Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sewing and other things

Today was a sewing day. I was getting bored with my lined drawstring bags, so I cut out a dozen origami pouches. I haven't made one of those in a while. My fabric stash seems to grow by itself. I know that isn't true, but it is an indication that I don't make use of the fabric I purchase!

I played with adding chains to a basic Ice Drop yesterday. I'm not sure I like it, but it's going on the tree. Sometimes I like things better after I've seen them for a while.

I finished another Masquerade motif for my doily. I think it's going to be 5 x 5 motifs, but I may change my mind.

I finished another Beaded Bloom by Tamie Alliss. This one turned out much better. I followed Carolyn Craig's suggestion of snugging up my chains a little tighter, and it worked well.

I didn't have any more 15 mm beads, but this purple bead seemed like it would work well for Tamie's pattern. Since I have way more size 20 thread than size 10, I decided to see if I could adapt the pattern for a larger bead and smaller thread. I chose not to add seed beads to this one, because I wasn't sure now many rings would go around the bead. Now I know!

So, the pink one on the left was my first one. Although I like the colors, it looks a bit wonky. Should I snip it off and try again? I love the way the green one in the middle turned out. The one on the right is smaller despite having a larger bead. I have a few more of these beads, so I think my next one will be with the seed beads. It's fun to experiment!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ The Ice Drop

Yes, I designed an Ice Drop just for Tatting Corner Tat Days. Would you like the pattern?

If you've tatted an Ice Drop before, rounds 1 and 2 make up the basic Ice Drop. Round 3 makes the spokes of the snowflake. Enjoy!

Supplies: 2 shuttles wound continuous thread method (approximately 5 yards on each shuttle until you determine how much thread you need), size 20 thread, 3/4” (20 mm) glass gem, bead, button, or cabochon, picot gauge, crochet hook for joins, tapestry needle for hiding ends

Techniques: ring, chain, split ring, lock join

Note: this pattern is best done by tatting the basic Ice Drop first and then adding the outer rounds.

Round 1
Ring 1: 4-4----4-4 Close ring. Reverse work.
Chain 1: 6--6 Reverse work.
Rings 2-5: 4+4+4-4 Close ring, joining to last picot and long picot from previous ring. Reverse work.
Chains 2-5: 6--6 Reverse work.
Ring 6: 4+4+4+4 Close ring, joining to last picot of previous ring, long picot from first ring, and first picot from first ring. Reverse work.
Chain 6: 6--6, lock join to base of first ring. Reverse work.

Round 2
Ring 1: 6-6-6. Do not reverse work. Fold ring toward center away from you.
Chain 1: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Do not reverse work.
Rings 2-5: Fold up Ring 1. 6+6-6, joining to last picot of Ring 1. Do not reverse work.
Fold rings toward center away from you.
Chains 2-5: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Do not reverse work.
Ring 6: Fold up previous rings. 6+6, joining to last picot of previous ring. Insert glass gem, join to first picot of first ring, 6. Close ring. Do not reverse work. Turn domed side away from you.
Chain 6: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Reverse work so that front of Ice Drop is showing.

Round 3

Split ring 6/6. Switch shuttles.

B. Chain 4. Reverse work.

C. Ring 6+6, joining to picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work.

D. Chain 4, vsp, 2. Reverse work.

E. Ring 6+6, joining to small picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work. Switch shuttles.

F. Ring: 2+2-1--1-2 vsp 2.  Do not reverse work.

G. Ring: 2+4-1--1---1--1-4 vsp 2. Do not reverse work.

H. Ring: 2+2-1--1-2 vsp 2.  Do not reverse work. Switch shuttles.

I. Chain: 2+4. Reverse work.

J. Ring: 6+6, joining to picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work.

K. Chain 4. Reverse work.

6+6, joining to base of ring from previous round.

Repeat from B to L four times.

Tat from B to K one time, joining to top of split ring to finish.

Tollway Tatters

If you are in the Chicago area next week...

Tollway Tatters will be meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. and stay until we are finished tatting and chatting, usually between 2 and 3 p.m. We usually sit near Starbucks, and we wear our tie-dyed t-shirts. We'd love to have you join us!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Daughter Carol arranged to come over today to work on her costume for Rock of Ages, which will be performed in August as a fund raiser for the drama club. If you've been following my blog, you may remember that daughter Carol is my one child who refuses to be "drawn to the dark side." Carol did take sewing in high school, but the never did garment construction, so she didn't have a clue about where to start.

Carol was going to arrive around 9:30, so I had a little time for tatting. I was very pleased with myself until I saw a mistake. If I hadn't already hidden my ends, I might have been able to retro-tat and fix my mistake (by the point of the scissors). Instead, I snipped and started over. That was the first failure of the day.

Carol and I got started right away. I had to teacher her how to lay out and cut out a pattern. We then went through the steps of pattern reading and got started with sewing. The pattern was a vintage jumpsuit pattern, size 8. All looked good.

We worked on the bodice until lunch time, when we took about an hour break. Carol was doing really well with the sewing, when I asked how to put the jumpsuit on. It was obvious when we looked at the pattern that it needed to be stepped into and pulled up. I suggested that Carol try on the bodice before we proceeded with the shorts part of it. Boy, did we get a laugh! There was no way Carol would ever be able to put it on. She couldn't even get it up to her knees. We looked at the measurements on the envelope and laughed again. We should have checked there first. Although Carol wears a size 8 when she goes shopping, the size 8 pattern was much smaller.

We gave up and went shopping on Amazon, where we found two jumpsuits that might work. They'll be here next week. Although the costume itself was a failure, I looked at the experience as a success. I spent a day with my daughter, and she learned some new skills.

When we finished shopping, we put dinner together. Dave arrived home just in time to enjoy the fruits of our labor! ;-)

I was able to complete my fourth motif for my Masquerade doily, but that was all. Still, it was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ Part 3

Although it was not technically part of Tat Days, Lisa did offer two needle lace classes with Victoria Ong on Sunday. I've been wanting to learn needle lace for a long time, and Denise was interested also, so we signed up. Victoria's new book is available exclusively at Tatting Corner.

It took me quite a while to get the feel for making the knots, but I was happy with my progress, and now I feel confident with practicing on my own.

Dave came in with broccoli before leaving for work this morning, so my first task of the day was to prepare nine quarts of broccoli for the freezer. It looks like time for peppers next!

I've added a third Masquerade motif to my doily. I don't think this is going to turn out as I originally thought, but that's okay. Today's motif is in Lizbeth #680, Spring Green.

Of course I had to tat a matching Ice Drop!

I finished another bag today... three down, thirteen to go!

I finished the day by tatting Beaded Bloom by Tamie Alliss. My last join looks a little funky, and my chains don't snug up, but I get the idea now, and I have plenty of beads that I can practice with!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ Part 2

Friday and Saturday were fun-filled days! I taught two basic Ice Drop classes on Friday, and three Tat Days Ice Drop classes on Saturday. Yes, I will provide pictures and the pattern for the Tat Days Ice Drop soon. I have to find where I filed them on my computer!

Since I had an open time slot on Friday, I chose to take a basket weaving class with Jennifer Titus. She is an excellent teacher, but I had a difficult time counting over 2 under 1. I had to rip out what I had done four times. By the time class was over, I only had half the basket finished. Jennifer was kind enough to finish it for me. I have a new appreciation for basket makers, and I will gladly pay their prices when I see a basket I like!

Friday night we went to Hoosier Park for their prime rib buffet. I'd never been to a race track before. It was interesting, but not something I'm likely to do again unless Lisa plans dinner there again next year. The food was fabulous!

Thursday afternoon I had the thrill of meeting the very talented Carolyn Craig! I knew I loved her oval brooches, but once I saw them in person, I knew I just had to make some.

Carolyn was kind enough to pass out these little angel kits. Now I just have to decide what materials to use! Thank you, Carolyn!

Lisa had told me ahead of time that she was going to have some adorable wearable needle minders in the shop. I couldn't resist!

I also knew that Lisa was going to have some tatting themed sterling silver jewelry. I really love this necklace!

I also met Sarah Wood from Texas on Thursday. I had seen some of her decorated shuttles at Palmetto Tat Days last year, and I was happy to see that Lisa had a good stock to choose from.

I was really excited when I saw Sarah tatting with the same shuttle! I guess I have good taste! ;-)

Shawna Wachs, another teacher and my personal chauffeur for the weekend, had these adorable tiles with the stand. It looks great on my window sill!

I also purchased one of Shawna's decals for my favorite water cup!

The most exciting moment of the weekend was when I met Carollyn Brown! I have followed Carollyn's blog for a long time, and when I saw that she was going to have her shuttles available, I knew I was going to be shopping with her! I met Carollyn and her husband Richard on Friday, and I bought one of their adorable bunny shuttles right away. Don't tell anyone, but Richard chose his favorite bunny just for me! :-)

The two fish shuttles and basket were part of the silent auction, and I won! Can you tell that I'm excited about that?

I'm slowly getting back into my routine. Remember the bags I cut out a while back? I sewed another one today. I think I'm going to sell at our town's Oktoberfest in September, so I really need to get cracking on these bags.

I tatted another Masquerade motif from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns. I have an idea for a doily using the Lizbeth Sweet Tarts pack. Luckily, if it doesn't suit me, I know one of my granddaughters will want it!

Today's Ice Drop is in Lizbeth #623, Raspberry Pink Lt.

Yes, I ordered a second Tatting Shuttle Addicts commemorative shuttle. I guess I'm hopeless!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ Part 1

Well, dear readers, another tatting event is in the books and it was fabulous! There is so much to tell, and I'm not sure I'll remember it all. My poor brain is on overload!

Let me start by saying that Lisa Adams of Tatting Corner did a fantastic job. When she first contacted me to ask if I'd be a teacher, I was very hesitant. I don't have a problem teaching, and I don't have any trouble getting up in front of a group of people to speak. I just wasn't sure I had anything to offer. My friend Denise and Lisa thought I did. It turned out that when Lisa put out a call for teachers, Denise suggested I teach an Ice Drop class. What an idea!

It's a bit difficult to put all of the memories of Tat Days in one post, so I'm not even going to try! There will be more than one post!

Thursday, I picked up my friend Denise and we headed off to Indiana. According to Google Maps, the trip was going to take 2 hours and 46 minutes. Boy, were they wrong! Because of construction and torrential rain, it took us over 4 hours. We arrived safely and in plenty of time, so that's what matters.

After checking into the motel, Denise and I headed over to Lisa's shop. We were greeted by the ladies who arrived before us, and it was like meeting long lost relatives. Lisa hosted a Tat 'n Chat from 5 - 9 p.m. I helped Lisa sell raffle tickets, hoping that helping her out would bring me some luck. She was raffling off two of Rita Richmond's tatting shuttles. There was no luck for me, but Denise did win a shuttle. I guess if I don't win, having my friend win is the next best thing!

As you can see from the picture, I did do a little shopping. A few of the items were gifts rather than purchases. Still, I came home with a pretty decent haul!

I haven't completely recovered from all of the excitement, so I took it kind of easy today.

It felt good to tat an Ice Drop today. I didn't tat one Thursday through Sunday. I was too busy teaching, learning, and having a wonderful time! Of course, I had to try out my newest shuttle.

Tatting Shuttle Addicts on Facebook is celebrating 5 years, and Rita Richmond designed shuttles for the occasion. Mine was here when I returned home on Sunday! I love both sides.

I needed to do something different today, so I opened up Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior and tatted Masquerade. I have an idea of something I'd like to do with this pattern. I'll let you know how it goes!