Monday, October 19, 2009

Plastic Rings and Christmas

Happy Sunday, all!  I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely autumn weather we're having.  Here in southeastern Michigan, we've been having unseasonably cool temps and dreary days.  This weekend turned out to be a gem, though.  Clear skies and a bit milder.  Temps in the mid-50s, instead of low 40s.  Brrrr....

I have been tatting some lately.  I wanted to show battatter's bat, Batflight, but he's gone, gone, gone. He's obviously lived up to his name and flew out the window or something.  Instead, I'll show a couple pieces from Jon Yusoff's Tatting With Plastic Rings.  So far, I've done Melati ( top) and Kincir (bottom).  The only size rings I had in my stash were 18 mm, so I decided to try size 80 thread .  Not too shabby considering I don't really have too much experience working with ring, which is also why I omitted beads. Please excuse the camera flash... 

I've been a good girl and stayed away from eBay lately. That is, until last week. The little voices in my head were telling me to get over there or else miss out on something big. And wouldn't you know it, they were right! The Number One book on my 'Must Have' list was just waiting for me to come and get it. None other than Pam Palmer's The Twelve Days of Christmas.  After seeing the gorgeous Partridge In A Pear on Carol's blog  a year or so ago, I was on the hunt ever since.

I am pretty good at guessing just how high an auction will go and was pretty sure there would be a lot of action on this one, but I was wrong. Only a couple low bids and it was mine. I am currently deciding on what threads to use for each day. This is going to be fun and they'll look great on the tree. A few more views:


I'm thinking about mounting each motif on a scrap of fabric inside small decorative cross stitch frames.  Another thing I have no experience with, so if anyone has any ideas on how to make this easier, let me know.  And for the record, no I am not going to make six, seven, eight, etc., of each Day.  Otherwise, they wouldn't be done until Christmas 2017!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Once upon a midnight dreary, .....

...while I pondered, weak and weary.

From Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven -- perfect midnight Halloween season reading.  That's not really a raven, it's a Creepy Crow (but it damn sure looks like a raven!) designed by the one and only Battatter, Carol Amich.  If you're a Halloween lover like me, this book is a must have.  I'm currently working on a few more of the patterns from her book.


"Scared Silly" by Birds of a Feather
Stitched on 32 ct. Sparrow
Weeks  Dye Works  flosses

Ol' Jack O'Lantern flipped his lid and scared the kitty!  Scared him silly, even.  My latest stitchy project that was actually a WIP from last year.  I lost it last year and gave it up for gone, but it was actually hiding in the Halloween decorations.  I think the orange fill-in around the inner edge of the frame is perfect!  Jo-Ann's did a great frame job once again. In this pic, you can see the mounting board behind the camera.  That's just because of the camera flash.  It's not really visible at all.   If you look closely, you can see Heidi Sunday's 'Pumpkins On A Vine' trailing over the edge of the frame. (click pics for a larger view) A fun little thing to tat!

Hope everyone is doing well!  Work and school are killing me at the moment.  Well, not really killing me, just my tatting/crochet/stitch time!  Oh, the agony....