Monday, 18 September 2017

Trim Done

Well, I finished this shirt just in time.

This simple edge was done using a King Tut Quilting thread color 918.  There is a very short color change and much shorter than the Sulky Blendables I used a few years ago.  This thread tats up a bit smaller than size 80.

I have basted the trim on using the same thread. The length of the trim is about 18 inches and goes between the shoulder seams. I slightly eased the trim to make that turn at the V.  

You can't see from this picture but I used frontside/backside tatting as this will only be seen from one side and it was a nice easy practice using this technique.

See you all in about a week as I am off to Cambridge Ontario for some new adventures and to take in Tat Days at the Fringe too.  I'll post when I get back.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Power of 3

The power of three because this pattern is 3p3. As the pattern is so easy to remember it gives me the opportunity to practice some frontside/backside tatting.   This is the trim for my second shirt and I am just over halfway done.

I am still using the King Tut thread it takes just a small amount of thread to do the trim and I plan to sew this one down along the collar binding.  This trim and the former  have used less than one bobbin of thread.

You can see a wide white elastic (I get these around broccoli and asparagus) around the spool of thread.  I use it to control how much thread unwinds.   I also use these wide elastics or rubber bands to grab the thread when I need extra grip. 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I'm going to Stratford

There will be tatting and I will see a certain Jane but it is not what you think.  I am going to Stratford Ontario to see some plays. Then off to the Fringe Tat days and visit my good friend Jane K.

A few months ago I met a local tatter and we got together a few times to chat and tat. We came up with the idea for the trip to Stratford and the Fringe and to knock a few things off her bucket list.

Stratford is just down the road from Cambridge where the Fringe is held.  It will be a great adventure.

I was given some homework for one of my classes so I can get to the fun part at Tat Days and this is my homework shown. I have used a size 10 Cordonnet Graceful Arts Handpaint called "Halloweenie 2".  It tats up nicely and I practiced some frontside backside tatting on one of the motifs.

For those of you travelling to Tocca I wish you safe travels and many hours of fun tatting.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

One Shuttle Earrings

Quick and easy these three sets came from one shuttle of leftover thread, It is a size 20, gifted shuttle wound with this thread, a pink and white variegated.  The beads give the earrings some weight and assist with keeping the shape.

I loaded the beads on the shuttle, pulled of a yard of thread and made the first ring.  I finished off the earring with a SSSR (Single Shuttle Split Ring).  I was able to hide the ball thread in the first side of the SSSR.

All the beads are on rings so this would make a good travel project. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Trim and Earrings

Someone else in tatland was putting trim on a shirt as it happens at the same time I was tatting with King Tut cotton quilting thread with the same thought.  I had bought two cotton shirts and will be wearing this one to Fringe next month.  If you see me wearing it be sure to say hello.

I believe the trim is a vintage pattern, can't remember where I found it but I had pulled quite a few books off the shelf and they have all been put away now.

I used a size 14 crochet hook to hook a chain and attached the tatting to the shirt.  I thought this way if there was any pull on the shirt it would be on the crochet not the tatting. I've sprayed with water and left overnight and it is laying very flat against the binding around the neckline.  I was able to ease the trim into that V at the bottom.

The earring pattern is one I found on the internet with no reference.  The beads are really too big for the thread but I didn't have time to search my stash as we had company in the spare room where the beads are kept so these will have to do.

If I was to do them again I would just pull off a yard from the shuttle as you don't use much ball thread for this pattern and all the beads are on rings so they are loaded on the shuttle. If I feel brave this may be a good pattern for the plane ride.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

King Tut Threads

This is King Tut Color 918. You can see the color change is very short.  I thought I would try to make some trim for new shirts.  This is the top of the spool and the tatting is sitting on a clover sized shuttle.

The first pattern I tried is called Tradition. I didn't like how it  was not lying flat so I've picked another to try.  The shirt has a "V" neckline and I will trim only from the shoulder seams forward but I do have that one corner to deal with.  Any tips?


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Completed

I was in a slump, a tatting slump.  I started this doily way back here so I am very happy to say that the Spring Wiosna 2017 is finally completed.

I enjoy working with vintage thread but it has its challenges.  I had one ball that was totally rotted and I had already wound a shuttle full before I found out.

The doily is all done with a size 80 threads by J&P Coats. The doily is sitting on a pink 12 inch by 12 inch sheet so you can see the size.

There are a few mistakes in this so I will be keeping this one.

Many thanks to Renulek who provided this pattern on a weekly basis. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Garden Ate my Glasses

Oh my it has been a wonderful summer, filled with many adventures but sadly not much tatting.  My hands are usually in the garden, at first preparing. then planting, watering, weeding and finally harvesting.

I have two gardens one for show, filled with flowers from April to September.  I plant sweet peas and nasturtiums, all others are perennial or self seeding. Just as one bloom finishes another one comes along.
My second garden is for eating,  a vegetable garden along with a patch of raspberries.  It was the raspberries that ate my glasses.

A few of you may know I had some minor surgery this spring, all is going fine. I had a follow up appointment last Thursday and once I arrived home I went immediately to pick some raspberries before the heat of the day.  I wanted to have enough to make some jam.  My glasses are only used for distance so I took them off and folded them over the neck of my shirt. After about ten minutes my glasses had disappeared.

The patch measures 5 feet deep and ten feet long. You'd think it would only take a moment to find them but the raspberries were not giving up so quickly.  When hubby got home he held branches back with a hockey stick (yes he plays four times a week) and we looked for them without success.
It would take two days before I saw a glint of light and reached down to find them.

Now about tatting. I am on the last row of  the Renulek Spring 2017 Doily and in order to get the color in the right spot I was using the SLT but I didn't like the blip of color that showed up. Then I tried using a SCMR but couldn't get the rings uniform enough so I set the piece aside. Now I  have taken another look  and think I will go back to using the SLT as it puts less strain on this vintage thread and a blip of color is much better than thread breakage.

I did make the jam and have eight little jars ready for gifting.



Monday, 26 June 2017

From Illinois

On Wednesday I received a package from Illinois.  Denise W. I can't thank you enough.  I have sent you  a note as no email was included.

So many lovely gifts.  Two little tins one filled with a tatted Ice drop,  more Ice Drops to tat around too, some hand dyed thread,  Chocolate Superberry tea, some findings to tat around and a retractable badge holder with a button attached.

I have shown a close up of the Ice Drop below which has a ribbon for hanging and a sunflower charm attached for added sparkle.  It has beads attached at the points.  If you recall I had Ice Drop Fever and made an ice drop into a brooch and used the technique to make earrings from some buttons.  Now I have two pink and another orange gem, there is also a clear gem with a flower inside.

The hand dyed thread is Corsage, the same color I purchased from Marilee Rockley some time ago.  I can't wait to tat with it again. All my favorite colors, pink, orange and purple.  

Thanks again Denise, watch the mail for a note from me.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Boo Boo Bear

While at Shuttlebirds Workshop this year,  we all received a doorprize and mine was filled with many tatting treasures.  One of the treasures was this boo boo bear and I will be attaching all my boo boos to him.  It is a great idea but I may need a few more as this one is almost covered.

What do you do with all your boo boo's? 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 12

A quick look at how I finished this round with a split chain. Now to climb to the next row, mock picot and split ring, I'll add the pink back in only when I need to. My plan it to do a slight modification on the final round. The doily is almost 12 inches across with one more row to go, it is laying quite flat and I will wait until it is done to block it.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 11

Between all my other bits of tatting and yard work  including getting the garden in I have finally finished Round 11.   My plan is to do a row of plain light green and then finish off with some additional pink.

If you are interested in starting this doily you can find the pattern by Renata Niemczyk on her blog Frywolitki, Tatting, Chiacchierino where she has released the entire doily.  She also sells the pattern on her Etsy page.

The colors of this doily are truly classic and this spring my flowering almond tree also bloomed these colors of spring. 

Shuttle Name Tags

Everyone needs to label a water bottle, keys or hat and these name tags work well.  I found the alphabet beads at the Dollar Store along with this craft cotton thread.  I split the thread into two strands of three twisted threads each. These were fun to make and see how many names I could come up with from the one package of beads.

The pattern is by Kathy Lowe and can be found here.  There is a pattern for five or seven letters, using split rings with the beads in the center, You could add a bead  or use initials to get to the five or seven ring combination.

I was able to make the names on the left, my aunt and uncle who are celebrating 43 years of marriage today.  The one on the right was for my brothers birthday.  I still need to make one for myself and my husband.

The total cost for all the thread and beads for the five shuttle name tags was under three dollars.


Adding beads to the center of a split ring can be found on Jane Eboral technique page. 
http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/AddBeadCentreRMethod2.pdf


Friday, 19 May 2017

Treats from Overseas

Cleaning up the craft room today and organizing and sorting.  Winding shuttles, sorting patterns and dusting.

I great gal I know just returned from a trip to the Phillipines, Cambodia and Vietnam. She brought me a bag full of goodies.  I am so thankful.

There are some interesting shells, roses, stars and coi fish beads along with pearls and lovely red glass beads. There are seed beads in a variety of sizes and color.

I predict that there will be beaded tatting in my future.

She also brought me polvoron and uba cookies.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 10

This round took a while because I took the doily to Shuttlebirds 21 Workshop and didn't get back to it for a time.  I have just finished round 10, started round 11 so less than three rounds left.  I am always a bit behind on her doilies because I like to see where she is going on the next round so I can plan a climb out or not.

As I was completing this round I found one join not made and one spot where I added an extra picot.  I had originally thought to give this doily away but it will not be finished in time, at least I don't think I would and I don't like to rush my work so I have not corrected the mistakes yet and may just keep this one.  The errors are hard to find amid the thousands of knots and have no effect on the shape of the doily.

Round 11 is basic with some long chains.  I have not blocked it and it is laying nice and flat. I must finish this project before I get bored with it.

If you are interested in starting this doily you can find the pattern by Renata Niemczyk on her blog where by now she has released the entire doily.  She also sells the pattern on her Etsy page. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Little Cuny Snowflake

This Little Cluny Snowflake was the pattern provided at Shuttlebirds  21st Workshop for beginning cluny by Mimi Dillman.  She told us that the main thing was to practice your leaves to make them as evenly as possible.  I think she meant that each leaf/cluny should be of similar size and shape within the pattern. Don't worry Mimi, my little leaves don't compare with your's, I am still practicing. 


I altered this pattern to create a ring with the ends to use as a zipper pull or if I had made it a bit shorter I could put it on a hair pin to use in my hair.  I don't have bangs so I often wear tatting in my hair this way.

I used a free sample of Lizbeth thread  size 40 and I probably have enough thread to make another three flakes from the little spool.

The snowflake measures 4 cm across or 1.5 inches. It is a good size for a card and that is where this one will go.   

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cluny Zipper Pull

This Cluny Zipper Pull was one of the classes I took at the Shuttlebirds Workshop a few weeks ago.  I actually finished the project and brought it to breakfast on Sunday morning before we left, alas that was the last I saw if it.  I hope it has found a good home.  So I wanted to make another to use in an exchange. 

I didn't have a Cabone ring but searched my stash and found a plastic ring (I think this may have come off a bra strap) and used my nail file to remove rough edges. It was not the right size so I adjusted the pattern to fit.   

The pattern is by Mimi Dillman who gave me many pointers regarding making cluny leaves at the workshop. I do need a few more years of practice though but happy that I can wind my hand without thinking and my leaves always close although not as pretty as hers.  

I love using this vintage thread to make cluny leaves.  I don't know the name of it so if you recall please let me know. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Thank You Ross Point

It is located on the north side of the Spokane River, a quiet spot with tall trees and a large conference center.  The room we stayed was in a nearby cabin with a  common living/kitchen  area along with six rooms each with its own bathrooms.  Hubby and I had a King Size bed, dresser, table and chairs. There was also an outdoor table under a veranda where you could sit and read past dark.  Inside the common room there were rocking chairs and recliners to relax in.

The rooms were very clean and our stay was most comfortable.   The drive to Ross Point was seven and a half hours with one border crossing, one train derailment, three stretches of construction, a detour and time change.  I had tatted a few hearts to give to the border guards and perhaps that is why we had no issues at the border this time.

Oh did I forget to mention the food.  Yum, it was all fantastic.  I couldn't eat some of the offerings (allergies)  but I never felt I didn't have enough and there were alternative choices.

Ross Point was the location for the Shuttlebirds 21st Annual Tatting Workshop, A Flurry of Flakes. I had a wonderful time, taking six courses and finishing one project.  It was a great weekend.  So nice to see old friends and make some new ones too.

I encourage all tatters to get together with others if you can.  Even a small local group will increase your skill level. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 9

This round took me a week to do.  I have abandoned the rotten  green balls and will use up the last of the pink and green that are still good. There only a few more rounds left on this pattern. Thirteen in total I believe.

I may have to add in an additional color but we'll see how it goes.

This is the Renulek Spring Wiosna and links to the pattern can be found on her blog  (released about one round a week) or the completed pattern available on her Etsy page.  

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 8

 My head still hurts, using vintage thread is trial and error. After thread breakage four times at the start of this round I unwound the shuttle and tried with another ball.  Sometimes the thread is dirty on the outside and sometime rotten on the inside of the ball. The second ball was not any better but I managed to get to the end of round 8.

I did climb out of this round but it is time for a color change so I'll be cutting thread this time.  

This is the third Renulek Doily I have tried and it always amazes me how they seamlessly come together.  So far this one is laying nicely without blocking.  If you need the link to Renulek's blog it is here.

So what did this round teach me?  How to add thread ....

Monday, 17 April 2017

The Day After Easter

I forgot to post these tatted eggs for Easter so I offer them up to you today.  The tatted bits are a design by Sally Kerson, Button Egg Pattern and can be found here.

We dyed some hard boiled eggs over the weekend and the last of the dyed eggs were eaten for lunch.  In some of these I used a small Chinese coin instead of a button but beware the right size button must be used.  Hope you all had a great day and Happy Tatting. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017 Round 6

I have completed Round 6 of the Wiosna 2017. Row 5 seemed too tight but this last row settled the cupping even though this ball of  vintage thread broke at least three times.  

Warning, do not tat with moist hands. These old threads are very dry and just a tiny bit of moislure will cause them to swell. Just wait for the thread to dry and then close the ring. 

I climbed on to round 7 using a split chain and split ring, very useful techniques since I am not changing color yet.  I have a plain green on the core thread S1 and a  variegated green thread on shuttle 2. Currently just over 5 inches in diameter.

If you are interested in starting this doily you can find the pattern by Renata Niemczyk on her blog. She releases a new round about once a week. She also sells the entire pattern on her Etsy page.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

For his Guild

I had a request in mid March for some "tattings of jewelry nature" that would be for sale. The request was for a door prize at a "Twisted Sisters Craft Guild".  I offered all I had and two earrings were chosen.

The top earrings are Sweetheart by Marilee Rockley, they are actually navy blue, size 20 Hakelgarn.  The pattern is in her Boutique tatting book. Available from Yarnplayer or her Etsy page.

The lower pair in black is by Corina Mayfeldt  Waves done with silver beads and size 50 Altin Basak.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Around the world in 8 days

I ordered some Clover bobbin shuttles and am taking them for a spin tonight.  They arrived from Japan in 8 days. The shuttle length is the same length as the post shuttles with the pick having the exact curve. Once a full bobbin is inserted the width does increase slightly.

Each shuttle comes with two bobbins and a bobbin winder. The winder holds a bobbin either in the cradle part or the winding end.  In the cradle it doubles as the ball thread and does not spin. To change shuttles, just exchange the bobbin in the shuttle.  

I have never been in the habit of pulling on a shuttle for more thread, rather I use my thumb to turn the bobbin and this is how you must use these shuttles.

 When I bought these, the website said that the bobbins do NOT fit other shuttles and they are a bit taller than Aero or Aerlit bobbins. I did squeeze one into a pop-a-bobbin but I am not short of bobbins. I have some cheap shuttles that have hooks that the clover bobbins fit into.  Extra bobbins can be purchased and they come with a bobbin winder. Lucky me the bobbins do fit my bobbin winder.

Each bobbin has a little corner loop on the post which you are instructed to tie the thread through. The instructions I received were in Japanese they have one page with shuttle and bobbin instructions and the other side with tatting instructions and diagrams.

I also  bought the shuttle and bobbin case shown below. So far I am quite impressed with these clover bobbin shuttles.  

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Happy ITD

April 1 marks International Tatting Day and tatters around the world are encouraged to celebrate and participate by tatting in public.  For some reason unbeknownst to me eating chocolate is also involved. I celebrated with tatting at home and chocolate was involved. I also attended the online tatting class which is always a pleasure to reconnect with other tatters.

Speaking of other tatters this lovely maple leaf arrived yesterday as part of an exchange from another tatter in Canada.  She is reminded of maple syrup time which means that Spring has arrived.  If you have ever spent a winter in Canada you will know how wonderful the first signs of Spring feel.

I have heard that my exchange has also arrived to the home of a tatter in the UK.

What did you do for ITD?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Beanile Tatting



This is an Amulet Pouch designed by Nina Libin for the 20th Annual Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop. I was fortunate to be able to attend in April of 2016.  I finished the front and back during the workshop. It has taken me almost a year but I finally did the final round attaching the front to the back.

The Amulet is shown beside an Aero bobbin above so you can get the idea of the size. The second picture shows what the backside looks like.  It is tatted with Silver DMC Diamant metallic embroidery thread.  Navy beads are added to the tatting using the Beanile method.
It is a difficult to get a good picture so I've added another below.  

There are a pair of matching earring and the chain which are still in the NUTS (nagging unfinished tasks) pile. 


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ice Drop Fever


I've been bitten by the Ice Drop Bug. Ice Drops are tatted using florists beads in the centre, The beads are quite heavy and make a nice ornament.

I put a brooch pin on the back, size 20 makes a 3D brooch 3.5 inches across tip to tip.


The pattern is by Diane Cademartori and here is a link to a free pattern. You may know her as Lace Loving Librarian.

The choices of color combinations are endless and I searched my stash for something smaller to use as earrings.  I found some shank buttons and was able to twist the shank off without too much damage.

I used a size 30 vintage Coats thread and kept the stitch count the same as the brooch.  I only did rounds one and two of the pattern.  I added a jump ring and the earrings sit straight on. They are light and look pretty from both sides.

Thanks to Diane for the inspiration for these earrings.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Spring Wiosna 2017

I have completed Round 3 of  Wiosna 2017.  I have tatted two other Spring Wiosna and really enjoyed the pattern.

 I messed up a but on the final ring but I hope it won't detract too much once the entire doily is completed. Working with vintage J&P Coats size 60 you never know what you will meet.  I had to cut out some thick thread and join back in on this round.

If you are interested in starting this doily you can find the pattern by Renata Niemczyk on her blog. She releases a new round about once a week. She also sells the entire pattern on her Etsy page.




Thursday, 23 February 2017

Just a little oops


Sometimes the only solution is to get the scissors out and cut away the tatting.  This is Round 17 of the Monster Doily and although I had to cut, I am thankful that I found the mistake so quickly.

That is a little round magnet on the scissors as they usually are attached to a metal cabinet next to my tatting table just within reach.

Carollyn has suggested that I reuse the tatting and I have put it into my design binder for future inspiration.   This was cut from Row 17 of the "Monster Doily", yes I am on Row 17.

But I am also full of distractions too and have started the Renulek Spring Wiosna2017  Doily.  I am using up some of my Vintage threads, this is some J&P Coats size 60 Color 21.  I plan to climb to Row 3 once it is released.                            

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect or so they say,  BUT there is a (mini) pattern error in every one.  I continued on and the hearts can still be great giveaways to promote tatting.

Tatted with  Manuela Size 20 color 213, this is the Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo.

One of my friends asked how long it takes to tat one heart, I said about 45 minutes but that is without stops which rarely happens. Two full clover shuttles will be enough for three hearts.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentines Day

 I'm sitting here eating some chocolate and I just finished this lovely heart bookmark for my partner. He has a few tatted bookmarks already but not a heart one.

I have used a Manuela Size 20 color 213. The larger heart is one of my favorites to tat, the Butterfly Heart by Irene Woo.  The smaller one on the end of the tail is the Celtic Heart 2013 by Ruth Perry. We will be shopping later and I will have a chance to pick up a book for him and slip this in.

I've tatted the Butterfly Heart many times before and coincidentally wrote about it on Valentines Day 2015.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentines Day.



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Tat it and see 1 2 3

Another year of Tat it and See has come to an end, I share my progress and the resulting tatting with you.  Of course I never guess what it is but many had it figured out early. This was done with size 20 Lizbeth 109 Wild Flower and measures 2.75 inches or 6.5 cm finished.  So much fun seeing all the tatting threads, shuttles and needles from around the globe. If you'd like to see what others have done and join in next year here is the link



I have a few repeats of round 17 completed on the Monster Doily and it continues to be my main focus. Happy Tatting.