Braving a Big Tatting Project

Tatting is a thread craft that is not as popular as crocheting. Probably because it is more difficult to execute. You need more patience in learning the skill to make the project visually acceptable. You spend more time covering a small area in tatting than in crocheting or knitting. It is also more difficult to undo stitches.

I like the craft because of what can be created. It can be done using tatting shuttles or needles. I’ve learned to use both. Many times I’ve also designed some patterns and many of them I have not written down. They are mostly small items like bracelets and pins.

This time, though, I have decided to work on a big project. I’m not really fond of doilies because I have no use for them. However, I would like to push my patience further (as I mentioned above it really takes a lot of patience to do this craft) so I chose a big pattern, the Wiosna 2019. If you check the source, you will see the end result.

There are 20 rounds and I have finished the 5th.

It is as big as my hand…

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Decoding Braille

January 8 (I checked my IG post) was the day I figured out how to memorize the basic Braille alphabet and numbers, and some of the punctuation marks. I don’t know why it took me so long to focus on it but when I did, it just took me about an hour. I studied each code and I had a eureka moment. Since learning Braille has been one of my bucket list items, I wondered why it took me so long to delve into it.

Last month I had the privilege of sharing my discovery to the Women’s Club group of my Church congregation. I was also helped by someone who was blind since he was 13 (he’s in his senior years now) and he lent us the props and even bought new Braille paper for the presentation I told him about. He also lent 2 pairs of slate and stylus. Before my presentation that evening, he demonstrated how to use the tools. You write (punch) from right to left and you read the other side from left to right.

Braille slate and stylus

After punching, this is the reading side.

Braille characters consist of 6 imaginary dots, 2 across by 3 down. Where the dots are positioned tells what character it is.

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Learning New Languages for Free

When I was a teenager I had the idea of learning how to understand, speak, and write in other languages. It did not matter which one. I wanted to learn all. I guess the driving force was about understanding other people and being able to communicate with them. The internet did not exist then. Then life became busy.

Recently, I discovered an online site where you can learn other languages, and you can do so for free. The premium/paid portion can let you do more like download lessons. I need not go for the premium. The free portion is more than enough for me.

Welcome to Duolingo! Currently I am learning 3 languages: Mandarin, Russian, and Japanese. I thought of Chinese first because there’s just too many Chinese around me. I am very much interested with the written characters. I would like to be able to understand what the signs are if I ever come across them, or read a newspaper if ever I get to visit Hongkong, maybe.


What prompted me to learn Russian is the ability to read crochet patterns. Russian crochet designers are real good! I even added a Russian keyboard

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Online Games to Improve Vocabulary

Almost everyone online plays a game or two (or even more) to relax or enjoy. Most are a waste of time. What I’d like to spend my time on would be games that can be relaxing or enjoyable, at the same time educational.

Word games fall in that category.

Among those I’ve tried, Scrabble by Mattel is the best, followed by Words with Friends. However, the latter does not load on my tablet so I can only play it when using the PC. The good thing about the former, it’s just like the real board game.

With Scrabble, if someone plays a word I do not know, I can always check the dictionary. Then I learn. Continue reading “Online Games to Improve Vocabulary”

How to Memorize Pi Digits

I am not a fan of Math. I am good with what I need. I never thought of memorizing the pi digits following the decimal point since I have no need for it.

However, I am a fan of codes. I like cryptograms. I have developed my own ciphers just for the fun of it. I also wanted to be able to freely write in public without anyone being able to read my notes.

Memorizing is also not one of my strong points. I do create systems so I can figure things out.

Some months ago I was able to recall the first 300 digits of pi in just 2 days. So I know my system works. I did not, however, continue and follow through to store it in my long term memory. Again, I have no need for it. If you have a need for it, you can try my system and experience how it works fir you.

First, take note that A is 1, and Z is 26.

Next, the images that you pick/choose for your characters should be easily imagined. Tangible.

Then, make your story sequential. In a series. No parallel stories.

Be imaginative. You should be able to go as far as your imagination flows.

You can combine 2 numbers (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26) or you can separate them (1-9). As for standalone zeroes, you can use “nothing” or “null” or “void” or “zero” but you will have to give it extra effort. A 10 (J) or a 20 (T) will be easy.

You just have to assign a charater image for whatever number is in the sequence. You can automatically use 3.14 as “pi” so that you just concentrate on the succeeding numbers.

Example:
3.1415926535

8979323846

2643383279

5028841971

6939937510

5820974944

5923078164

0628620899

8628034825

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Just Do Something!

This blog domain had been existing for more than 11 years now. I was compelled to buy my own after having earned some from the blogging world much earlier. I had so much in my mind that I busy writing. After all, I was a better writer than a speaker. I often used to say, “my pen/keyboard is mightier than my tongue.”

About 5 years later I had some blogger friends say that they are in blogging hiatus. I just thought then, how could that be? It wasn’t until much much later that I understood the feeling.

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Fall, But Stand Up

It’s been almost a year since my last post.

I’ve had different thoughts on what to do about this site. I’ve thought of revamping it and making a store out of it, with products that cater to babies and accessories. All handmade. That way I can produce items in a fairly shorter time than if I make big items. Most of the time, I make new designs, and I continuously make something new, thus, I could not stay in a big project and expect to sell sooner than later. I’ve asked my better half to design my website sometime in December last year. He is just waiting for my materials/content.

A few hours ago I’ve been asked by him if I no longer blog. I said, not at this time. He asked why.  I answered that I just got lazy. He retorted, “just got lazy???” Continue reading “Fall, But Stand Up”

Getting Ready for this Year’s Festival Show During the Feast of Tabernacles in Baguio City

The Festival Show is an evening event that is presented to the Feast goers in Baguio City under the banner of the United Church of God. This will be the 4th year that I will be coordinating it. It will never be the same since I’ve always depended on my mom for the costumes (she sewed most of them in the past). Now that she’s gone I have to resort to immediate plan B.

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Free Pattern: “Butterflies” Tatted Anklet

by C5

I wanted the concept of having butterflies as bracelet or anklet where the wings would really look like they were flapping, not just flat. So I drew my initial concept, with the tatting flow in mind. As I was tatting, however, the pattern changed as I saw fit.

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Free Pattern: “9 Clubs” Tatted Bracelet

by C5

I’ve been wanting to tat a bracelet that has no need for any additional clasp to lock it except that it comes from the thread in use. I’ve had a couple of tests and finally, this version has made it to the finals: the creation of the pattern.

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