Sunday, November 30, 2008

A bit o' Christmas spirit

I've been working on some ornaments in assorted shapes and thread sizes. I'm going to get a small white tabletop tree to put hang them on. They'd get lost on my big tree and I want them to be seen! There was no way I was going to try to brave the crowds this weekend. I won't get on the soap box, so I'll just say this: People tend forget that we're supposed to be a civilized race. The few bucks I'd have saved isn't really worth the risk. Black Friday, bah!

On to the happier stuff... The little tourmaline basket is a Rosemarie Peel pattern tatted in size 40. I whipped up the little holly motif out of size 80 and a few red beads to give it a Christmas-y feel.

The candy cane is from Pam Palmer's Tatting Treats Two. I think I used Cebelia size 30.

And the little bell(my favorite!) is from tattrlady, aka Wanda's Knotty Thoughts. The thread is size 80 'Country Christmas' from LadyShuttleMaker's shop. The color was originally a special order for LaceLovin' Librarian. Thanks, Diane! At the time, I was in the mood to play with bead, so I added a teardrop aurora borealis bead in the center and a faceted bead on the clapper to jazz it up a bit. Just click on the picture to see it larger than life. :)

More on the way either later today or tomorrow!

Friday, November 28, 2008

An interesting eBay find

Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am an eBay addict. Not a week goes by, that I don't buy something. Usually, it's something under $10 including postage. I just can't help myself!

Anyhow, as I was on my daily eBay jaunt I came across an interesting tatting related item. "Hmmm", I thought to myself... "it's only $2.75, $7.00 with shipping included." Bid! Won!!

Look at that! The original ball of thread and ribbon is still unused.

But what makes this such an interesting find? This...

Yep, it's a Lael Morgan shuttle. For $2.75, plus shipping and handling I couldn't resist. I'd probably be kicking myself forever if I didn't at least try to win the item. The day after I bid on this one, I came across another kit for $4.95, but the snowflakes are 3-D. So, of course I bid on that one and won, too! So I am now the proud owner of two Lael shuttles. It will be interesting to tat with this type of shuttle. I think I could make some lovely motifs in yarn with them. Teri Dusenbury wrote an interesting post about Lael Morgan back in September. If you don't read Teri's blog, you should. Lots of good stuff and very informative.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Look what the mailman brought today!

Sherry Pence's 'Royal Diadem' pattern. I can't wait to tat this one, but I won't be able to get to it until after Christmas. *sad face* It has very clear unstructions and lots of helpful hints and tips throughout the book so you don't get stuck, too. As a bonus, the book comes with two handy dandy picot gauges so you get 'em just right.

It's obvious to me that tons of love and hard work went into this book. Great job, Sherry. I hope you sell bunches of bunches of them.

And congrats to Diane for winning the 'Name The Doily' contest!

One more thing... Yes, that is Sherry's autograph on the thank you page. I asked her if she would sign it. She probably thinks I'm a complete cornball... :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Feeling purple-ish

When I first learned to tat, the lesson on beads was the Christmas Wreath from Pam Palmer's Tatting Treats Three. Today, I was thinking about my tatting teacher, a lovely lady named Sharon Lemke, so I pulled out the pattern and tatted one up! This one is for Sharon. I wonder how she's doing....

Tatted with Kreinik #8 fine braid with pink 11/0 seed beads and topped off with a silver bow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fun with picot gauges

I've never been one to use a picot gauge. I'm pretty good at just eyeballing them. Until today, that is. I'm making bookmarks for Christmas presents using Dianna Stevens' Animal Bookmarks A Tatted Zoo. The kids are going to love them!

Anyhow, some of the critters call for very long picots that require the use of a picot gauge. I cut an old credit card to the sizes I needed and I was off to the races. Piece of cake, right? Oh boy, was I wrong wrong wrong! I got the hang of it after a while. Definitely something I am going to have to practice, though. You can see my improvement from one bookmark to the other.

The cockerel is tatted in 'Nicobar Pigeon', size 20. He was bookmark #2 and his picots are marvelous. The peacock was tatted in 'Helms Deep' and 'Seaweed', size 80. He was my test subject. Not too bad, but I'm not giving this one as a gift. I'll revisit this pattern in a few days time and try it again.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Celtic Snowflakes

Clyde kindly posted the link to the pattern for Ruth Perry's Celtic Snowflake the other day. Being a glutton for punishment (I've only tried Celtic tatting once), I gave it a try. Beautiful. Ruth's instructions are clear as a bell and the only problem I had was joining in the wrong place a few times. I had a lot of fun with it.

Ta da!!

The smaller snowflake was tatted in Lady Shuttlemaker's "Icicle", size 80, and the larger one is tatted with Yarnplayer's "Snowflake", size 20.

Friday, November 7, 2008

'Nicobar Pigeon' Heart

Look at this thread! Isn't it fantastic? Me thinks it's my new favorite HDT from Yarnplayer's Etsy Shop.

I don't know who the designer for the heart is, but I do know that I found it on a free website somewhere. If you'd like the pattern, it is HERE.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Losing stuff

Almost everytime I sit down to tat, I lose something. Usually, it's my hook for joining picots. A few times I thought the answer to the solution would be to find a Milwards shuttle that has the hook with a handle on one end. Only I'm not going to pay those outrageous prices I see them going for on eBay.

Instead, I made my own set of unloseable (Is that a word? It is now.) hooks. I cut down three of the 1,539 hooks(because I might lose one)laying around, drilled a hole, added jump rings and connected it to this very handy clip-on retractor I found in the quilting section of Joann, etc. Voila, I don't lose my hooks anymore. All the materials were things I already had for different craft projects. The only thing I paid for was the retractor, a whopping $4.99. It's also great for holding a small pair of thread snips, too.

My first Spinning Wheel

I can definitely see why LaceLovin'Librarian Diane loves to tat these so much. On this rainy Sunday, I decided to do one too! It took me less than two hours, probably closer to 90 minutes. This is tatted with Summer Trail HDT in size 40.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

One more punkin

This pattern came from Georgia Seitz's site. I didn't even realize I had it until I was going through some tatting stuff tonight. Tatted with some old Star cotton in size 70, variegated oranges(color 137) and green(color 127.5).