Saturday, July 22, 2017

Denise's dozen

I finished #12 of the dozen Ice Drops I promised to make for Denise.

They're safely tucked into a bag and are ready for delivery tomorrow morning.

I'm picking up Denise bright and early tomorrow, and we'll be heading to Minnesota for Twin Cities Tatters retreat. I'm not sure if I'll make any blog posts for the next several days. I guess it depends on if I have wifi access and if I remember to take pictures!

Dave will be holding down the fort for the next several days. It ill probably be Thursday night or Friday morning when I blog again. I'm hoping to complete a lot of tatting!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Having fun with picots

Today was my day to tat between laundry loads, and I decided to play with picots and the basic Ice Drop pattern.

For me, the best part of tatting the basic pattern is that I can finish an Ice Drop in about an hour.

I do enjoy the patterns with a third round, but they take so much longer to complete. Besides, there is an awful lot of variety possible with the basic pattern!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Change of pace

No, I haven't given up tatting Ice Drops!

In fact, I started off my day by tatting an Ice Drop, another one for Denise's tree.

We had thunderstorms this morning, and I love thunderstorms! I read for a while, and then I decided to do some weaving.

I found this band very difficult to weave. It may have been because I went for a fancy border. I think I should have kept it simple. The left side is the front, and the right side is the back.

I really need to work on consistency. The X patterns on the top part of this picture is much looser and longer than the ones on the bottom. The bottom was the end of the band where I finally developed a rhythm for this pattern. I think I may try this one again using only two colors.

I sure am learning a lot about weaving!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In a rut?

I think not!

If I were in a rut, I don't think I'd enjoy working on Ice Drops every day just to see how different glass gems, threads, beads, and ribbons fit together.

I suppose my little experiments could be boring to others, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself!

Some lovely new shuttles arrived in the mail today. I do love Rita Richmond's designs. These are wooden shuttles, and I love tatting with wooden shuttles!

Round 5 of Alenalea's mystery doily has been posted. This was a very simple round, but I think I should have made my picots slightly larger. I needed to steam my tatting into submission!

Denise and I are getting ready to attend the Twin City Tatters retreat in Minnesota next week! Poor Dave will have to fend for himself for five days. I guess I should stop tatting and prepare some meals for him to help ease the pain. Maybe I can get daughter Carol to come over and cook dinner for him one night. We haven't spent much time apart over the past 37 years, so it's very strange for both of us. I'm very happy to be married to a man who supports my interests!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Feeling relaxed

I don't know why, but I feel extra relaxed today. It must be the beautiful weather!

The bottom of my Mochila bag is finished. Now I'm ready to move up the sides. I think I need to take a break from it now. Crocheting is really hard on my hands.

I decided it was time to add beads to the Ice Drops I'm tatting for Denise's library Christmas tree. Here, I've replaced the picot with one bead.

This one has two beads in place of the picot. I do like the stacked look!

With these two, I now have five completed.

My newest shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design has arrived!

The back is almost as pretty as the front!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Something different

Yesterday I did something different. I helped Dave wash and wax both our cars. That's something I haven't done in years! When I was in high school, I used to love washing the family car and mowing the lawn. My sisters weren't aware at the time, but Dad would slip me $5 for helping out with outside chores. I don't think he knew that I was helping him to avoid dusting, vacuuming, and washing floors!

My friend Denise is a very active volunteer.

Saturday, she brought up her idea at Tollway Tatters of putting together an Ice Drop tree for the Momence Library. Denise attends a fiber arts group on Tuesday. They meet at the library, and they love to teach fiber arts to anyone who would like to attend.

As you may have guessed, I enjoy tatting Ice Drops!

I took a dozen glass gems to start with, and I managed to complete three yesterday. Denise's goal is to have 125 (I think that's the number she said) with red glass gems and white thread. She has the gems. I have the thread. All is good!

I was up extra early this morning, so I decided to start my day working on my Mochila bag. I'm happy to say that my work lies flat, and I'm finally back to the point where I decided to rip it all out last week.

Now I need to set aside the crafting and do some housework. I've let the dust bunnies take over for too long!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fun filled Saturday

I finished weaving my latest band on my mini rigid heddle loom. I like this loom from Hard Maple Looms, because it fits nicely on my lap and it's perfect for my little Stoorstalka heddle.

My bands are a more consistent width. I guess lots of practice really helps!

Tollway Tatters met today, and we had a wonderful time! Denise had us in stitches, and Mary joined us for the first time.

Sue Anna worked on a pair of earrings designed by our friend Marilee Rockley. Unfortunately, I did not remember to take pictures of any projects. I barely remembered to take pictures of everyone!

Sue was able to join us this time. I think she has the longest drive, coming all the way from Michigan.

Barbara and Ana drove in from Wisconsin.

My project of the day was a Tudor Rose Ice Drop with red, white, and gold.

I think it turned out pretty good!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Old favorites

One of the members of Tatting Shuttle Addicts on Facebook asked us to post a picture of our favorite shuttle. I couldn't choose just one. These three scrimshaw shuttles are my favorites, because they remind me of my dad. Dad loved scrimshaw, and so do I! These three beauties are from Grizzly Mountain Arts, and If I ever have to reduce my tatting shuttle collection, these will be the last to go!

It doesn't show up very well, but this Tudor Rose Ice Drop has a gold center. I have another idea for color combos that I hope to finish tomorrow at Tollway Tatters!

The bottom of my Mochila bag wasn't lying flat, so I ripped it out and started over... several times! I went back to the Facebook group and read many posts about this beginner bag. One lady said that once she changed to the medium sized bag everything went smoothly, so I decided to do the same thing. So far, so good!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just one

I got distracted today and only tatted one Ice Drop. This was supposed to be another Tudor Rose Ice Drop, but I ran out of thread. So, I now have a baby Ice Drop!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

For Joanne

Daughter Joanne said my Tudor Rose Ice Drop needed to be red, so this morning I tatted one in red!

Alenalea posted round 4 of her Mystery Doily Tat-along, so I worked on that this afternoon

I also managed to find a little time to work on my Mochila bag. I know I haven't gotten very far, but I want to make sure I do it right!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tudor Rose Ice Drop

I have always loved Tudor Rose images, so I decided to try and tat one.

What do you think? This one is in the #20 thread from Japan that seems more like a size 10 to me. The bead inside is a little loose, but it was the largest one I had.

I decided to try again with size 20 Lizbeth, and I like the way it turned out much better.

I haven't double checked the pattern, so if you find any mistakes, please let me know!

Tudor Rose Ice Drop
shuttle and ball pattern

Materials: 3/4” glass gem, size 20 Lizbeth thread, one shuttles, 12” ribbon for hanger (optional)

vsp = very small picot
--- = long picot 

Round 1:
Ring 4 vsp 4---4 vsp 4, reverse work.
Chain 6 vsp 6, reverse work.
Ring 4+4+4 vsp 4, reverse work.
Continue creating rings and chains in this manner until there are 5 rings and 5 sections of chain. On last ring, last picot is a join to the first picot of the first ring. Lock join last chain to base of first ring.

Do NOT reverse work.

Round 2:
Chain 15, reverse work.
Ring: 5+5, joining to vsp in chain on round 1, reverse work. 
Chain 15, lock join to base of next ring.

Do NOT reverse work.

Continue in pattern to complete 5 pattern repeats. Reverse work.

After round 2, the piece should look similar to this. This is a good time to set the shape with a steam iron. I put my tatting between to layers of clean terry cloth wash cloths.

Round 3:
Ring 6-6-6 (very small picots). Fold ring away from you toward center of work.
Chain 8, lock join to base of next ring on round 1. Fold ring back up for joining next ring
Ring 6+6-6, joining to second picot of first ring. Fold rings away from you toward center of work.
Continue in this manner until 4 rings and chains have been completed.
On the fifth ring, 6+6, slip glass gem into place, join ring to first picot of first ring, 6. Hold domed side of glass gem away from you.
Chain 8, lock join to base of first ring on round 1.

Cut, tie, and hide ends. Use 12” of ribbon to create hanger or tat a hanger. 

Monday, July 10, 2017


That's what I need to do... focus! We had thunderstorms this morning, so I got distracted from my regular routine.

I talked to daughter Joanne and my friend Denise, made breakfast, and then headed out after the rain stopped. The first stop was the post office, and then I felt the urge to go to Hobby Lobby. I didn't need to go to Hobby Lobby, but I was already out and about so I figured I might as well make the trip!

I'm sure you know how it goes. I didn't need a thing, but I found plenty to buy! I met daughter Carol for lunch and then headed home.

Can you tell what I've started? I'm sure Jane Eborall and my mom could tell you.

Several months ago, Jane finished a Mochila bag, which you can see here. I read her progress with interest, but I didn't think I was really interested in crocheting with yarn.

Then I saw a post in one of my inkle weaving groups about a band that was woven for a Mochila bag. Mom and I talked about the woven band and then the bag. Mom started a bag last week, and I kept putting it off. If I hadn't seen these yarn colors at Hobby Lobby, I probably would never have started.

I can tell this is going to take me a long time. I restarted at least five times, and I've had to take out one row twice, and I've only done three rounds! I hope I catch on to this soon.

Some new shuttles and thread arrived from Japan today. These are Daiso tatting shuttles. I could have ordered just the shuttles, but I wanted to see what the Japanese thread is like.

Three shuttles came in the pack. I like pick tips, so these are great little shuttles for me.

The back end is more rounded than Clover shuttles, but the tips are nice and tight.

The thread is softer than what I'm used to using. The label says it's #20, but I'm guessing it's closer to our #10. I think I'll take it with me to Tollway Tatters for everyone to see.

That reminds me! Tollway Tatters will be meeting this Saturday, July 15 at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. near Starbucks. You'll be able to identify us easily. We wear tie-dye t-shirts and we bring lots of tatting supplies. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Another one down

We went to daughter Carol's house yesterday to finish taking down the tree that we started on Wednesday. What a lot of work that was! Luckily, the weather was a bit cooler and Carol was home to help. With the three of us working, it took an additional 6 1/2 hours to finish up. I'm think that tree removal services earn every penny of their pay!

It was 3 in the afternoon when we returned home. I was too tired to do anything. I took a short nap and then managed to do a few minor things around the house until dinner time. After dinner, the two of us just sat and did nothing.

Today I started a new secret project! I'm not giving out any clues just yet. I may never successfully complete the project, but I sure hope I do. I spent about 4 hours on it today. I'm not sure how long this thing is going to take, but for now I'll keep on plugging along!

Carol and Jon were given tickets to the Cubs/Pirates game today. Their seats were in the third row behind the Cubs dugout. I decided that I should tat a Blooming' Ice Drop in Cubs colors in honor of the occasion.

I didn't see Carol or Jon on t.v., but I did finish the Ice Drop!

Unfortunately, the Cubs lost 14-3. 

Friday, July 7, 2017


It turns out that I made a major mistake in Alenalea's mystery doily. Luckily, my tatting friend Linda saw the mistake and sent me a message. The mistake... I tatted 11 blue rings instead of 12! Since we don't know what the rest of the doily looks like, it could cause major problems later on.

Rather that fix my mistake, I started over. Now I'm ready for next Wednesday's post!

Yes, I tatted another red, white, and blue Ice Drop!

I did some major reorganizing in the living room today, so I didn't have much time for tatting. Now that the space is reorganized, I need to get rid of those dust bunnies!