Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lunch and 'Cluny Love'

I thought I'd be in the mood to go out shopping today, until I saw all the crazy people at the stores and said, 'Forget it.' Instead, a friend and I had lunch at an Irish pub and watched the Detroit Lions go down in history as the first NFL team to go 0-16. Yay for the home team! Ha! Well, at least the food was good. Corned beef on rye, thick sliced steak fries, cole slaw, and ice cream for dessert.

When I got home, I practiced some more clunies, then attempted Sherry's 'Cluny Love' butterfly. Not great, but not too bad either. I feel a sense of accomplishment because even though they're not the prettiest clunies, I was at least able to do them. I've now completed every butterfly in Sherry's book, The Exquisite Collection of Tatted Butterflies. I don't think I've ever done every pattern in a book before, tatted or crochet. This is a first!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Progress!

In the battle to successfully weave a cluny, I finally won! I seriously was beginning to think I'd never get it. My biggest problem has been the center thread loosening up on me, which kept turning everything into a big knotted mess. Then I came across Stephanie Peters' Cluny intructions. So, one Steph P. has helped another Steph P. advance her tatting skills. I truly feel I have accomplished something on this rainy Saturday.

Of course, I have to share a picture of my endeavor. The cluny closest to the ring is deformed because the I closed the loops in the wrong order. That was quickly amended with the second, near perfect (to me, anyway), cluny. Yay me!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Quantiesque

Well, here we are! Christmas Eve! So one more ornament before calling it a year. I chose to do Jon's Quantiesque for the finale. Being that I'm a weirdo, I made mine in aqua, white, and black using DMC size 80.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another motif or two

Heather, aka The Tarnished Tatter, has a new book called Motifs-A-Many available in a normal book format or PDF for those of us who want instant gratification(like me). It is just fantastic! The motifs in the book are also tatted in her own HDTs, too. Very pretty. I tatted a couple of the motifs today. Of course, I chose to do the Christmas-y ones.




The little tree is done in LadyShuttleMaker's size 80 'Rockies' with pink silver-lined beads. The candy cane is tatted with Flora 50.

Nice job on the book, Heather!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A blizzard!

No, not the tatted kind, but a real blizzard yesterday! Twelve inches of snow by 11:30 a.m. The onslaught began promptly at 5 o'clock in the morning. It was like someone flipped a lightswitch. One minute, clear skies and the next you couldn't see more than three feet in front of you. I'd show you all some pictures, but there's nothing to see except a big square of white. Haha! Knowing I'd be snowed in, I stocked at the grocery store so I wanted for nothing. It was actually nice being snowed in, very peaceful and quiet, and I got done some things I have been putting off, such as cleaning and organizing my closets.

One of my neighbors has a beautiful Christmas lights display that I love to look at. Last night, he added candles to the window sills, which makes his home look very inviting. This inspired me to go through my books and big binders full of patterns. Off the shuttles last night came this:



The pattern for this lovely little candle is courtesy of Jane! I had a good time tatting it and the beadwork was good practice. There is an alternate version which uses brass rings that I really want to try. Maybe later today I'll head out to see if I can find some.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mail call!

Ooooh, looky what the mailman brought today!

Some luscious HDT from Sherry, I just had to grab that 'Dark Chocolate'. Mmmmm...chocolate. There's also 'Holly Jolly Christmas', 'Valentine', and 'Chocoween'. Above them are two gorgeous little needle minders from Nordic Needle. I couldn't decide between the dragonflies or the lily of the valley, so I got them both!



From Zigzag Corner came some books, Tatting by Myra Piper, Tatted Ornaments and Decorations by Helen Chesno, and Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman. Searching around on Etsy.com, I found Mark Myers book, Tatted Gathering of Angels for five dollars. Had to get that one, too.


Myra Piper's book is definitely my favorite of the bunch. After seeing some of the motifs Tatting Goddess has tatted from it, I just had to get it. So thanks to her for a great recommendation!

Also, I got a nice big package this past weekend of HDT from Yarnplayer. If you haven't bought some of her 'Pansy', you are missing out. Here's a little sample of it tatted up, 'Heart's Desire' by Sue K. Fuller.



I know I've said before that some of her other colorway were my favorites, but this one definitely takes the cake. I have some big plans for this colorway after Christmas. Thanks, Marilee!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

11 days to go! EDITED to add poinsettia pattern

Happy Sunday! Well, there won't be a tree for the tatted ornaments this year. I decided to give each of my coworkers an ornament for Christmas, which leaves me with about twelve ornaments out of approximately sixty-five. That would be one sad little tree and there is no way I'd get enough done before Xmas to make it look full -- not that I won't try!

So as I start over, here are two to add to next year's tree:


The camel was tatted in Finca size 16 and I just noticed I forgot to add fringe to the bottom of his fancy saddle. The poinsettia is tatted in size 80 DMC, green and variegated reds. This one gave me fits because I had such a hard time joining them together with the yellow. I ended up missing a red petal, so don't look too closely at the center. It's not right, but I think I can come up with a way to hide it.

Both ornaments are by Dolly Hollander, but I can't give you the URL to find them because I ain't sharing. Just kidding! Actually, I do believe I got them from the old Round Robins site that was run by Maus. I must have saved close to sixty patterns before the site was dismantled. It was definitely my favorite place to get patterns from. This was in the days when tatting was still new to me and I had no idea of all the websites dedicated to the craft.


LOOKY HERE--------> Poinsettia pattern


:)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A few more...

I'm just loving everyone's blogs more and more! The Christmas-y things you are all doing is beginning to put me in the Christmas spirit, which is sorely lacking this year. Not that I haven't been trying to feel it. I guess it's just all the bad things we get bombarded with are taking its toll. 2008 has been a horrible year and I can't wait until its over. 2009 has just got to be better.

Some random Xmas-y things...




The sleigh is Pam Palmer's and tatted in Pizzazz. It's not complete yet. Santa and some gifts need to be added and the whole thing framed as it'll be too big to hang on a tree. The teeny snowflakes came from the need to empty some shuttles. The patterns came from Oh! My Stars, DMC Tatting For Today, and Blomqvist and Persson's Tatting Patterns and Designs.

Snowmen! I love them so. A pattern from Deb Arnold from DS9 Designs. The backdrop for these is a snowcovered barn cross stitched on 32-count raw linen. If you look closely, you can see that some of the details are actually ceramic buttons from Mill Hill. I intend to get this framed, but it gets forgotten about and put back in the drawer. Now that it's out, I'll take it to Michaels for framing. Good thing for that 40% off coupon.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Spirit, Part Two!

I got my hands on some teeny tiny(size 15/0) seed beads this weekend. Ten colors in 2.5 gram containers for ten dollars. As a bonus, they were silver lined which I think really makes the beads stand out. They're perfect for size 80 thread, so it was time to experiment.

The little wreath (designed by Samantha Melnychuk) originally called for clusters of three in the center rings, but that really overwhelmed it, so I used one for each. Yarnplayer's 'Forest' was used to tat it.

The patriotic star is from Monica Hahn's Christmas book. The thread is an old, old ball of Star 70. I wish I would've put more thought into the beads on this one. A bead separating each center ring would have really set it off.

The big snowflake is Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting, The Tenth Day of December. I used size 20 in Yarnplayer's 'Morning Glory'. Perfect color for snowflakes.

The green one is from Maus' old Round Robin site. There's supposed to be a charm hanging in the center, but I used Olympus 40 thread so the space was too small. I used pearls on each center picot instead.

The little pink variegated snowflake is from Blomqvist and Persson's book, Tatting Patterns and Designs. This is one of my favorite books to tat from. I picked this little gem up at a book sale at the local library for $1.00. Can't beat that.




And one more thing, this is my 2008 Christmas door wreath. Every year I make a new one, then give away the one from the previous year. Little Christmas mice hard at work making the wreath for me. Isn't that nice? The patterns are an old Leisure Arts leaflet I got from Country Yarns. If there's something on the list you don't see, all you have to do is email Jeannie and she'll go dig for it and let you know if she has it. She's really quick in responding to emails, too.