Thursday, June 30, 2011

Snake Bookmark

This is my complete bookmark
which I started at L.A.C.E. Day 2011.

Pattern by Christine Springett.

I found some cloth large enough to cover the new cookie pillow.
A real cover is in the mail!. This was ok for now.

I think I need to practice winding the bobbins - and try this again, maybe complete without the mistakes. The mistakes are so obvious.

Not bad for a first attempt.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Clover's Kanzashi Flower Maker(s)

The 6-petal flower is made with Clover's Kanzashi Flower Maker
round petal, small size

Each petal is made with the
plastic shape and strung along on the thread ...

... until you have enough petals.

The centers are to be embellished by a yo-yo or button.

I've been using a 100% Glace finish Cotton Quilting Thread
from Coats + Clark.

Once all the petals are on your thread, you can adjust the tension in between the petals.

They don't take long to make and instructions are great!

The 5-petal flower in the first photograph is
pointed petal, small size, my first attempt with flower maker.

This is what to look for in the store:

I found them at Erica's in South Bend.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

L.A.C.E. Day 2011

On Saturday, June 18th, Karol and I went to
L.A.C.E. Day in Downer's Grove, Illinois.

We took a Beginning Bobbin Lace class with
Susie Johnson and Jane O'Connor.

With wonderful instruction and demonstrations, all of the students
(except me) finished their snake.

I didn't catch on to the rhythm of the bobbins for awhile.

We took a break for lunch + enjoyed chatting with Diane, Lace-Lovin' Librarian, and members of the L.A.C.E. chapter.

Went back to our pillows + bobbins, (was so hot in that room!)
and I think it was easier for me to work the pattern
after we took a break.

Opted to un-pin before completing.

In addition to talking with Diane and Karol ....

Late in the day, was introduced to three other bloggers: Gina (blogging at Threads of a Tatting Goddess and Poems of Lace & Embroidery), Marilee (blogging at Yarn Player blog) , and Sue Anna (new to me blog Sue Anna's Blog).

If you haven't already, check out their blogs!!

As for the Illinois Lace event - job well done : ) What a friendly and knowledgeable group.
For more information, see their web site (direct link:

Now that the snake is off the pillow -- I'm not sure how to complete this project without the pillow, bobbins, etc.! I had found some silk pins at Erica's in South Bend. I may use some spoolies that I bought in LaPorte at House of Stitches. Perhaps with the few bobbins I have and the spoolies I can finish. I don't have much more to do.

I have a pillow - not a lace pillow, but might be good enough to finish this little thing.


Did I mention the new things that I purchased?

The hand painted bobbin with lavender flower
is the Commemorative Bobbin
for the event.

I couldn't resist purchasing some pins at the registration area.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I'm so spoiled, I stink!

Diane,blogging as
Lace Lovin Librarian
had a giveaway & my name was chosen
for one of three tatting
shuttles pictured here.

I am the proud owner of the
one pictured above (on the left side of the photograph.)

When Karol and I
crossed paths with Diane, at L.A.C.E. Day in Illinois,
she had extra shuttles to share : ).

I chose the periwinkle blue shuttle on the right side of photo.
Now I am the proud owner of TWO shuttles created by Diane!

Her shuttles just rock.

And, if you would like the opportunity to
own one of her unique tatting shuttles ...
head over to THIS POST on her blog.

Good luck.


The three fibers in the photograph, were purchased at L.A.C.E. Day in Illinois.

These are fibers I've never heard of - I thought the colors were lovely.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tatting Workshop

Victorian Drop Necklace
Bead Tatting Class
by Kathy Kirchner

Had a delightful day learning new tatting
techniques ... adding BEADS!

The class was in Clarendon Hills, IL
at the Public Library.

Was interesting to use a different fiber (silk)
add beads, and make chains without the flip.

Quite a challenge to read the pattern
w/o diagram - with a lot of notes, I
think I managed to grasp the concepts
and can complete the pattern.

Enjoyed meeting + chatting with the
other students.

More classes tomorrow at Lace Day in Illinois.

I am signed up for Bobbin Lace. Keep your fingers crossed I can figure it out!

In addition to the classes, there are lace demos, lace exhibit,
and SHOPPING w/the vendors.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Pattern by:
JoAnn Stearns a.k.a. The Silver Shuttle

I tried this motif again.
This time used 2 shuttles and split rings.

No worries about hiding the fibers
(as in previous attempts).
Ended the ring + used the ends for a bird beak.

One made with size 10 fiber - sample to see if I could do it ...

Other one made with size 20 fiber,
and will be tucked into MIL's birthday card.

This pattern is from the
New Tatter
On line Class

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Current Exhibit

Jane Atche

Woman as Artist, Woman as Muse:
Diamond Collection Posters of the Belle

Epoque 1890-1910

April 16 - June 26, 2011

Mom, Laurie + I went to the
Lubeznik Center
on Sunday afternoon.

We enjoyed the exhibit.

(I loved the lace on the bodice and sleeve)

There was an audio tour from your cell phone - we just read the information next to the posters.

In addition to the posters, the upstairs conference room
--- sure wished they had an elevator; however, Mom did ok on the stairs ---
had charming Vintage Vogue
Cover Art from the LCA Permanent Collection


Exquisite covers!

Also upstairs was an exhibit of Art Quilts
by Tommy Fitzsimmons -- Tommy: The Material Girl

Laurie liked crossing your t's
Mom liked purple bubbles
I liked them ALL!!

If you get the chance, go soon - exhibits close june 26th.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sewing Machine Day

Per Holiday Insights web page:

Sewing Machine Day
June 13th and September 10th (the date that the sewing machine was patented)

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention ----- the sewing machine.
The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s.
It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S.
What a great invention. Prior to it's creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand...stitch by stitch.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


by JoAnn Stearns a.k.a. The Silver Shuttle

GF, Karol, blogging at Rosebud's Stitching
brought this pattern to our NANI chapter meeting.

We had a go at it last Tuesday.

I was at my Mom's earlier this a.m. and made three of them.
Two are bluebirds, one a dove.
Made with LizBeth Color 650 + Color 621 (size 20).

The most difficult part was hiding the ends. I finally gave up and just made a knot, cut the fiber close!

This is one of the patterns from the
On Line Tatting Class
for beginners.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Tulip Tree blooming ....

No need to check the calendar this morning - our tulip tree is blooming,
it must be the first of June!