Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I found it!

I've gotten some requests for the pattern of what I call the Gerbera daisy doily. After an hour or so of retracing my e-steps, I found the link!

Click --------> HERE

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gerbera daisies

...in a vase.

In a doily!

As you can see, it's too big to fit the scanner bed. I found the pattern online somewhere. Originally it was done in blue and white, but I just had to jazz it up. If you couldn't tell, yes, I think it looks like gerbera daisies. It was a marathon tatting session. I worked on it all day today (Sunday), and my hands will make me pay for it so I doubt I'll have any goodies to show for the next week or so. I used the Turkish Altin Basak threads in size 50, which is similar to size 30. It's approximately 12" across. It was my way to bring some spring into a dreary snowy day!

Edited to add a crappy pic of the entire doily....

Monday, March 23, 2009

Still egg crazy

Mimi Dillman's small Cluny Egg. My hand gave out before I could do all the clunies on the big egg, so it's just the little one for today. I'm almost out of my egg phase, maybe one or two more, but then that's it!!

This is another one from Tatted Easter Eggs and a cross, Maria, from Tatted Bookmarks by Lene Bjorn.

I'm woefully behind on the Challenge, although I have started motif No.5. It's not my fault, though. It was the eggs. They were too tempting! ;)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy first day of Spring!

Well, we've made it through another long dark winter! Here's to a nice warm spring.

Pattern is by Edda Guastalla and can be found on Georgia Seitz's awesome website.

Another Egg!

I started working my way through the book Tatted Easter Eggs yesterday. For this one, I used Altin Basak thread in lavender and pale yellow. This is such a great thread to use. The knots slide nicely and it comes in lots of pretty colors. So without further adieu, Egg No. 19:

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hippity Hoppity...

Easter's on its way!

It's all about eggs right now. I just received my copy of Tatted Easter Eggs by Kirsten Wind Hansen and some of the FANTASTIC Lizbeth thread from Handy Hands. The quality of the Lizbeth reminds me of Anchor Mercer thread, smooth as silk and handles being retrotatted very well. It was definitely worth the wait.
The eggs I ended up tatting weren't even from the book. Instead, it's Mark Myers',aka Tatman's, 'Bunny In An Egg' from his website. I downloaded it when I first learned to tat about 7 years ago. While flipping through some pattern binders I came across it. I think the reason I didn't tat it back then was because I didn't know how to do split rings and definitely not a ring thrown off the second half of a split ring. So here it is and at the bottom of the post I've included a link where you can download it. I uploaded it to a free PDF hosting site because I haven't checked to see if Mark has Tat-man.net back up and running.

First, a bunny in white...

And a chocolate bunny. It's just not Easter without a chocolate bunny!

The white bunny is tatted in Flora 20, and the egg is Olympus 40, creamy pastels. The chocolate bunny is tatted in cocoa Lizbeth and the egg is Manuela 20.

Click HERE for the pattern! The link is good for only 30 days.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ebay owns my soul

Happy Saturday! Now that the winter semester is done and I feel good as new, I'm finally getting some tatting done. I've been meaning to post all week, but I got caught up in reading everyone else's blogs that I forgot. There's just so many of them now it boggles my mind.

I'd like to show you all some goodies I found on eBay! Tatting related items have become very hot. The pickings are not as good as they used to be and when I do find something, there's usually a pretty active bidding war for if. I am such an addict it's not even funny -- more like pathetic. The mailman hates me. He doesn't even bother hiding it. He just throws the packages at my door and walks away. I'm pretty sure it makes his day when he hits the door just right and knocks the wreath down. Jerk.

Anyhow, here is a shuttle carved from bog wood inlaid with malachite. It's so pretty I think I may just get a shadow box and display it.

I found this book for $2.00. When Cluny fever strikes again, I'll be ready. The illustrations are not too clear, but since it was so cheap I can't complain.

The crown jewel of my latest eBay finds! It's Ben Fikkert's Floriade. Beautiful, beautiful patterns. I've been wanting this one ever since I saw a very colorful doily on Celtic Dream Weaver's blog.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hello all!

Long time, no blog....or tat for that matter! A couple things have laid me low. First, I managed to strain my neck and shoulder making it too painful to look down or hold anything up for more than a few minutes at a time. Second, I have been completely bogged down with coursework the second half of this semester with two weeks yet to go. Ugh. I've begun tatting again, but I don't have anything to show. But I will soon.

Thanks to Tatting Goddess, I FINALLY got to meet some tatters in real life!! She put me in touch with a very nice lady named Merie. I was invited to attend a meeting of an offshoot group of the Great Lakes Lace Guild. It was so much fun. It was the first bit of tatting I'd done in at least a month. I can't wait until the next meeting. We're going to be doing eggs and crosses for Easter. Yay!

Looking around, I see there is so much stuff I have missed and tons of new blogs to get acquainted with. It's so nice to see how tatting is skyrocketing in popularity. Oh, I just noticed I missed another TIAS! I am definitely going to have to get the pages for that.

Even though I haven't been tatting, I have been buying! I'll post some pics later this week of some of my new goodies. Now I'm in the mood to buy some new thread. Does anyone know if Handy Hands is shipping the Lizbeth thread yet? If so, I'm going to be heating up the old credit card.

Enough for now! I've missed you all and I am off to catch up on everyone's blogs...