Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another heart!

They say hindsight is always 20/20, so I really should have done this sooner and posted it for Memorial Day. Ah well, better late than never! I have always loved this pattern, but I have mixed feelings about how this one turned out. The rice beads are too long at the top of heart causing it to be a bit misshapen and I should have used down (or is it up?) joins for the split rings making the stripes. That little dot of color on the next row bugs me.

A friend of mine who also just recently was pink slipped stopped by for a bit today. She couldn't understand how I wasn't climbing the walls with boredom! I showed her the aforementioned stack of books and the piles of patterns, threads, crochet hooks and shuttles. She was too intimidated by the tatting shuttles, but she did pick up on crochet basics pretty quickly. So I threw together a beginners kit of a hook, a few balls of yarn, a granny square pattern and a list of crochet sites and off she went! And with that a new crocheter joins the ranks. Maybe I can get her to attempt the shuttle later...

The details: Altin Basak 50 and 10 rice beads. Approx 3-1/2" tall and 3" wide. Not a bad pattern for emptying shuttles as it used very little thread.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Life and such

Well, it's now the third week of being unemployed. I'm actually enjoying myself. Maybe too much! I've been making a dent into my stack of unread books and making a new list of books to be read at the same time. Looks like that stack will never get any smaller at that rate. My local library is my new best friend.

The closet that has been in desperate need of organizing is now organized, but for how long is anyone's guess. We're talking about the crafts closet. Need I say more?

During my hair pin lace fever I received a friendly email from tatter Hope Green complimenting my on my HPL. She said I made a wonderful start to her day. Well, her email was definitely a highlight of my day, too! Thank you, Hope, for your nice words. It's always a pleasant surprise when a fellow tatter/blogger writes to me.

Browsing the blogs, I came across a post about buttons and beads on Tat's Heaven's blog. So pretty were those hearts that I was consumed with the desire to do one for myself. Of course, it didn't quite turn out that way because I found a pattern for the most gorgeous beaded heart that I ended up doing that one instead. Working with beads and buttons makes me want to do more, so I'll be matching up some more thread and patterns tomorrow.

I used Flora 50 in dark red with 11/0 purple seed beads and 1/2" purple buttons. The heart and beads are actually a nice royal looking red and purple, but as usual, my scanner likes to make everything lighter.

I really need to get working on the 25 Motif Challenge again, but you know me -- easily distracted!

Monday, May 18, 2009

OK, just one more hairpin lace post...

...and I'll stop boring you all! I still need to work on my tension, but I'm definitely getting the rhythm of flipping this thing around. The motif is Lenore English's snowflake. I used Lizbeth threads in Cotton Candy and the coordinating light peach. The adorable little fan is from Gina's TattingGoddess Yahoo! forum. I tatted it using Lady Shuttlemaker's "Spring Poppies" and DMC color 798 in size 80.

This little foray into hairpin lace turned out to be a lot of fun. It's opened up a new avenue instead of the usual tatting or crocheting. Even though design is not my forte, I can put a little twist into whatever I'm working on if I feel the urge!

And one other thing, the mailman brought a little treat from Tatskool! I can't show it yet, but it's quite yummy....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More fun with hairpin lace

Yesterday endeup up being rainy and windy so instead of yard sale-ing, I practiced making hairpin lace. Instead of using a 'staple', an adjustable loom was used. That turned out to help a lot. The adjustable loom is lighter and the flat bottom makes it easier for me to handle. I could hold it against my body while making the loops, which gave the stability I needed to improve my tension. Here are the fruits of my labors:

Both patterns came from the archives of Georgia Seitz's Online Tatting Class. The little doily was designed by Saundra Hameed and done in size 10 Cebelia. Yes, I missed a loop, but you all don't see that. The little bitty angel is from Martha Ess. She was also made with Cebelia, size 30 this time.

Searching the internet for more hairpin lace information led me to This site has some gorgeous needlework patterns in the latest fashions. There are some excellent hairpin lace tutorials on the site. They show start-to-finish how to put together a loom, making the strips, and how to join them. I found it to be strange that I could only find said tutorials using Google with the keywords "hairpin", "lace", and "tutorial". I didn't find a link anywhere on the site itself. Strange, but then again, maybe I needed to register to see them.

Today I will finish the not-so-pretty 1970s colored teapot set and take it to its new home. I'm leery to see the 2009 version of a 1970s kitchen it will be residing in. Brown, gold, avocado green, and burnt orange. Some things do not need to resurrected for nostalgia's sake! I'm already having flashbacks to being seven years old again.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hairpin Lace

A while back I came across some hairpin lace looms in assorted sized. I was intrigued, so I bought them. I've seen hairpin lace incorporated into other types of lace -- knitting, crochet, and of course, tatting. Now that I've got plenty of time on my hands, I gave it a whirl tonight. I used a 1-1/2" loom. Books that teach hairpin lace fail! They don't show the flip. Yes, hairpin lace has a flip -- the hook! Once I got that part down, it was easy. This is my first attempt. Not pretty at the beginning, but I got better as I went along. I'll practice some more tomorrow. For anyone who's interested, this is the Youtube clip I learned from. Excellent!

These are different examples of some of the looms I bought. They come in sizes from 1/2" all the way to 2". Tomorrow I will be going yard sale-ing. Hopefully, I 'll hit paydirt and find some inexpensive old pattern books. Not that I don't have a bunch already. :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hmmm...not too sure about this one

I am in the process of tatting one of Martha Ess' Antique Rose Teapot sets for a friend. As hard as I tried to convince her otherwise, this is the color she chose. I don't think I really like it, but it's not my opinion that counts here. I think it would have looked nicer if I would have used ecru for the chains. What do you think?

If it looks a bit crooked, it's because it hasn't been blocked yet.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

An update on life ( no pics today!)

Well, it finally happened. I joined the ranks of the unemployed last week.

When I was given my pink slip, the first thing that went through my head wasn't, "Oh no, what am I going to do now?". It was, "Now I have more time to tat and finally figure out those hairpin lace looms sitting in the closet". My strange reaction is due to the fact I knew it was coming and made my peace with it. A friend of mine kept telling me to stop worrying myself sick because it won't change the situation and that I should just consider it a long deserved vacation. So that's what I am going to do.

There's no car payment or mortgage to worry about and the credit cards are paid down to a nearly zero balance. I suppose I can weather this storm. No pity or sympathy, please. I don't feel sorry for myself at all. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

Enough of that! Some tatting news...

I am now a member of the Great Lakes Lace Guild. It's so nice to finally get to talk to other tatters in the flesh. This weekend is a lace convention, but it was full so I'll just stop by to shop the tables. Karey Solomon will be there!

DS9 Designs has Lizbeth thread now. It's $3.75 a ball. Excellent! I love Deb Arnold's stuff, especially her patterns.

Lastly, we're finally getting a Hobby Lobby in my area! I've seen so many people post about that place I was beginning to think I may be missing out on something. So, I'll get to see for myself shortly. Of course, I already signed up for the mailing list in case there are any good coupons....

Anyhow, hope everyone out in Tatland is tatting up a storm and have a good day!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I hope everyone's having a great day!

Singtatter's paperclip butterfly in Autumn Medley and Coral Reef HDT and Adelheid Dangela's Diana in Tutti Frutti HDT.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Jane Eborall's tatting (dolly) bags

Last week I ordered one of Jane's dolly bags. It came today! Now that was fast. My old bag is getting a bit tattered and torn. Here are a few pics:

The bag's pockets are nice and stiff so it stands nicely on its own. Very convenient.

Here it is filled with stuff. The usual tools -- shuttles, snips, tweezers,hooks, a pen for jotting notes, bead threaders and a couple coilless safety pins pinned to the side. What's really cool is that it holds three 20 gram balls in the bottom with room left on top to put your work-in-progress. What you can't see well is Jane's very own 'Made by:' tag in the side of the bag.

And finally, here is the closed bag completely full of stuff. Nothing poking out, not can anything work its way out of the pockets. I love it! Thanks Jane!