Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lunch and 'Cluny Love'

I thought I'd be in the mood to go out shopping today, until I saw all the crazy people at the stores and said, 'Forget it.' Instead, a friend and I had lunch at an Irish pub and watched the Detroit Lions go down in history as the first NFL team to go 0-16. Yay for the home team! Ha! Well, at least the food was good. Corned beef on rye, thick sliced steak fries, cole slaw, and ice cream for dessert.

When I got home, I practiced some more clunies, then attempted Sherry's 'Cluny Love' butterfly. Not great, but not too bad either. I feel a sense of accomplishment because even though they're not the prettiest clunies, I was at least able to do them. I've now completed every butterfly in Sherry's book, The Exquisite Collection of Tatted Butterflies. I don't think I've ever done every pattern in a book before, tatted or crochet. This is a first!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Progress!

In the battle to successfully weave a cluny, I finally won! I seriously was beginning to think I'd never get it. My biggest problem has been the center thread loosening up on me, which kept turning everything into a big knotted mess. Then I came across Stephanie Peters' Cluny intructions. So, one Steph P. has helped another Steph P. advance her tatting skills. I truly feel I have accomplished something on this rainy Saturday.

Of course, I have to share a picture of my endeavor. The cluny closest to the ring is deformed because the I closed the loops in the wrong order. That was quickly amended with the second, near perfect (to me, anyway), cluny. Yay me!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Quantiesque

Well, here we are! Christmas Eve! So one more ornament before calling it a year. I chose to do Jon's Quantiesque for the finale. Being that I'm a weirdo, I made mine in aqua, white, and black using DMC size 80.

:D




Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another motif or two

Heather, aka The Tarnished Tatter, has a new book called Motifs-A-Many available in a normal book format or PDF for those of us who want instant gratification(like me). It is just fantastic! The motifs in the book are also tatted in her own HDTs, too. Very pretty. I tatted a couple of the motifs today. Of course, I chose to do the Christmas-y ones.




The little tree is done in LadyShuttleMaker's size 80 'Rockies' with pink silver-lined beads. The candy cane is tatted with Flora 50.

Nice job on the book, Heather!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A blizzard!

No, not the tatted kind, but a real blizzard yesterday! Twelve inches of snow by 11:30 a.m. The onslaught began promptly at 5 o'clock in the morning. It was like someone flipped a lightswitch. One minute, clear skies and the next you couldn't see more than three feet in front of you. I'd show you all some pictures, but there's nothing to see except a big square of white. Haha! Knowing I'd be snowed in, I stocked at the grocery store so I wanted for nothing. It was actually nice being snowed in, very peaceful and quiet, and I got done some things I have been putting off, such as cleaning and organizing my closets.

One of my neighbors has a beautiful Christmas lights display that I love to look at. Last night, he added candles to the window sills, which makes his home look very inviting. This inspired me to go through my books and big binders full of patterns. Off the shuttles last night came this:



The pattern for this lovely little candle is courtesy of Jane! I had a good time tatting it and the beadwork was good practice. There is an alternate version which uses brass rings that I really want to try. Maybe later today I'll head out to see if I can find some.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mail call!

Ooooh, looky what the mailman brought today!

Some luscious HDT from Sherry, I just had to grab that 'Dark Chocolate'. Mmmmm...chocolate. There's also 'Holly Jolly Christmas', 'Valentine', and 'Chocoween'. Above them are two gorgeous little needle minders from Nordic Needle. I couldn't decide between the dragonflies or the lily of the valley, so I got them both!



From Zigzag Corner came some books, Tatting by Myra Piper, Tatted Ornaments and Decorations by Helen Chesno, and Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman. Searching around on Etsy.com, I found Mark Myers book, Tatted Gathering of Angels for five dollars. Had to get that one, too.


Myra Piper's book is definitely my favorite of the bunch. After seeing some of the motifs Tatting Goddess has tatted from it, I just had to get it. So thanks to her for a great recommendation!

Also, I got a nice big package this past weekend of HDT from Yarnplayer. If you haven't bought some of her 'Pansy', you are missing out. Here's a little sample of it tatted up, 'Heart's Desire' by Sue K. Fuller.



I know I've said before that some of her other colorway were my favorites, but this one definitely takes the cake. I have some big plans for this colorway after Christmas. Thanks, Marilee!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

11 days to go! EDITED to add poinsettia pattern

Happy Sunday! Well, there won't be a tree for the tatted ornaments this year. I decided to give each of my coworkers an ornament for Christmas, which leaves me with about twelve ornaments out of approximately sixty-five. That would be one sad little tree and there is no way I'd get enough done before Xmas to make it look full -- not that I won't try!

So as I start over, here are two to add to next year's tree:


The camel was tatted in Finca size 16 and I just noticed I forgot to add fringe to the bottom of his fancy saddle. The poinsettia is tatted in size 80 DMC, green and variegated reds. This one gave me fits because I had such a hard time joining them together with the yellow. I ended up missing a red petal, so don't look too closely at the center. It's not right, but I think I can come up with a way to hide it.

Both ornaments are by Dolly Hollander, but I can't give you the URL to find them because I ain't sharing. Just kidding! Actually, I do believe I got them from the old Round Robins site that was run by Maus. I must have saved close to sixty patterns before the site was dismantled. It was definitely my favorite place to get patterns from. This was in the days when tatting was still new to me and I had no idea of all the websites dedicated to the craft.


LOOKY HERE--------> Poinsettia pattern


:)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A few more...

I'm just loving everyone's blogs more and more! The Christmas-y things you are all doing is beginning to put me in the Christmas spirit, which is sorely lacking this year. Not that I haven't been trying to feel it. I guess it's just all the bad things we get bombarded with are taking its toll. 2008 has been a horrible year and I can't wait until its over. 2009 has just got to be better.

Some random Xmas-y things...




The sleigh is Pam Palmer's and tatted in Pizzazz. It's not complete yet. Santa and some gifts need to be added and the whole thing framed as it'll be too big to hang on a tree. The teeny snowflakes came from the need to empty some shuttles. The patterns came from Oh! My Stars, DMC Tatting For Today, and Blomqvist and Persson's Tatting Patterns and Designs.

Snowmen! I love them so. A pattern from Deb Arnold from DS9 Designs. The backdrop for these is a snowcovered barn cross stitched on 32-count raw linen. If you look closely, you can see that some of the details are actually ceramic buttons from Mill Hill. I intend to get this framed, but it gets forgotten about and put back in the drawer. Now that it's out, I'll take it to Michaels for framing. Good thing for that 40% off coupon.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Spirit, Part Two!

I got my hands on some teeny tiny(size 15/0) seed beads this weekend. Ten colors in 2.5 gram containers for ten dollars. As a bonus, they were silver lined which I think really makes the beads stand out. They're perfect for size 80 thread, so it was time to experiment.

The little wreath (designed by Samantha Melnychuk) originally called for clusters of three in the center rings, but that really overwhelmed it, so I used one for each. Yarnplayer's 'Forest' was used to tat it.

The patriotic star is from Monica Hahn's Christmas book. The thread is an old, old ball of Star 70. I wish I would've put more thought into the beads on this one. A bead separating each center ring would have really set it off.

The big snowflake is Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting, The Tenth Day of December. I used size 20 in Yarnplayer's 'Morning Glory'. Perfect color for snowflakes.

The green one is from Maus' old Round Robin site. There's supposed to be a charm hanging in the center, but I used Olympus 40 thread so the space was too small. I used pearls on each center picot instead.

The little pink variegated snowflake is from Blomqvist and Persson's book, Tatting Patterns and Designs. This is one of my favorite books to tat from. I picked this little gem up at a book sale at the local library for $1.00. Can't beat that.




And one more thing, this is my 2008 Christmas door wreath. Every year I make a new one, then give away the one from the previous year. Little Christmas mice hard at work making the wreath for me. Isn't that nice? The patterns are an old Leisure Arts leaflet I got from Country Yarns. If there's something on the list you don't see, all you have to do is email Jeannie and she'll go dig for it and let you know if she has it. She's really quick in responding to emails, too.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A bit o' Christmas spirit

I've been working on some ornaments in assorted shapes and thread sizes. I'm going to get a small white tabletop tree to put hang them on. They'd get lost on my big tree and I want them to be seen! There was no way I was going to try to brave the crowds this weekend. I won't get on the soap box, so I'll just say this: People tend forget that we're supposed to be a civilized race. The few bucks I'd have saved isn't really worth the risk. Black Friday, bah!

On to the happier stuff... The little tourmaline basket is a Rosemarie Peel pattern tatted in size 40. I whipped up the little holly motif out of size 80 and a few red beads to give it a Christmas-y feel.

The candy cane is from Pam Palmer's Tatting Treats Two. I think I used Cebelia size 30.

And the little bell(my favorite!) is from tattrlady, aka Wanda's Knotty Thoughts. The thread is size 80 'Country Christmas' from LadyShuttleMaker's shop. The color was originally a special order for LaceLovin' Librarian. Thanks, Diane! At the time, I was in the mood to play with bead, so I added a teardrop aurora borealis bead in the center and a faceted bead on the clapper to jazz it up a bit. Just click on the picture to see it larger than life. :)




More on the way either later today or tomorrow!

Friday, November 28, 2008

An interesting eBay find

Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am an eBay addict. Not a week goes by, that I don't buy something. Usually, it's something under $10 including postage. I just can't help myself!

Anyhow, as I was on my daily eBay jaunt I came across an interesting tatting related item. "Hmmm", I thought to myself... "it's only $2.75, $7.00 with shipping included." Bid! Won!!



Look at that! The original ball of thread and ribbon is still unused.




But what makes this such an interesting find? This...



Yep, it's a Lael Morgan shuttle. For $2.75, plus shipping and handling I couldn't resist. I'd probably be kicking myself forever if I didn't at least try to win the item. The day after I bid on this one, I came across another kit for $4.95, but the snowflakes are 3-D. So, of course I bid on that one and won, too! So I am now the proud owner of two Lael shuttles. It will be interesting to tat with this type of shuttle. I think I could make some lovely motifs in yarn with them. Teri Dusenbury wrote an interesting post about Lael Morgan back in September. If you don't read Teri's blog, you should. Lots of good stuff and very informative.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Look what the mailman brought today!



Sherry Pence's 'Royal Diadem' pattern. I can't wait to tat this one, but I won't be able to get to it until after Christmas. *sad face* It has very clear unstructions and lots of helpful hints and tips throughout the book so you don't get stuck, too. As a bonus, the book comes with two handy dandy picot gauges so you get 'em just right.



It's obvious to me that tons of love and hard work went into this book. Great job, Sherry. I hope you sell bunches of bunches of them.

And congrats to Diane for winning the 'Name The Doily' contest!


One more thing... Yes, that is Sherry's autograph on the thank you page. I asked her if she would sign it. She probably thinks I'm a complete cornball... :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Feeling purple-ish

When I first learned to tat, the lesson on beads was the Christmas Wreath from Pam Palmer's Tatting Treats Three. Today, I was thinking about my tatting teacher, a lovely lady named Sharon Lemke, so I pulled out the pattern and tatted one up! This one is for Sharon. I wonder how she's doing....




Tatted with Kreinik #8 fine braid with pink 11/0 seed beads and topped off with a silver bow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fun with picot gauges

I've never been one to use a picot gauge. I'm pretty good at just eyeballing them. Until today, that is. I'm making bookmarks for Christmas presents using Dianna Stevens' Animal Bookmarks A Tatted Zoo. The kids are going to love them!

Anyhow, some of the critters call for very long picots that require the use of a picot gauge. I cut an old credit card to the sizes I needed and I was off to the races. Piece of cake, right? Oh boy, was I wrong wrong wrong! I got the hang of it after a while. Definitely something I am going to have to practice, though. You can see my improvement from one bookmark to the other.

The cockerel is tatted in 'Nicobar Pigeon', size 20. He was bookmark #2 and his picots are marvelous. The peacock was tatted in 'Helms Deep' and 'Seaweed', size 80. He was my test subject. Not too bad, but I'm not giving this one as a gift. I'll revisit this pattern in a few days time and try it again.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Celtic Snowflakes

Clyde kindly posted the link to the pattern for Ruth Perry's Celtic Snowflake the other day. Being a glutton for punishment (I've only tried Celtic tatting once), I gave it a try. Beautiful. Ruth's instructions are clear as a bell and the only problem I had was joining in the wrong place a few times. I had a lot of fun with it.

Ta da!!



The smaller snowflake was tatted in Lady Shuttlemaker's "Icicle", size 80, and the larger one is tatted with Yarnplayer's "Snowflake", size 20.

Friday, November 7, 2008

'Nicobar Pigeon' Heart



Look at this thread! Isn't it fantastic? Me thinks it's my new favorite HDT from Yarnplayer's Etsy Shop.


I don't know who the designer for the heart is, but I do know that I found it on a free website somewhere. If you'd like the pattern, it is HERE.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Losing stuff

Almost everytime I sit down to tat, I lose something. Usually, it's my hook for joining picots. A few times I thought the answer to the solution would be to find a Milwards shuttle that has the hook with a handle on one end. Only I'm not going to pay those outrageous prices I see them going for on eBay.

Instead, I made my own set of unloseable (Is that a word? It is now.) hooks. I cut down three of the 1,539 hooks(because I might lose one)laying around, drilled a hole, added jump rings and connected it to this very handy clip-on retractor I found in the quilting section of Joann, etc. Voila, I don't lose my hooks anymore. All the materials were things I already had for different craft projects. The only thing I paid for was the retractor, a whopping $4.99. It's also great for holding a small pair of thread snips, too.

My first Spinning Wheel



I can definitely see why LaceLovin'Librarian Diane loves to tat these so much. On this rainy Sunday, I decided to do one too! It took me less than two hours, probably closer to 90 minutes. This is tatted with Summer Trail HDT in size 40.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

One more punkin

This pattern came from Georgia Seitz's site. I didn't even realize I had it until I was going through some tatting stuff tonight. Tatted with some old Star cotton in size 70, variegated oranges(color 137) and green(color 127.5).

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I haven't been doing too much lately other than lurking... and buying. I've gotten bunches of HDT in the past couple weeks and books. I'm pretty sure I have enough stuff to last until I'm 174 years old, but I still don't have anything to work with. Go figure.

A little pumpkin that I think looks like a peach, tatted in Sherry's 'Autumn Medley' size 20.


Three Hearts: Jon's Heart tatted in Sherry's 'Marina' HDT size 80, Old Fashioned Heart tatted in Flora size 50, and Cloverdrop Heart tatted in 'Berry Burst'HDT size 20. I ran out of the 'Berry Burst' with two rings to go, so I used purple Flora and it was a darn near match!



Lastly, I tatted this for a friend: the Collosians Cross from Tatmom's page. Tatted in DMC color 111, size 80.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Rainbow Bright

I got it! Of course, I had to tat something up as soon as I got it out of the envelope. First up is a spiral from thisntat.com and a pearl tatted star from Kaye B. Judt's book, Oh My Stars!

Pamela definitely has a hit on her hands with this thread. I do believe if she ever decides to discontinue it, she'll have a riot on her hands!

I also want to thank Pamela for contacting me as soon as she had some available and for the little sample of her 'Berry Burst', too. Forever grateful I shall be.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Boo!

More block tatting practice! This time it was Halloween motifs from Martha's book, Holidays On The Block. The ghost is one of Tatman's designs. I made the picots a smaller so it looks less frilly and did the face in black so it was scarier, kinda like ghosts should be. If you notice, Froggy has lost a finger! That's because some mean ol' witch used it in a potion.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Computer problems!

Arrgh! My desktop has been acting up as of late, so I refurbished an older laptop which is actually nicer than my Dell. Go figure. Now that I have that mostly straightened out, I'll be back this weekend to post some pics of the latest TIAS and my progress with block tatting.

On a side note...

One of my dearest friends, Donna, has decided that it's time I learn how to knit. For whatever reason, I have never been able to figure it out. Well, she's determined that I do figure it out, so we'll see how that goes. Ha!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

TIAS Day 8

Well, we're 2/3 of the way home. I can honestly say that I don't have a clue what it is I am tatting. I thought I did, but now I'm not so sure. Ha!



Once this is said and done, I'll definitely be re-tatting this thing in a more appealing color combo. Three shades of green? What was I thinking?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More block tatting

TIAS #4 finally broke the ice for me to practice block tatting. With every new technique, I shy away from it no matter how badly I want to learn it. I'm not as bad as I used to be, thanks to all the great people in Blogland. Without you all, I'd still be doing hens and chicks with size 10 thread and that's all.

Here is my latest go at block tatting, Inga Madsen's giraffe:



Still have to work on my tension, but getting better! He was done with DMC size 80 (color #51)thread and is about 3.75 inches high and 2 inches across. To join the picots, I had to use a #15 hook (.04mm). He was a lot of fun to tat, not to mention that I love love love giraffes!

Thanks to Jane Eborall for coming up with that one shuttle technique to do this. Brilliant!

Now it's off to Martha Ess' block tatting books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for the past three months.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

TIAS Day 5

What is it?! I see some of us think it may be a candle. Hmmm....one of Sherry's hints was 'illuminate', but after seeing Day 5 completed I've been pondering it. Maybe this is a 3-D TIAS. Could it be a church or chapel of some sort? They are illuminated either by electric light or candles. Hmmmm.... I wonder.

My block tatting definitely leaves something to be desired, but I wanted to get caught up and this was my first serious attempt at the technique, hence the sloppy work. Green, green and green!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

An ode to summer...

...how I already miss thee !

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Adonis and Lorella

I've been catching up on everyone's blogs and see that Tatskool has done yet another Cornelia! Seeing that made me get the fever to do one, too. Only I ended up making Lorella instead of Cornelia. For the hundredth time, I have to say that I love Iris' patterns. Lorella was tatted with DMC size 80 thread in variegated reds, some people call it Poppy Red. Nice and vibrant, I love it. Of course, it would be one of the colors that have been discontinued. It measures just under five inches (about 12.7 cm). The next one I'm going to do will be another Milena. You may remember I showed a picture of a half completed one a while back. I gifted it to a friend who fell in love with it and forgot to take a finished picture! D'oh!



The butterfly flitting about is one of Sherry's awesome patterns. He is called Adonis and was tatted in Flora 20 in dark purple and lime green, which are two of my favorite color combos. Why? I have no idea. Speaking of our Lady Shuttlemaker, I really really really wish she'd grace us all with another book soon! *hint hint* I can't wait to try my hand at her 'Royal Diadem'.

My hands haven't been bothering me at all lately. I thought for sure they would after making Lorella, but not a flinch!

Back to school I go on the 29th after having the whole summer off. Advanced Database Management and Marketing Principles 101 this semester. The marketing class makes me nervous for some reason. Maybe I'll see if there are any openings left for the online class.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Good morning!

Hello everyone! I had to take a break for a bit because my wrists have been bothering me lately. Not on the underside, but on top, especially my pinky and ring fingers of my left hand. I know it's because I have a tendency to push myself to finish something instead of taking a break when feeling fatigued or sore. I'm also a lefthanded person who crochets and tats righthanded, which makes one of my crochet pals think is the culprit. I think not. It's probably more that I will tat, crochet, and/or cross stitch from sunup to sundown if I have nothing better to do. So I don't end up with a more severe injury, I decided I have to limit myself to 45 minutes of tatting, etc a day.

Yesterday I picked up a shuttle for the first time in two weeks. I tatted for about thirty minutes and was pain free, so that's a good thing. With TIAS #4 starting in a few days, I wanted to be able to get back into the swing of things. I've been going crazy not knowing what to do with my hands! Good thing I love to read and eat chocolate. That took my mind off my self-imposed tatting exile.

I've been catching up on everyone's blogs and will be commenting soon. Miss you all!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vegas #2 and Honor

Two lovely butterflies designed by LadyShuttleMaker. Destined to be appliques for a pair of jeans. Vegas(top) was tatted in Flora #20 in Dark Pink, Pink, and Dark Yellow. Honor(bottom) was tatted in Finca #8 in Dark Geranium and Pale Yellow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A bird? A plane? No, it's a....

Dragon! He sprang from my shuttles in about an hour. Definitely one of the coolest and most fun patterns I've done. More dragons in different sizes and colors are sure to follow. What would a bunch of dragons be? A herd? A flock? A school? Hmmm....




EDITED TO ADD: It's a flight! A group of dragons is known as a flight of dragons. Wow, I have waaaaaayy too much time on my hands today.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A couple pictures...



A dragonfly and a little doodle...
This dragonfly is Riet's pattern from Georgia's online tatting class. The SSSR technique I was finally able to wrap my brain around was the Fast and Easy Split Chain found of Jane Eborall's page. Tatman's page has a great photo pictorial, too. I know it says split chain, but Georgia's lesson states the ring is done the same way and it worked! So I guess I did it right! Like a lot of other folks, the fever to learn the SSSR came from seeing AnneB's dragon on eTatters. She used a different way of doing the SSSR. From the looks of it, both halves of the ring are completed before moving on to the next one, unlike Riet's. I'll have to work on that. I may be misinterpreting it. The dragonfly is tatted in a discontinued Flora color(no. 83) in size 10.

The little (quarter sized) doodle is and experiment with polyester thread, Signature size 30 in the color Mallard. I found it in a discount bin at Joann Etc. Very hard to work with! The rings were so hard to close even after adjusting my tension. The color is pretty though, it's not quite as dark as the scan shows.

A little bit of cross stitch, too! As I said in my previous post, I made a big OOPS! with my HDT so I went in another direction for a while. Here is one of the Halloween projects I'm working on.


There is a second one called 'Beware of Cat' that I finished to go with this, but it's in my craft tote that I left in my truck. I'm feeling too lazy to walk the whole 25 feet to go get it. Birds Of A Feather patterns are something of an acquired taste because some of them are a bit on the macabre side or (as some people say) grotesque, but I love them. I'm so bummed they no longer design cross stitch charts.

Friday, August 8, 2008

08.08.08!

Happy August everyone! I've been catching up on everyone's blogs and the bunches of new ones that seem to have popped up. As I was clicking away reading them all, I glanced at the clock and realized two hours ahd gone by. I love it! So many new tatters and established tatters sharing their thoughts. Excellent.

As for me, I haven't done much lately. My Iris doily, Milena, hit a snag when my mind began to wander and I missed a ring and made a join in the wrong place. **cries** There's no way I'm going to cut it out and waste my precious HDT, so I laid it aside for the time being. Instead of tatting, I've been cross stitching. I'll add a pic to this post later. I've been feeling a bit Halloween-y. It's a Halloween themed cat from Birds Of A Feather. Sadly, BOAF no longer is no longer in the cross stitch business. I really love their patterns and hand dyed linens. See? More hand-dyed stuff! Maybe I'm an addict after all.

Back to tatting, today I made my first purchase from Tat's All. I ordered some of that lovely Accent rayon thread I read about on Jeff's blog. It will make some gorgeous snowflakes. I also found Pam Palmer's peacock pattern on eBay and am currently (impatiently) waiting for the mailman to deliver it. Can't wait to do that one. I think I will frame it and give it to my mom for Christmas. I also finally learned how to make a split chain and single shuttle split ring. Now that is a HUGE accomplishment for me. They've been the bane of my tatting existence. Now I feel like I moved to another level. Yay me!

Well, that's all for now. I'm going to meet a friend for lunch, then we'll spend about three hours in the bookstore. It's not like I don't have a teetering stack of new unread books already. What's a few more, right? This is definitely one of my favorite ways to spend the day. It might be kind of dangerous considering I have a zero balance on my Visa right now! Oh no! Just kidding, I'll be good. Maybe.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cacti and snowflakes in July

I love cacti and succulents. So many different varieties and all are beautiful, even the ugly ones. There are approximately 15 pots of them on my balcony. I look forward to July, not just for the hot steamy weather but because my cacti begin to bloom. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of this particular plant that is showing off its bright pink flowers (haworthia, maybe?). I'm really proud that it did bloom, because during the winter it was infested with such a severe case of mealybugs that all I could do was take some cuttings that were untouched. The mother plant was very large and about ten years old, so it was quite sad to lose it. It was also my first succulent. In the second picture, is a blooming living rock, also known as lithops. They are so cute!


The long blades of what looks like grass is really the leaves of a ponytail palm(beaucarnea recurvata).




And now for the snowflakes...

I began working out of Jon's wonderful book this morning. I just can't gush enough about it. The patterns are so cleverly written yet simple. Beautiful!! I'm going to end up with a blizzard soon, I just know it.

Here is Aladdin with and without beads. Tatted in Olympus No.40, variegated blues...


With 11/0 silver lined seed beads...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just a bit of blabber....

Haven't been doing too much of anything lately. I realized I needed to take a break for a bit because I have been overdoing it. The few projects I did attempt ended up irretrievably tangled, destined for the trash bin.

Part of my problem has been worrying too much about the things I can't control, like gas prices or GM teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Being that I work in the automotive industry and live in a State with an 8.5% unemployment rate (which I may soon be a part of) makes it hard to ignore what is happening. Thus, my anxiety ends up being taken out on defenseless tatting shuttles, crochet hooks and thread.

But, I can't sit for too long without having something for my hands to do, so I started a new project yesterday. It was back to another of Iris' doilies, 'Milena'.
Here is my progress so far, worked in LadyShuttleMaker's 'Marina', size 80:



The colors are not really that harsh, it's my scanner that makes them look that way. I really love this colorway. Once I get my tatting allowance built back up, I will be buying more from her and a few other colors, too.

I also got Jon's book of snowflakes on Tuesday. Oooh, I love them! I even went out and bought a few different types of beads to work them with. The patterns will lend themselves well to the beads, as I've seen from Tattycat's posts lately. Well, enough for now. I am going to sit on the balcony and enjoy the evening breeze now that the temperatures are down to a tolerable degree. It's been in the 90's the past few days. Even though I'm complaining, I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Orange Creamsicle

I'm still into tatting doilies lately, even though I go really s-l-o-w. I came across this one in an old Workbasket, August '63. What really caught my eye about this one is the medallions that make up the outermost round. It went fairly quickly, even though there are a few quirky joins in the final round. All went well until I ran out of thread with two medallions to go. Arrgh! But, I am posting a pic anyway. Time for a Handy Hands shopping spree...

I used an Olympus thread in size 40 that reminds me of orange creamsicles, one of my favorite frozen treats.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Public domain question

Hello everyone. Hope the holiday was a good one. I have a question about public domain. How do you know if something is in the public domain and if it's okay to post or publish the item in question?

I came across a huge stack of Workbasket magazines this past weekend and would like to share some of the patterns with everyone in Tat Land. It would be a shame for them to collect dust for another forty years. But I haven't done anything with them because I don't know the rules or regulations regarding this subject. I've asked around, but have gotten conflicting answers. That's why I'm asking you all. Hopefully, someone in the tatting community can clear the air for me. Thanks!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday America!



From the Workbasket, June-July '94. Done with Finca No.16 and 11/0 seed beads.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I'm back!

Hello everyone! Long time, no blog. I needed time to refresh my hands. Besides tatting, I also like to crochet. A co-worker of mine asked if I could make a christening set for her newest grandchild. Thinking that said grandchild wasn't making her debut in the very near future, I said, "Sure, I'll make one for you." At which time she said, "The christening is Saturday, June 21." What?! That gives me a whole six days to get this thing done. Oh crap. With such a short amount of time, I wasn't going to do a very fancy one, I told her. She had no problem with that and we agreed on a price. I delivered, she and her daughter were extremely pleased, but my hands hated me. I think they still do! The baby is just an teeny little thing, so the gown is a short one in size 0-6 months.Without furher delay, here is the object of all my pain and suffering:

Gown



Cap and Booties



Even though I wasn't up to tatting, I was up to shopping! I have lots to show, but the camera needs batteries so I'll have more to show later. I purchased some of Marilee's 'Summer Trail' and Sherry's 'Marina'. Out in the northern rural part of Macomb County, the local governments have been turning old abandoned railroad tracks into hiking/biking trails. The program is called 'Rails to Trails'. I absolutely love to go out there and walk them in the summer. Lots of small creeks and wildlife, it's very peaceful. I love it and can't get enough.Well, the first time I saw Marilee's 'Summer Trail', I had to have it. I could just smell all of the wildflowers on the trails.

Last night, I felt up to tatting some. So here is one of my favorite patterns. It's a fan that makes a great bookmark. I've made it many times for gifts. I lost the original, so I just went by memory. Tatted with 'Summer Trail', size 40.