Sunday, 22 May 2011

Looney about looms

I'd like to talk about looms.

Last year I saw a programme entitled Mastercrafts. It was presented by Monty Don and each week a few people learnt a different skill. One episode focused on weaving. I really enjoyed it and wanted to try it out so I bought a beginners weaving loom. I haven't done much on it recently but it is a very enjoyable craft.

So last week I discovered knitting looms while I was looking at online craft shops. I started to knit with needles recently but I'm still learning. My mum is helping but she's right handed so we have to sit opposite each other. I think I'm getting the hang of it but my stitches are quite tight. I think it's all that tatting I've been doing! So anyway I decided to purchase a knitting loom and it came yesterday.

I immediately tried it out. Below is my first go:

This was using two threads. I went slightly wrong with the stitches so I tried again but this time I used three threads together. This is was I made:

I'm so happy with the result. I used the twisted knit stitch and the honeycomb stitch in this one. I've now run out of one of the balls so I'll probably cast off the piece. Next I'm going to try it with a chunky yarn. I'll update you soon with the results.

Heather x

Riddle Me This Part 2

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. I've decided to do a blog post about the answers to my Riddle Me This Quest (May Edition). I received lots of lovely comments about this so I may do another one later on in the year. Here are the riddles and answers:

Riddle 1:

I am as light as a summer's breeze
My shape is round yet I will not fit a maiden's finger
My center shines, my outer shimmers
My colour is lilac though at times I am purple
What am I?

Answer: Alys pendant in variegated lilac

Riddle 2:

I am as dark as a moonless night
Goblets full of wine rest themselves on me four
I shall remain still as the calmest water
I will lie on wood or stone but never on skin
What am I?

Answer: Rosetta gothic coasters (set of four)

Riddle 3:

I am full of beads, round and shining
My hue is the colour of the sweetest vampire kiss
I lie on a bed of sumptuous satin
You can find me nestled in a maiden's hair
What am I?

Answer: Rosetta flower hair clip in variegated red

The three letter code using the first letter of the female name of each items was: 


Congratulations to Ilse of August Studios who won first prize. Your tatted keepsake is on its way to you. Well done also to all the other winners of the coupon codes.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Riddle Me This Quest Giveaway

Welcome to Tatania Rosa's Riddle Me This Quest (May Edition)

I have quest for you. There are three riddles and the answer to each is one of my creations in my Etsy shop here. The first riddle is posted below. Once you've worked it out, go to the creation it points to for the second riddle. From there you can find the last riddle.

Once you've found all three creations, contact me through my Etsy shop and tell me the first letter of the female name of the each of the three answers. For example if the riddles pointed to Guinevere Cuff, Aster Earrings and Christina Earrings, you would give me 'G A C'.


- The 1st person to contact me on Etsy with the three correct letters will win a tatted keepsake and a 
30% OFF coupon code to spend on any item in my Etsy shop. 
       - The 2nd person will receive a 30% OFF coupon code for my Etsy shop.

       - The 3rd person and beyond will win a 25% OFF coupon code for use in my Etsy shop.
These coupon codes will be valid for one month only.

This is open to everyone, everywhere. The competition closes Monday 16th May 10pm BST

Here is the 1st riddle:

I am as light as a summer's breeze
My shape is round yet I will not fit a maiden's finger
My center shines, my outer shimmers
My colour is lilac though at times I am purple
What am I?                                 

Have fun and good luck

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Good evening everyone. I'm planning something exciting for my Etsy shop on Friday!

I shall be running a Giveaway / Sale but this is going to be a little different. It will be a quest involving riddles. I'll put the first one up here on Friday at 8pm BST. The answer will lead you to one of my pieces on Etsy and there you will find the next riddle. There will be a few of these. The first one to contact me on Etsy with the right answer will get the first prize. The second will get the second prize, and so on. I'll tell you the rules and prizes in the Friday post.   

This has been so fun to set up. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Spread the word and have fun on Friday!

Heather x

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

New lace for Artfire

Hi everyone. I'd like to show you my latest creations. Last week I told you that I've been working hard on creating bookmarks. Well here are the first few. All of these are available to buy in my Artfire shop. (Click the pictures below to see the individual artfire pages for these items.)

This is the one I showed a sneak peak of over on facebook. This was my prototype design that I have since changed slightly so I've listed it as a one of a kind (OOAK) piece. I love these colours!

For this one I went with a lovely purple thread. It looks so dainty and delicate but, as with all my lace, it will last for years.

The last one I've listed is in a lovely shell pink and antique violet cotton thread.

These make great gifts for book lovers or why not treat yourself. I can create these in many colours and different lengths. Any requests?

I've started working on a gothic black and red version that I will list later on this week.

There's also a pastel blue version in the works.

Heather x

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

New bookmarks

Good evening everyone.

Last week I thought up a delicate looking design for some new lace creations. You've probably seen the sneak peek on my facebook page. Well I can now announce what this new piece is a tatted bookmark. It's something I've been meaning to create more of.

At the moment I have this one ready and I've also tatted another multicoloured piece using the same design and a medium purple version. This evening I think I shall start creating an all black one.

I hope to start listing them tomorrow in my Artfire shop so keep your eyes peeled.

Heather x