#ChibiCon2015 – Lesson learned ‪#CCSakurabana

This years ChibiCon, “small” winter festival held by Sakurabana Belgrade, is over. It was fantastic, fun and tiresome for “us” on the “other side” of the selling stands.

For years I’m participating in Artist Alley, that’s arts and crafts selling part of ChibiCon and Japanizam. And every year I underestimate the number of hairbands/necky’s for my stand. Well this year it was total bust! All my stuff was gone only 3h after opening on the first day. I had 12 sets of hairbands and neko chokers made as a gift for Sakurabana, even that was sold out until the end of first day (all money from that went to Sacurabana as donation for  #CCSakurabana).

In a nutshell, I learned my lesson!!! And I’m starting with preparations for this year Japanisam2015 NOW!!!
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This year I had to face the worse thing any one who make craft can face – to tell that I don’t have more hairbands/neko chokers and to see disappointed look on children’s faces. I don’t want to face that feelings ever again 😦

As for ChibiCon 2015 goes, this was everything but SMALL festival!!! The number of people was unexpected more than 2000 people for 2 days!!! You can read how our organizers have experienced this year’s ChibiCon in their report (it’s on my native language – Serbian so be sure to turn on translator in your browser):
ChibiCon 2015 Report 

As for my impressions goes – I had to miss most of it once again. I did manage to take few quick snapshots on the other day, with traditionally poor camera.

This was my spot Sulless Art

And these where some of the other participants in Artist Alley:

On the second day Mina Mistiqarts an me had our place under the spotlights with lecture “Anime vs Jdorama”
These pictures are from official Sakurabana album taken by Bojan Vasiljević

Of course, the “backbone” of every event are volunteers, and this year they where helping and giving “free hugs” 🙂

Bit one thing that really made me happy is a piece of paper, this one<3
Well, I’m going back to my crochet hook.

My first pattern!!!

Few days ago I stumbled upon a picture of crocheted collar made by Ruth Brock. There was just a picture of collar, small one at that from one of the crochet magazines. And to be perfectly honest at first it seemed to me like tatting, in the end I found out that this is actually crochet!


Never the less the idea of adapting the pattern was so strong that I did just that in the end and this is a result (and yeah there is a mistake in first motif, I learned my lesson newer to talk on the phone when tatting):



This is how it should look 🙂




And this is the pattern:

You need ball and 1 shuttle.

(R – ring, Ch – chain, + – join, rw – revers, p – picot, sp – small picot, lp – long picot)

R1: 10 ds p 10 ds, rw

Ch: 20 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 3 ds, rw

R2: 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R3: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, +p (to a first ring), 5 ds, p, 5ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R4: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, +p (to nearest small picot), 5 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 3 ds, rw

R5: 5 ds, +p (to a second picot of R4), 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R6: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R7: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, +p (to nearest small picot), 5 ds +p (to nearest small picot), 5ds, sp, 3 ds, rw

R8: 5 ds, +p (to first picot of R7), 5ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R9: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, lp, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R10: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, +p (to nearest small picot), 5 ds +p (to nearest small picot), 5 ds +p (to nearest small picot), 20 ds, rw

R11: 10 ds, +p (to second picot of R9), 10 ds, rw

Ch: 20 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 3 ds, rw

R12: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R13: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, +p (to second picot of R9), 5 ds, p, 5 ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, rw

R14: 5 ds, p, 5 ds, p , 5 ds, p, 5ds, rw

Ch: 3 ds, +p (to nearest small picot), 5 ds, sp, 5 ds, sp, 3 ds, rw

From this point pattern goes the same as previously made from R3.

I do hope that I did manage to write pattern correctly, this is my first time I’m writing pattern on my own.

Well I always did find easier to make tatting out of diagram pattern than written one so this might help you (in deciphering my written pattern).


I hope that you enjoy in this pattern.

P. S. : If someone knows the lady which pattern I adjusted I’m asking you to leave me her mail address so I can contact her. Thank you! 🙂

Happy Tatting!!!

Tick tock the clock is ticking T-4

It is finally time for me to stop being so lazy and update my blog.  Reason? By definition I shouldn’t have any special reason but around this time of year there is one, BIG one.

Ti’s only 4 days left until beginning of Japanizam in organization of NGO Sakurabana, and as you all know I participate every year in Artist alley part.

Now I have to be honest, I wasn’t all that lazy, preparations for  Artist Alley takes time, lots of it. And this year I had focus on special treat (pictures below will tell all)

IMG_20140624_002744Lol, not that one! This ones 🙂

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And yes he is my little helper, my inspiration and he is a reason why my neko necklaces and nekomimi hairbands are not suitable for people allergic to cats :(.

Since my focus was on crocheting I didn’t do much of a tatting lately, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t have any of tatted lace on display.  In fact , I plan to give huge discount on all tatted items since I plan to make space for new collections.

So, this year all tatted items will be on 50 – 70% discount!

(I have to emphasize that most of these are not my designs and when I found time to post them on my FB Page  in description you’ll be able to see  names of a designers with proper credits)

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Well, that’s it, for today. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about plans for this years Japanizam program, and maybe some of creative mess (mostly just mess – LOL )   that is my working environment.

See ya all in FOUR DAYS!!!

Renulek’s 2014 Spring Doily – first times, complicating a life and some other things that make me smile :)

For a long time I didn’t had any entries to this blog, real life caught up with me big time – and in a good way too ^_^

Past couple of months I was lucky – I had chance to experience some thing for the first time in my life. Best of them is that my bf moved in and now we live together.

Sometime before end of 2013. I joined No Hate speech on the internet movement and had a chance to work with junior school kids with special needs. My heart was filled with joy and warmth for those brave and creative young people.

And last but not least “first time” is about tatting!

I joined tat-a-long project on InTatters forum. Project “Renulek’s 2014 Spring Doily” began on Renulek’s blog. And this is officially my first time that I tat doily!!! Now, I have confession to make – I love, love, love doily’s!!! Mostly people around me make fun of that (making jokes that I’m gonna put them on a top of TV or my PC monitor) which is a reason for me to avoid making them until now.

Well, I gathered my courage,  I clenched my teeth and dove in to this project with great enjoyment! So far I finished 3 rounds

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At this point my complicating of life started :D. I wanted to do round 4 with all rings in blue and all chains in beige so I tried something new – tatting with 2 shuttles and a ball.

In my first attempt I realized that I have to  “tie up” shuttles somehow when I’m doing chains – if they are not tied they “run” >_<, and finally I came up with this solution


Bit uncomfortable for work , slowed me down considerably but I got desired effect. Or so I thought!!!  My chains where bulky, much ticker than the rest of my work and they literally “killed” lacy look of my doily 😦

PICT0015In the end I had to abandon the ideal of different colors for rings and chains in that round, this morning I started to work round 4 in beige.

I’ll continue to write about my progress as much as my job permits (I can tat in a bus, plane or during small breaks but writing on the blog demands a bit more time).

And thing that makes me smile is  my soon to be born niece <3. I want to make for her pair of tatted baby booties and tatted baby bonnet as well as few crocheted baby booties.

Next week I plan a small break, to “recharge my batteries” before I start to realize all I plan to do and have to do kicks in with full strength and visit my best friend in Vienna.

In conclusion, this spring  will be busy, busy,  busy for me between my “together life”, my work and my tatting/crocheting – and I’m looking forward to it with all my heart!

I hope that all of you have at least as many reasons (if not even more) to smile this spring .

Happy life and happy tatting!