Wednesday, August 4, 2021



There are two shades of green in my Wonderfil Eleganza set of perle cotton.

I'm happy that I had time to work on them both today!

I also tatted a button ornament for Christmas in the Village. I think I really am enjoying myself way too much!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

I thought I was done...


I really thought I was done tatting for the day after this morning's post. However, I just can't get enough of these Dorset button ornaments!

I'm still trying to keep up with my button ornaments for the Christmas in the Village sale.

Because of the amount of time it takes to complete a Dorset button ornament, I will not be offering these for sale.

Instead, I will give them as Christmas gifts to very special friends!



I couldn't help myself. I started another Dorset Crosswheel before heading off to bed last night.

Don't be fooled. These take several hours for me to make! I simply ignore other things that I could be doing around the house.

As for the cravings... I could really go for a dish of sherbet right now. Raspberry, peach, and orange would be perfect!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Too much fun?

It sure is quiet around here now that our youngest grandchildren have gone home. I miss them already!

My fascination with Dorset ring buttons continues, and part of that fascination is trying out new threads! I've never worked with perle cotton before, but I decided to try it out after a tatting friend suggested it. I found this assortment on Amazon. The price was right and the colors appealed to me.

I'm not sure I would use perle cotton for everyday tatting, but I think it works well with Dorset ring button ornaments.

I think I'm going to have to have a set of these, one in each color!

After I finish my set of 12, I'll have plenty of patterns to try out. My new book by Gina Barrett arrived in today's mail There are 67 identified button patterns in this book and there are instructions for variations. I've also joined the Gina-B Silkworks group on Facebook so that I can learn from others. What fun!

I'm not ignoring my "normal" button ornaments. I'm just adding variety to my day. Could it be that I'm having too much fun? Maybe!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sunday tatting

Saturday was a day that was too busy for tatting. I spent about a half hour on the Tollway Tatters Zoom meeting, and then the rest of the day was spent doing things with our grandchildren. Sometimes priorities change!

After reading that Dorset buttons were traditionally stitched with linen thread, I decided I needed to give it a try. I love using the linen thread for the button, but I'm not sure I like it for the tatted portion of the ornament The thread is Londonderry Linen #5063 "Dandelion" 50/3.

I decided to try one more ornament in linen thread. I do enjoy using the linen thread for the button, but I think future ornaments will have the tatted element in cotton. Again, I used a 1/2" brass ring, which seems to be the perfect size for my ornaments. The thread is Londonderry Linen #5065 Evergreen 50/3.

School will be back in session in a couple of weeks. I'm not sure what I'll be doing, if anything, but I do know that I need to get serious about sorting through craft supplies. Maybe I'll get started tomorrow!

Friday, July 30, 2021


I started my day with another Dorset Crosswheel. I feel like I get a little better with each one I make!

I felt it needed a little embellishment, so I added a round of tatting.

I wasn't content until I had turned it into a December 8 button ornament. I love the way it looks!

After several false starts, I finally have a Lychett Basket button that I like. It's not perfect yet, but it is greatly improved!

It seemed appropriate that I end the day with a donut ornament. 

Tomorrow is our Tollway Tatters Zoom meeting. I won't be able to attend for the full time since it's the last day of Joanne's visit. I am looking forward to meeting up with tatting friends, even if it is for just a little while!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Still playing with buttons


Last night I decided to give the Lychett Basket pattern another try. I did the casting before heading off to bed. Casting is covering the ring with the blanket stitch. This morning I did the slicking (pushing the bumps formed by the blanket stitch to the back), laying (wrapping the spokes around the ring), and rounding (weaving the pattern. 

Although this looks better than yesterday's attempt, it's far from being acceptable!

Since I wasn't doing very well with the Lychett Basket, I decided to set Dorset buttons aside and work on a button ornament. It's very satisfying to tat a familiar pattern!

I have a little tin that's holding the buttons, donuts, and findings that I plan on using with size 40 Lizbeth #669 Poppy Red. To make things more interesting, I just reach into the tin and pull something out. It helps keep things interesting!

I was going to try another Lychett Basket, but after three false starts I decided to make it into a Dorset Crosswheel. It looks like I need to work on my tension!