This motif is from The Complete Book of Tatting. I managed to get all the way around. (using DMC #20 Cebelia Color 210) I got a twist in the final join - need to practice that some more.
Some of the instructions I've read have a join followed by the second half of double stitch -- some instructions I've read just have a join & don't mention a second half of a double stitch. Not sure, not sure, not sure.
I am planning to practice more rings to get that final join to lay better (with out a twist). And may look on-line to see what u-tube & other sites say about the join with a 'second half of a double stitch' as I haven't done that!!
I has been great to own a couple more books. Each has something to offer a beginner!
In addition to the simple butterflies, I've been trying some motifs from the book The Complete Book of Tatting by Rebecca Jones. I continue to struggle with reverse work. I seem to get the ball thread twisted & haven't quite got the hang of the final join to complete the ring. Will keep practicing.
National Quilting Day (third Saturday in March) celebrates fabulous quilts and those who make them. Definitely a ladies hobby, quilting is a skill that produces warm and beautiful results.
Today is a day to recognize and appreciate the quiltmakers, the skill and the warm and the results. If you are a quiltmaker, spend a minute to recognize and appreciate that you have truely been blessed with a special skill. If you are not a quiltmaker, wrap yourself into a quilt and enjoy the warmth.
Origin of "National Quilting Day": The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991. Their members passed a resolution at the 22and Annual Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 1991.
I usually submit a block (or 2) for the annual Friendship Quilt. My 2009 blocks didn't get turned in by the deadline. I will take them in tomorrow & hope they can be added to the stack when the quilt is assembled in April.
I like one color combination better than the other (block on the right w/prettier blue makes a nicer block, and I think that is color the pattern called for ). I'm not crazy about one part where the star is 'off', didn't get that corner lined up -- so trying again. Mistake really shows up (IMO).
I made the first couple with sewing machine & will try to hand piece - get those squares to line up!!!
I saw a tv show where they used round yoyo's and pulled them into oval shapes for leaves
I made a couple last night -- this is the large size
Picked out some new needles (quilting & darning), pretty fat quarters because I just couldn't leave them in the store for some other lucky seamstress ---------------
One day, in 2008, I set down my needlework. I just couldn't face another cross stitch pattern - or specialty stich. I love needlework - just knew there were other ways to express myself - other arts for me to explore. I decided I wanted to expand my skills with more than needlework. I created a list.
Last Sunday, I pulled out my tattered/beat up list from 2008 & think I've covered all but a couple of things:
-locker hooking (on-line instructions / need more supplies)
-friendship block (2010 pattern avail March / May) annual quilt block OK, I'm not a great quilter - tho participate in this almost every year
Along the way, I enjoyed gathering up charms, fabrics, & supplies. I found some ink pads (for fabrics) to mess around with. Pulled out a couple sketch pads & may even create a few ATCs. I unearthed a couple of my knitting spools, I have a few of them!
What an adventure. I cannot explain why I'm not a needlework-only fan / junkie anymore - why my interests have changed. A different enthusiasm. I've spent years with a needlework only focus. But, no more. I've changed.
It is wonderful to get out of the house & visit local exhibits, head into the city and walk thru the art museum. Great to try new things. I've enjoyed exploring , enjoyed the journey.
The best part, is when evening rolls around - the end of my 'parent' day, I have more than books and stitching waiting for me! It is perfect for me.
I had sent an e-mail to PieceWork Magazine (Interweave Press), about the beautiful tatting (on page 12 of current issue) and how I'd enjoy more tatting articles/patterns (etc) .... May/June is going to be a special issue on lace. ..... here is their response:
Thank you for sending your comment to PieceWork. We love hearing what our readers like and dislike! You will love our May/June issue coming out soon! It has a tatted motif including a beaded and tatted purse and a great article on a wonderful little vintage tatting sample book.
Kathy Mallo Editorial Assistant, PieceWork email@example.com Interweave 201 East Fourth Street Loveland, Colorado 80537-5655
Will have to hunt down the next issue!!!! Yippie Skippie - more tatting to come.
I managed a whole row with joined picot & no boo boo's .... well, if you see a mistake, don't tell me, ok? I had the help of a small crochet hook - made this so much easier than using the tip of the shuttle.
Used size 10 crochet cotton this time.
I am liking the picot gauges - they do help!
And, why is it that the red shuttle is easiest for me to use, and hardest to find? What is with that?
Deep River County Park in Wood’s Historic Grist Mill
Fourth Sundays in 2010: Sunday, May 23, June 27, July 25
Volunteer quilters meet each month to demonstrate their talents. Lively conversation, greeting of old friends, and exchange of information accompanies the quilting. Quilters are working on “Lotsa Potsa Flowers”, the latest quilt to be assembled from blocks donated by many friends. As soon as that one is completed, the new Friendship Star will be put into the frame.
On exhibit is the recently-completed Indiana Puzzle quilt, which was done in traditional red and white. Many other quilts completed at the park since 1979 will also be displayed. Stop by to meet these talented volunteers and join them in quilting? You will have an enjoyable time and help us complete our quilt.
Assembly of Friendship Star Quilt: Donated blocks of the blue and yellow Friendship Star have been received and ready to assemble into the 2010 quilt top and be quilted during the Quilting Bees each month May through October. Join us on Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the assembly. Meet downstairs in the Visitor Center at Deep River County Park. Bring a sack lunch and a drink. For more information call 219-947-1958.
New quilt block: We are asking for blocks for the next quilt, “Honey Bee”. The pattern and a sample will be available during Maple Syrup Time and in Wood’s Mill beginning May 1. If you do not have the right fabric, packets of fabric sufficient to make the block will be available for purchase. The deadline to return one or more completed blocks is Sunday, October 24 at 4 p.m.
--------------- Maple Syrup Time March 13 & 14 March 20 & 21 10:00am - 4:00pm