Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blog question

How do I make a link to another webpage in a post without the web address being shown. I see some of you have underlined words in your posts that are links. Can one of you explain to me how that little bit of blogging magic is done? Thanks!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The weekend, finally

What a crappy week! My co-workers are the laziest bunch of slobs I have ever had to deal with in my life. They really know how to push my patience to the limit. I'm so glad it's a three-day weekend. Not much in the way for plans except some BBQ-ing, planting my flower boxes, tatting (of course), and watching the Stanley Cup Finals. My beloved Detroit Red Wings are there once again about to do battle against those flightless little birds known as the Pittsburgh Penguins. (That's hockey for those of you who don't follow sports!)

Anyhow enough of that, I started Jane's TIAS. Hahahaha! Now that was fun. A lefty tatting right handed and trying to use the right hand to string the beads on the split ring. Just as I thought it would, it took three tries before I was successful. The only beads I had on hand were clear so they don't show up very well, but I just HAD to do it right now. The five minute drive to the craft store would have killed me, ya know. Those coilless safety pins I bought for a you-never-know-when-you-might-need-them situation came in handy! Still need to decide on a third thread color. Something tells me I better do that quick.

I also have been working on a doily designed by Teri Dusenbury. It's called Vanishing Hearts. If all goes well, I'll have it done by tomorrow. I hope. You can find the link on her blog . She has the most beautiful and creative designs. Who'd have thought to make the negative space between rows look like a heart? I love it.Ugh. Look at that wrinkly pillowcase. On second thought, don't!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thanks!

No tatting today. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have commented on my blog. You're all so nice. I'm sorry I didn't find out about you all years ago. I've really been missing out!

On a tatting note: I will be starting Jane's TIAS tomorrow. Playing with three shuttles, a pile of safety pins and 8317 beads should be a lot of fun! :D

Monday, May 19, 2008

May Mystery Motif

Even though it's already been unveiled (but I didn't look!), I tried my hand at the May Mystery Motif. When I finished, I was convinced this motif had an inner flower that was just waiting to come out! So here is my try at it. I give you a pansy:
For whatever reason, my scanner INSISTED on turning it sideways. I tatted this with Flora #20 except for the light yellow petals. The only thread I that was light enough was Altin Basak #50, which is one of my favorite threads to work with.
So there it is, I hope you all like it!






Sunday, May 18, 2008

First post!

Hello to everyone in the tatting blog world! After snooping around at other blogs and seeing how friendly and supportive you all are, I decided to join. I had no idea the tatting community was so connected until I stumbled upon the 25 Motif Challenge and Jane Eborall's herd of hippos.
I learned to tat a few years ago when I found a five-week class listed in the class schedule at Joann Etc. It looked interesting to me because I was bored and wanted something new to do. I loved it, and tinkered around for a while. Life's little upheavals led me to put down the shuttles and crochet hooks for a couple years until this past winter when I decided to dive back into tatting head first. That's when I realized that I love tatting so much more than any other needle or lace making craft.
So here I am, hoping to make new friends with you all and to show a few pics of my stuff:
This is a little motif tatting in Star #70. I can't remember where the pattern came from though.


















This fan is one of my favorite patterns to do. It was also one of the first things I made when I learned to tat. It's made of DMC pearl cotton #8:





















And last but not least, a little heart that is my first attempt at tatting on a button. I missed one ring on the second buttonhole, so I left off one ring on the third hole so it would be even. It still came out quite nice. I did this one with Flora #50: