Hello, everyone! I’m sure many of my readers are not new tatters. And some very famous and skilled craftsmen of this handicraft. By the way, I am very proud of each of my subscribers! I am also grateful to everyone for supporting my blog.
Oh, why repeat the same thing, you ask. Of course, I don’t argue. So many videos show how to make a basic tatting node. Each master shows his favorite technique. Some people like the shuttle, others prefer the needle. Everyone may have a different method of tying the knot. I know many newbies can get confused not knowing what to choose. Therefore, I decided to collect in one video 4 methods of how to make a double stitch tatting.
Base knot with shuttle
The first method is for the shuttle. This method is the most ergonomic in my opinion. You will have to hold the shuttle with only two fingers at all times. Therefore, this method is convenient for small and lightweight shuttles. Or you have to take a break from work if your fingers get tired 🙂
The second method is also for the shuttle. But you can use this method with a netting needle quite successfully.
Base knot with needle
The third and fourth methods are for tatting with a needle. The only difference is the use of different fingers to form a knot on the needle.
You can choose any method, of course. But I advise you to learn everything. The more you know, the wider your possibilities are!
The perfect start to two-tone lace, or how to hide the threads at the beginning of work.
Hello, everyone! In today’s post, I want to tell you how I hide the threads at the beginning of working with two colors.
I’m sure you all know that in the beginning we may have several options. It all depends on the pattern, of course! With a product of one color, everything is simple. This is either a shuttle – a ball, or two shuttles. Although there may actually be three, four shuttles or more, I’ve tried it! But let’s not delve into the impenetrable forest, ha ha!
If we start working with threads of two colors, we usually tie two threads.
Perhaps, if the threads are very thin, this initial knot is almost invisible. But I know about him! Ah, my perfectionism does not let me get bored! At the end of the work, I tried to untie this connecting knot in order to tie, hide and cut two pairs of threads. So instead of three nodes, I got only two. But I didn’t like that either. In addition, hiding FOUR ends of a thread at once is not for me, I sooooooo really don’t like hiding threads. But of course you will not find “tails” of threads sticking out in all directions anywhere in my products, lol! Because I love the option when the threads are hidden during the weaving process. By the way, you can watch my video on this topic.
Ah, Mozart’s music is perfect for creating creative projects, isn’t it? Please write in the comments if you are hiding threads during work or only after the completion of the project.
But I’m a little distracted. Our theme is how to make the perfect start to two-tone lace. So, I don’t do the connecting knot at the start. I also hide both tails of the threads at once. At the end of the work, I connect the last element to the beginning with a crochet hook or needle. And in the end, I only have two tails of threads at the end of the work, which I hide with a sewing needle. Voila!
Hello, everyone! I’m sure all of my readers love jewelry. Because we are “girls”! And of course, we are pleased to meet the creators of jewelry. Even if this is not a personal acquaintance, but only an article on the Internet. Therefore, today I want to talk a little about my wonderful friend, amazing lady and talented jewelry designer Polina Rofman. She also has a kind nature and a great sense of humor. You can feel it in the Jewelry that Polina creates for fans of elegant and contemporary style.
In addition, today Polina is celebrating her birthday. Dear Polinochka, please accept my sincere congratulations and best wishes!
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, and how did you got started on Etsy?
I live in Toronto, Ontario . I love this city, it’s new and old at the same time. For me it’s constant inspiration. I work full time and devote my spare time (which I almost don’t have) to my small jewelry business. It’s my passion. I started creating jewelry and accessories in 2011 . I’m completely self-taught. I love beadweaving and complex techniques ,but due to lack of time I don’t make time-consuming pieces very often.
When and how did you become interested in jewelry making?
I have always liked crafting , and I started making simple earrings and stringing necklaces when I couldn’t find affordable and beautiful jewelry for myself. But I didn’t know where to look for supplies, so I went to Dollar stores and bought some cheap headpins and threads. Also I repaired my own broken jewelry and my friends’ jewelry as well. A lot of what I made , I gave to my friends. Oh, I found myself beading every night! So, I became a beadaholic. Of course, I needed to sell , in order to buy new supplies. I think this was my creativity overflowing.
What is your inspiration for each idea and where do you get the ideas?
I get my inspiration from the beautiful nature in Canada. Leaves, flowers, the bluest sky in the world…I love Czech glass beads and use them for my art deco pieces.I love semiprecious gemstones. My favorite style is boho. My friends ask me for some specific design , and I use these ideas in my next pieces.I make jewelry for my two beautiful daughters.
How many hours do you spend every day on beading?
I mostly make jewelry on weekends, as I work till late hours every day.
How did you feel when you sold your first jewelry item on Etsy?
I felt extremely happy! It gave me a boost to make more!
What tools do you use for your craft that you cannot live without?
I use all the tools for making jewelry : different kinds of pliers , wire of all colors and material and leather,and chain.
Do you have another talent or hobby?
Haha, I have no time for more activities than I already perform. I used to sing but now I only sing in the shower.
Your favorite color and shape?
My favorite colors are blue and turquoise. Recently I fell in love with red. My favorite shape is teardrop.
Make a comment here of what ever you would like to say.
My life is full – I do the things I love. I love my family – the name of my shop is a blend of their names – Liza and Iris. My husband supports me.
I admire Polina’s jewelry. Because in my opinion these products are perfect. Color, shape, material, sense of style, harmony of proportions – all this is inherent in Polina’s products. You can see for yourself by visiting her store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lyrisgems
How much does handmade cost, or how to calculate the cost of a finished product.
Hello everyone! I know a lot of my readers are in the business of making amazing handcrafted items for sale. Of course, you know how to evaluate your work. And I’m absolutely sure each of you has heard these terrible words: why is it so expensive? I understand that we must be patient and tolerant with customers. And so I don’t want to answer: if this is dear to you, then do it yourself. (Ha ha!) But let’s calculate together how much any handmade product actually costs.
How much materials and tools cost
For example, you are knitting a sweater. Do you remember how much money you paid for threads of such a beautiful color and for the set of knitting needles that are most comfortable for you? I remember, but not always! LOL Therefore, you can take the average cost at the moment. Do you agree? And also don’t forget to add the shipping cost. Or the cost of gasoline, if you yourself went to the posh Hobby Lobby store (this is not an advertisement, but a metaphor!). Likewise, you can calculate how much money you spent on thread and embroidery fabric. Or how much does clay and glaze for ceramics cost. Etc. Sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, painting, tatting and much more … Well, you get the point, I hope.
How to pay for work time handmade correctly
I remember how 10 years ago, on a large internet site for selling handmade products, managers instructed us: you must value your work and “pay yourself” at least $ 40 for every hour. But this is absolutely the wrong approach. After all, you want your products to be sold, and not lying at home, creating a warehouse. Did I guess? Of course, you can pay yourself $ 600 an hour. But will such a price be competitive? In this case, I suggest taking into account the average wage in your country. Or the salary that you want to receive.
How to evaluate the creativity of a handmade product
This is the most difficult thing, it seems to me. How can I appreciate the “pangs of creativity”? Or how much is originality worth? How interesting is the technique I used to bring my idea to life? And here we must also take into account the latest fashion trends. Oh, fashion is such a windy lady! But I hasten to assure you that handmade are always in fashion. In evaluating this criterion, you will have to “follow the competition”. It’s a shame if you see that a similar brooch (ring, dress, painting …) has already been made by another master. And then you have two choices: either abandon your idea, or make your brooch even cooler! That is, think of how your product can stand out from the crowd. Ah, you and I have come to the concept of a brand, a master’s handwriting, a recognizable style. Right?
How recognizable and distinctive is your master’s handwriting? Unfortunately, I do not have an exact formula for calculating this component. But if you constantly improve your skills, and master new methods, you will definitely gain your admirers and regular customers! Consequently, your brand rating will increase as well!
This is not knitting, this is tatting!
Finally, I want to explain why tatting is so much more expensive than knitting. There is such a definition. The fewer people can do a certain job, the more valuable that job is. Therefore, for example, the work of Leonardo da Vinci is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars, in contrast to the primitive oil stains of a beginning artist. And do you know how many people in the world know the tatting technique? Have you heard about The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts? You can read an article on this topic on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HCA_Red_List_of_Endangered_Crafts
Hooray, tatting has ceased to be considered an endangered type of needlework. But the danger has not passed, unfortunately. Take a look at this page.
I don’t want to offend knitters in any way, but sooooo many people knit, even tough bikers!
And on the contrary, very few people know about the art of tatting, alas. Following the theory I just wrote about, tatting should be valued far more than other currently viable crafts. I think this is fair. Thanks to all experienced and budding tatters for promoting and reviving this amazing art! I really hope that my modest contribution to this cause will not go unnoticed.
“It is clear that now, at the time of the coronavirus, there are practically no folk festivals in honor of the Republic. … Citizens hidden behind protective masks remain in the unknown: when will this many-month nightmare end? The fear has not gone away, especially now that we seem to have found freedom again. But if you look back, then one thing should be admitted: if our country, which became a sad pioneer in terms of the spread of the pandemic among the Western countries, managed to resist, then this happened only due to the unexpected cohesion of society. Cohesion in an era of unrest and inequality, and also thanks to a spontaneously arising sense of community, which surprisingly survived under the shrill screeching of the prophets of selective and exclusively national egoism. “
Yes, we remember the difficult days and months Italy went through over the past year. And the more valuable is the optimism and steadfastness of this people! Perhaps it was these qualities that helped the Maneskin group to take first place. I’m sure , you watched Eurovision 2021. Of course, I admire the energy and outrageousness of the Italian team. Bravo! This is a great gift for the Republic Day.
Salone del Mobile. Milano.
I want to share with you a little family secret. Italy is the favorite country of our youngest son. He has been there several times and was a participant in the world famous Salone del Mobile exhibition. This year, the traditional spring exhibition was postponed due to the coronavirus. So, we can visit Salone del Mobile.Milano 2021 in autumn, 09/05/2021 – 09/10/2021. Therefore, I made a small photo collage. You can see here some of our son’s designs from the Milan 2017 show. We are proud!
Large lace tablecloth Maestro, or how to decorate your life.
Hello, everyone! I recently created a new tutorial for a chic lace tablecloth. You probably read about it in my posts from social networks. Yes, I had a painstaking and very exciting job! By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, do it now! Because this way you will always be aware of my updates. Believe me, I try to make my blog interesting and useful. And your comments, questions and feedback help me a lot in this, thank you!
So, the tablecloth is ready, the graphical diagrams are drawn, the instructions are written. What’s next, you ask? Oh yes, now the most important – I need to take a spectacular photo. To do this, I must “turn on” my fantasy and imagination. Write in the comments how you take photos of your products? Perhaps you have completed photography courses or have a long practice in the art of photography. Or you use the services of professional photographers. Or maybe your family or friends are helping you. Sometimes my husband helps me. In “especially difficult cases”! Oh, I was not born to be a fashion model, ha ha! But I really liked the result of our joint efforts. And do you like this photo?
This chic tablecloth can be a great gift for a wedding or anniversary. But not only the holidays need beautiful decorations. Decorate your daily life! Let an amazing family heirloom be kept in the most conspicuous place in every home.
Tatting tutorial tablecloth Maestro
I am sure that many fans of tatting know about the Polish master Jan Stawasz. Yes, I admire his work, his skill. I also really appreciate his contribution to the revival of tatting. I created the tablecloth in memory of this talented craftsman. Therefore, I named the tablecloth Maestro. But I took a photo of him tatting as a base, adapted and modified for Cro-tatting. Cro-tatting combines needle tatting with crochet. Cro-tatting is most popular in Japan. And while many people find cro-tatting more difficult than tatting shuttle or tatting needle, try this amazing method. I’m sure you will like it. My video tutorials will help you master this unusual technique. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep abreast of updates, welcome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKBg6xUGZL8&list=UU3dn4_9pp7tIKA2k564wLBQ&index=43
So, I look forward to your comments and questions. Also I will be grateful to like and share!
Ah, finally it has warmed up here. I am immensely happy about the beginning of this spring. I know it was snowing in some places recently. Whoa! Perhaps some of my readers love snow, but not in the month of May, HA HA!
Attention! Read this post until the end, for a pleasant surprise awaits you! 🙂
So, summer is coming, hurray! I think the wonderful lines of the poet Edel T. Copeland will tell better than me about this wonderful time of the year.
Rippling crystal waters shine like silver to reflect summer’s glow. Soothing and calming in rhythm, echoing its lyrical flow. Magical music of nature, a symphony of splendid delight. Skies like blue oceans in paradise, birds soaring to grasp full flight.
Gentle swans glide gracefully, elegant yet proud and strong, Birds and bees in unison, the joyful hum of nature’s song. Rolling summer meadows shimmer, like jewels in Mother Nature’s crown. Embellishing fields of emerald green draped in its golden gown.
Light sweet air blows softly, scented by sweet cherry blossom in bloom. Delicate, pretty petals lifting to dance in harmony with summer’s tune. The sounds and scents of summer, its melody light and free. Sands of gold that glisten, embracing waves of a warm and whispering sea.
By the way, I have added a detailed video to each tutorial from the Summer Mood collection (each video is about 35 minutes long). And now you can watch a short video on my channel. https://youtu.be/9t4sa1Aq5eo
You may have already seen my new little 3D model of the Eiffel Tower. You know that this tower is the symbol of Paris, the capital of France. And yes, I’m sure you know the history of this tower. The French at first demanded to remove “this iron monster” and not to spoil the face of the city. But, fortunately, this did not happen. The famous Louvre, Versailles, Montmartre, Champs Elysees … How many famous sights there are in Paris! But there are several unknown facts. I want to tell you about this.
France’s main skyscraper
La Tour First (also called Tour CB31) in the La Défense business district has been considered the tallest building in Paris and France for four years now. The height of the tower, the construction of which took a decade (from 1974 to 2011), is 231 meters.
The largest sundial in the world
The 23-meter obelisk of Luxor, more than 3,300 years old, erected in the Place de la Concorde, was transported to France from Egypt in 1836. The top of the two-ton monument is crowned with a 3.5-meter pyramid, directed towards the sky. This is not just a historical treasure, painted with ancient hieroglyphs to glorify Pharaoh Ramses II, but the largest (and possibly the oldest) sundial in the world.
Only one road sign STOP
There is only one stop sign in all of great Paris. You can look at the metropolitan curiosity in the 16th arrondissement. You ask why the sign is not used? The traffic system in Paris is such that drivers on the right always have an advantage on the road.
Rue des Degrés, the shortest street in Paris, is only 5 meters 75 centimeters long. The record holder is located in the 2nd arrondissement, between the Bonne Nouvelle and Strasbourg Saint-Denis metro stations.
Espresso coffee for a maximum of 1 euro
The French love strong black coffee. This drink is also popular among Parisians. To the delight of metropolitan coffee lovers, there are more than 180 cafes scattered around the city, where you can buy aromatic espresso for only 1 euro.
Paris = Lutetia = dirt
Built on the site of an ancient Celtic village (founded in the 3rd century BC), Paris was originally called Lutetia. Almost everyone knows this. But did you know that the word “Lutetia” comes from the Latin lutum, which literally means “dirt”? In the days of the Romans and Gauls, there were no beautiful embankments with bright illumination and lanterns, and the banks of the Seine were buried in a swamp.
In Paris, real Roman ruins have survived to this day – a stone amphitheater, erected between 53 BC. and 212 A.D. As established by archaeologists, on the site of one of the residential quarters of Paris, there was once a district of Lutetia with baths, an aqueduct and marble fountains. There was even an arena that could accommodate up to 17,000 fans of violent reprisals and theatrical performances. The remains of the Arènes de Lutèce are in the 5th arrondissement on rue Monge and are open to the public. The entrance is free!
The oldest cafe
The oldest café in Paris has been operating since 1686 and is located in the 6th arrondissement at 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie. Le Procope for the first time treated Parisians to excellent coffee, which the owner of Procopio Cuto brought from Italy. Over time, the cafe became a cult place: such personalities as Diderot, Danton, Marat and Voltaire, and later – Alfred de Musset, Paul Verlaine and Anatole France loved to drop in here.
Isle of Cité – the cradle of Paris
The Isle of Cité, where you can admire the majestic Notre-Dame cathedral and the Pont Neuf bridge, can be safely called the “cradle of Paris”. In ancient times, there was a Celtic settlement on the site of modern quarters. In the 50s BC, the Romans conquered it, making the island the headquarters of Gaius Julius Caesar. The military planning center was connected to the rest of the city only by a pair of wooden bridges (on the site of the present Pont Neuf and Pont Saint-Michel), and a powerful wall fenced it around the perimeter. The inhabitants of Paris took refuge on Cité more than once during the siege of the city.
The capital of terraces
Speaking of Paris, one cannot fail to mention the terraces of cafes, bars and restaurants, of which there are a great many in the brilliant capital. More precisely, almost 10 thousand! It will take more than 29 years to visit all the capital’s terraces without even sitting down for a cup of coffee.
I hope you enjoyed my story and my Eiffel Tower. By the way, I make such 3D models to order. The first Eiffel Tower departed today to CLINTON, TN. Thank you, buyer!
Medici family, or my reasoning on the topic: I am an artist, and this is my opinion.
I recently read the story of the Medici family. Of course, I very impressed with the portrait and story of the little girl Bianca Medici.
Bia de’ Medici
Bianca de’ Medici, usually known as Bia de’ Medici, (c. 1536 – 1 March 1542) was the illegitimate daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, born before his first marriage.
The identity of Bia’s mother is not known, but Cosimo I was likely no older than sixteen when he fathered her. According to Edgcumbe Staley’s The Tragedies of the Medici, some stories said the girl’s mother was a village girl from Trebbio, where the Medicis had built one of their first villas, while others said she was a gentlewoman from Florence. Only Cosimo I and the girl’s paternal grandmother, Maria Salviati, knew the identity of the girl’s mother, but Salviati refused to reveal it, though she did acknowledge Bia was the daughter of Cosimo.
Staley wrote that the little girl was called La Bia, short for Bambina (little girl or baby). The name might also have been short for Bianca. Staley wrote that her father’s new wife, Eleonora di Toledo, refused to tolerate her presence in the palace after their marriage, so Cosimo sent her off to the Villa di Castello, her paternal grandmother’s chief residence north of Florence. However, other more reliable reports indicate that her stepmother “brought her up very lovingly”. Her paternal grandmother supervised the nurseries for all of the children of Cosimo I.
All of them, not only Cosimo’s illegitimate daughter, spent most of their time at the Villa di Castello and were raised by nurses, with minimal day-to-day contact with their parents, though both Cosimo and Eleonora heard reports of their progress and offered directions for their education, their living arrangements, and the clothing they wore. Bia shared her nursery with Giulia de’ Medici, the illegitimate daughter of Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence, who was close to her in age. She grew into a high-spirited, loving little girl who kept her grandmother and nurses entertained with her antics. Bia’s father adored his first-born child, and her paternal grandmother, Maria Salviati, said the little girl “was the comfort of our court, being so very affectionate.”
Both Bia and her cousin Giulia contracted a fast-moving fever in February 1542, from which Giulia recovered but Bia did not. Cosimo I received almost daily reports of Bia’s worsening condition from his mother, Maria Salviati. The child grew weaker between 25 February and 28 February and finally died on 1 March 1542.
When her legitimate half-sister Isabella de’ Medici was born six months after her death, her father rejoiced to have another daughter. Contemporaries who might normally have consoled him on his wife’s failure to present him with a second son instead congratulated him on her birth, knowing how he had grieved for the loss of Bia. ” congratulate you on the beautiful baby girl God has conceded to you in recompense for the one he has taken to join him in paradise,” wrote Paolo Giovio after the birth of Isabella.
This is a portrait of Bia de Medici by the artist Angelo Bronzino.
Please note the brown medallion. Yes, I thought about this locket when I created my new pendant. But I can see they turned out to be absolutely different! So I have a question. Should I repeat exactly the things that I liked? I’m talking about the exact repetition of all the details. Or is it enough for me to say: I am an artist and this is my opinion? Of course, I can create whatever I want. But do I need to tell the stories of my products? How do you think?
Brain training, or how I decided to make a picture with riddles.
Hello everyone! If you read my previous posts carefully, then you know that I decided to seriously study the Italian language. Oh-ho-ho! Sometimes I hear my brains creak! 🙂 But I won’t give up, believe me! How do you train your brain? I found an interesting article on the Internet. And of course, I share with you.
Solving crosswords delays brain aging by 10 years, according to a study by researchers at the University of Exeter and King’s College London, the Daily Mail reported.
Indeed, neurologists have known for a long time that in order to maintain the performance of the brain with age, this organ must be trained in the same way as the rest of the body. It is no coincidence that people engaged in intellectual work, for example, scientists, for the most part retain clarity of thought and good memory until old age.
There is a separate branch of “neurobics” that studies various exercises for training the brain. According to the creator of neurobics, Professor Lawrence Katz, you can “load” the brain anytime and anywhere, the main thing is to make it work outside the box.
Here are some tips from Professor Katz:
– Carry out standard actions in an unusual way: for example, wash your face, closing your eyes, brush your teeth with your left hand (if you are right-handed);
– Break the usual patterns: change routes to work – from work;
– Learn poetry and foreign languages at any age;
– Try to update your life with new activities and hobbies;
– Solve crosswords and puzzles;
– Try to make spontaneous decisions, be easy-going.
Lace picture with a riddle
You may ask why I put a lace picture at the beginning of the post. Everything is very simple! These pictures are a kind of rebus, a puzzle. In each piece of lace, I made a violation of the pattern. In order to find the “error”, you need to very carefully analyze all the patterns in the picture. It also trains the brain a lot. Alternatively, you can check your guests this way. I assure you, this is fun!