Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Garden Ice Drop

While tatting my Blue Fudge pattern yesterday, I started thinking of another pattern...

I really like the way this one turned out! I tatted this one a little differently. I tatted the whole back side and tatted the round that holds the glass gem last.

Tatting these two rounds first allowed me to block the tatting with my steam iron before adding the glass gem. I think it worked pretty well!

If you'd like this pattern, email me and I will send you the PDF.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Laundry day

I really enjoy laundry day! I set tatting goals between loads of laundry, and I always manage to accomplish quite a bit.

In the mood for something a little different, I chose my Blue Fudge Ice Drop pattern. The thread is size 20 Flora #216. The glass gem doesn't show up very well in the picture. The domed side has a silver mirror finish.

I actually like the color of the glass gem on the flat back better. It's blue!

My sister-in-law's runner is growing. It's now 6 1/2" x 10 1/2". So, it's about 1/4 finished. The pattern is Eightsome Reel from A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior. The thread is size 20 Lizbeth #693, Linen Med.

I also worked on round 7 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017. Round 7 has not been posted on the blog yet, but I'm working off the pattern I purchased from her Etsy shop.

I decided to finish my day with another Blue Fudge Ice Drop. This one is in size 20 Lizbeth #124, Spring Garden. I think I see butterflies around a flower! 😄

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A chill wind

The wind was blowing from the east today, making the house very chilly... perfect weather for sitting under a blanket and tatting!

I finished round 6 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017. I'm ready for round 7!

I also took time to play with stitch counts for my thinner coin beads. Going back to size 20 Lizbeth, I changed the ring and chain count for the second round only. The chains are 7 ds, which is a little snug. I think I'll try alternating chain counts of 7 and 8. That should give a little extra space without making it too loose. I changed the ring count to 5-6-5. This does seem to be a better fit for these thinner coin beads. However, too much of the pretty bead is still hidden.

I also played with my idea of using a mock ring to show off the entire bead. That did not work well at all! The bead is just too large for it to work well. Still, I'm sure there must be a way to show off these pretty beads while surrounding them with tatting. I think I just don't have enough experience in designing to come up with a plan. Maybe I need to give in and try something with split rings, as Jane has suggested!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The occasional blogger

That's what I feel like! I get up in the morning and have good intentions for how my day will go, and somehow I get lost in details. The end result... I forget to blog!

Yesterday my new Celtic shuttles from Meng's Crafts came in the mail. I'm looking forward to trying these new beauties!

I did a little experimenting with size 40 thread. Some of the coin beads I purchased are much thinner than the glass gems I've been using. I changed the stitch count for the first round to 5-5-5-5 for the rings and 9-1--1-9 for the chains. For round 2 I changed the ring count to 7-7-7, and the chains to 10. It's a little snug, but I think it the size 40 works better for these thinner beads. The shuttle is one of my new ones from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. Rita's shuttles seem to sell as fast as she posts them. The good news is, she takes orders!

I got a little further with Renulek's Wiosna 2017. Round 6 has now been posted!

Progress! Each square motif in my sister-in-law's runner means progress to me!

I don't see much tatting ahead today. I'm subbing for music, so I will be having fun singing and dancing with little kids! Luckily, they don't care that I'm off key when I sing or that I look goofy dancing. 😊

Monday, March 20, 2017

Keepin' busy

I've had so much fun the past few days, I forgot to post yesterday!

I've ordered so purchased so many glass gems and coin beads, I can't remember where they came from! I believe this pretty bead was on eBay.

 Yesterday, I finished round 5 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017.

You know my fascination with blue! The thread is size 20 Lizbeth #603, Ecru. I'm not normally a fan of ecru, but I do like the Lizbeth shade.

This morning I started round 6 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017! Round 6 has not been posted on the web site yet. The complete pattern is available in Renulek's Etsy shop. I purchased the pattern when it first became available, because I wanted to be able to keep it in a more condensed version than it would have been if I printed out each individual round. Plus, I like supporting designers!

I know I said I was only going to post pictures of my sister-in-law's runner as I finished rows, but I found that I wasn't taking the time to work on it. So, I think I'll post my progress whenever the mood strikes! 😉

I haven't done any weaving in a while. I was kind of stuck, because I was trying to come up with a neat project. My mom is always coming up with great ideas, and I strive to be just like her! Yesterday afternoon I got to thinking about weaving, and it dawned on me that I really enjoy weaving scarves. I have loads of yarn that I purchased specifically for making scarves. What was I waiting for?

Isn't this a pretty yarn? It's from Hobby Lobby, and I love the way it works up. I'm sure I'll have lots of scarves on hand, and I'm guessing that my family will not be interested in all that I make. So, I'll have to find a home for them. I'm sure I'll find some takers!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The best day ever!

Tollway Tatters met today, and we had a wonderful time!

I'm not great at taking selfies, but I did try! Here I am with Sue Anna.

This is the very talented Marilee Rockley.

Here's my friend and partner in crime, Denise.

This is my fabulous shuttle making friend, Rita Richmond! I'd like to say she drove all the way from New Jersey just to join us, but the reality is that a fortunate turn of events brought her to the midwest for the weekend and she was able to join our little group for a few hours.

Rita hand delivered this very special shuttle, one of Rita's hand-made shuttles with gorgeous painted pansies. This shuttle is a gift from my college roommate Eileen. We've been friends since our senior year in high school. I was maid of honor in Eileen's wedding, and she was matron of honor in mine. We can go months, even years without talking and pick up where we left off. Guess what? Eileen loves my Ice Drops! 😍

Julie popped in from Iowa! Again, it was just a happy accident that brought her back to the Chicago area the weekend that we were meeting. Julie was able to meet with us once before, and we were all very glad to meet up with her again!

Before Rita started her journey back to New Jersey, her husband was kind enough to take a picture of us.

Shortly after Rita left, Elaine joined us! Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of Elaine. I'll get her next time! Elaine is a needle tatter, and learned about us through Facebook. I guess it pays to advertise!

Rita brought along thread samples of Lizbeth. I chose Royal Blue!

This is a little out of order, but I finished this Ice Drop before leaving for Tollway Tatters this morning.

I tatted this Ice Drop while we were chatting today. I don't know if you can tell, but the color is Lizbeth Blue Ice.

When I got home, I finished a second Ice Drop out of Rita's sample.

Rita asked if I would see how many Ice Drops I could tat from one 10 yard sample. In the process, we managed to figure out that it takes about 5 yards for an Ice Drop, 3 on the shuttle, 2 on the ball. I had 60" of thread left when I was finished... all interesting tidbits!

I had contacted Rita before Christmas and asked if she could create a shuttle based on the Russian nesting dolls I purchased. This is the result! Isn't it beautiful?

We asked Rita if she brought any shuttles along that we could purchase. It just so happened she did!

I really didn't need any more shuttles, because these arrived in the mail yesterday! Can you tell I'm a happy camper? 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Just one...

Today was errand day. I went for a haircut, did the grocery shopping, bought new numbers for the mailbox, visited my daughter at school during her lunch break, and...

I tatted one Ice Drop! The thread is size 20 Lizbeth #658, Ocean Turquoise Lt. The gem is a faceted agate that I found on Etsy. I love the contrast of colors!

Tollway Tatters

Just a reminder...

Tollway Tatters will be meeting this Saturday, March 18, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294 at 10 a.m. We usually stay until around 3 p.m.

If you're in the Chicago area, we sure would love to have you join us!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I worked on Renulek's Wiosna 2017.

After round 4, it is now 6 1/2".

Although I enjoy seeing colorful doilies, there's something about white doilies that I find really attractive!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More peacock options

I finished tatting around my last two peacock coin beads!

This one is in size 20 Lizbeth #699, Harvest Gold.

I'm not sure which I prefer any more... white or colored thread. There's something about white that makes me feel like I've tatted something special!

So, here are the six I've tatted. From left to right: Ocean Turquoise Lt, Wedgewood DK, Herbal Garden, Gold, Harvest Gold, and White. Which one is your favorite?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Peacock options

This weekend was very busy with the high school Drama Club performance of Big Fish. If you have never seen the musical, I highly recommend it!

I did find some time to tat, first by finishing round 3 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017. So far, so good!

I've been exploring different options for the peacock coins that I recently purchased. As suggested by one of the ladies on the Ice Drop Addicts page on Facebook, I tried changing the ring count on round 2 to 3-7-3. Although I like the size of the rings, the opening is actually smaller than with my original stitch count. I do love Wedgewood Dk, but it overwhelms the peacock coin.

Next, I experimented with Edda Guastalla's pattern, the one that got me started on this tatting adventure. I think Edda's pattern shows off the peacock coin better than my Ice Drop pattern.

It looks especially nice on the back side. For this version I used Lizbeth Herbal Garden.

I was pleasantly surprised with the Lizbeth Gold. I think it really makes the colors in the peacock coin pop!

I have some more thread colors I'd like to try and luckily, I have several more peacock coins!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A day off from blogging

Yesterday was a busy day! I subbed for the third time this week, which was great fun. I subbed for special ed, band, art, and chorus... all groups of kids I enjoy seeing.

Last night was opening night for the high school performance of Big Fish. I didn't have much to contribute to this play, just measuring for costumes and setting up for the dinner theater.

Despite all the hectic last-minute activity, daughter Carol maintained her normal good humor, including posing for a "candid" picture!

I did finish another Ice Drop yesterday. After working with color for so long, this one really does look icy to me!

I was in the mood to tat something big, so I've joined Renulek's tat-along. I had a false start with round one, because I tried to follow the diagram without also looking at the directions. If I had just followed the written instructions, I wouldn't have had any retro-tatting. Luckily, it didn't take me long to realize that it's much easier if I take time to read!

I finished round 2 this morning. I have a little catching up to do, as round 4 was posted this week!

We'll be heading off in a few minutes to set up for the dinner theater. I hope I manage to find some time for tatting this afternoon!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Final count

I finished off my ball of size 20 Lizbeth #153, Rainbow Taffy, this morning.

Don't they look pretty laid out? There are 38 here, plus the 5 that daughter Joanne took home with her, making a total of 43 basic Ice Drops from one ball of thread. I think that's pretty impressive!

Someone was asking how I store my Ice Drops. I found these little window top tins online a couple of years ago. The Ice Drops fit in very nicely. They don't get crumpled, they stay dust free, and I can see what is inside. I think I'll probably use painter's tape for labels on the side of the tin. That way I can stack the tins in my closet and still be able to find what I'm looking for.

How do you store your tatted pieces?