Monday, March 18, 2013

Google Reader...going away!! :(

Hey all! Google is ruining itself some more.  They're killing off Google Reader and who knows what's next.   If you would like to follow my infrequent posts, I'm moving to Bloglovin.

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Thanks and happy stitching!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A snowy Saturday

Hello there!  Its blizzarding out again and for once, I don't even mind.  This past work week was a long slog so I am appreciating the peace and calm that comes with my needlework.  The snow coming down adds to that calm because it's as if the whole world has decided to take a break, too.  My latest finish is BBD Loose Feathers design, Bluebird's Message.  Originally, I planned to show this on my blog on St. Valentine's Day, but I'm still not sure if I like my finish for it.  Instead of a standard centered and framed piece, I left the top open for a piece of crocheted lace.  Instead, I tatted a length of edging and tacked it down before slipping it into the frame.

 Hmmm....three days later and I'm still not liking it too much.  The color is okay because it's a close match to some of the alphabet, but the pattern is just not working.  I'll pull out some pattern books and shuttles later and come up with something else, I suppose.  This is also the first time I worked with crackle medium.  Now that was fun!  Definitely something I am going to do again.
Sorry for the dreary picture, the gray day does not make for good picture taking.


Speaking of tatting, it occurred to me that it's been a year since a dear tatting friend beloved by all of Tatland passed away.  Gina Brummett, the one and only Tatting Goddess, was and still is a huge influence on my needlework.  It's because of her I learned to dabble in Romanian Point Lace and knitting.  I still regularly visit her blog and click through her blog roll.  Fascinating and lovely woman.  I shall always regret not trying harder to meet her when I had the chance. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Been stitchin'!

Dropping in to say hello and see what everyone is up to!  It's a dreary, snowy Sunday here in SE Michigan. The perfect kind of day to stitch.  Or watch the Superbowl, if that's your thing.  49ers!

So far today, I've done all the laundry that's been piling up, made a pot roast with biscuits from scratch,  finished a little bitty sampler, went to the gym(to work off aforementioned biscuits), and framed a finish that's been waiting since August.  Now I will do nothing but sit for the rest of the night!  I'm sure to lose an hour or two to Pinterest.  Now for some pictures...

The finished finish:
 Magic Garden from Shakespeare's Peddler using suggested threads on 40 ct linen.  I'm still working on my mounting and framing techniques.  The frame was a clearance item from Michaels.  I think it may be a bit too small.

The little sampler and another I added a few trinkets to:
Heart In Hand's Sunflower Sampler.  So cute!!  And for St. Patrick's Day, it's R&R Reproductions  Scattering of Shamrocks.  I picked up some shamrock charms to add to it. Now they  just need a good pressing and frames.  I'm getting a bit addicted to R&R's Crown and Thistle charts.  In the past week I've picked up a couple and have a handful on my want list.

My next big thing is going to be this:
Blue Ribbon Designs Mystery Sampler, Blue Jeans & Daisies!  I impatiently waited all week for the mailman and now it's here.  I plan to start this week.  Love that gorgeous blue fabric!

Well, that's all for now.  I'll be back soon to show some progress on other stuff. Have a good week!

EDITED TO ADD: I just realized I need to change my wallpaper.  Belated Merry Xmas!  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I've been tatting...

...and have a pic to prove it!
Although November is breathing down our necks, I've been feeling like sunflowers.  Didn't have a pattern for a sunflower so I revisited an old friend, the Gerbera Daisy doily.  I pulled out some autumn-ish looking yellows and and orange, with a bit of Chocolate Sauce HDT for the centers, and voila!, sunflowers.  As I was just about to join the first daisy sunflower, I realized the entire outer row of green was wrong, wrong, wrong.  Hours and a lot of thread wasted.  Grrrr....hopefully I have enough green to redo it.  Any mistakes this time are staying!  We'll just call it an adaptation.  Right? 

I got off my lazy butt this weekend and framed a couple Hallowe'en themed cross stitch pieces, too.  'Mystic Sampler' and 'Near Hallowe'en', both from The Primitive Needle.  I found some cheapo frames on the clearance shelf at Meijer, a bit o' paint, and done!  By next year, I should have a nice Halloween wall!  For this year with some Irish crochet style leaves scattered about:
 
 I'll probably not get it done until at day or two before Halloween 2013, but currently in the Qsnap is the Prairie Schooler's 'Thine Is The Trick and the Treat'.  I'm using DMC black on Picture This Plus 32ct. Eek!.  Loving it so far.  I've got one page done, five to go!
Well, you all have a nice Sunday evening and Happy Halloween!!



Monday, October 22, 2012

'Tis near Halloween....

Time is flying!  Almost the end of October already.  All the little ghosties and beasties will be out begging for candy in little more than a week.  My favorite time of the year. HaLLOweEN!!  To commemorate this awesome day I stitched up this...
'Near Halloween' by the Primitive Needle.  Just have to frame it!  I am planning on having one entire wall of Halloween themed cross stitch for next year like THIS ONE. I love, love, LOVE this!!1! Can I do it?  If I don't get distracted, I will!

Speaking of distractions, A friend and I took a road trip to Mary Maxim and I came home with this...
A lovely rainbow of Mellowspun Ultra DK which is currently being turned into a blanket.  Pictures to follow once I block the squares a bit.  It's a sampler and the squares are not quite the same size, so blocking must be done!

Well, that's all for now!  Hope your days are filled with lots of tatting, crocheting, knitting, and stitching!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Almost Autumn

Hi friends!  Our scorching hot summer is now a thing of the past and now it's time for bonfires, punkin pickin', and cider mills!  It's taken me almost my entire life to appreciate this season for its beauty, so I don't begrudge winter's coming anymore.  After doing almost nothing all summer, I now have a bad case of startitis!  Two crochet afghan, a tatted doily, and some cross stitch pieces in the works.  I even managed to finish a couple things.  How 'bout that?

 Ignore the last few unfinished stitches on this one!  It is done, just needs framing which will get done today.  It's a freebie by the Primitive Needle, 'By The Light Of The Moon'.  I used GAST and WDW threads on 28 ct. Khaki linen. 


And here is 'Buttons Black' from Plum Street Samplers.  I did this one on 28 ct. Mushroom evenweave, over one with one strand of floss.  The picture is a bit overexposed due to the sun popping out just as I took the pic.  It's a teeny 3.5" x 4.25".  It's also my first time mounting and framing a FO.  I think I did a pretty good job!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be at all.  Usually, I just pass them off to someone else to finish for me.  No more!

As for tatting, I see 'Doodadmania' is sweeping over the tatting community!  With that in mind, some doodads I recently found at the craft store.  Pattern suggestions, anyone?

  I'll be back soon.  Off to enjoy the rest of this sunny Sunday afternoon.  There is an art fair in the park and Oktoberfest is going strong today.  Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

'Ello there!

Hi everyone!  Stopping in to say hi on this steamy hot July day. It's currently a balmy 100 degrees in my new neck of the woods.  I recently moved to a new place.  My new apartment is very large and bright, my neighbors are friendly, and it felt like home the minute I saw it.  I think part of the reason I was having so many issues with depression was that I HATED my old place.  Honestly, I can't think of one good thing to say about that place at the moment so I won't say anything at all. 

Now that I'm here, that old crafting spark is burning bright.  For now, I just have one picture to show.  This is Deckchen 478/24 from Burda magazine from 1979, issue E 478.  I whipped this one up using the worst ball(breakage and knots!) of DMC black size 80 ever made and Tatskool's 'Rainbow Bright'.   It's made by tatting the large wave of rings section and chain rounds first, then the center motif.  To join them, a round of chains is tatted on the wave of rings joining the center as you go.  Too bad I didn't catch the HUGE mistake on the rings.  I was supposed to make the two rings closest to the bottom of the waves as 6-6-6-6-6, but did 6-6-6-6 instead.  Never noticed until I started joining.  $#^&*%$!!!!!1!!  Since there was no way I was going to let all that work go to waste, I tried to wing it.  Don't believe I did a very good job.  Once I am over my disgust, I may try to cut out the joining round and redo it with a tweak to the stitch count.  The current count distorts the ring shapes somewhat.  Anyhow, here it is!  Talk to you all again soon!

Edited to add:  it measures 9-3/4 inches across, approximately 25 cm for the rest of the world that uses the metric system!  :)


And if there are any cross stitchers reading this, the doily is displayed on Lakeside Linens 32 count Woodsmoke.  It's for a nice big stitchy project I have planned for later this summer.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Just a quickie post...

Just got home from work and lookie what was waiting for me in the mailbox today!!  The Burda book I've been looking for F-O-R-E-V-E-R.  I've been dying to make the doily on the cover.  This is one of the times I love eBay.  Next is another German tatting book, ya know, the one with Frivole's peacock and butterflies.  Last, but not least is the first of LadyShuttleMaker's Quad hook pens and a small skein of her HDT, 'Diablo' in size 80.

The perfect ending to a kinda crappy day!  :)  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Goodies in the mail and a FO

The weather here has been so nice lately I've spent as much time as possible enjoying it so that means no tatting to show.  This is Michigan, it's still March and that means we're sure to get slammed by Old Man Winter at least once more.  I can handle it though, because I already have tan lines!  Last week I received a package in the mail from Tatskool.  Some of her cheery, sunny, lovely YELLOW 'Just Daffodils' HDT size 80  and beachy blue 'Coral Reef' HDT size 40.
      'Just Daffodils' shown on a vintage crochet doily found at a resale shop.

The Coral Reef is almost gone already.  I would have finished that project by  now, but something else grabbed my attention so maybe next post for that one.

The attention grabbing project is a UFO I thought was lost forever.  Last year, I lost a bag containing a couple WIPs.  I thought it  must have fallen out of my truck as I was getting in or out and didn't notice.  Well, I found it.  So back to working on them!  The first one done out of the bag is Jon Yusoff's 'Rosette Doily'.
I liked it, but there was something not quite right about it. Too plain.  It needed something more.  So I thought about it and revisited it today.  This is what it looks like now:
I added six more motifs at the center of each angle making it twelve pointed instead of six-sided. Quite a bit more visually appealing, don't you think?  I used Olympus 50 thread in lavender variegated and lime green.  On the very last motif, I ran out of green so I used some Lizbeth Spring Green.  Not an exact match, but close enough!  It measures just under 17(43.2cm) inches across, one of the biggest doilies I've done.

One more thing, Tatskool is such a sweet person and a dear friend.  Included in her package to me was this:
Isn't it gorgeous?  Tatskool does some beautiful tatting.  Her stitch tension is perfect! It's not too often someone gifts me with their tatting.   This is very special to me and I'll treasure it always.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunny Sunday

Oh, what a beautiful Sunday!  For most of the winter I was in a depression.  No particular reason, it's something I've struggled with all my life, but today was a complete recharge.  The weather was gorgeous and I got to ride my bike for hours on end.  My butt is going to be so sore tomorrow.  Totally worth it!

This morning before I went out, I tatted another heart out of 'From The Heart'.  This one is 'Chained Heart', using Olympus thread from Japan.  I really love their threads, especially the variegateds.  Before I blogged this I had to catch up on what everyone else is doing today and saw that Fox was of a similar mind and tatted a chained heart herself. Glad to see she solved her conundrum!
The hanky this heart is on was one I wanted to add an edging to, but it's hopelessly wrinkled.  No matter what I do the wrinkles WILL. NOT. GO. AWAY. so a background it's become.  Have a great time with the rest of your Sunday!  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New stuff

Happy Saturday!  It's bright and sunny here today, a bit windy and cold, but that's ok because tomorrow it's supposed to warm up. Yay 65°(18°C for those of you outside the US)!  I happened to be in the right place at the right time earlier this week and found a great tatting gem:
An awesome collection of heart patterns. Ten very interesting patterns and bits of poetry by a fellow Michigander, Betty J. Goetgeluck.  She uses the usual rings, chains, and split rings plus some directional tatting, too.  The patterns grabbed my interest in a way that led me to to tat two of the patterns without getting or looking up one time, which is not normal for me AT ALL.  My usual is to sit down for five or six minute to tat then get up and do something else, come back and tat for a few, etc., etc., etc.  

 I don't know if the book is still in print as it is self published and has a copyright date of  1997.   I'll be showing more in the days to come.  Sitting on the cover are two that I just completed.  A close up!
On the left is 'December Heart' tatted with size 20 'Marina' HDT by LadyShuttleMaker and on the right is 'Heart of Life's Path' using size 40 'Rhubarb Pie' from Yarnplayer.  Click on the pics to make them larger for a closer look.  That wrinkly thing they are sitting on is the footstool in front of my tattin'/crochetin' chair.  Well, I'm off to go for a run, that is, if the wind doesn't blow me away.  Have a great day and don't forget to turn the clocks AHEAD one hour tonight.  Daylight Saving Time begins.  Yay Spring!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Another finish (blanket related)!

Last year sometime, I started a granny square blanket that was inspired by the colors of my sewing box.  You may(or may not) remember the post.  Being someone with a short attention span, it ended up being dropped on the UFO pile after I realized that ALL the squares with a green round needed to be done because it just wasn't working.  Well, back in early autumn I finally finished it. In the end, it became a lapghan and helped decrease my yarn stash a bit.  Since I never shared any pics here or on Ravelry and I feel a bit talky today, here it is:  The Sewing Box Granny Blanket:


For the edging I just went around with rows of single crochet and a picot edging.  It's so loud because of the grenadine used for the seams, something simple was all it needed for a finish.  It ended up being one of my fave finishes of 2011.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Now THAT'S a baby blanket!

So one of my many cousins is  expecting a baby next month.  I'm not of the 'pink is for girls, blue is for boys' school of thought.  I'm told that makes me a bit of a strange bird.  So be it! So after some research and a bit of digging through my ever growing stash I came up with The pattern is from The Adventures of The Gingerbread Lady blog.  It's her tutorial aptly named Crazy Patchwork -- Klimt Squares.  
 
The yarn is ten different colorway of Chroma Fingering from KnitPicks using a 3 mm crochet hook. These pictures do NOT do this blankie justice.  The colors are much brighter and more vivid.  I wish this damn dreary weather would go away!  It's screwing up my pictures.

Sewing the squares together was an adventure in and of itself.  There are 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-. and 10-round squares which had to be pieced together into strips then the strips sewn together into a rectangle.  Fun...no.  The results get two thumbs up though!  I just hope I don't blind the baby with all that color.  ;)

And on the tatting front, the practice butterfly edging is working out nicely.  Now I just have to find a linen and choose a thread that I like.  Handy Hands had oblong table runners in various sizes now, so there's a thought.  When I was looking through my yarn stash I came across a tatting WIP that's now a FO!  She is Ricarda from Adelheid Dangela's Tatted Butterflies book.  She is made with Tatskool's Rainbow Lite HDT size 80 and the body is a vintage J &P Coats thread. The edging is done with a ball of Manuela 20 that I bought when I first learned to tat back in 2001.

Happy March 1!  Remember, spring is just around the corner.  I can't WAIT.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daydreaming of butterflies...

Spring can get here anytime now. Three weeks ago would have been nice. Is it obvious that I can't wait for the warm weather to return? My thoughts have turned to butterflies and one adorable little edging in particular:
It comes from a vintage tatting book The Tatting Book book 111 published by the Spool Cotton Company 1938.  You can find the picture on page six and the directions on page 8, Edging No. 8133.  For some reason, I don't really like the way the pattern is written so I'm tweaking it a bit more to my tastes. Once I get that worked out, I'll do it again in size 80(my favorite!) and attach it to a linen center.  The thread shown is Olympus 40.

I've been trying to get my scanner issues worked out, but alas, it is dying a slow death.  The scanner bar itself is just shutting down.  I managed to get the scan of the little edging using a bit of creative placement and  cutting.  Just to see how bad it is, I scanned the 'Jubiloso' doily, which was tatted in size 80.  It's only eight inches or so. So dainty.

 An entire 1½ inches of the scanner bar is dead, the color is washed out,  and there are fading lines running throughout.   Oh well, now I know why that print/scan/copy machine was on sale for $50!  You get what you pay for!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

'Jubiloso' and a heart or three

Happy Sunday evening all! The outpouring of grief and love for our Tatting Goddess has made me realize what a tight loving community the tatting world is, something I've been missing out on. I've spent the last week catching up(again) on the blogs and getting to know the new blogs. A few of the newer ones are really knocking my socks off! Just WOW.

The dust has been knocked off the shuttles, the thread bins are out of the closet. Time to make ALL the things! But first, I had to complete a WIP from a year ago. It is 'Jubiloso', Yarnplayer's beautiful creation using only ball and shuttle. The colors used keep with the musical theme of the doily. Black for the music notes, 'Chocolate Sauce' HDT representing lovely stringed instruments(a cello, perhaps?), and 'Parchment' HDT in which to write the symphony on...using a quill, of course.


Because it's still February, I couldn't possibly let the month go by without a few hearts! Martha Ess' 'Your Grape Big Heart' her book from Tat's Amoré, the red heart is Teri Dusenbury's 'Unchained Heart', and the old favorite, Tat Chat heart.

Sorry the pictures aren't clearer. I am not good with a camera even if it is a simple point and shoot. Using a scanner is my favorite method so everyone can see all the details and mistakes, but mine is dying and cash is tight so a new one has to wait a few weeks.

Well, that's it for now. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!