Subbing has been crazy this week! There's a terrible sub shortage, and this week I have subbed for multiple teachers in addition to doing my own job each day. I'm happy that I'm able to help out, but I sure am glad that I don't have to do all the planning. I just show up, go where they tell me to go, and follow the teacher's instructions. Luckily, we have great kids in our school district, so there are seldom any problems.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
Bottle caps and buttons
Yesterday was a slow tatting day, but I did manage to complete one bottle cap ice drop!
After school, I worked on another bottle cap ice drop. I wonder what I'll be inspired to work on next?
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Tollway Tatters Zoom!
Thanks to sweet Sue in Michigan, Tollway Tatters were able to meet via Zoom today. We were quite the international group! In attendance were Sue from Michigan, Jenni from Australia, Ines from Germany, Bernice from Canada, Karen from Virginia, Marilee from Wisconsin, Sue Anna from Illinois, and me from Illinois.
While it is very sad that we have lost our gathering place, the Hinsdale Oasis, it's wonderful that we can gather with international friends!
While we were chatting, I finished the button ornament on the left. I also found the finished ornament on the right tucked into my tatting bag. It looks like I accomplished a lot today, even though all I really did was complete the last section of chain and then the hanger.
As I've been reorganizing and decluttering the sun room, I keep uncovering buried treasure! I found my baggie of Russian nesting doll bottle caps all ready for tatting. A new box of perle cotton was right next to my chair, and I saw a perfect match!
This afternoon I went out to do a little more reorganizing, and I came across some supplies for decorating more bottle caps. At first I was just going to put the supplies back in the box, but then I decided it would be better to go ahead and assemble them so they'd be ready for tatting. It looks like I'm in for some fun tatting!
Friday, September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
I received a phone call from Richard Brown last night. His wife Carollyn suffered a massive stroke on Tuesday, and was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon. Richard asked me to gently share the information with the tatting community.
Carollyn and I followed each other's blogs for quite a few years, and we greatly admired each other's work. If you followed Carollyn's Tatting Blog, you were one of the lucky members of the tatting community. Her creativity was amazing!
Carollyn and I were able to meet in person the summer of 2018, when Lisa Adams hosted her first Tat Days event in Indiana. I'm so happy that I was able to meet Carollyn and her husband that summer.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Back in business
Before our Internet went down, I watched some more YouTube videos from Gina-B Silkworks. I was fascinated by the Hishikazari ornaments and Yubinuki thimbles, so I ordered the kits. I saw that there was a small book on Sashiko, which I've admired for years, so that ended up in my shopping cart as well. Now a I need is the time to do it all!
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Flower Type Three
Most of my day was spent cutting and sorting quilt blocks, but I did find time to work on the next Dorset button in Gina Barrett's Dorset Ring Buttons, Flower Type Three.
I'm getting close to using up my box of perle cotton, but I'm not concerned.
I have another box waiting in the wings!
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
I decided to add a little sparkle to my tree with some chandelier crystals. I also moved two of my ornaments, because one has a shorter hanger. The one with the shorter hanger fits perfectly inside the star at the top of the tree. It doesn't show up well in the picture, but there's lots of sparkle going on!
After cleaning up another of my Christmas trees, I decorated it with Dorset button ornaments and crystals. I love it!
The next button in Dorset Ring Buttons is Petal - traditional. This one was super easy to do!
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
My sister Janet came to visit for a couple of days and since we both enjoy doing puzzles, there was more time spent puzzling than tatting! To be fair, Jane completed the majority of this puzzle. This one was only 500 pieces, and it was fairly easy to complete. Now that the picture has been taken, the puzzle is safely back in its box and a new one is taking shape. The new one is 1,000 pieces, and I have done nothing with it so far. Janet, however, has done quite a bit of sorting and has started working on the border. Dave might get more involved in putting the new one together as it is a Thomas Kinkade picture. Just last week, Dave said that he would be more inclined to work on a puzzle with me if it wasn't craft related. He suggested Thomas Kinkade, so that's what I bought!
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Back to the book
Now that I've accomplished my mission of creating Dorset Crosswheel button ornaments with all the color combinations in the Cranberry Spice thread pack, it's time to get back to working my way through Dorset Ring Buttons by Gina Barrett.
This is Flower Type One done in #8 perle cotton.
This one is Double Flower. I didn't pay attention to what was used for the sample, so I started right in with #8 perle cotton and an 18mm ring. There wasn't enough room to finish the pattern, so I switched to 50/3 linen thread. The thread worked fine, but I actually did better with the first button than with the second.
When making these ornaments, I try to choose what I think looks best to go in my button tin. My theory is that the tatting will help hide the less attractive button. I'm not sure it worked in this case!
I finished the last set of Dorset Crosswheel button ornaments made from my Cranberry Spice thread pack. I'll have to find the perfect Christmas tree to display them!
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Nothing to show
I've had nothing to show since Monday. I've been busy with subbing and cutting out fabric for a quilt, so Dorset buttons and tatting have been on the back burner... until last night!
I had one color left from the Cranberry Spice thread pack, Cranberry bush. I started on the Dorset buttons last night, and worked on them whenever I had a few free minutes. A little bit here, and a little bit there meant that I was able to finish my set of six just before dinner tonight. Now it's time to add the tatting!
Monday, September 6, 2021
Labor Day tatting
Labor Day is always low key at our house. After all, we are supposed to be resting from our labors!
I rested by finishing another set of Dorset button ornaments!
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Today we finished this puzzle that my sister-in-law gave me about a year ago. It took us two months, probably because we're out of practice! We'll let this one sit for a few days, and then I think we'll start another.
I finished another set of Dorset Crosswheel button ornaments... three color combinations down, two to go!
Saturday, September 4, 2021
I couldn't help myself!
I had to see what Lizbeth #169 Autumn Apple Pie would look like in the Dorset Crosswheel pattern. I remember tatting with this color when it first came out, and I was not impressed with it. However, I love it as a Dorset button!
Now I need to catch up with the tatting part of the ornaments!
Friday, September 3, 2021
Ready, set, go!
I'm ready for my next round of ornaments! I'm sure you've guessed by now that I'm making sets using each of the Cranberry Spice threads for the Dorset Cartwheel buttons. I'm really enjoying making these, and I like the size 10 thread for the buttons. However, I'm eager to get back to finer threads. They're much easier on my hands!