Friday, August 17, 2018

Reading time

I admit it. I've been caught up in reading The Forgotten Seamstress. Usually I don't care for stories that jump back and forth between time periods, but this one has really caught my interest.

Walking on my porch was interesting today. Some of the chickens spent a good deal of chicken in the front yard. They are fun to watch!

This is Henry, our rooster. He's quite a handsome guy, and he really enjoys strutting around the yard and keeping the hens in line.

It took me two days to complete the next set of spool pin doilies for Mom. I do like the blue and white!

I made a little bit of progress on my hanky edging. I didn't get very far because... I kept reading my book! I think I'll do a little more reading before heading off to bed!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Starting the day off right

I really am enjoying crocheting these little spool pin doilies for Mom! I make one while drinking my morning coffee, and then I pick up my crochet hook throughout the day and do a little bit here and a little bit there. I actually completed one of these yesterday, and I was close to finishing another. The second one didn't get finished last night, because my wrist just wouldn't cooperate. I can't sit and crochet for long periods of time as I used to. It's a good thing I have varied interests!

Daughter Carol was at the Cubs game today, so I sat and watched it on t.v. I didn't spot her this time. However, I did manage to finish the first edge of my hanky!

Our mail lady was much later than usual today. As it turns out, her truck broke down while she was on deliveries, and she had to be rescued. I'm glad she was able to finish her deliveries today, because my newest shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design was in the mail! Isn't it a beauty?

When the Cubs game was over, I sat down to read for a little bit. I'm only two chapters in, but the book seems like it's going to be a good one!

While looking for something else, I found my pin backs. I sewed them on to my dark green lucky pennies, but the lighter green will have to wait. I can't find the thread!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Not much to show... again!

Today was jam packed with fun! Becky and Kami came over for a sewing lesson this morning. The girls are making kimonos for themselves. They didn't finish, but they did get quite a bit done! It was the last lesson before school starts next week. From now on, lessons will be after school. Where has the summer gone?

I went to daughter Carol's house for lunch, and then we did a little shopping. We found a shoe sale, and we each bought two pairs. I felt like I was being quite extravagant, but I haven't bought a new pair of shoes in over two years. Mine were looking a bit shabby! We also found a clothing sale, and Carol was able to find a few things to freshen up her back-to-school wardrobe.

I did start a hanky edging in Marilee Rockley's "Beach Cafe," a very cheerful color! The pattern is from page 42 of The Craft of Tatting by Bessie M. Attenborough. I know size 20 thread isn't ideal for hanky edgings, but it was what I was in the mood to work with. So there!

I was checking Facebook this morning and I saw a post from Madhur Dadlani from a few years ago showing how she uses up bits of thread on her shuttles. I decided to give it a try. It looks pretty good so far, but I'm not sure how long I'll stick with it.

Not much progress was made with spool pin doilies today. I'll try to finish the second one before I head off to bed tonight.

When I saw that Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design was selling Madeira thread, I ordered some right away! It's much finer than the Liz Metallic. So far, so good!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Chicken fun

I was sitting in my chair enjoying the afternoon yesterday, when Dave called to me. I looked out the window, and there he was with a chicken on his back!

I quickly ran outside to take a closer look.

Meet Henrietta. She loves Dave! She follows him around the yard, hoping he will feed her mealworms. Do you see the chickens at the end of the porch? Dave was at the bottom of the steps, watching the chickens (they are NOT allowed on the porch) when Henrietta flew on to his shoulder. She stayed on his back until I shooed her away. Sometimes I wonder if Henrietta is really a silly goose! ;-)

How was I enjoying the afternoon? Why I was crocheting spool pin doilies for Mom!

I worked on more today. I now have 35 finished... only 15 to go!

No, I haven't given up on tatting. I just want to make sure I finish the spool pin doilies and get them off to Mom. I have a bad habit of setting things aside and forgetting them!

This afternoon I wound these adorable wooden spools with hand-dyed thread from Marilee Rockley (Beach Cafe and Garden Afternoon). I love using my little swift for holding the skeins of thread as I wind them. I found the spools on Etsy, and I think they're great!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tollway Tatters

If you're in the Chicago area... Tollway Tatters will be meeting at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018. We usually stay until 2 or 3 p.m. and we try to sit near Starbucks. Look for tatting supplies and tie dyed t-shirts! We'd love to have you join us!

Rock of Ages

This weekend was the alumni and directors' showcase to benefit the school drama club. Every two or three years, students who have graduated are invited to participate in a summer performance raise money for something specific. The group has been able to raise money for new lighting and mics. This year, their goal is to replace the stage curtains.

My role in all of this is to provide whatever support Madame Director needs. My duties this year were pretty simple: help with Carol's costume, provide dinner for Carol the two nights of the performance, and sell raffle tickets. I had the easy part!

Rock of Ages is a musical I had never heard of, so I was completely surprised by the performance. The cast was fantastic! I understand they cleaned up the language quite a bit... it was performed in a school.

Minor rant here... why do entertainers feel the need to litter movies, plays, music, and books with foul language and graphic scenes? I must lead a very sheltered life, because the people I know do not speak or act the way I see characters portrayed. A good story is a good story. Why muck it up? Rant over.

Because unexpected things happen on performance weekends, I try to keep crafting simple and at a minimum. I don't want to be frustrated my interruptions!

I chose to work on the spool pin doilies for Mom. They're quick and easy, and I don't have to worry about losing my place in the pattern!

I think these are going to be some fun table decorations!

Oh, and I finished my doily! Presenting "Masquerade" from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior, tatted in size 20 Lizbeth thread pack, Sweet Tarts. It didn't turn out the way I had envisioned it, but I like it!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Not much to show

Today was one of those days when I felt like I worked all day, but there isn't much to show for it!

I did manage to finish another Masquerade square... just one more to go!

I also typed up the directions for my Frivolity Ice Drop. For those of you who are interested and aren't on Facebook:

Frivolity Ice Drop
2 shuttle pattern

Materials: 3/4” glass gem, two shuttles wound continuous thread method, size 20 Lizbeth thread (approximately 6 yards on each shuttle), 12” ribbon for hanger (optional)

Note: this pattern follows the one pass method for encasing the glass gem (back ring, front ring, chain, repeat around)

Round 1
Set 1 ~
Ring: 4-4---4-4; RW
Ring: 6-6-6; fold ring down and away from you
Chain: 6-6; RW
Sets 2 - 5 ~
Ring: 4+4+4-4; RW (join to first ring and large picot)
Ring: 6+6-6 (join to second ring); fold ring down and away from you
Chain: 6-6; RW
Set 6 ~
Ring: 4+4+4+4; RW
Ring: 6+6, insert glass gem, +6; turn piece away from you
Chain: 6-6; lock join to base of first ring; RW

Round 2 (domed side of glass gem facing you) 
Chain 12; RW
Ring: 6+6 (join to picot in first round; RW
Chain 12; lock join to base of next ring in first round.
Repeat sequence 5x.

Round 3
Chain 16; lock join to base of ring in round 2; switch shuttles
Ring: 2--2--2---2--2--2; switch shuttles
Chain 16; lock join to base of ring in round 1

Repeat 5x

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A different look

I tried Shelley Perreault's Peacock Coins pattern with fewer beads. I still used a penny, the same thread, and the same beads, just fewer of them. While this is pretty, it just doesn't have the dazzle dazzle of the other one. I'll bet you can guess which one I prefer!

Five more spool pin doilies are ready for Mom's Christmas table decorations!

Believe it or not, I only have two squares to go on my Masquerade doily! If I had completed one yesterday and one today, I'd only have one to go. Oh, well! It's not like I'm in a race!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


I forgot to blog yesterday! I didn't really have anything to post. Daughter Carol and I went shopping for goodies to make up raffle baskets for the play this weekend. The directors and alumni are performing Rock of Ages. I'm not at all familiar with this musical, so it will be a complete surprise for me. They're trying to raise money for new stage curtains. I hope they're able to reach their goal!

I received a lovely surprise in the mail, an Ice Drop tatted by Mandy Kerwell-Bez, an Ice Drop Addict from France! She also sent me two rivolis so that I can tat my own. I've ordered a pretty silver neck chain to wear with it. I am thrilled to pieces! Thank you, Mandy!

I also received two new shuttles from Middy Clark of TheKnotted Vine. I adore these little shuttles! I love tatting with the teardrop shaped shuttles, and the red shuttle looked like something Mom would love... her favorite color is red!

Speaking of Mom, she loved the penny I tatted in the lighter green and asked if I could tat one in a darker green. Anything for Mom! The pattern is Shelley Perreault's Peacock Coins. I'll be adding a pin back to this at Mom's request. It does look pretty!

One of the chickens laid an egg today! It's not as large as it appears in the picture... camera angles and curled fingers can be deceiving. Dave found an egg over the weekend, but the chicken must have been in the rafters when she laid it. This is the first one found in a nesting box. I may grow to like these chickens after all! ;-)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Remember this?

It wasn't too long ago that I posted this picture of my newest Ice Drop. the more I look at it, the more I like it! I hadn't decided on a name, and I did receive many wonderful suggestions bother here and on Facebook. I have to go with the name my mom suggested, because she is my mom and I always value her suggestions.

Oh, you'd like to know what name Mom suggested? Frivolity. I think it fits. I had to re-tat it today so that I could write down the instructions.

I haven't typed them up yet, but for those of you who just can't wait, I took a picture of my notes.

There are only three motifs left to tat on my Masquerade doily! This one will be finished soon!

I managed to sew another origami pouch today. I do love this fabric!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

I did manage to finish a Masquerade square before I went to bed last night. The end is in sight!

It was a good mail day! I received my nylon mold from Linda Williams, along with lots of goodies! I love the card she made, and she also sent me an Ice Drop. This one's definitely going on my tree!

Linda also sent a bag of cabochons and the Oren Bayan thread she likes for her boxes.

Lucky me... Linda also sent a jewelry set. I have a silver neck chain that will work perfectly with the pendant. Thank you for everything, Linda!

Inspired by Linda's fabulous package, I decided to sit down and tat with metallic thread. I chose to experiment with Liz Metallic Rose. I plan on this becoming an Ice Drop. I even remembered to take notes this time! This pattern will not work for the nylon mold, at least not with the Liz Metallic. The motif is too large, but I think it will make a pretty Ice Drop.

I did spend some time writing up a pattern I designed a week or so ago. Several people have asked for the pattern, and I really had to think about what I had done. I've decided it's time to keep a design journal so that I don't forget what I've done!

This evening I started the last row of my Masquerade doily... only four motifs to go!

Friday, August 3, 2018

A week between posts?

Yes, it has been a week since I posted, and it's been a very busy week!

In prepration for our retreat, I put together little tatting tins for everyone. Shawna Wachs was kind enough to make the decals for me. I think they turned out great!

Denise and I drove up to Minnesota on Sunday and spent Sunday night with daughter Joanne. Sophia and Kara were willing to pose for me, but Janko kept hiding from the camera... little stinker!

We treated each other to lots of goodies!

Not all were strictly tatting related.

But everything was opened with oohs and ahhhs!

There were fun gifts, practical gifts, food gifts, and tatting gifts.

It's going to be fun deciding how to use everything!

And, it will be fun remembering the wonderful three days we had together!

Timberhaze is a beautiful retreat center. This is our workroom with all of us enjoying ourselves.

Our commemorative shuttles were by Frivole.

Although bobbin shuttles are not my first choice, I do like working with these little beauties!

Our motif for the year is depicted on the back side of the shuttle.

I did work on my Masquerade doily, but I only finished one motif. I think we were having too much fun talking and sharing ideas!

Michelle brought along 2018 pennies to share. I chose to used Shelley Perreault's Peacock Coins pattern. I'm going to tat around a penny again with a different bead configuration.

Mom would like to have one as a pin. I think that's a great idea!

I also tried Shelley's pattern with a peacock coin bead and S-Lon beading thread. I need to perfect my tatting with this thread, but I found it very nice to work with.

The retreat was fabulous, and I'm really looking forward to getting together with this wonderful group of ladies again next year!

Denise and I had a long ride home, 10.5 hours. We did take a brief side trip to Norske Nook for lunch, which was delicious!

There was a lot of mail to open when I got home, and my first package was from Rita Richmond. Aren't these shuttles beautiful? I bet you know why I was attracted to them! ;-)

Remember when Marlene and Cathy came to Tollway Tatters? Marlene had a wonderful name tag stitched by a friend of Cathy's. Cathy was kind enough to have one stitched up for me. I love it!

So, now it's time to try and get back into a routine of some sort. I feel like I've been saying that a lot lately!