Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tatting ... tatting ... well, not actually tatting - just news ....

If you didn't already know --- Fox has a new address for her blog Tat-ology.  Link HERE or Visit her at:

I was delighted to have my name selected for Gracie's giveaway ... Needle Lace Flowers by Figen Cakir.   And, when envelope arrived, she enclosed a wonderful journal!   Isn't the cover pretty?   You may want to visit Gracie's blog, Needles, Pins + Dragonflies - Link HERE, to see her beautiful tatting, needlework, and more.   Don't forget to peek at her post - Rosie the Bear.   Too Cute!!!

 Notice a few shuttles hanging around the new books?  Yep, some round doilies and tatting shuttles arrived in the mail - from The Tatting Corner's recent sale.   I have not used the new shuttle with hook - pretty lime green : )  I bit larger than the Sunlit shuttle.    I thought I better start an 'edge' with a round piece, and not fuss with corners for my first try.

I saw this tatted edge on Tatlyn's blog, Tatting Treasures.    Then went on an on-line hunt!!!   I finally found the back issue of Old-Time Crochet (Autumn 1993)                   
 with the pattern.   It is Tatted Handkerchief Edging by Mary McCarthy.    I don't know if I'd put on anything - but was itching to give the pattern a try.

There are a couple more tatting related things in this issue:  Tatting Techniques by Rebecca Hollenbaugh  w/A Tatted Tab Collar in rose Motif and Picot Ribbon + Tatted Insertions.

Last load of laundry in the dryer - need to get the ironing started.   Enjoy!!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Four hours ...

The pattern is Marguerite by Mary Konior
from The Tatting Book of Patterns, p.29.
HH Lizbeth Size 20, Col 603.

I am a member of Lafayette Lacemakers & IOLI.   To keep the non for profit status, members keep track of volunteer time, which is submitted annually.   For tatting, it had always been a challenge to 'time' myself.   Recently, I found an on-line stop watch - link HERE, or in sidebar ... which has been a great helper for keeping track of time.    This edge is about 22" (I put as much fiber on the Lacis Shuttle that it would hold!)

Perhaps I will find another pattern for a 2nd edge to donate.   This one is easy to do as I have the pattern memorized.   

Friday, April 11, 2014

wee bit of tatting

Had some shuttles with beads loaded & made some doodles.   Grace Tan's heart pattern can be found on her blog - Grace Tats.   Carol's Butterfly pattern in the side bar or HERE.  I used Lizbeth, size 20 colors 139, 145 (pinks), 185 (blues/lavender).

While gathering with girlfriends, I tatted a familiar edge.                     
 The edge is called Marguerite
pattern by Mary Konior from A Tatting Book of Patterns.   Tatting for the Lafayette Lacemakers.    Not sure what event, but will be donated to the chapter for a Lace Demonstration event.   Using size 20 Lizbeth Color 603.    We were at the public library and after a test sample, I wandered upstairs to the book room.  The book with Johannes Vermeer's painting on the cover caught my eye first ... (The Girl with a Red hat, 1665/67).
 I found these five books, in five minutes, to total $4.50.   There are three books from a series called World of Art. Impressionism to Abstract Art has 207 illustrations, only 32 in color - but a nice book!  An AIC book about their collection -- and what I think a textbook with a beautiful photograph "Portrait of a Young Woman, called Mlle. Charlotte du Val d' Ognes"  1785.   Such a lovely image - says it is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.   So, I paid the $$$$ and am still awake browsing the art work instead of sleeping!!!   All are in good shape - and I didn't overpay per prices.   Fun ness.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Planning ahead

I bought some beautiful fiber from Marilee.   If you have not tried her HDT, head over to her etsy and see the lovely colorways!   A dream to tat with, too.   If Simon wasn't loose, I'd get it out of the safe place and take pictures ; )    As Simon is into everything, it is n't a good idea right now!

Boutique Tatting; Jewelry and Gift
Designs + Patterns

Jewelry + Gift Tatting Patterns

I brought a few tatting books with me to a recent gathering of creative friends.   My GFs are so talented and delightful to be around.   They teach classes, take classes -- bead jewelry, publish books -- crochet-bead jewelry [more on that in another post], knit, needlepoint, neeedlework on linen, etc.    My GFs seemed to enjoy Marilee's books and tatting projects.    I had them select something they would like, in the future.    Seems Marilee has a little bit of everything, in lovely colorways, and seems to be varied enough for all jewelry tastes.    I brought all four of her tatting books and GF, Sue, brought a Bead + Button magazine which featured Marilee's designs + an earring pattern..    They chose patterns from the three books shown above.

Currently,  I'm in the planning part of gathering up my fibers and beads.  These will be made with Marilee's HDT and Lizbeth fibers.  I have some beads, and GFs will pitch in with beads from their stash, too.  I want to use some fiber in my stash to test-tat some of the skills needed in the patterns.   Tho, am looking forward to creating something unique!    I'm hoping to get a few jewelry-things tatted this year and Wish me Luck!!!   I hope they will turn out as lovely as items shown in the books!   

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April 1st: International Tatting Day

These are the tatting pieces I shared earlier today:
This is my pattern. So bright and colorful!   I added some beads.   The beads were gifts (to me) from Lace-Lovin' Librarian and GF Beth.   I used HH Lizbeth size 20 Col 139, Col 131, + Col 117; and Flora 20, Col 13.    Free pattern, Link in side bar - HERE.

Carol's Butterfly Pattern - Lizbeth size 20, Col. 139

The lovely hearts are based on Grace Tan's pattern - Small Trefoil Heart.   I added beads.  I used HH Lizbeth Size 20, Col. 139.   Grace blogs at Grace Tats.    Link to free pattern - HERE.

The three yellow/creme butterfly are A Summer's Memory - Four Butterfly Patterns from Mary Maynard, Link HERE.     I was not able to get butterfly #3 tatted - all was a mess!!!  These were patterns from the On-Line weekly tatting class.   Link here.  Check out the class homework blog - link HERE.    May try these patterns again some day.    I used Flora 20, Color 13.   Beads from GF Beth and Diane who blogs as Lace-Lovin' Librarian.

I read about the Wednesday Challenge posted on the Shuttlebirds blog.   I like their challenges + do attempt from time-to-time.   The post is HERE.    Or FaceBook page link.   I pulled out the shuttles and tatted up some pieces to give away.    I met GB Beth and she had FIRST choice.   We went into her church and gave away all but 3 pieces to the Secretary, Manager, and the group of women who were sewing.   Enjoyed hearing about their tatting [needle tatting] and hearing about relatives who tatted.    We had lunch and I gave the last three away to the Cashier, helper, and cook!   All Gone ; )      

Monday, March 31, 2014

Local Quilt Show ....

Lovely finds in the "Garden Maze of Vendors".     Petals + Blooms web site link here.   I bought some 12 wt Sulky, needles, and a vintage hanky with tatted edge.  I probably should have picked up a spool of blue thread, too.   maybe next time.     Diane, blogging at Lace- Lovin' Librarian, was the first person I know who tatted with this Sulky fiber.   More on her post - link HERE

One of the vendors had closed a store 16 years ago.   Was an area of nostalgia!  I selected a charming sunbonnet sue pin.     Got to talking and she said she had a couple shuttles in a 'special bag'.  Not on display, under the table, behind the drape.    She gave them to me!   These shuttles are happy in their new home - Susan Bates [C J Bates + son Chester CT]and "Boye" improved.   [The Boye Needle Co. Chicago].

So many beautiful quilts - these were my favourite BLOCKS:

This, my favourite quilt - Ewe-Niquely Baltimore.   Sign said it was a Block-of-the-month - made in wool.  Very unique and lovely.   Also was given a special award from judge.  

 Thx Karol and Candy for meeting up with me.   I know I'm a snail when looking at everything.   You are both very patient and kind.

Additional kewl things found at the "Gathering Place Flea Market":

The books [above] are so BEAUTIFUL.   Both brand new, I paid $4/each

Bag of Buttons $3.   Plus one smaller bag for .50

More photos of quilts - if interested,
 Stitches of Life, link HERE.

For information on String-a-Long Quilt group, visit their web site - link HERE and Facebook page, link HERE.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

International Tatting Day Challenge

April 1st is International Tatting Day.    Do you visit Shuttlebirds -Words from the Knot House ... blog? 

I've been going thru little doodle patterns - to tat and GIVE AWAY on the first of April.    I adore doodles.   I have tried to keep track of them on a pinterest board.   

I was interested in the challenge ... if you have not read, link HERE.   
Direct Link:

I suggest reading the whole post ... here is part of it:

 Wednesday's challenge by Davina-Maria is as follows:

"Make and give away 10 small tatted items on April 1. If you send in a picture of your 10 items and your address, we will send you 10 yards of the new Lizbeth Twirlz. (Will ship out AFTER workshop)
I look forward to your giveaway stories.

Monday, March 24, 2014


I have tatted my first pair of earrings.   I used Marilee Rockley's pattern, called Filigree Earrings.  This pattern and oodles of tatting information can be found on her blog, Yarnplayer's Tatting Blog.

I noticed she has a couple pair for sale in her etsy store - Yarnplayer.   For my earrings, I used Delica beads, from GF Beth, and Lizbeth Col. 117 - Size 20 fiber.    Should I ever attempt this again 
(and for me, was a challenge to keep everything even - and with a 'pair', keeping them alike) 
I probably would use  a variation of this pattern with jewelry findings in my stash.    

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tatting: Clover Leaf

I used size 20, Lizbeth Color 138, for these motifs.

No. 17

No. 18 Another Clover Leaf Design

Under the pattern, No. 18,  it says:
"From:  Woman's World Book of Plain and Fancy Needlework Magazine, 1920"

No. 16

Patterns in Myra Piper's book:  Tatting.

and a doodle - shuttle empty now ; )

Monday, March 17, 2014

doodles ....

One of my GFs had some left over Delica beads, from her projects, and I was happy to take the beads off her hands!!!  I got them out this evening and used them with some tatting.   I mixed up a few colors.  Delica Bead (DB):   DB 625, DB 1107, DB 11, DB 133, DB 853.    I used Lizbeth size 20, Col. 131.

On the left, a butterfly pattern based on one found in Complete Book of Tatting by Rebecca Jones (p.71)  -- on the right Jon Yusoff's dragonfly pattern - Link Here.

Usually, I would put the beads on the fiber around my hand while making rings - and the beads would be in place of picots.   This time, I left the beads on the shuttle until I needed them - and made the picots.   A bit different for me [tho tatters who frequently use beads, probably will laugh!].   I also tried adding beads in the picots/joins with a crochet hook.   It was okay, once I got used to it.

Tatted up some butterflys too.   The beads add shimmer and extra color!   What fun.   

I had so much mending to do this past week.  Below, are photos of Mr. Katt (Simon).   I had some catnip in the cabinet - and got it out to make some cat nip toys (request by DD).   The cat was all over the cabinet.   Would not stop searching.   So, put him out of the room, made a cat nip toy for him and set it by the door.   Once he had his own NEW toy, I was able to finish the rest for tomorrow's mail!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

tatting an edge

24" tatted edge.   I used Lizbeth size 20 - off white color.

I tatted this edge for a girlfriend.   She saw a stitched model, with tatted trim at House of Stitches.   I visited the LNS & realized, I actually had the needlework pattern in my 'stash'.   So, went on a hunt thru my tatting books, and found the pattern.   It was an edge with tatted rings, rings, rings, and rings.   I tatted a sample [or three] before I started the edge.   Tension pretty good thru the project!  

 (Above) this is the project with tatting ... (below) book where I found the pattern.   Both can be purchased in stores and on-line.   They are not out of print.

It is so pretty, I may need to stitch the project and tat another edge!!!

While sorting thru my stash, I came across a couple handkerchief packages - they are screaming for a tatted edge.   Perhaps my next adventure... 

Saturday, March 08, 2014


If you have not read Sharon's post 
Are You a Shuttle Hoarder --- head on over!!!
What a hoot.   Sharon blogs at

Motif #5 in Lizbeth 632 and Lizbeth 663

 Motif #6 in Lizbeth 615 and Lizbeth 632 - tension, tension, tension.   + a few doodles!   I like to have empty shuttles.   And, I must be a hoarder.   I seem to own a bunch - and like the variety of colors, sizes and styles.

From:  Motifs for Marie
by Kaye B Judt

Saw this on facebook, went to a few Target stores - and found one.   Too cute ; )    I see on the box there is a collection of FIVE.   The other four look to be the same doll in different clothing.   Would be nice to see the clothing sold separately.   I'm just sayin.    

Friday, March 07, 2014

motif #4

  I like the picots on the chains - they look like ruffles!  I enjoyed the motif & tatted twice.

This is 4th Motif 
Motifs for Marie by Kaye B. Judt.

Tatted with Lizbeth #622, Size 20 AND Lizbeth #621, Size 20