Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A heart for a friend ...

design by Jon Yusoff

tatted by me using Flora size 20
--- either my tatting skills are improving, or with practice patterns are easier to read,
or Jon has a way with instructions + diagrams!!!

this tatted up quickly - and I thought was so pretty.

This tatted heart design can be found
Jon's Tatting Patterns Blog.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Going in the mail ...

These little bugs are going in the mail.

The are for the Palmetto Tatters. Information here:
Palmetto Tatter State Fair Page

forgot to mention .... Flutters
is a pattern from
Jon's Tatting Patters Blog

The other patterns are made up ; )

Monday, August 29, 2011


These small tatted pieces are on their way to Lafayette, IN

They are intended for the Lafayette Lacemakers who will be at

Global Festival.

When I'm not struggling with a pattern,
Tatting is so relaxing - I should do more of it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

"It matches my snake!"

This past week-end, DH, DD + I went to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Lakefront Art Festival

While browsing the booths, talking with the artists
(awesome Scrimshaw, btw)

I came accross a small bin of pottery and nearly screamed
out loud "It Matches my Snake!" --- thank goodness, Lynn U
(from NANI)
was in the same booth - or, I probably would have startled the passers by.

Yet, really, the pottery matches my bobbin lace snake - perfectly!!!

During Show-n-Tell at Saturday's L.A.C.E. meeting, member Marianne had made a crochet table runner (very kewl with a hot pepper) and said she arranged her bobbin made snakes on her condiment containers.

So, when I saw the little pottery - I bought it right away, for my first lace snake to adorn. I was told we should keep our first project. Tho, I kind of like the 2nd one I'm making a bit better. Fewer errors and all ...

I was looking for a notecard to send to my MIL, and DH lead me to Margaret Michael card display. Oh my, there were raccoons, squirrels, birds, and this sweet bunny card hopped right into my hands! Sent my MIL a card with the Mother bird feeding the baby birds in the nest -- kept the bunny card ....

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ok, stop laughing now ...

Karol and I went to the
L.A.C.E. Class on Saturday. We are new members to the group.

The members are friendly and welcome new lace (beginners) makers. Whew, thank goodness - tho, just seeing the examples is such a treat!

The meeting was interesting + we took a break before starting the class. Was able to purchase some second hand bobbins + books. This book is a real treasure, diagrams are wonderful!

The class taught by an accomplished lacemaker. Goodness, she is very knowledgeable and has that special way of demonstrating - she makes it look effortless!!!

I took the pins out when I got home and was
quite happy with what I had accomplished. Noticed the errors, can learn from the mistakes.

This was my first attempt with
such fine thread - and, I learned a couple new
bobbin twists and turns. And, what a needle pin is used for.

It is very rhythmic once you get the hang of
the pattern --- then, things change to make the lace interesting.

After I get my snake finished (realized I wound the bobbins the wrong way - and that was chaos on the little pillow!!!) I hope to get this one back on the lace pillow and get more elements made.

It is a beautiful pattern!

The next class is knitting on a spool - with beads and wire. Me, knitting? I'm a horrible knitter - class does sound interesting!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lace Exhibit, Atkinson IL



August 20, 2011 will be the opening day
of the lace collection
of the Holevoet family as arranged by Art Holevoet.

The museum opens at 9 am and at 10 am the lace event will begin.
Lace show is from 10 am - 4 pm.
Aktinson Muesuem is next to the town hall at 402 N. State Street, Atkinson, IL

Ladies from the Moline Belgian Cultural Center will be
demonstrating lacemaking from mid-morning until early afternoon.

While the large collection of framed lace will remain a part of the permanent collection,
this opening day event is being planned
to stimulate intereste in lace and in the museum of ATKINSON, IL.

Directions from Rockford, IL - Take 39 south to I 80, then west to Atkinson. Take exit to Atkinson, at end of exit - go left 3 blocks or more to a STOP sign for Route 6 - drive staight ahead.

Atkinson Blvd is State Street. 3 block & Wells Fargo bank on LEFT. TOWN HALL IS ON RIGHT. Museum is next to town hall.

402 N. State Street.

Lace show 9 am - 4 pm

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mosey 'n me

Mosey 'n me
This is a free design,
Link Here

I used Valdani 3-strand floss.

If you want to see it -- come to the Lake Co Fair
Crown Point, Indiana.

NANI volunteers will be in the Family Arts and Craft Building today
from 10am - 3:45 pm.

Bring along your punch needle, too!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lizzie Kate: Halloween Hang-ups (Cat)

Lizzie Kate for Punch Needle
Halloween Hang-Ups 2

From prim punching (yesterday's post) to Halloween decorations.

I really enjoy the bright colors!

The white small buttons come with the pattern.
I used DMC floss on the ears + bow tie. Used Wildflower for the orange + Week's Dye Works for the rest (black cat, green).

The pattern has 3 designs, printed on the cloth.
I'd like to get the pumpkin finished, too. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

punching ...

This is my attempt at
Sheep n Key Doodle freebie from
Primitivebetty's blog

I traced the patter on weaver's cloth
and used Valdani 3-strand floss + Anchor perle #12 (lt blue).

I couldn't quite get the 'key', sewed on a charm.

It was quick and fun. Hope to see some readers at the Lake Co Fair in Crown Point, IN on Friday.

Should be a fun time demonstrating punch needle and cross stitching.

Otherwise, check out the tutorial on this freebie:
Tutorial and Post HERE