Saturday, 19 August 2017

King Tut Threads

This is King Tut Color 918. You can see the color change is very short.  I thought I would try to make some trim for new shirts.  This is the top of the spool and the tatting is sitting on a clover sized shuttle.

The first pattern I tried is called Tradition. I didn't like how it  was not lying flat so I've picked another to try.  The shirt has a "V" neckline and I will trim only from the shoulder seams forward but I do have that one corner to deal with.  Any tips?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Completed

I was in a slump, a tatting slump.  I started this doily way back here so I am very happy to say that the Spring Wiosna 2017 is finally completed.

I enjoy working with vintage thread but it has its challenges.  I had one ball that was totally rotted and I had already wound a shuttle full before I found out.

The doily is all done with a size 80 threads by J&P Coats. The doily is sitting on a pink 12 inch by 12 inch sheet so you can see the size.

There are a few mistakes in this so I will be keeping this one.

Many thanks to Renulek who provided this pattern on a weekly basis. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Garden Ate my Glasses

Oh my it has been a wonderful summer, filled with many adventures but sadly not much tatting.  My hands are usually in the garden, at first preparing. then planting, watering, weeding and finally harvesting.

I have two gardens one for show, filled with flowers from April to September.  I plant sweet peas and nasturtiums, all others are perennial or self seeding. Just as one bloom finishes another one comes along.
My second garden is for eating,  a vegetable garden along with a patch of raspberries.  It was the raspberries that ate my glasses.

A few of you may know I had some minor surgery this spring, all is going fine. I had a follow up appointment last Thursday and once I arrived home I went immediately to pick some raspberries before the heat of the day.  I wanted to have enough to make some jam.  My glasses are only used for distance so I took them off and folded them over the neck of my shirt. After about ten minutes my glasses had disappeared.

The patch measures 5 feet deep and ten feet long. You'd think it would only take a moment to find them but the raspberries were not giving up so quickly.  When hubby got home he held branches back with a hockey stick (yes he plays four times a week) and we looked for them without success.
It would take two days before I saw a glint of light and reached down to find them.

Now about tatting. I am on the last row of  the Renulek Spring 2017 Doily and in order to get the color in the right spot I was using the SLT but I didn't like the blip of color that showed up. Then I tried using a SCMR but couldn't get the rings uniform enough so I set the piece aside. Now I  have taken another look  and think I will go back to using the SLT as it puts less strain on this vintage thread and a blip of color is much better than thread breakage.

I did make the jam and have eight little jars ready for gifting.

Monday, 26 June 2017

From Illinois

On Wednesday I received a package from Illinois.  Denise W. I can't thank you enough.  I have sent you  a note as no email was included.

So many lovely gifts.  Two little tins one filled with a tatted Ice drop,  more Ice Drops to tat around too, some hand dyed thread,  Chocolate Superberry tea, some findings to tat around and a retractable badge holder with a button attached.

I have shown a close up of the Ice Drop below which has a ribbon for hanging and a sunflower charm attached for added sparkle.  It has beads attached at the points.  If you recall I had Ice Drop Fever and made an ice drop into a brooch and used the technique to make earrings from some buttons.  Now I have two pink and another orange gem, there is also a clear gem with a flower inside.

The hand dyed thread is Corsage, the same color I purchased from Marilee Rockley some time ago.  I can't wait to tat with it again. All my favorite colors, pink, orange and purple.  

Thanks again Denise, watch the mail for a note from me.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Boo Boo Bear

While at Shuttlebirds Workshop this year,  we all received a doorprize and mine was filled with many tatting treasures.  One of the treasures was this boo boo bear and I will be attaching all my boo boos to him.  It is a great idea but I may need a few more as this one is almost covered.

What do you do with all your boo boo's?