Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Monday!

Some actual tatting to show today. It's not done yet and I'm not going to tell y'all what is it.  This is the first time in a week that I've held a shuttle.  You see, I was just walking along minding my own business when out of nowhere I pulled a muscle in lower back across my left hip.  In all honesty, I can say I've never felt anything like that before.  The pain kind of took its time to hit, but when it did, Owww, owww, owww!  Then a wave of nausea washed over me and I nearly fainted.  That's really saying something for me, because I have an extremely high tolerance for pain.  For the next two days, I kept having spasms and couldn't sit or stand up straight.  Ice packs and really good prescription painkillers were the order of the day.  Since I couldn't sit up, I couldn't tat, but I could crochet.  Nothing to show on that front right now.  Maybe later. 

Now that I can sit up, I can tat!  This is it so far.  By the weekend, it should be complete and ready to display.  I'll say this much about where the pattern originates-- it's German.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lady Marjorie

Like Martha, I was one of the lucky ones to test tat a lady for Heather, the Tarnished Tatter.  She designed the most gorgeous tatted ladies!   This is Lady Marjorie, and she is pleased to make your acquaintance.  A lovely Southern belle, Marjorie is tatted with Altin Basak 50 threads.  She is about 5" tall.  I had a great time tatting her and welcome the opportunity to test tat for Heather again.

Monday, April 19, 2010

My thread stash...(Warning: lots of pics!)

Crazy Mom wants to see our HDT stash, so I heed her call. I see that the pictures are a bit out of focus.  I keep forgetting that I don't need to hold this new camera so close to the object to get a halfway decent shot.    More than half is size 80, with some 20 through 50 thrown in.  I'm pretty sure there are a few missing.  The yarn daisies are wrapped with my favorite-est HDT of all, Pansy, created by Yarnplayer. You can also see my favorite pair of tweezers for opening rings.  The bent and angled tips let me grab the core thread without having to hold the tweezers tightly. 

Well, I can't stop there.  Here is some more of my thread stash:

A mix of Altin Basak and Oren Bayan Turkish threads.  A three-cord thread that is a bit soft to work with, but I love it.  Kind of hard to tell, but there's about 50 balls in that box. I do believe there's some Manuela 20 lurking in there, too.

DMC Perle Cotton in sizes 8 and 12.  Total crap, I hate it.  When I first learned to tat, it was with perle cotton, so not knowing any better I bought loads of it.  Now that I know better, it just takes up valuable space in craft closet.  The reason I don't like it is because perle cotton has a bumpy texture which obscures the appearance of the stitches.  I like my stitches to look crisp.

Finca perle cotton, sizes 8, 12, and 16.  Wait a minute, didn't I just say I hate perle cotton?  Not this one!  Finca has a gorgeous finish, even the larger sizes and it's shine is beautiful. Great for making baby bonnets and booties.

A mix of Flora sizes 20 and 50, DMC and Olympus threads.  Flora 20 is OK, but the 50 is superior.  Shame it's discontinued.  Olympus is like a piece of thread heaven and DMC is better for crochet than tatting.  I don't know what it's doing mixed in there.

 Lizbeth.  Do I really need to say anything else?  Another 40 or so balls in there.

Some, I say some, of my size 80 stash.  I'm pretty sure there's another box containing about 100 balls hidden around here somewhere.  The large purple container is mainly vintage threads, Lily, Star, J&P Coats, Coats & Clark.  There's a few oddballs in there such as Collingbourne's, Twilley's and some whose names escape me at the moment.  I would dig for them, but there's over 200 balls in there and it's 2 a.m. as I'm writing this, so maybe another time.  The smaller container is DMC and Majestic/Venus.  Soon to be joined by Lizbeth 80, no doubt.

I can look at these pictures and still say to myself, "I don't have any thread.  I should buy more."  Spoken like a true addict.

Lastly, the tools of the trade.  Shuttles, shuttles, and more shuttles.  The gold Clovers are in the upper right hand corner of the box are the only pick-less shuttles I will use.  I love the feel of them in my hand.  They have a silken feel to them that makes having to use a hook for every join worth the effort.  A few other tools like coilless safety pins, tweezers, needle minder,picot gauges, and a hook set on a chain.  I made the hook set myself.  Working in a factory has its advantages!

More about the coilless safety pins.  I've read on a few blogs that they've been hard to find.  Joann's has them. They can be found in the bead section of the store, by the jewelry findings. If I'm not mistaken, the large size are 50 to a pack, and the small are 100 to a pack. Hobby Lobby also has them, but I think they are in the sewing notions department.  If you're still having problems finding them, email me and I'll help you out!  :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lace Day in Michigan, May 22, 2010! Come join us!

Lacers of all kinds are more than welcome.  We will demonstrating for the public to spread our love of lace far and wide.  So bring your bobbins, pillows, needles, hooks, and of course, your shuttles!

For you Canadian folks, it's only a 30 minute drive from the Windsor/Detroit border!  Come on down.

Vendors will be Holly VanSciver, Kaye Judt, and Kathy Kirchner.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Yesterday's haul

Before I begin, I have to say I have fallen hopelessly in love with my new blog background.  Isn't it the cutest?  This one is definitely staying for a while.

Now on to the tatting!  I couldn't resist the call of a good Joann's one day coupon, which was 25% off the entire  basket.  Here's some of the highlights of said basket:

 Some gorgeous new colors of Lizbeth. There was only one ball of each left, so I snatched them up.  The glare from the camera makes it hard to tell, but they are Vineyard Harvest, Lt Seagreen, Dk Seagreen, and Dk Boysenberry.  The Boysenberry really knocks my socks off, which is noteworthy since I am not a fan of fuschia-like shades.  I have plans for that one already.  Now the box is a set of Gütermann threads.  It was on clearance for $9.97, so of course, I had to snap that one up, too.  Here is what was inside:

Oooh, pretty!  Each spool holds 100 meters of thread.  It looks like the thread is about equal to size 100.  I think it'll make nice hanky edgings.  The final really interesting goodies  I picked up were these:

Three pairs of Gingher scissors.  The pair on the left are 3-1/2" Epaulettes, the center are 4" spring action snips, and on the right are 3-1/2" stork scissors.  Also shown is one of the sheaths they come with.  Gingher snips are a bit pricy, but they are worth every penny.  Being on sale for 50% off made them extra hard to resist.  I also picked up three packs of Clover shuttles, a Clover crochet hook and a bunch of Lily brand Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn.  I'm feeling the urge to make some new potholders and Sugar 'n Cream is my favorite to use.  Lots of pretty colors!

One other thing, Gina recently commented on the reliability of Lizbeth thread and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree.  I'm currently working on something using mint green and have had the plies untwist and become so tangled I had to cut it out and start over.  Also, there's been splices in almost every ball of size 20 I've picked up in the last two months.  I've yet to have this happen with the 40, so maybe it's just a temporary problem, especially with the size 80 about to launch in another month. I still buy it because of the beautiful colors and it works up so nicely. Still, I would have to echo Gina by saying buyer beware.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's OUR day!

Happy International Tatting Day everyone!  I'm sure you are all indulging yourselves in your favorite activity(tatting) and snacking on your favorite treat(chocolate).  At this very moment, I am eating a very large bowl of chocolate ice cream and trying to write this at the same time.  It's nearly 80 degrees and sunny today.  YAY!  Spring is really here.  The gorgeous weather is making me feel flowery, so let me show what I started in honor of the fine weather we're having...

This is Jon Yusoff's Rosette Doily.  I'm making it a bit larger to fit a large round end table.  The thread is Olympus 40 in lime green and shaded lavender.  So nice and springy.  My fickle self was going to start a Myrtle Hamilton doily, but I am easily swayed so Myrtle will have to wait for another time. 

Enjoy the day and I hope you're having as beautiful weather as we are here in Michigan!