Tuesday, August 18, 2015


08/18/2015 - 12/13/2015
Featuring original scholarship and a full color publication,
Curator Terry Kita presents the incredible story of 
the Friendship Dolls from Japan of the early 1920s. 
Five of these beautiful dolls will be on view,
 including the 
museum's own doll, Miss Chosen. 

This exhibition is supported by 
JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Hôryȗsai, Miss Chosen, 1927, 

Gofun, cloth, wood, silk, human hair, 
33 1/2 inches tall,

 Gift of Denny and Frances Gulick, Brauer Museum of Art, 2013

Link HERE:    http://www.valpo.edu/brauer-museum-of-art/exhibitions/

Monday, August 17, 2015

Doodles, Lambie, gifts

Beginning the post with doodles.... made for Lafayette Lacemakers, Inc.    These are for business cards which are handed out at community events.     Hope to empty more shuttles soon ---

Here is my Leaping Lambie attempt from Tatting Times (Aug 2015) which I need to tat again !!!  I didnt quite get it right the first time.    Pattern c2015 Karey Solomon.

Below - Christmas in July gift from GF DW---- crochet pieces!    An inspiration to improve my crochet skills.

See how beautiful this motif is?  Tatted by GF DW --Pattern is from 

 Peikko"s book on Tatting Small Accessories.    [I bought one, misplaced it, bought another one -- found the first one + GF DW bought my new copy].     It is the motif shown on the front cover of the book!!  

She also made a couple more motifs and attached to note.   

New acquisition - c.1942 The Spool Cotton Company.    The patterns are nice; however, the little bird tatting shuttle caught my eye + there were more inside ---  booklet starts "If a tatting shuttle could chirp it would probably trill."

 too charming .....

Saturday, August 01, 2015


Gift in the mail......
nice to have my tatting out.
The tulip hooks are wonderful to use.

Friday, May 08, 2015


pattern from Tatting Lace
"Asahi Original 424"    Printed in Japan
c.applemints 2013

Tatted with DMC Cebelia Crochet Coton
Ecru + #818 Baby Pink

          I was sorting thru my fibers to look for pastel colors.   I wanted to tat the patterns in the Japanese Tatting Lace book.    I'm so used to the LizBeth + have not used the Cebelia for awhile.     I hung the hearts up on a woven bag handle.   

After going thru fibers - and stash - I think I can gather up everything and put it away in one place!      

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gathering in Indiana for Lace Day

A spectacular Spring Day greeted us in Lafayette, Indiana, for Lace Day.... I had a wonderful time catching up with all the news and chatting with friends I don't see as often as I'd like to.   Delighted to meet new [to me] lacemakers and see their projects in the works!   And, missed those who were unable to make the journey.

Show-n-Tell:   Crochet, Tatting, Knitting + Bobbin Lacing:

Anne was wearing a beautiful lace collar, (Beds?), Carol has a lovely photo on her blog.   I was interested in her trim - she was using DMC metallic thread.   She said it was a 16th century pattern + would be used to embellish a bodice.
Carol brought her tatted Tardis doily and (bat) mask - what fun! (better photos on her blog).   If you have not seen her 3D tatting - visit her site asap!
Chris had a lace trim in progress on her traveling bobbin lace pillow.    She was taking a lot of photos, so I am not sure if got much accomplished.

Diane brought her beautiful doily projects with her:   Jan Stawasz 'Masterpiece' doily            

and Renulek's Spring Doily.   It was n
ice to meet her good friend Pat, who may become a shuttle tatter!  

Elizabeth brought oodles of bobbin laces of Slovakia ... projects in progress, patterns, and samples.   She explained the Liptov Lace is dense and solid because it was used for ethnic caps, costumes, + household linens.  Made to be used + frequently washed.   More info on web site - link HERE.  
I thought Elizabeth's idea of color coding bobbin pairs with colorful bands a great idea!

Kate, bobbin lace teacher, also had spectacular Liptov bobbin lace on her pillow.   

 Marilee wore a colorful necklace and  tatted earrings she made.   Original patterns + I didn't ask, but think it was her special HDT.  
Mary brought an acrylic/blend yarn and was making a potholder.   Crochet.     She was wearing a spectacular top, embellished with tatting.   (Carol has a nice photo on her blog post).
Sue Anna was using Patti Duff's beaded lanyard pattern with a smaller size beads - will be lovely once finished!     

This was the only knitting I saw, was one of the entries into the Lace Contest.  

Prizes, Shopping, and Gifts:

When we entered the door, we were greeted by Sally [Past-President], there was a bowl of embellished paperclips to choose from + a chapter pin.      Snacks and beverages were provided.   
Three wonderful vendors provided the guests to oodles of eye candy.   I found a nice tatting pattern + fan sticks to try.  See the gold rush -- the fiber to use on bobbin lace snakes?   Add a nice shimmer to the snakes IMO.       
  The opportunity drawings did not disappoint .... hand sewn snap bags, bobbins from England, Vera Bradley bags, Tatting Fiber, Tatting books, craft bags, gift cards, fan sticks .... 

 - enough for all of us to enjoy + share the spoils with friends (Teal craft bag for Denise, via Diane).  

LINKS to More posts and photos:

Lace-Lovin' Librarian - Link HERE.
     Joining the Lafayette Lacemakers

Battatter's Blogger - Link HERE.
     Lace Day 2015

Yarnplayer's Tatting Blog - Link HERE.
     Pictures from Indiana Lace Day

Lafayette Lacemaker's Blog - Link HERE.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Looking forward to

Indiana Lace Day ---

Saturday, April 11, 2015
at the
638 North Street
Lafayette, Indiana

9-4 EDT

More information:  Link HERE   

I made some bags [you'll have to guess what is inside] for Lace Day:

Hope to see everybody there!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


 I finished 12 froggers.   Putting them in the mail to Sue Anna ( tomorrow.)   The froggers are going to be favors for IOLI convention.  Lighthouse Lacers has a goal to create 300.    These are really fun to create.   Nice way to use up beads & orts.   They don't take much time to create once you have your supplies out

EDITED:  Christine--I don't have an e-mail address for you to respond.   Basically, I don't have much fiber on the shuttles to begin with.  Only making a few split rings.   When it is time to add the bead, I unwind, add bead, rewind shuttles, continue tatting and end.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tollway Tatters

As fun as it is to read updates on Diane's blog - and watch this masterpiece grow larger and larger - we all had quite a treat to see it in person!   Delicate and perfectly tatted.   Follow along in her blog space Lace-Lovin' Librarian.

In addition to the Jan Stawasz project pictured above, Diane also brought along this colorful project --
 Renulek's tat-along doily.

 The charming buttons (below) were made by Diane.  
She had oodles of them in her button tin + kind enough to share with all of us.   I adore the 6-petal and 5-petal buttons.   Easier for me to attempt with samples in hand of buttons in various sizes !!!

Froggers:     These are tatted doodles embellished with beads.   Have a crewel needle attached.  Begin with size 10 fiber and see what small tatting you come up with.
Sue Anna brought supplies for us to experiment with!!!   Nice lace pins for "rip it, rip it" -- thus, called froggers.  
 I brought some needles and berry beads home to create some more.   They are quick tats and fun - nice way to use up bits of fiber and misc beads.  

 Have you ever seen such yummy colors???  Oh my, Marilee's (Yarnplayer) HDT are wonderful.   The colors are vivid and fiber great to use.   Could not resist a shopping spree.   Head on over to her blog for her snowflake pattern.  

Carrie, blogging at Just Give Her some String, shared a container of flatwear / utensil pieces which she obtained from an artist.    The idea is to tat something unique with the openings in the pieces.   Unusual and original!!   I just liked this handle - have not been inspired (yet) to create some kind of free-form tatting.   I'm sure it will come to me soon ... stay tuned

I brought along some zipper pulls to share with the Tollway Tatters.   I continue to empty shuttles of bits of fibers and these are fun to make, just add a clip to the top ring and can hang on a bag, zipper, handle, anywhere a tatted embellishment would be welcome!
Pattern in New Tatting by
Tomoko Morimoto (flower).
Pattern on Grace Tan's blog
for heart.

 I read on Jane's blog that she had 90+ photos of tatted scissor motifs.    I'm seriously thinking needle book cover embellishments.   I think they would be perfect for that.    

Jasper keeping the corner of the bed warm.  
Guess it is time!!!