Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tatting with circles

One of the things we like to do at Tollway Tatters is share. We share ideas, and we share goodies!

Yesterday, Sue brought large sequins to share with us, as well as patterns for the two sizes.

We had a low key day as Dave was recovering from a stomach bug that laid him low for two days. So, what do you do when you have a low key day? I tat! Let's be honest, I tat almost every day, but I enjoy having an excuse.

Thanks for the beautiful circles and the patterns, Sue! These will hang on my tree this year, and I will think of my friend Sue whenever I decorate!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tollway Tatters

We had a beautiful day for our Tollway Tatters meeting! It was sunny, and the air was crisp and cool! Not everyone was able to attend, but we had a nice sized group. I believe everyone had a wonderful time!

Carrie worked on Mary Konior flower fragments for decorating cards. She makes beautiful cards!

Carrie's daughter, Elizabeth, worked on quilling. She's quite good!

Glenda joined us from Iowa! She was working on making an Ice Drop in one pass. We managed to get through the whole process!

Elaine hadn't shuttle tatted in years. She's been needle tatting, but once she saw our Tollway Tatters shuttle, she was determined to take up shuttle tatting again. After mastering the flip, she practiced chains for a while and then attacked rings. She did a great job!

I met Kathy through a Facebook group. It turns out she only lives about ten miles from me! Kathy was excited to join a group of tatters for the day. If I remember correctly, she's working with size 70 thread.

Denise and I met Gail at Tatting Corner Tat Days this past July. When we found out she lived close by, we encouraged her to join us. We were so glad she was able to join us today! Gail was working from one of her new Japanese books, and she showed me how to use the iPad and Google translate to read the Japanese text. I'm going to have to give it a try!

Sue was working on a beautiful beaded piece. This is going to be for a raffle. The colors are gorgeous, and Sue's tatting is perfect!

Denise really wanted to tat today, but she has a deadline to meet for a church raffle. So, she spent the day crocheting a gorgeous single crochet ripple afghan.

So, what are Denise and Gail looking at? We had several ladies stop by to see what we were doing. They were so friendly and truly interested in what we were doing. They each left with an Ice Drop!

I worked on a one pass Ice Drop for a flattened bottle cap. This is what I planned on tatting today, so it worked out great that I was able to show Glenda exactly what to do!

When I got home, I hid my ends and added the ribbon. All in all, it was a wonderful tatting day!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bottle cap fever

I can't seem to stop tatting around flattened bottle caps. Yes, it takes a bit longer than an Ice Drop made with 3/4" glass gems, but I love the results. I finished this one before heading off to school this morning. The thread is Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue.

Today was a sub day, so I had a little bit of time to tat. This Disney Princess Ice Drop is in Liz Metallic Gem Stone. The color choice might not look terrific in the picture, but there is a bit of orange in the thread, and I think it looks great in person!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

AWOT - Absent without tatting

Well, to be precise, very little tatting!

My friend Amy's dad is the local veterinarian. Amy's mom asked if I would make new curtains for the clinic, and I was happy to help out. As all of you know, any task we undertake requires time. So, I set aside the past few days for making curtains. Isn't the fabric adorable?

The Tollway Tatters now have an official shuttle, thanks to our dear friend Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design! Rita designed a logo for us about a year ago.

For those of you who have never been to Illinois, there were seven oases spanning the toll roads. The one near O'Hare Airport was scheduled for demolition, but since I haven't headed north in a while, I'm not sure of that has happened yet. The Illinois state flower is the violet, and the state bird is the cardinal. I love the way tatting has "crowned" the TWT logo! When I asked Rita if she'd be able to design a shuttle for us, I never dreamed she'd come up with something so wonderful!

Knowing that we wear tie-dyed t-shirts so that we can be easily identified, Rita painted a tie-dye design on the back of the shuttles. Her attention to detail is amazing!

Rita does not have these shuttles posted on her site, but you can order them from her ( In fact, we would feel honored if you chose to order a shuttle that commemorates our little group! The Moonlit shuttles have a hook and are $22. The shuttles without hooks are ones that Rita makes herself, and they are $27. I love both styles!

By the way, Tollway Tatters will be meeting this Saturday, September 22, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. and stay until somewhere between 2 and 3. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us!

I thought I had missed out on these adorable little Tatting Fairy shuttles. I was caught up in tatting, decorating bottle caps, and other miscellaneous tasks. Luckily, I went to Rita's site anyway and I found there were still some available! I think we can all use a little fairy dust in our lives!

You know that I couldn't go completely tat free. I finished another Disney princess this morning. This one is with size 20 Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue. I think I'm going to have some very happy granddaughters!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Capstar in Frappe

I had a little time to play this afternoon, so I tatted another Capstar Ice Drop. This one is in size 20 Liz Metallic Frappe. I made a slight change in this one by using only 5 picots instead of 7 on the outside rings. I think it looks fine, but I prefer the look of the 7 picots. You never know if you don't try!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bottle caps

I'm on a roll with bottle caps!

I've been busy decorating them, getting them ready to be used in Ice Drops.

I think the backs are kind of bland looking, so I'm painting them with glitter nail polish.

I think I might have to share a few!

I really wanted to tat with Liz Metallic Raspberry Pink. I wasn't inspired by any of the bottle caps, but I did like the way it looked with this crackled glass disk!

I think the crackles shop up better in a hanging position. Luckily, I have some more of these disks. I may have to do one up in each color of Liz Metallic!


As I was tatting last night, I felt totally uninspired by the thread I was using, Liz Metallic Antique Gold. However, as I was drifting off to sleep an idea came to mind.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning, eager to get started. What started out as something very boring, quickly became a pattern that worked well with the Antique Gold thread. I asked Dave for an idea for a name, and he suggested Capstar. The name sounded familiar, so I Googled it and found out that it is the name of a flea and tick medicine for cats and dogs... hmmm. We bounced around a few other ideas, but Capstar stuck. If it keeps away fleas and ticks, that will be a bonus!

Would you like the pattern? Here it is!

Capstar Ice Drop
designed by Diane Cademartori
September 15, 2018

Supplies: size 20 Liz Metallic thread, two shuttles wound CTM, flattened bottle cap (available on Amazon, approximately 1 1/4”)

Round 1:
Ring 1: 6-6-6, reverse work
Ring 2: 6-6-6, fold away
Chain: 6-6, reverse work

*Ring 3: 6+6-6 (join to ring 1), reverse work
Ring 4: 6+6-6 (join to ring 2), fold away
**Chain: 6-6, reverse work

Repeat from * to ** 9 times (total of 10 pattern repeats), joining last two rings to first two rings. Insert cabochon before joining last ring. Do not reverse work after last chain.

Round 2:

Chain 7, lock join to picot on round 1, switch shuttles
Ring: 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 (7 picots), switch shuttles
Chain 7, lock join to base of ring on round 1

Repeat pattern 9 times. Cut, tie, and hide ends.