this project. Just finished a flower motif from Jan Stawasz's book. I'm planning to tat more of Jan's flower motifs in different colours for 1 face of the bag. Well, pictures in the next post.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
In the meantime, we had a calamity at MIL's house Friday afternoon. Long story, but a wreck in front of the house ripped the power off of the house which caused a fire. No one was hurt and damage is light compared to other horror stories. However the house is not fit for habitation and we have her, (and her two little dogs), in a motel room right now. I'm fighting with two insurance companies. The lady at fault called her company and told them she hit a mailbox! She clipped a power pole in half and kept on going for about 60 more feet! I don't think she did that going the speed limit! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we try to sort through all of this red tape and get the house fixed. Maybe I can tat while we sit in court! HAHA!!!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thanks Sharon for providing this challenge.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I only have 2 pair to my name right now.. One I inherited from my Mom after she died, and another I found at Value Village.....I've grown out of the others and am keeping them for ......when I get a smaller posterior.
I guess I could raid the boys's piles, hmmmmmmm?
I know how to make the bags, have done that in the past. Shades of the 1970's ....... and High School.
I'll get on it and post again soon.....
Hugs to all,
CyameseTats aka Lynda
I have taken out an old pair of very faded jeans. Have not worn it for a long time because of a broken zipper. Nothing is done to it yet, it is just lying there on my bed. Still working up ideas in my head and have not put anything down.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I like the idea of using my bits and pieces to put on there and look at so I can get an idea of how it will look before I go to the trouble of tatting something.
Friday, May 11, 2007
But I got brave at work, so I asked my boss if he had a spare pair. He did - they're incredibly ratty and threadbare and bleached-out, and came with comments along the lines of "At last we're getting into each others' pants." I put them on a kitchen chair when I got home and couldn't bring myself to do anything with them.
Yesterday I stopped at a thrift shop and got a pair of nearly new, size 10 Calvin Klein jeans for $1. They're a deep blue and they'd work well... except I looked at them again and thought, they might just fit my step-daughter. So I'll wait until she has a chance to look at them before I decide. I might be back to no jeans again... or have to work with John's bleached-out pair.
But I'm very slowly making progress...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Since I own only three pairs of jeans I decided to go to the thrift store to purchase some. I found that all the adult jeans were too large for my liking so I went to the childrens section. I found this little girl's skirt(shorts underneath) would suit perfectly for what I have in mind. It already has some embellishment and I intend to incooporate it into the overall design.
I bought another piece for my sister so that she too can join in on this challenge. I will post pics of her work too.
Monday, May 7, 2007
In answer to several questions about the bags in no particular order.
Does the bag have to be denim? No. You can use what you like.
- Can I use just the leg of the jeans? Yes. The important part is covering it with tatting.
- I can't sew, can I use a premade bag? Yes
- Sounds like fun, can I join? Yes, just send me your email address here so that you can post your progress on this blog.
The following links will take you to various web sites with instructions on constructing a bag, ideas for making different kinds of bags and some for decorating bags. Notice that one of the links shows bags made out of nothing more than the back pockets. This is great for beginner tatters who don't have a big stash of tatted bits to work with. Purple links for How-To pages, Green links for eye candy.
In a minute ago blog - Bags of fun
FASHION - RECYCLE JEANS HANDBAGS
Croque-choux blog - It's in the bag
Stephanie's Stitching Studio - Tote bags
Bootie Bags! - Bags
Margaritaville store - Denim Jean Bags
Huabags - Bags
Ethnicware Limited Co - Fashionable Bag
CraftBits - Recycled Overalls Bag
Craftzine - Make a recycled jeans backpack
ReThreds - Handbags
DIY Network - Recycled Jeans Pocket
WSU 4H program - Big chunks into Tote bags --PDF file
Lacy Days - Recycled jeans
Craftster Org - Jeans to Backpack
Craftster Org - Lazy Girl Backpack
Celtic's Lacing - Hector tatting event bags
Maybe I'll have something to show before too long!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Then we're going to take our tatting scraps, our misfit bits, our snowflakes, hearts, butterflies, doilies, edgings and all of that and we are going to creatively and artisticly attach them to the bags to create awsome and wonderful treasures.
The bags will be durable because they will be made out of denim and they will be beautiful because they'll be covered in tatting. They will be useful, because you will make them to suit your purpose. It can be a diaper bag to carry all the baby paraphernalia, a craft tote for all of your portable crafting needs, a book bag to carry your homework in, a shopping bag to carry your groceries in, or a little pouch just big enough for your shuttles and needles.
You can add quilting to it, or embroidery, use fabric paints or dyes or whatever you like. Just be creative and have fun with it, but most of all show us pictures, lots of lovely pictures. Tell us what you're doing, what's giving you problems, and what's fun to play with.
If you want to join send me an email sharon at gagechek dot com and I'll add you onto this blog so you can start posting your pictures and comments.