Friday, December 25, 2009
I am glad to know you all and hope for a peaceful, healthy and joyous New Year.
(does anyone know what an appropriate gift is for a Leprechaun?)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Ps. for those who don't already know Google will automatically translate whole web pages.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Enter,follow,post a comment on your blog. Sherry is an incredibly talented artist (I'd say that even if she wasn't giving things away) Her shuttles, pottery,photography, tatting patterns and HDT are beautiful each and everyone. I own several of her hand dyed threads and they are awesome to work with and to look at.
I'd own one of her shuttles too if I didn't have issues with my shuttles flying out of my hand and across the room. My shuttles need to be made of rubber.
Thank you Sherry, just one more reason to be happy it's Monday
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is my first time ever to win a blog giveaway.
Tarnished Tatter had a contest and I correctly guessed that the tatted items she
posted were for a new book.
And the prize is the book!
I have one of Heather's books and I like it very much, I can't wait to see this one.
Thank you Heather.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I would recommend this book. There are more than 30 designs in this book. Plenty of diagrams. NO English. (well very little english)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This design is from Tatting For Today motif #19. The thread is Ricky Tim's Razzle Dazzle and I added pale blue clear seed beads to the picots on the outer edge.
Except for the thread being a little thick, I liked how it turned out.
If you would like to purchase some of this thread that comes in many colors, may I suggest Deb of this site http://www.ds9designs.com/ She is a fellow tatter and wonderful person and she carries 25 colors of this thread.
The first item is called New Metallics thread. It is beautiful,comes in many colors, is strong and 2 ply. It is available in 100 meter spools and 25 yard cards. I found mine at a bead show and I have tatted a few knots with it. The thread seems suitable for tatting and is made for beading and reviews of it state that the thread can be used for lacemaking,tatting,crochet,knitting and beading.
Here is a link to a provider.http://www.7beads.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=MT
Again I haven't used this provider and only post it here for the curious. If you have tatted any of Nina L.'s jewelry and would like to tat with colors of metallic thread without splitting the dmc metallic floss skeins, this thread will accommodate size 15 delicas through it twice.
The second item for your consideration is this spiral eye needle.
A what? you say. Well if you sew your ends in a la Jennifer Williams' illustration on Jane E.'s site, you need to have a needle that will accommodate a large thread without having a large eye. How do you get large thread to pass through a slender eye you say?
Well without divine intervention you don't. You use a french or calyx needle otherwise known as a self threading needle. Pam Turner the inventor of the spiral eye needle has a web site here
http://www.spiraleyeneedles.com/ and she just may have built a better mouse trap. The author of this site has reviewed them for us http://www.needlenthread.com/2008/10/spiral-eye-needles-for-embroidery-and.html
I plan to get me some. Oh Yes,I forgot to mention, these needles do not have a nickel coating so if you have metal allergies this may be something that interests you.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Not an exchange piece but I wanted to post this in contrast to the butterfly that I tatted last April. I have learned how to tell what side of the piece I'm on. (I leave breadcrumbs) I have learned how to sew in ends. I have learned how to tat over tails. Thank You Jane E. for that lesson and hands on demo. I have learned how to block and properly starch a piece. Thank You Bonnie G. of Palmetto Tatters Guild for that learning experience. I still however have not learned the cure for inattention and followers of Mary Konior will recognize this as Small Cross and will note the incorrect stitch count and extra picot in the center chains.
Fans of Pamela of Tatsakoolchallenge will recognize this beautiful HDT as Rainbow Brite and I was so excited to discover this thread. I used it to tat the cross because it was a gift for my Significant Other's children's Mother. She is a lover of all things rainbow and is active in her church. I knew she would appreciate the work I put into this. She did love it and Pamela's thread made it a joy to tat.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My second exchange was for HBT's Christmas in July 08
My recipient was to be Karey Solomon. Her tatting is innovative and she is a veteran tatter along with her finesse with other fiber arts. (As soon as I find my way around this blog and I receive permission from the persons involved I will add links to blogs and websites as appropriate.)
I "knew" Karey from the Web and finally met her at Palmetto's Tat Days in 2007. At last years Hector gathering I noted dragons seemed to be a favorite theme for Karey and everyone knows her favorite color to be purple. I googled the words fabric and dragon and searched images. This fabric by Henry Alexander called "Tatsu" (Yes Really, it is Japanese for dragon) seemed fated to be the One. I had a pattern for this bag, called a humbug bag, in my stash.So I sewed it up and outline quilted the dragon. I then went shopping for a thread to tat the trim and fringe. Amazingly, Yarnplayer's SummerTrail was an exact match for this fabric. I added beads, blocked the tatting and sewed in the ends. A bit of an improvement over my first exchange.
Many other little trinkets went into the package and I felt good upon receiving Karey's enthusiastic praise of her secret santa parcel.
Just before I went to the Hector Tatting Weekend last year, Sherry T. and I corresponded. She suggested we exchange butterflies. With trepidation I agreed, my tatting skills I felt, were meager and despite knowing how to tat for 35 years I had never sucessfully hidden my ends. Notorious for thowing caution to the wind I promptly picked out a pattern that not only was not in English but also contained clunies and I begin this daunting project 2 nights before driving 6 hours to Hector, NY. Obviously I discarded the clunies immediately. I made the effort to use front side/ back side tatting and belatedly learned One should always know what side one is on. Hence the left side of the B'fly is tatted in reverse. I followed Linda Davies instructions for adding beads to picots for this piece, laptop on lap watching her video and tatting at the same time. Sherry very graciously hid the ends for me and it is painfully obvious that I did not block this piece. At the Hector gathering Karey very graciously demonstrated how to sew in ends.
This is the butterfly I received in exchange. This is in impossibly fine thread and I certainly feel I got the better end of the deal. Thank You Sherry for inviting me to trade tatting. I believe I have gotten better at it. Next post I'll share my 2nd exchange.
I am currently working on a Valentines Exchange started by Karey Solomon.
The first photos I will be posting will be of my very first exchanged item and the two that followed that soon after.