Saturday, January 19, 2019


I didn't blog yesterday, because I wasn't in the mood. I started off my day by reading blogs, and once again I was aggravated by my inability to leave comments. I think the comments worked on one blog I visited. I probably spent an hour trying to figure out solutions with no luck. Needless to say, it put me off computing for the day!

The other day when I was browsing, I spent quite a bit of time looking through Twenty to Make: Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams. I love this little book!

The first pattern in the book is Alison, which happens to be my oldest daughter's name. You know I had to tat it! I had trouble with this one, and I didn't realize why until I was finished. The chains are 6-6, and I tatted them 8-8. The steam iron helped, but that wasn't good enough for me.

I tatted it again with much better results!

I figured this could be made into an Ice Drop, and I was right! It took a lot more brain power than I anticipated. I kept getting lost in the pattern, and I had to put it down several times. That was a good choice! I did start closing a ring too early, but that was easily remedied. Taking breaks was key to getting this one right!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Kaplan thread

I decided to try out some of my new polyester thread from Greece today. The brand name is Kaplan. The color is gorgeous. The sheet is beautiful. The thread is smooth as silk. It does take a bit of getting used to. I found that I needed to hold virtually every double stitch with my thumb nail to keep the stitches nice and snug. Sometimes the picots sort of disappeared, so I don't think this thread is ideal for Ice Drops. I think I may use it for a simple ring and chain edging for a hanky.

I'm sure I'll find uses for this beautiful thread, and when I find projects that I like it for, I'll be sure and let you know!

I received a Christmas present in the mail today from Mandy Kerwell-Bez in France. There's a lovely handmade card with one of Mandy's gorgeous needle tatted Ice Drops. Her designs are amazing! Although Mandy is a needle tatter, she decided to try her hand at making shuttles. Lucky me... two of them are now mine! I'm looking forward to trying them out. Thank you, Mandy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Browsing day

I spent a lot of time browsing through books and catalogs today, looking for inspiration for a new project. I'm enjoying the projects I'm working on, but I like to plan ahead!

I did get lots of ideas, and I did a lot of online window shopping. However, I'm quite content to work with what I have on hand. Once my browsing was done, I turned to an Ice Drop. Right now, I'm enjoying keeping it simple!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

New playthings

Some new threads arrived today from Greece! I saw a Facebook ad for an Etsy shop and decided it would be fun to try something new. I really don't need any more thread, but I love trying new things. The cream colored threads are cotton and the colored ones are polyester. I'll let you know how I like them.

Today I tatted with my newest shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts. I LOVE this shuttle!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

More shuttle testing

Dave and I took down and put away most of our Christmas decorations today. Of course I needed to take frequent breaks, so I spent quite a bit of time testing out the shuttles Denise lent me.

This black walnut fish shuttle is super smooth!

I'm very happy with all three fish shuttles that I tried.

I like the style of this longer shuttle, but it's a little too big for my hands. I'd like it better if it was half the size.

This is Denise's favorite shuttle, and I think it's very pretty. However, I would prefer thinner slits to allow for dropping the shuttle to let the thread untwist. I'd also like this one to be a little smaller.

I had a great time testing these shuttles!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Shuttle testing

My friend Denise does a lot of volunteering and as a result, she meets a lot of interesting people. Of course Denise promotes needlework of all types when she's out and about. One man became interested in tatting shuttles and started making some. Denise already tried them out, and yesterday she asked me to test them as well.

This adorable little fish is the first one I've tried. It's nice and smooth, and I love the way it's decorated! I have a few more to try. When they're ready to be sold, I'll share the link to his Etsy shop.

We were under a winter weather advisory for today, so Sue Anna and I decided to postpone our Tollway Tatters meeting until Monday, January 21. We did not get any overnight snow as predicted, so Dave and I decided to drive up to daughter Alison's to help out with some chores. While in the car, I worked on an Ice Drop and used another of my Doodle Pyrography Shuttles from Grizzly Mountain Arts. Tatting kept me calm while Dave navigated the slick roads!