Life threw a lot of obstacles in my way this week and I am sorry to post my efforts late. I wanted to make something like lace or tatting and ended up with this:
I strongly recommend you to click on the links in the Comments field on Sharon's blog to enjoy what other TAST participants have made.
One of them, Isabelle of pierrespapierscuseaux, asked for advice about how to deal with the tricky Bullion Knots. I don't know if this is of any help, Isabelle, but here is how I go about it:
1) First I make sure I am using a needle of even width, a so called Sharp or Milliner's, like the one on the left.
The needle on the right has an eye that is wider than the shaft and that makes it difficult to pull the thread through, so avoid that kind of needle.
2) I insert the needle a small distance away from where the thread came out.
3) I am using an S-twisted thread, and wind the thread clockwise around the needle.
4) To make it easier to wind the thread I lift the needle off the fabric with a finger.
5) When I have wrapped the thread enough times around the needle I hold the wraps tightly while pulling the needle through.
The needle ususally slides through easily, but should it be hard, I then twist and turn the needle slightly to ease its way through.
6) Once the thread has been pulled through I am sometimes left with a bit uneven 'leg'.
7) I insert the needle in the hole of the 'leg' and pull the thread to the back of the fabric.
9) That help comes in the form of a pin, or a crochet hook. While stretching the Bullion Knot outwards I pull the thread underneath.
10) The 'leg' slips inside the wraps and evens out the Bullion Knot.
To read more about needles, S- and Z-twist and the Bullion Knot, and a good instruction for how to make the Buttonhole Eyelet Flower, I can recommend 'A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2'.