My Free Patterns

I am still sorting out the blog entries for my free patterns, so there willl still be patterns that are not accessible. My apologies.

Sunday, 27 August 2017


No excuses for being silent for so long. Sorry.

Well, the last post was about my trip to Japan.  Since then, I have been to Norway, Sweden and Finland spending a good two weeks savoring the breath-taking views of the fjords, glaciers and  learning the histories of the respective countries. Tavelled by bus, train, plane and took the cruise ship across the Baltic Sea, where I had a wonderful view of the sunrise.

But, this post is not about the trip.

August is a special month for me and I want to share it with all my readers and followers.

This doily was designed in 2014 and I was keeping it for a good time to share it, .... and it slipped my mind until now.  I wrote a post about this doily asking for suggestion to name it. Kathy Nicklewicz suggested the name "Coquille". It is short and simple, which I like very much, hence the name. Thank you Kathy.

And the good news is I am sharing this pattern for free.
You can download this from Google drive through this link,

Please, please, this is a free pattern.
You do not have to pay for it. 
There have been many posts about certain people taking free patterns and selling them.  I don't know which is worse, selling free patterns or sharing copyrighted patterns for free. Feels like it is stealing either way.

oops .. sorry ... venting a bit ....

Anyway,  you can sell anything that you make from this pattern, if you wish.

This is my first time sharing anything through Google Drive, so they may be hiccups along the way. If so, Please let me know and I will make corrections if I can. When it comes to computers,, I am not really tech-savvy, actually.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

I was in Japan

Warning: photo-laden post coming up

A small group of old school friends, seven of us, decided to visit Japan early April.  We particularly wanted to catch the beautiful sight of the sakuras, and boy we sure did.  I am going to let the photos tell the story - not in the sequence that it had taken place

Entrance to the Osaka Castle

Found a piece of the homeland here

Chanced upon a monthly fleamarket at the railway station on the way to Nara

Was amazed at how tall and straight the bamboos shoot up to the sky
Bamboo groves - looking up as Arashiyama, Kyoto

Bridge over the Oi River, Arashiyama

Supposedly the oldest sakura tree in Kiyomizudera Park, Kyoto
A geisha at Gion Street, Kyoto.  Can't imagine how she can walk wearing that kind of shoes.

Himeji Castle, Himeji

The fishes, in clear water of the pond  in Koko-en Garden, Himjei

We feasted on the sakuras - Koko-en Garden

In the park leading to Himeji Castle

Leading to the Tokyo Tower
Went up the mountain to walk in the Ogimachi Village - a UNESCO heritage site

Took a ride on the Shinkansen bullet train for the first time and a couple more times after that

On one occasion, we had the whole coach of the Sinkansen to ourselves.

Another first - tasted onigiri, the japanese fast food on the go.

And to round it up, this was waiting for me when I returned from the trip.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Long Picots

I don't normally use picot gauges when tatting especially when the patterns asks for regular picots, whether joining picots or decorative picots.  I don't even do graduated picots if the overall design of the pattern does not really need them.

But I do use gauges and measure my picots if they are really long ones.  Otherwise, why wold the pattern specify long picots. You can't do woven pcots without even-sized long picots like in this link here, Or, work a tatted hairpin lace like this in Martha Ess' blog,

I am currently working on a pattern where I have put in long picots. Very long picots, about 3in closed long picots. Now, I could easily cut a piece of card paper 3in wide and use that as my picot gauge, but I can imagne how cumbersome it would be holding holding a large piece of picot gauge.

And then, I had this idea where you can make different lengths of picot with a small picot gauge. Here's how.

This is the size of picots that I need in my patern, slightly over 3in.

Using a regular picot gauge, loop the thread over the picot gauge several times until you reach the length of the picot that you need.  In my case here, for the size of picot that I want, I looped six times over the width of the picot gauge.

While the loops are still on the picot gauge, make the next double stitch to lock the picot in.

You can remove the picot gauge after a few double stitches are made, or you can continue tatting to finish the ring, as I did here.

You can see how long the picots are when I removed the picot gauge.

I have used picot gauge #13 because that is the widest that I have so I don't have to loop the thread too many times.  You can use a smaller picot gauge to suit the size that you need.

And, that's it.
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A short update.
I have just completed Round 8 of the Jan Stawasz Masterpiece Doily, which I started in June 2016.

I honestly believe it will be another year beefore I finish this,