Thursday, July 19, 2018


This morning Becky and Kami came over for sewing lessons. Today we made Origami pouches. I've made plenty of these before, but never one this small. I followed a different tutorial that does not require any hand sewing. It's a nice little bag, but I think I might go back to the tutorial I've always used in the past from Quiltsalott so that I can have a slightly bigger bag.

I experimented with Tamie Alliss's Beaded Bloom today. I tried one less ring. Yesterday's looked a little squished to me, and this one looks a little stretched. I'm going to keep experimenting until I find what works for me.

Dave finished work early today, so we went over to daughter Carol's house to start cutting down one of the two dead trees left in her yard. Dave, Carol, Nick, Jon, and Alex worked on the tree for about three hours, while I supervised.

When we got home, I finished another Masquerade motif for my doily. I started an Ice Drop at Carol's, but I didn't have a crochet hook with me for joining. I did try to join using the pick on the shuttle, but I kept shredding the thread. I figured it was better to give up than to ruin the thread!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Low key

I had a low key day today. Daughter Carol came over and we worked on her costume for the play for a couple of hours. Other than that, I just spent a little time tatting.

You know I had to tat an Ice Drop!

My Masquerade doily is coming along nicely. I decided to mark my beginning motif so that I could remember the color sequence I started.

I received some 15 mm beads in the mail today, so I was able to tat another Beaded Bloom by Tamie Alliss. The bead might be slightly smaller than 15 mm. The one side looks kind of scrunched up. I think I'll make another one with one less ring just to see how it looks. I do love the blue bead and the blue thread!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tollway Tatters meet again!

Thanks to Sue Anna, I have pictures to share!

Marilee, me, and Cathy... Cathy brought her mom, Marlene, down from Minnesota, just to spend the day tatting with us!

Marlene and Nancy... Marlene wound up switching place with me so that she could sit next to Marilee for a "quick" lesson.

Barbara remember the chocolate! She made the most scrumptious chocolate banana bread.

Sue Anna took a quick selfie before handing my phone back!

Carol arrive after we had taken pictures, but we didn't care. We were just glad to have her join us!

Marilee taught Marlene the Catherine Wheel join. She is a very patient teacher!

With all the chatting, I only managed to finish one Masquerade motif for my doily. I'm fine with that. I had a wonderful day with good tatting friends!

For those of you who like to plan ahead and are considering joining us, we're planning on meeting Saturday, August 18. It will be our last meeting before Sue Anna starts her school bus driving duties... our farewell to summer!

P.S. ~ Thank you for taking a picture of us, Cathy!

Monday, July 16, 2018


I spent quite a bit of time sewing today, but didn't complete anything. I did, however, finish two more Masquerade motifs for my doily, and I'm feeling pretty good about that!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Feelin' the heat

It's been hot and humid here the past few days. It's been a lot worse, but I'm a wimp when it comes to the heat. I know I'd never make it in the deep south!

Today I worked on Tamie Alliss's Beaded Bloom in size 20, with beads this time! It's okay, but with this pattern I think I really prefer the size 10 thread. I asked Tamie for some guidance, and she said she uses an 11 mm bead with size 20 thread. This is a 20 mm bead, so maybe that's why I'm not happy with the result.

There's one less ring on the beaded version. I really like this pattern, so I know I'll do more experimenting.

Raspberry Pink Lt was the perfect cool color to use on a hot day!

I added another Masquerade motif to my doily. By tatting one motif a day, this doily will be complete in a few weeks.

It's hard to believe that my needle lace class with Victoria Ong was a week ago. This is the best flower center I've made so far, and I could actually see where my needle needs to go for the next round!

My leaves are getting better. I just need to practice!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sewing and other things

Today was a sewing day. I was getting bored with my lined drawstring bags, so I cut out a dozen origami pouches. I haven't made one of those in a while. My fabric stash seems to grow by itself. I know that isn't true, but it is an indication that I don't make use of the fabric I purchase!

I played with adding chains to a basic Ice Drop yesterday. I'm not sure I like it, but it's going on the tree. Sometimes I like things better after I've seen them for a while.

I finished another Masquerade motif for my doily. I think it's going to be 5 x 5 motifs, but I may change my mind.

I finished another Beaded Bloom by Tamie Alliss. This one turned out much better. I followed Carolyn Craig's suggestion of snugging up my chains a little tighter, and it worked well.

I didn't have any more 15 mm beads, but this purple bead seemed like it would work well for Tamie's pattern. Since I have way more size 20 thread than size 10, I decided to see if I could adapt the pattern for a larger bead and smaller thread. I chose not to add seed beads to this one, because I wasn't sure now many rings would go around the bead. Now I know!

So, the pink one on the left was my first one. Although I like the colors, it looks a bit wonky. Should I snip it off and try again? I love the way the green one in the middle turned out. The one on the right is smaller despite having a larger bead. I have a few more of these beads, so I think my next one will be with the seed beads. It's fun to experiment!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ The Ice Drop

Yes, I designed an Ice Drop just for Tatting Corner Tat Days. Would you like the pattern?

If you've tatted an Ice Drop before, rounds 1 and 2 make up the basic Ice Drop. Round 3 makes the spokes of the snowflake. Enjoy!

Supplies: 2 shuttles wound continuous thread method (approximately 5 yards on each shuttle until you determine how much thread you need), size 20 thread, 3/4” (20 mm) glass gem, bead, button, or cabochon, picot gauge, crochet hook for joins, tapestry needle for hiding ends

Techniques: ring, chain, split ring, lock join

Note: this pattern is best done by tatting the basic Ice Drop first and then adding the outer rounds.

Round 1
Ring 1: 4-4----4-4 Close ring. Reverse work.
Chain 1: 6--6 Reverse work.
Rings 2-5: 4+4+4-4 Close ring, joining to last picot and long picot from previous ring. Reverse work.
Chains 2-5: 6--6 Reverse work.
Ring 6: 4+4+4+4 Close ring, joining to last picot of previous ring, long picot from first ring, and first picot from first ring. Reverse work.
Chain 6: 6--6, lock join to base of first ring. Reverse work.

Round 2
Ring 1: 6-6-6. Do not reverse work. Fold ring toward center away from you.
Chain 1: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Do not reverse work.
Rings 2-5: Fold up Ring 1. 6+6-6, joining to last picot of Ring 1. Do not reverse work.
Fold rings toward center away from you.
Chains 2-5: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Do not reverse work.
Ring 6: Fold up previous rings. 6+6, joining to last picot of previous ring. Insert glass gem, join to first picot of first ring, 6. Close ring. Do not reverse work. Turn domed side away from you.
Chain 6: 8 ds. Lock join to base of next ring. Reverse work so that front of Ice Drop is showing.

Round 3

Split ring 6/6. Switch shuttles.

B. Chain 4. Reverse work.

C. Ring 6+6, joining to picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work.

D. Chain 4, vsp, 2. Reverse work.

E. Ring 6+6, joining to small picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work. Switch shuttles.

F. Ring: 2+2-1--1-2 vsp 2.  Do not reverse work.

G. Ring: 2+4-1--1---1--1-4 vsp 2. Do not reverse work.

H. Ring: 2+2-1--1-2 vsp 2.  Do not reverse work. Switch shuttles.

I. Chain: 2+4. Reverse work.

J. Ring: 6+6, joining to picot on chain from previous round. Reverse work.

K. Chain 4. Reverse work.

6+6, joining to base of ring from previous round.

Repeat from B to L four times.

Tat from B to K one time, joining to top of split ring to finish.

Tollway Tatters

If you are in the Chicago area next week...

Tollway Tatters will be meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. and stay until we are finished tatting and chatting, usually between 2 and 3 p.m. We usually sit near Starbucks, and we wear our tie-dyed t-shirts. We'd love to have you join us!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Daughter Carol arranged to come over today to work on her costume for Rock of Ages, which will be performed in August as a fund raiser for the drama club. If you've been following my blog, you may remember that daughter Carol is my one child who refuses to be "drawn to the dark side." Carol did take sewing in high school, but the never did garment construction, so she didn't have a clue about where to start.

Carol was going to arrive around 9:30, so I had a little time for tatting. I was very pleased with myself until I saw a mistake. If I hadn't already hidden my ends, I might have been able to retro-tat and fix my mistake (by the point of the scissors). Instead, I snipped and started over. That was the first failure of the day.

Carol and I got started right away. I had to teacher her how to lay out and cut out a pattern. We then went through the steps of pattern reading and got started with sewing. The pattern was a vintage jumpsuit pattern, size 8. All looked good.

We worked on the bodice until lunch time, when we took about an hour break. Carol was doing really well with the sewing, when I asked how to put the jumpsuit on. It was obvious when we looked at the pattern that it needed to be stepped into and pulled up. I suggested that Carol try on the bodice before we proceeded with the shorts part of it. Boy, did we get a laugh! There was no way Carol would ever be able to put it on. She couldn't even get it up to her knees. We looked at the measurements on the envelope and laughed again. We should have checked there first. Although Carol wears a size 8 when she goes shopping, the size 8 pattern was much smaller.

We gave up and went shopping on Amazon, where we found two jumpsuits that might work. They'll be here next week. Although the costume itself was a failure, I looked at the experience as a success. I spent a day with my daughter, and she learned some new skills.

When we finished shopping, we put dinner together. Dave arrived home just in time to enjoy the fruits of our labor! ;-)

I was able to complete my fourth motif for my Masquerade doily, but that was all. Still, it was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ Part 3

Although it was not technically part of Tat Days, Lisa did offer two needle lace classes with Victoria Ong on Sunday. I've been wanting to learn needle lace for a long time, and Denise was interested also, so we signed up. Victoria's new book is available exclusively at Tatting Corner.

It took me quite a while to get the feel for making the knots, but I was happy with my progress, and now I feel confident with practicing on my own.

Dave came in with broccoli before leaving for work this morning, so my first task of the day was to prepare nine quarts of broccoli for the freezer. It looks like time for peppers next!

I've added a third Masquerade motif to my doily. I don't think this is going to turn out as I originally thought, but that's okay. Today's motif is in Lizbeth #680, Spring Green.

Of course I had to tat a matching Ice Drop!

I finished another bag today... three down, thirteen to go!

I finished the day by tatting Beaded Bloom by Tamie Alliss. My last join looks a little funky, and my chains don't snug up, but I get the idea now, and I have plenty of beads that I can practice with!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Been There, Done Tat ~ Part 2

Friday and Saturday were fun-filled days! I taught two basic Ice Drop classes on Friday, and three Tat Days Ice Drop classes on Saturday. Yes, I will provide pictures and the pattern for the Tat Days Ice Drop soon. I have to find where I filed them on my computer!

Since I had an open time slot on Friday, I chose to take a basket weaving class with Jennifer Titus. She is an excellent teacher, but I had a difficult time counting over 2 under 1. I had to rip out what I had done four times. By the time class was over, I only had half the basket finished. Jennifer was kind enough to finish it for me. I have a new appreciation for basket makers, and I will gladly pay their prices when I see a basket I like!

Friday night we went to Hoosier Park for their prime rib buffet. I'd never been to a race track before. It was interesting, but not something I'm likely to do again unless Lisa plans dinner there again next year. The food was fabulous!

Thursday afternoon I had the thrill of meeting the very talented Carolyn Craig! I knew I loved her oval brooches, but once I saw them in person, I knew I just had to make some.

Carolyn was kind enough to pass out these little angel kits. Now I just have to decide what materials to use! Thank you, Carolyn!

Lisa had told me ahead of time that she was going to have some adorable wearable needle minders in the shop. I couldn't resist!

I also knew that Lisa was going to have some tatting themed sterling silver jewelry. I really love this necklace!

I also met Sarah Wood from Texas on Thursday. I had seen some of her decorated shuttles at Palmetto Tat Days last year, and I was happy to see that Lisa had a good stock to choose from.

I was really excited when I saw Sarah tatting with the same shuttle! I guess I have good taste! ;-)

Shawna Wachs, another teacher and my personal chauffeur for the weekend, had these adorable tiles with the stand. It looks great on my window sill!

I also purchased one of Shawna's decals for my favorite water cup!

The most exciting moment of the weekend was when I met Carollyn Brown! I have followed Carollyn's blog for a long time, and when I saw that she was going to have her shuttles available, I knew I was going to be shopping with her! I met Carollyn and her husband Richard on Friday, and I bought one of their adorable bunny shuttles right away. Don't tell anyone, but Richard chose his favorite bunny just for me! :-)

The two fish shuttles and basket were part of the silent auction, and I won! Can you tell that I'm excited about that?

I'm slowly getting back into my routine. Remember the bags I cut out a while back? I sewed another one today. I think I'm going to sell at our town's Oktoberfest in September, so I really need to get cracking on these bags.

I tatted another Masquerade motif from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns. I have an idea for a doily using the Lizbeth Sweet Tarts pack. Luckily, if it doesn't suit me, I know one of my granddaughters will want it!

Today's Ice Drop is in Lizbeth #623, Raspberry Pink Lt.

Yes, I ordered a second Tatting Shuttle Addicts commemorative shuttle. I guess I'm hopeless!