Thursday, October 20, 2016


After a run to Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics this morning, I was able to finish the last of the costume alterations. I am so happy to have that done.

After a little clean-up around the house, I was able to spend a little time tatting. I think Michelle is right... I will manage to finish another Spinning Wheel this week!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Costume day

Most of today was spent altering costumes. I would have been able to finish if I had purchased the correct ribbon for one of the dresses. I second guessed myself because of price, and I should have gone with my first choice. Since I didn't, I'll be heading back to Kankakee tomorrow to get what I need. The good news is, eight of the nine costumes are good to go!

Another mini-ball of leftover yarn found a new life today! I'm pretty sure this is wool sock yarn. Keeping my little pin looms close at hand is proving to be a good way to de-stash my mini-balls!

This is the beautiful jar Denise found at a garage sale. Yesterday it was filled with spools of sewing ahead. I should have taken a picture of it filled, but I forgot. Denise is the sock-knitting queen, and I think this beautiful jar would be a great place for her to store her mini-balls. Denise knits up her left-overs into hexipuffs. Wouldn't they look adorable in there?

I'm making progress with my newest Spinning Wheel. I do like this color, Ocean Teal Med.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday already?

I can't believe it's Tuesday, and I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday. I didn't really have anything to blog about. It was laundry day, and instead of tatting between loads, I worked on my sewing room. I'm really hoping to have it whipped in to shape before Thanksgiving. You wouldn't believe all the stuff I'm finding!

In an effort to use some of my supplies, I finished these squares on my 2" and 4" looms. Now I have to decide what to do with the squares. Anyone have any ideas?

My sewing students came today, and their first task was to choose threads. My friend Denise found a wonderful jar filled with sewing thread and thought of my girls. Wasn't that sweet of her? The girls took turns choosing spools of thread. I'm sure they'll make good use of them.

The girls finished up their fabric baskets and then learned to make pillow covers. I found some 8" pillow forms while cleaning out my sewing closet, giving the girls a fun sewing project. This is Nadia's pillow and fabric basket. Her proud mom is sitting next to her.

Bella loaded up her basket with her sewing notions.

Riley loved her pillow and basket! The pillows are plain right now. It's up to the girls to embellish them, and they had great fun coming up with ideas for decorating them.

As for my tatting, I have managed to start another Spinning Wheel glass mat. Again, I'm using size 80 Lizbeth. This is #664, Ocean Teal Med. The shuttle is a Sunlit shuttle from Handy Hands that I blinged a while back.

Tatting may have to go to the back burner for the rest of the week. I'm taking on alterations for nine costumes for the middle school production of Into the Woods. The first full dress rehearsal is Saturday, so I need to put in some serious sewing time!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inexpensive shuttle storage

While cleaning my sewing room today, I found this gourd tatting shuttle that I thought I had lost. It was safely tucked away in a box of thread.

I love the artwork, something I have no talent for!

I also found my Zoom Loom! The Zoom Loom makes 4" squares, and it has a couple of features that I really like. First the wide plastic base makes it easy to hold. Second, there is a slit in the plastic to hold the yarn when beginning the warping process. I like having the slit, because I don't have to take out a slip knot when I finish weaving. It makes it much easier to hide the ends.

Last year I purchased this box on Amazon. It's meant to hold art chalk. I removed the dividers and the  spongy liner, and then I lined the drawers with blue felt.

The drawers are very shallow, so the shuttles tend to catch a little if I don't pull the drawers out slowly, keeping them level.

I could store many more shuttles in these drawers if I removed the shuttles from the packaging.

However, I wanted to keep them in the packages in case the shuttles become collectible! ;-)

In case you didn't count the Emsy Jane shuttles, there were 21. Yes, there are more shuttles to come!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Kelly Green Med

Although blue is my favorite color, I've always loved Kelly Green! My latest Spinning Wheel glass mat (from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior) is in size 80 Lizbeth #712, Kelly Green Med. The finished size is 3 1/2", perfect for my curio cabinet!

I'm a long-time fan of Dave and Jo Stanbrough at Grizzly Mountain Arts. A few years back, I was on a binge of collecting their baskets. This one has a special use.

It holds my collection of Emsy Jane tatting shuttles and crochet hooks.

I love these little shuttles! I haven't seen any shuttles from Emsy Jane in quite a while, probably four years. Maybe she'll start decorating again. I know I would purchase more!

I didn't post yesterday, so my shuttle count from the day before was 82. Yes, there are more to come!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lighted display case

Dave made this lighted display case to hold my blinged tatting shuttles for my Christmas present in 2010.

See the empty hooks? The missing shuttles are attached to works in progress. I guess I should get to work!

Yesterday's shuttle count... 143!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My second shuttle case

About two and a half years after Dad built my shuttle display case, my sister Janet decided I needed more shuttle storage. We found this little chest at a nearby antique mall. It was in very good condition and just needed a little furniture polish and some felt in the drawers.

Jan Stawasz and Shuttle Brothers shuttles fill this drawer.

Here are some English and German Aero shuttles, Silent Tatters, miscellaneous bobbin shuttles and a couple of eBay finds.

I have more Chris Hinton shuttles than will fit in one drawer. I may find a few more as I continue organizing around the house!

What would life be without ceramic shuttles from LadyShuttleMaker Sherry Pence?

Some of them make little musical sound as the thread passes through the tips.

More LadyShuttleMaker shuttles and Chris Hinton shuttles fill this drawer. I love my Diane shuttles (the cobalt blue ones), and I absolutely adore my giant shuttle!

I don't remember if these are all Peter Cua shuttles, but they are all special!

At the top are there Diana Andra shuttles. I wish I had more of them!

So, that's display case number 2. Yes, there are more!

Yesterday's shuttle count... 116! Any guesses on how many are in today's post?