Friday, April 18, 2014

Tollway Tatters ~ Reggae Style

We were a small but happy group today...

Sue Anna, Barb, me, and...

a Reggae musician! Yes, he was right next to us, and he was playing and singing for four of the five hours we were together. He was a very talented musician. We liked him so much, we each bought his CD!

I finished Round 3 of Marilee Rockley's "Arches" doily last night, and this is what I chose to work on today... no pictures of that, though. With all the wonderful music in the background and the tatting and chatting with Sue Anna and Barb, I blithely snipped my threads and prepared to sew in my ends. The problem was, I hadn't finished the round. I was only half way there! I put it away and worked on my hanky edging. When I got home, I snipped off what I had accomplished today, rather than try to add new thread. It just seemed easier.

I wish I could remember who conquered rings yesterday. Doesn't this string of rings look nice?

And another young tatter has been working hard on long chains. The kids really enjoyed our after-school tatting class on Wednesday, so much so that they've asked when we can do it again. Can you feel my happiness from where you're sitting? :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


 It has been an unbelievably busy and exciting week... too much to blog about... but one of the most wonderful parts of this past week was the after-school tatting class today. Why? There were 37 students in attendance! We met for about an hour and had more fun than should be allowed. I meant to take a picture, but the time flew by and kids were headed for softball practice or home before I had time to remember my camera.

I did get pictures of tatting throughout the week, though.

Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

Alternating threads for Fancy Pants using two shuttles

A tatted bracelet

A tatted ring - alternating threads using two shuttles

Shelby's first motif, earning her one of Marty's shuttles

Tatted ring and bracelet

Long chain with picots

A long, long chain!
A tatted ring and bracelet

A tatted ring and bracelet
Owen's Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

Grace's bracelet

Fancy Pants

 As you can see, the kids have been very busy tatting!

And what have I been up to?

I finally finished round 2 of Marilee Rockley's "Arches" doily tonight! I looks like it needs a little blocking, but I'm too tired for that tonight. I think I'll take the Scarlett O'Hara attitude and think about it tomorrow... "After all tomorrow is another day!"

Good night, all!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Starting Round 2

I didn't get much done on Round 2 of my Arches doily (pattern by Marilee Rockley), but at least I started!

We had a busy day at school today. Third graders have been writing and illustrating their own books, and today one class read their books to the first graders. Tomorrow the other class will be reading their books. Having fun can sure be exhausting!

I'm off to bed... good night all!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Arches, Round 1

This was a nice, easy round to tat. I really like seeing the Victorian Red next to my grey pants. I actually considered using charcoal grey thread for this round, but when the ball of thread wasn't where I thought it should be, I continued with the red. I was just too lazy to continue looking!

Chains seem to be in fashion at Grant Park Elementary!

Today, I gave a lesson in blocking to a group of girls. Paige finished another motif. I showed the girls how to hide the ends of the thread, and then Paige thoroughly wet the motif. The girls watched as I pressed the motif into shape with my fingers. Paige carefully carried her motif back to class to dry.

Shelby is getting very close to finishing her motif. I can hardly wait to show it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Starting another doily

I couldn't help myself. I'm really into doilies right now. I've been wanting to tat Marilee Rockley's "Arches" doily for quite a while, so after school today I took the plunge!

I decided to keep tatting with the Victorian Red. Now that I have the center finished, I'm ready for Round 1!

Molly has been perfecting her chains, as well as learning to make picots.

Grace is having trouble with rings, so she decided to practice her Fancy Pants and picots for now. There's nothing wrong with practicing the familiar before moving on to something new!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Russian doily finished!

I think it looks so pretty! It's about 8 1/2" in diameter, and I think the Victorian Red is the perfect color. The shuttle is one of my Handi-Wind shuttles from Grizzly Mountain Arts. It's one of my favorites!

If you'd like to make one for yourself, the pattern can be found in this book. Don't worry if you don't speak Russian. The diagrams are terrific!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tatting by Myra Piper No. 2

Do you have favorite tatting books? I know I do. My all-time favorite is Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior, but following close behind is Tatting by Myra Piper.

Today I managed to finish motif #2 in size 20 Lizbeth, #171 Green Coral Sea.

The shuttle is from TattingShuttles in St. Petersburg, Russia. The shuttle is beautiful and light weight. I've been on a quest for Russian tatting shuttles since I purchased my Russian tatting book.

As a matter of fact, I'm searching for plastic jewel tone shuttles from Russia. I know I saw a picture of them within the past few weeks, but I didn't save the link. Does anyone out there know the shuttles I'm talking about? If so, do you know where I can purchase them? Somehow, I feel my shuttle collection is incomplete without them! ;-)