Monday, September 25, 2017

Another treeful

My little tree was full, so now this batch of Ice Drops is safely tucked away in a little tin ready for the holidays.

Of course I started another right away! This one has a cat's eye cabochon that I found on Etsy. Unfortunately, the cat's eye doesn't show up on this orange gem.

Barbara gave us glass gems with the little floaty things in them. Are those called cat's eyes as well? No matter, it still looks pretty!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Snip, snip, success!

pattern by Erin Holloway Moseley
size 20 Lizbeth #131, Vineyard Harvest
shuttles from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design
The first class I signed up for was Erin's Josephine Chain Square Motif. I snipped off the portion I started in class, the one on the left. I had flattened out my Josephine chains, and I originally planned to finish the motif with the mistakes still there. This morning I changed my mind and snipped off that first attempt.

I didn't get very far into my second attempt when I realized I'd tatted a ring incorrectly. Rather than spend time retro-tatting, I pulled out my scissors and snipped!

Three times must be the charm, because I finally finished the motif correctly. I may have twisted the last joining picot, but I didn't look very carefully, and I'm pretty sure no one else will either!

Can you tell I was in a matching mood when I prepared for class? 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Out of the heat

It was a warm one today, but the Tollway Tatters were cool and comfortable!


Sue Anna


I never think to take a picture of myself!

Our tables were loaded with tatting goodies!

Barbara brought cat's eye glass gems to share with us, and she also brought glass gems that she had decorated.

I worked on my sister-in-law's runner. When I got to the last ring in the motif, I realized I had tatted the first ring incorrectly. Luckily, I had my scissors with me!

Denise finished Karey Solomon's Ice Drop from Palmetto Tat Days. I finished one of my Ice Drops, so the day was not a loss!

We did have a great time together! If you're ever in the Chicago area when we have a meeting, please join us. We would love to have you join in the fun. We've tentatively set our next meeting date for October 21. We'll verify the meeting closer to the date.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Slow tatting

With two of my grandchildren here this week, I had very little time for tatting. I guess if I'm honest, I could have made time for tatting, but I chose to enjoy my time with the kids.

I did manage to slowly finish my metallic thread Ice Drop. The sparkle doesn't show much in this picture, but it really is bright in person!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Playing with metallic thread

I was disappointed that Rita Richmond was unable to attend Palmetto Tat Days this year. Not only was I looking forward to seeing her new shuttle designs, I was also interested in seeing her new line of metallic threads!

Being rather impatient, I ordered the Rexana and DMC threads that Rita carries on my way home from Tat Days. Aren't smart phones wonderful?

I haven't done much tatting this week, as two of my grandchildren are visiting and I've been helping them with schoolwork. However, I have tatted enough to know that I really like the Rexana!

Rita sent me pictures of three shuttles she thought I would like, and she was so right! I do like the decorated Moonlit shuttles because of the embedded crochet hook. However for smooth tatting pleasure, nothing beats Rita's own acrylic shuttles!

By now, you know how hard it is for me to resist beautiful shuttles. When Rita posted these, I headed straight to her Facebook shop. This picture does not do them justice. They are gorgeous! I wish I had realized that she also had two of her acrylic shuttles with the poppy and flower designs. By the time I noticed, they were gone!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Palmetto Tat Days 2017 ~ the challenge

Did you know that you can apply for a scholarship to attend Palmetto Tat Days? Next year, the guild will be raffling of a quilt, and we were challenged to take quilt squares and strips with us to decorate with tatting.

For each of the three fabric categories, there were tatting patterns designed by Jane Eborall to get us started. I'm not a fan of skulls, but I had decided to take one of each square, and this happened to be one of the categories.

I am fascinated by beer steins! I don't have any, and I often wonder if they're really practical with those lids.

I think this Japanese lady would appeal to my mom. She loves oriental designs!

I was really drawn to this dragon fly fabric. Now it's time to get tatting!

Save the date!

Save the date! Tollway Tatters will be meeting this coming Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294 at 10 a.m. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us! Look for tie-dyed t-shirts, tatting supplies, and lots of smiles! We try to sit near Starbucks and Panera Bread, and we usually stay until around 3.