Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TEN years ago ....

.... GF, Mel & I had our FIRST tatting lesson.     We went to House of Stitches in LaPorte & created rings - n - chains.


Also, TEN years ago .... I purchased my first tatting shuttle.   A yellow Tatsy for the class.   After our tatting lesson, I picked up a few more shuttles to see which style seemed easier to use!    The beginning of my shuttle collection.


A couple weeks later, DS-Nicholas, gave me his plastic organizer for my "tools".   I had a few crochet cotton balls in my craft supplies and purchased some nicer tatting fiber.   TEN years ago.   How time passes quickly!






Monday, September 09, 2019

Butterfly

When I visit Carollyn's Tatting Blog, I usually find some fun tatting to try.  Was looking for smallish pattern to empty some shuttles of fibers.   This pattern was on her blog, link HERE.  Butterfly was interesting to tat!  

Double wound tatting.  I used up fibers left on shuttles.    I ran short on the last chain!!!   Variation of the pattern (link above) found on Carollyn's Tatting blog.  


   For this butterfly, pattern link above, I wound 2 shuttles with Anchor Mercer Crochet fiber.  And wound enough fiber to actually follow the pattern and complete.     I used Anchor [from the Tatting Corner] for the first time.   Wanted to give it a try as the color is so pretty!   
I found it very nice to tat with.   


Thursday, September 05, 2019

Road Trip .... to the Tatting Corner

      I was impatient, waiting for the thunderstorm to pass by --- then, hit the road.    Had an errand for DH in Indianapolis .... then on to The Tatting Corner.   


Picked up (and purchased) Kaye B. Judt's book -- More O'This + Tat.    I hope to get tatting on some of these projects.   I like the fan, the butterfly, and was interested in the shamrock (could it hold 3 small ice drops???), etc.   Very nice patterns.  While there, I also picked up some Anchor fiber and Bellatrista (milk protein fiber).   Not sure about the Milk yarn ... thought it would make a pretty necklace or bracelet, or something.



Did you know Jenni C (from Australia) was visiting?   All heading to Tat Days in Georgia Weds morning.  She makes stunningly beautiful fobs.   I chose the silver one with owl and blue beads.   So pretty!!!   She also had BIRCH tatting ( post ) shuttle -- with bobbin in the package.   What?   For real.  This was much discussed on the Tatting Shuttle Addicts FB page.    Delighted to have in my tatting shuttle collection.   And did you see the pink scissors?  So light weight, colorful, and favourite -- nice points, sharp!!!  New-to-me HDT fiber, "Bloom" S20, 45m, AlenAleaDesign on Etsy.   Thx Jenni - you are so generous.... it was so nice to meet you in person after only knowing you by reading Facebook posts!!!   Safe travels wile in USA and on your way back to Australia.



And, a little something for Jenni .... origami bag, ort container, and a box of little treasures!!!   I also tucked in 'peace' , Yarnplayer's HDT fiber.    


Friday, August 30, 2019

Misc finds

 Yesterday, DH had a meeting & I had some shopping time .... I visited Downtown Emporium, an antique mall, in Huntingburg, IN.   I found two magazines with tatting patterns.

 Needlecraft for Today, Jan/Feb 1983 -- Tatted Collar & Tatted Butterfly patterns by Myrtle Hamilton.   Additional information re. Myrtle Hamilton, link HERE.


Needlecraft for Today, Jan/Feb 1984 - Tatted Heart pattern by Susan J. Allen


A couple stores down, Serendipity Fibers!   Friendly staff & lovely store.   I picked up some cotton/cozylon fiber to tat with.   It is going to be fun to try this.  And if it does not tat well, I'll knit some dishcloths with it!!!   


Found these little scissors at City Stitch    ...   a lot of fun things in the store.   Saw some tatting thread and shuttles, too .... bought the scissors and fob!



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Small Tatted Heart




Designed by Betsy Evans, c.1998

I tatted with Lizbeth, Size 20, Color 632 -- and used Handy Hands Dreamlit Shuttle.







Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blooms take wing - Summer Butterfly


Blooms Take Wing - Summer Butterfly
Pattern c2014 Karey Solomon
August 2014

The pattern called for size 10 cordonnet - I used Lizbeth size 20.   I liked the pattern, tatted it in a different way than the pattern directions; however, I used the same number of DS, rings, chains and it came out okay.    I used Lizbeth, Size 20, Col. 646.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Harbinger Butterfly



Harbinger Butterfly
c. 2019 Karey Solomon
February 2019

I used Lizbeth Size 20, Col. 614.   This is my version of her pattern.   I was stuck on the butterfly 'head' part of the instructions.   After a couple tries, I just changed the SR, ring off SR to one simple SR, gave it a twist, and kept tatting.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Butterfly

Probably my favorite thing to tat .... simple butterfly.   Especially fun to use up bits of fiber left on the shuttles! 

Top left, blue thread ( upholstery thread sample from Diana aka Lace Lovin' Librarian) + blue delica beads. 
Top right - double wound two size 20 Lizbeth fibers  &  beads { shuttle emptying }.   
Lower left, double wound size 20 Lizbeth & blue upholstery thread sample. 
Lower right, Spooky Size 10, Yarnplayer's HDT & beads. 

What fun!   A small key chain w/tatting inserted.   Part of a gift from Diane.   She is generous, shared part of her stash!    If you check her blog, you'll see her tatted keys.   Now that she gifted a key, I'll need to give it a try ; )


I use my own pattern (in the side bar of this blog),  Carol's butterfly.   


If you are new to tatting, a step by step can be found here:  https://lafayettelacemakers.blogspot.com/p/carols-butterfly.html

Or, I tat simple floral doodles.   Tat up quickly and nice way to empty shuttles! 






Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tollway Tatters (June 8, 2019)

Gift for Cathy B of With Needle and Thread Blog --- embellished OUI yogurt jar.   Used Lizbeth Size 20.  Colors 683 + 621.  The pattern was from the Online Tatting Class.


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 Photos above and below --- tatting by Marlene (aka The Mad Tatter).   The doily above was tatted with perle coton.   Below, double wound technique - butterfly. 


The next gathering of the Tollway Tatters:
Saturday, July 20, 2019.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Easiest Ice Blossoms

Edited 19 June 2019:  I forgot to add.   If you are interested, check out Tatting Times, February 2017 for Karey Solomon's pattern.


'Easiest Ice Blossom' pattern by c. Karey Solomon 2017


Last Saturday ..... Marlene (a.k.a. the Mad Tatter), made mention to me that she checks my blog for new posts.   And, I hadn't been blogging!

So, I pulled out my tatting bag & the first thing I pulled out - which I had not previously blogged about was a gift from Sue Anna (Tollway Tatters).   She gifted kits which included the pattern, tatting shuttle, beads, ice drop, and Size 10 fiber -- Yarnplayer's HDT "Spooky".     It was an incredible pattern, easy-to-follow, and tatted up in no time!

  

Marlene, you have my word, as I come across other tatted items of interest, I will blog about it / them.


Also, in all things tatting news, I purchased more ceramic shuttles from Sumiko Braithwaite.  I just love having them on my table.








Friday, September 07, 2018

treasures

 Nope.   Not a shuttle.   It is a plastic pin!  But I liked it and wanted it for my tatting tote.   A fun $5 find.

This lovely mug, with lace/button imprints was purchased at the Lubznik Art festival.   The maker said she uses crochet lace to imprint the pieces.  It is perfect in my sewing room.     https://www.undertheglaze.com/


 Lucky me with talented friends.   GF Beth made this delightful scissor holder -- The specialty stitches are stunning!!!


If you follow tatting blogs ... you will be familiar with Umi and Tsuru's blog.   She has hosted a few giveaways & I was one of the winners!   I know, right?   A beautiful pearl bracelet - and I've worn it several times.
 http://umintsuru.blogspot.com/2018/07/cream-pearl-bracelet.html.   Knowing you are familiar with the tatting -- don't hesitate to check out the jewelry, too!!! 


Not much tatting to share .... My sister was here for a visit (August) and we visited many vintage stores, antique malls, 2nd hand places.   The little clear box and drawers is fun for shuttles.    These 2 shuttles were spotted (and purchased) by my sister. 
 My sister is great to shop with.   She knows the good stuff from the not-so-great stuff, and has a good eye for value. 
  Isn't this cool? ($7 container)    It looks like it is made from the same plastic as some of my tatting shuttles.   


In the photo below, I made up some dish dresses for friends.   A spring cleaning sort of gift!!!  Knitting these charming dresses is a lot of fun.

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