Sunday, November 29, 2009

More snowflakes!

First up, the one no one wants to do because of all the bare thread spaces!  The First Day of  December  from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting. I don't think I did too badly.  I used DMC size 80 in color 3756, a very, very pale blue.  Looking at it again, I see I split the threads on some of the picots when I was blocking it.  Oops!
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Next is Snowflake 17 from Joann Stearns'  Christmas Ornament Collection.  I used a vintage J&P Coats, size 70 thread.  Can't ever get enough of pansy colored thread.

The big one in the center is another from the Stearns book, number 19.  Size 20 Lizbeth in Sherbet Delight.  I don't really like how this one came out.  The color is pretty, but size 20 thread looks too heavy for a dainty snowflake, so I am going to be sticking to the finer sizes from here on out.

Fourth is Teri Dusenbury's Loop-de-Loop Snowflake.  This one was tatted using Lady Shuttlemaker's Seaweed HDT in size 80.  You can find the pattern in Teri's e-Snips account.  Looking at the scan, I see a bunch of mistakes with this one, but it was a lot of fun to tat so I'll do it again and make sure it's perfect.

And last, but certainly not least, is 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' from Karey Solomon's Tatting For The Tree.  This was a tricky one.  I had to open rings and retrotat this one three times, but it was worth it.  I tatted this one with Yarnplayer's 'Brilliant Sunset' in size 80.  What a rich colorway.  It was the perfect choice for this one, I do believe. 

Earlier today I made a trip to Michaels to see what was left on the shelves.  Big mistake!  Everyone was still acting like a bunch of maniacs snatching and pushing merchandise, just generally being rude and classless.  So I cut the trip short and left with a couple packages of glass ornaments.  I found some iridescent onion shaped ones instead of  the usual round ones.  If anyone has any bell shaped ones they'd like to get rid of, I'll gladly take them off your hands.  Looks like I'm going to try to tat some ornament covers next weekend.  Wish me luck.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone had a great holiday.  Yesterday was a nice dinner and afterward, to fight off the turkey coma trying to overtake me, I pulled out the shuttles and started tatting some ornaments.  My rainbow tree will be very skimpy if I don't make some headway quickly.  I think tomorrow I will dig it out of the basement and see what I can do with it.  Good thing it 's a small tree. 

Ornament One is from Susanne Schwenke's  Spitzen-Kreationen.  Originally, it was 5-pointed, but a snowflake has six!  I used some vintage Lily size 70 thread.
Ornament Two is from Kaye B. Judt's Oh My Stars!.  The technique used on the rings is what she calls TAK (tatting alternate knots). It's similar to a Maltese Ring, except instead of having the stitches in opposite directions they all stay on top.  This was my first experiment, so it's not the greatest piece, but I like it.  There's sure to be more.  I used Altin Basak 50 threads.
Ornament Three is from Lene Bjorn's Snowflakes in Tatting.  I love this little flake.  More vintage thread for this one, Star 70.  The thread in candy colors like this are my favorites.
Ornament Four is from Festive Tatting by DMC using Tatskool's world reknowned Rainbow Bright thread in size 80.

Right now the living room floor is covered in thread, tatting books, and print outs from the 'Net.  Snowflake fever has me in its grip! So I am off to create a blizzard....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tat Day at Zig-Zag

Since you're reading this, that must mean I made it back from Tat Day in one piece.  It was a lot of fun and I am now on the lookout for other Tat Days within are within a five- or six- hour drive.  The drive down was nice and really showcased just how crappy the roads in Michigan are and how slow people drive in Ohio and Indiana (ha!).  At one point, we stopped off for a bite to eat at a McDonalds near enemy territory...err, I mean Lima, Ohio.  A quick glance around the restaurant made so, so happy that I forgot my University of Michigan sweatshirt.  The place was awash in red and gray and chances were better than even that we wouldn't have made it out alive for all the Buckeyes shirts, hats, tattoos, etc., that were in there!  We got our asses out of there before someone caught wind of the Michigan license plate in the parking lot.

That was the excitement for the day. From there it was an uneventful two or three hours to Greenfield, Indiana.  We got a room, had supper at Cracker Barrel and spent the rest of the evening talking and tatting. 

Up and early Saturday morning, breakfast, and off for a day of tatting.  Of course, I forgot my camera so I have no pictures to show.  Zig-Zag is a cute little store that was once a house.  As soon as I stepped through the door, I felt like I was at home or in heaven. Tatting supplies galore!  I could feel the cash I brought just burning a hole in my pocket.  But no time to shop, it was time to tat!  At each seat was a gift bag of stuff for the tatters.  It says Zig-Zag Quilts and Baskets on the bag, but the flash is hiding it.

Georgia Seitz was the guest teacher for the day.  She is such a funny lady and she had lots of stuff in store for us.  Our first project of the day was a candy cane reindeer.

 The only tatting we did for Rudolph here was the eyelashes around his googly eyes.  Not quite as easy as it seemed, but after three or four or five tries, I got it!

Ok, so you can't see them very well, but it was fun.  The other project was to decorate a 3-D Christmas tree, which was a four-sided tree cut from green construction paper.  Pearl tatting and some variations was to be the technique used to make the garland, but I didn't get it done because I kept screwing up and it was fun just to be talking to everyone so I have nothing to show for that one!  The it was time for lunch and to shop a bit.  Lunch was fantastic!  Sandwiches, a veggie tray, a cheese tray, two different kinds of soup (the potato soup was heavenly!) and cookies and brownies for desert.

This is the part I really wish I had brought a camera for --  the tatted pieces brought by the other ladies there.  One lady brought some beautiful baby bonnets and booties, a 3-d angel with pineapple motif wings (that I want, want, WANT!) and some other really pretty pieces.  Someone had brought a very old sample book that was absolutely fascinating.  Ornaments, doilies, a beautiful hat, and a shawl tatted by the Great Lakes Lace Group VP, Merie, were also highlights of the day.  There was a little wrought iron tree for everyone to hang ornaments on for an ornament contest that day.  I entered a beaded poinsettia and Ruth Perry's Celtic snowflake.   Now it was off to shop...


I wasn't done yet, but there was so much stuff that I didn't get to the books yet and it was time to go back to class.  First I want to say that Georgia had everyone laughing all day.  The next thing she had in store for us was a pop-up card.  We used Josephine knots to decorate some elements of a Christmas card she passed out for all of us and showed us how to make a pop-out in the center of the card using a motif.  For practice we used motifs that are oopsies or 'pattern adaptations', if you prefer. That project was a lot of fun, but I have no idea what I did with mine so you'll just have to use your imaginations.  Our last project of the day was to decorate a small organza bag with split rings and beads.  Basically, we used very long beaded picots and joined them in a swag fashion.
Example:  Beaded picot on Ring One joins to Ring Four, BP on Ring Two joins to Ring Five, etc.  I forgot all about this one until I started writing this post.  I will find mine later and show what I mean.  By now it was getting towards the end of the day.  Jennifer and Kaye of Zig-Zag had gifts for everyone.  I got a neon green Sew-Mate shuttle ( Love it!).  Before wrapping it up and calling it a day, there was still the ornament contest winner to announce.  Jennifer said, "Who had the poinsettia?".  I said to myself, " I know she just didn't say the poinsettia. Oh my God, my poinsettia was voted the best?!"  You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised.

My prize was a gift certificate to spend in the store,which I promptly did.

I am still smiling as I write this.  At the end of the day, as we were all packing up and chit-chatting, a lady who I knew I knew from somewhere (but couldn't figure it out for the life of me) said she had trouble deciding which to vote for -- my poinsettia or the Celtic snowflake.  It was Ruth Perry herself!  She was sitting at the end of my table knitting a sock all day.  Ha Ha!

So that was the Tat Day at ZigZag. A great time was had by all and I am looking forward to next year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's been a while!

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while.  Computer problems had me disconnected from the world.  I'm surprised by how isolated I felt.  I truly felt like I was lost in a cave for these past weeks.

Anyhow, enough of that!  What I really came to tell you all is that I'll be going to my first Tat Day this weekend.  If anyone is in the Greenfield, Indiana area this Saturday, meet me at ZigZag Quilts and Baskets for their annual tatting day.  Georgia Seitz will be teaching. Ooooh, I am so excited!  I've been tatting, but I ain't showing until after tat day.  It's nothing spectactular, but I am going to make y'all wait.

Well, it's time to get to work so I'll begin catching up and commenting on everyone's blogs tonight when I get home.  Missed you all!