Friday, November 30, 2012

Giveaway ... and etc.

Oh my, I'm over-the-moon with 
my new fibers!!!   I was fortunate to be the lucky
one chosen for Yarnplayer's giveaway

Yippee Skippee -- so spoiled, I stink!

And, if you haven't been to her blog recently,

Here is motif #24 from Minitats (by Patti Duff).
I used Ice Blue Lizbeth Fiber - size 20.
The lock joins were a challenge!!!
Only need one more to meet the 25 motif challenge for 2012;

While at the most recent Tollway Tatters Gathering, I had
forgotten my yellow folder at home, which housed my tatting patterns : (   
oh my --- what to do?   Never fear, Denise brought
her Minitats book + let me use her copy while she tatted
a snowflake from another book  ... 
I made this little tree motif - I tried to use the #60 motif
 pattern from Minitats + wanted to change it to have the
start and end at the top of the tree.  oops - didn't
quite manage that.   Marilee aka Yarnplayer
suggested a split ring at the top.

Oh my --- why didn't I think of that??? the next one
will have a split ring at the top!!!

We have so much fun when we get together.
Our tables are loaded with tatting books, patterns,
shuttles, bags, and it is a wonderful time to exchange ideas
and tat the afternoon away ; )
(Pictured above:   Eva, Diane, Barbara, Marilee)

Did you notice the shipping deals at
Lots of deals around Veteran's Day and Cyber Monday and Black Friday, and
what ever else..... I had ordered some thread 
Sulky Blendables (because Diane gave me a sample
and the stuff is oodles of fun to use, so I had to own a few spools).

and, I noticed they also have Art Bins
slim line that I like to use.
The pink has a magnetic strip to keep the
crochet hooks from rolling around.
The blue and green are clear + wonderful to use
for scissors and markers, etc.

How can today be November 30th???

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tollway Tatters (part five)

Sue Anna
tats away with perfect tension.
Her tatting is an inspiration.

This is tatted with the new Aerlit tatting shuttle
using the recent released size 3
by LizBeth ... like the colorways!

(did you notice another nifty tatting bag????)

Look at this lovely motif - using LizBeth Scottish Thistle fiber.

Sue Anna also shared multiple balls
of fibers with the tatters gathered.
She offered all the colorways of the new size 3 fiber
to grab a few feet and give it a try.   Oh, and her
generosity didn't stop there --- she also
gifted each of us with our choice of the Aerlit tatting shuttle!!!
She had ALL the colors.   They are so pretty.
(I confess to not trying it yet - but I will try soon)

Thank you Sue Anna - you are the best!

After the LONG week I had with multiple 'issues' and installation of new appliances (how stressful that can be) ... I was so happy to gather together and tat the afternoon away.   Looking forward to meeting up again!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tollway Tatters (part four)

was designing as she tatted along.
(unlike struggling me - baffled by patterns and
mere lock joins!  Also notice the book on the table???   
Plenty of books get passed along and it is
AWESOME to see a books contents
before opting to purchase .... thx Denise and Diane).
Marilee ended up with a marvelous

Marilee brought some of her famous
fibers - you know the ones ... from
Aren't these gorgeous???
Tourmaline and Nightwind.   ooooo ... so pretty.

Marilee also shared bundles of these lovely woven
square cloths --- They were like wrapping paper w/ribbon.   
We'd open them up to find LizBeth fiber!
and chocolate bars (were delicious.)

Thx Marilee!!!   I have the cloth on my basket in my room.
The colors are just lovely.

And, by the way --- couldn't help notice,
Marilee also was sporting a stunning bag for her oodles of tatting goodies:
Did you notice the heart on the needle book
and the lovely scissors keep?

Betcha wish you were there, tatting right along with us .... stay tuned more to follow ....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tollway Tatters (part three)

tatted a stunning piece with metal doodat + beads
photo of it finished, on her blog post - HERE.
The motif from the ever popular
Minitats by Patti Duff book.
Am I spotting a new shuttle ??? a blue shuttle??? 
Could it be one of the new Aerlit bobbin shuttles?

And, we revisited the split ring.
These made by Diane.
Seems both Denise and I make them
in a similar way - without causing
so much pain in the hand!!!!

Woot - now Diane will be off to the races with split rings
in her patterns.   No stopping her now ; )

Our new challenge pieces --- THREE of them ...
oh my, who knows what the creative tatters will end up with ; )
I confess I'm not finished the first doo dat challenge.
Didn't get the tatting started - did have a couple diagrams/notes started.

Diane had some gifts to share ... a new to me fiber to try,
and blingged shuttles!   Floral and Cherries.   Both so pretty + glittery.
Then, come to find, her generosity continues with oodles
of doodats and beads to choose!!!   Awesome stash builders.
thank you ever so much Diane.

I adore this photo of Diane and Eva!
Eva is learning how to tat + is moving right along
making chains:
Eva also went around the table
and took photos for Diane.
She is the sweetest peach!

Hang on now ... there is more, are you wondering about those nifty new shuttles?   Stay tuned.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tollway Tatters (part two)

sporting a brand new shuttle ... 
had a lovely snowflake project 
going around a jewelry doodat.    

And a giant thank you to Denise as she
let me use her Mini Tats book - mine
was left behind on the table (sigh).

Btw, just so we are clear ... 
Denise is addicted to fibers,
aren't we all?

Her tatting was housed by this STUNNING
origami bag (made by Diane) w/holiday fabrics.
She had shuttles that were decorated to match! 
(sorry, photo didn't come out - you can see them
pictured on Diane's blog post .... HERE).   

Tatting is great; sporting blinged tools,
and tatting-on-the-go bags is girlie funness.

Oh yes .... there is more, when the Tollway Tatters gather, there is chatting, tatting, sharing, showing, tutorials, book reviews, news, and MORE.     stay tuned for part three ....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tollway Tatters (part one)


Alison's project (using a brand new shuttle) ....
A beautiful motif from Patti Duff's Minitats book!!
Woot ; )



Barbara's project was a struggle as the fiber
did NOT want to cooperate.

Was a joy to have her in the gathering
with her wit and cheerful self!   (personally,
I'd have tossed the fiber over the tollroad!!!)

Stay tuned for Part Two .....

(sorry took so long to post - we all met a couple week-ends ago and had a marvelous time!!!   the pictures and blogging are tardy due to holidays and my disorganized chaos.)

Sunday, November 04, 2012

25 Motif challenge + miscellaneous

For the 25 Motif Challenge ...

Motif #22 from 
by Patti Duff

Lizbeth, Size 20, Color 163.
This blue colorway is so soft - wonder if they have a
soft blend of lavenders?

I hope to complete 1-25 this year (have tatted 1-23 so far);
I hope to continue the 25 Motif Challenge in 2013 with
motif #26-50, the patterns look amazing.

And on to Misc:

If you read my previous post,
I was winding two fibers on a shuttle and tatting -- the 
result is very interesting (and fun to do).

Jane Eborall  (in her comment) refers to it as  HWT - Hand Wound Thread.   
It has a name!   I will call it HWT, too!

I plan to grab a couple fibers, tat with them + see what happens.

My Tollway Tatting friends encouraged me to --- 
well, they said I HAD TO subscribe to the Handy Hands Newsletter.
So, I did as instructed + with the mailing I received was a
size 3 Tatting Fiber to try.   What lovely colors!
And, thx for twisting my arm a bit - I seriously thought it was all needle tatting.
I was so wrong.

I bought this broomstick lace bag
at a Farmer's Market in Celebration, FL.   I just HAVE TO figure out
how to make these.   My crochet attempts are just pitiful.
I bought a clover 'tool' and have yet to play with it!   

I purchase these cards at the local Hallmark.   Thy have stickers to attach inside
the circle - so, instead of purchasing the stickers ...  I attach some of my tatted butterflies.  
 There are pink cards, yellow cards, green cards, etc.   
 As they are becoming hard to locate - I may have to stock up!!!

This lovely fiber (butterfly) is one made by Yarnplayer.
I used up all I had + made a couple doodles with the left overs on the shuttles.
It is a lovely pastel.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Minitats ...

To continue with my 25 motifs 
in a year (challenge) .... 

Here is motif #20 from 

I used a beautiful fiber from

The rings are separated by ONE ds on the chain -
this is a beautiful fiber to tat with and interesting motif.

A tatting friend, Marlene (w/o blog) showed me a 
tatted butterfly she made - with two fibers wound on the same shuttle.
The tatting was so interesting to look at!   Especially using a fiber
with multiple colors and a solid color.   So I gave it a try with size 20 (Lizbeth):

Motif #21

I made this with two different fibers wound on the same shuttle.
They are color 115 and color 621.   

It is pretty THICK - and the colors are interesting.  The fiber
looks like it has highlights!    

as for the yellow ....

Did you receive your Tatting Times (Nov 2012) issue?

Asking for 5-point stars in gold or yellow threads ...
for Finger Lakes Tatting Group starry-night quilt.   

This is a variation of motif #21
from Minitats ... to send in with my subscription renewal:

I pulled out 2 size 80 fibers and wound together on shuttles:

I like it!    Using size 80, the motifs are not as thick and
the color changes are very interesting to look at.

Each side looks a little different + fun to try.

Motif #23 from MiniTats
using Lizbeth size 80 --- colors 100 and 696.

Now, I need to go back to motif #22
(which I goofed up --- will try tatting again)