Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the pink

I finished the second round of the Hanging Garden doily from Tatting lace with your life. This was a very simple round, and I love the way the Azalea Lt and Green Coral Sea look together! Two rounds to go!

I pulled out my ball of Pink Cocoa today. Yes, I did crave chocolate and strawberries while tatting today!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Feelin' blue

I started off the day feeling blue...

Caribbean blue! I kind of like the pink glass gem, and the pink ribbon seemed to be the perfect touch.

I did some band weaving on my new mini loom. I made a mistake on the first pattern repeat, but I decided to let it be and keep going. So far my tension is good, so maybe I'm finally catching on!

I was inspired to pull my Korean tatting book, Tatting lace with your life, off the shelf when I read Jeff's post this morning. I do like this book, and I haven't done anything from it in a while.

So today I started the Hanging Garden doily. This is the first round, and it's the most complicated round. It won't be a huge doily. It's only four rounds, and the other three rounds are not as deep. Right now, this piece is about 3 1/4" across. I'm guessing it will be about 6" when it's finished. We'll see if I'm right!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hydrangea Doily

It all started with one little motif from New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto. A nice simple tat was just what I needed to start my day. Then I got distracted.

Yes, I have another new little loom. I just had to play with it! A few weeks ago, I contacted Gene Marino of Hard Maple Looms with some ideas for a mini loom, and Gene came through!

Before warping the loom, I did some more reading and watched some more videos so that I could perfect my weaving. I guess time will tell if I learned anything!

Remember that little flower motif? I could stop at just one, so I tatted the Hydrangea Doily in New Tatting.

Hmmm... I guess I should block it!

Monday, August 14, 2017


This weekend was filled with distractions... wonderful distractions, which left little time for tatting.

We spent Saturday car shopping with daughter Alison. I had forgotten how long it can take to choose a car! Sunday we visited friends.

With all the activity, I became very distracted. I tried starting a new doily, but have nothing to show for my efforts. I started several times, made foolish mistakes, snipped, trashed, and started over. I'd like to say today will be the day I really make progress, but I offered to help daughter Carol set up her classroom, so this may be another unproductive day on the doily front!

Luckily, I can almost tat Ice Drops in my sleep! I love Lizbeth Caribbean with the blue glass gem. This time I put picots on all the inside chains... much better!

I'm not sure I like the pale yellow with the pink, but I'm sure some little girl will love it, and I have several little girls who will be visiting in the next several months. 😊

Can you tell that I"m enjoying the Green Coral Sea and orange glass gem combo? Orange is not a color I am drawn to, unless it's part of a Dreamsicle, but since I have several orange glass gems, I have to find a way to incorporate them in Ice Drops. Finding threads that work with the orange has been a real eye opener for me. Who knew orange went so well with so many different colors?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tollway Tatters

Before I forget...

Tollway Tatters will meet Saturday, August 19 at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We usually meet at about 10 a.m. and stay until 2 or 3 p.m.

If you are in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us! Look for tables filled with tatting supplies and tatters wearing tie-dye t-shirts!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I started the day off right by tatting an Ice Drop in size 20 Lizbeth #122, Caribbean. I tried an idea on this one that doesn't really work for me. I only added picots on every other chain on the inside chains. It looks okay, but doesn't look as neat as I thought it would. It just looks like I forgot picots!

Then I started the next motif on my sister-in-law's runner. I couldn't figure out why the pattern repeat wasn't working, so I set it aside and headed off for my appointment at the dentist. After lunch, I looked at the motif and realized what I had done. I forgot the second ring!

It would have been easier to snip and start over, but I stubbornly spent the time retro-tatting. Now, I'm back where I should be. My goal was to tat two of these motifs today. Whoops!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lazy day

I didn't accomplish much today... a few chores around the house, running a few errands, reading, and a little tatting.

Of course I finished an Ice Drop!

I also tatted a little on my edging.

No, it wasn't a very productive day, but it was extremely relaxing!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Playing around

I couldn't decide what I wanted to do today, so I just played around.

I started out look through Tatted Crosses by Sharon Briggs. There are so many pretty patterns in this book! All of the patterns are designed to be tatted with size 80 thread, but I wanted to practice with size 20 first.

This is the center os Sharon's Rose Cross in size 20 Lizbeth, Azalea Lt. I can tell that this cross would be gigantic in size 20. Just the center measures 2" across. I'm glad I practiced this rose motif in size 20 first. It was good practice in tatting chains in a consistent length.

Next, I pulled out this tatting magazine from 1944. Did you notice the price?

The very first pattern was one I wanted to try. It's #8894. I'm using Coats and Clark's size 70, color #8.

It's been a while since I've tatted with thread this fine. It was surprisingly easy!

Of course I had to finish the day with an Ice Drop!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sewing day

I only tatted one Ice Drop today, again using thread left on shuttles. I don't know if you can see in the picture, but this ribbon has an edging that picks up the colors in the Green Coral Sea. It's very pretty in person!

The reason I didn't tat much was sewing! Denise called this morning and asked if I wanted to go fabric shopping at our local quilt shop. We don't have much to offer in our little town, but we do have a lovely quilt shop! Rocking Chair Quilts is owned by my friend Carol. Her daughters Katie and Annie were two of my favorite students during my teaching years. Carol made many of her daughters' clothes, and they were adorable. So, when Denise suggested a shopping trip, I said yes!

Carol's husband helps her run the shop, and he helps make the sample quilts that provide inspiration. Luckily, I can visit the shop whenever I like, but they also have an online presence. If you like to quilt, I hope you'll check out Carol's shop!

Yes, I did buy fabric and patterns. However, I decided that I needed to finish up some projects before diving in to something new. I had started these pin cushions months ago. I finished sewing, turning, and pressing 29 pin cushions today. They still need to be stuffed, sewn shut, and finished with buttons. Then I will allow myself to start with some of my new goodies!

Some new shuttles arrived in the mail today! I love Rita Richmond's shuttles, and when I saw these, I selfishly snapped them up. I believe I will start tatting with them tomorrow! 😘

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time to relax

I had time to relax this afternoon, and there's no better way to relax than to tat!

While I've had the book New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto for quite a while, I don't think I've tatted anything from it before.

I started with Marigold Motif in size 20 Lizbeth #629, Azalea Lt.

Since I had Azalea Lt and Green Coral Sea left on shuttles, I decided to combine the two. For this Ice Drop, the Green Coral Sea makes the rings, and the Azalea Lt makes the chains.

Here, I reversed the colors. I think the two go well together!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday fun

I finished my chores early today, so I had plenty of time to play!

I finished "Camilla" from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Lene Bjorn, and I still have plenty of size 20 Lizbeth Green Coral Sea.

Next on my list was to finish Alenalea's mystery doily. I'm really glad I chose to tat it in blue and white, one of my favorite color combinations.

I had plenty of blue and white thread left on my shuttles to tat my latest Ice Drop. Sometimes two color tatting is really effective!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stormy weather

We had a series of thunderstorms today. I love thunderstorms! The temperature dropped significantly, making it very pleasant to walk on the porch. 😀

Since I didn't tat an Ice Drop yesterday, I felt it was important to start the day off right using blue!

I worked on my inkle band today. I was very pleased that my experiment worked, and both sides look the same!

That's not to say I have inkle weaving down pat. I look at it that I'm finally starting to understand how patterns are created!

This afternoon I concentrated on Alenalea's mystery doily. I really like the blue and white together.

I hear thunder, so I guess I'd better get off the computer quickly. I don't compute during thunderstorms!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A walk on the porch

It was too hot to walk in the park today, so I walked on the porch. It wraps around two sides of the house. I have shade. I know where to find water. I don't have to drive to get there. It works for me!

I did slow down my pace a bit. Instead of walking for an hour straight, I walked in 15 minute increments throughout the day. I'm not nearly as exhausted as I was yesterday!

Alenalea posted the final round of her mystery doily today. I wasn't even halfway done with round 6, so I finished that first.

This afternoon, I worked on the final round. Daughter Carol came over for a visit, so I didn't get as far as I thought I would.

To be honest, Carol's visit didn't set me back that much. Daughter Joanne got me hooked on Poldark, and sometimes I get so caught up in watching the scenery, I just stop tatting!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A walk in the park

I woke up bright and early this morning, so I took the opportunity to warp my new mini loom. It's so cute, and it fits on my lap!

It was such a beautiful morning, I called daughter Carol and asked her if she wanted to walk around Perry Farm with me. I realized that I haven't done much walking in the past week and a half, and I really needed the exercise. Perry Farm is about five minutes from Carol's house, so she was willing to go along. We walked for an hour, which is a lot for me. Afterwards, we had salad and iced tea for lunch, and then I headed home.

I managed to tat an Ice Drop, but then I was done for the day. I think I'll plan a shorter walk for tomorrow!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The best laid plans...

I really did have a great day of tatting and crafting planned out, but once again I let myself become distracted.

I must have spent three hours flitting from one page to another on the Internet. It all started because I wanted inspiration for my next band. I never did find what I was looking for, and to top it off, I didn't get my loom warped... not good!

I needed to move around some, so I worked in my sewing room until lunch time. I didn't accomplish much... I spent too much time looking at the books I was trying to organize. I did manage to gather up two bags of trash. That's progress, right?

After lunch, I sat down with my tatting. I finished "Maria" from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Lene Bjorn. I had started this cross yesterday, but I made several mistakes. Why does it take so much more time to fix a mistake?

Once again, the left-over thread on the shuttles was used for an Ice Drop. I really like the way this one turned out!

Sunday, July 30, 2017


I've felt inspired since the Twin City Tatters retreat, and I really think I'm ready to get on a roll. and not just with tatting!

First thing this morning, I finished up the band I had on my Shining Glen loom. I think this may be my best band so far. The patterns seems nice and even for the entire length, and my width is nice and consistent. I meant to warp my new loom today, but I just ran out of time.

I used up the Green Coral Sea that was on my shuttles to make this Ice Drop. I think the white glass gem and ribbon really mute the colors, where the green glass gem seemed to brighten up the thread. Still, I think it's pretty.

I have many more things I want to work on. Cindy made beautiful Origami/Dorset bags for all of us attending the retreat. Cindy makes the bags slightly differently than I do, and I'm eager to try her method. The tutorial I follow uses some hand sewing. Cindy's method is all done by machine, and I'm eager to try it.

I'm also ready to start weaving bags to go with the bands I've been making. My loom is all set up, and I have my bobbins wound. All I need to do is spend a little time in my sewing room.

Why is there so little time? 😉

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Green Coral Sea

The last time I was in Hobby Lobby, I found a ball of Lizbeth Green Coral Sea #171. This is one of my favorite colors, so I purchased it to use at the Twin City Tatters retreat.

Before leaving the retreat, I started tatting "Monica" from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Lene Bjorn. I love the patterns in this book!

With the thread left on the shuttles, I tatted an Ice Drop... of course! Mom requested six Ice Drops in light colors. I think I can do that!

In exchange, I received this beautiful mini loom from Hard Maple Looms. Gene Marino made this loom to Mom's specifications. Isn't it adorable? I plan on finishing the band I'm working on, then I will warp this little beauty and go to town!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Twin City Tatters retreat, part 3

So, what did I accomplish at the tatting retreat? Plenty!

You know I had to tat Ice Drops! This one is done with a tiddly wink.

This one is done with a widow's mite. I was able to get a bag full on Amazon. I think the dark purple is a bit too dark, but I still like it.

This was a fun tat done with a faceted bead. Cindy liked it so much, she decided to try one too!

As you may have guessed, I like working with crackled glass gems!

I wasn't sure I'd like the white gem, but I think it shows off the thread nicely.

Although I've tatted Christina from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Line Bjorn many times, this one gave me fits! I think I had to retro-tat seven rings... unbelievable! The best part of tatting this cross was learning how Michelle makes her tassels. I need to perfect my technique, but that will have to come later. This time I just wanted to finish!

I finished one more motif on my sister-in-law's runner. Somehow, I thought I'd have this finished by the end of the retreat. Ha!

On the last day, after everything was packed up and put away, I started another cross. I hope I do better with this one!