Monday, 12 August 2019

Tollway Tatters Flower

I was fortunate to be added to the Tollway Tatters facebook group although I will probably never meet a member but have always been virtual friends.  

This pattern was posted on facebook by Thea one of the members.  I loved it so much I asked to be a member of the group.

This flower is worked up in a vintage size 30 thread.  I received it in a ball so I have no label but it feels like a coats thread.  To wear, I put a shank button into the center and a bobbie pin through the button hole.  It could easily be attached to a hair clip.

I needed earrings to match the flower.

These two projects were finished at Pioneer Acres this weekend.  Thanks to all the organizers and I hope to see you again next year.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Pioneer Acres

This weekend the Wild Rose Lacemakers will be doing bobbin lace and tatting demos at Pioneer Acres.  We will be located in the Museum so drop in and say hello.  We will have a pillow for you to try bobbin lace and I will have shuttles for you to try your hand at shuttle tatting. 

You can see in the picture some of my  assortment of shuttles and  3D tatting in little clear cups for display.  

Inside the purple roll  are various doilies and bits of tatting.  I cover the tatting with a clear tablecloth then roll it around a pool noodle for travel.  

I believe I saw the pool noodle technique which another tatter had used to transport her Monster Doily, was it you Ginny? 

So if you are anywhere near Irricana Alberta this weekend we'd love to see you.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Copy Tat

I am posting today to encourage you to read a blog by a tatter who shares the same opinion as I do on "Copy Tat".  Please take the time to visit Jane Eborall's blog.  

I don't COPY TAT.

Friday, 26 July 2019


I received this lovely bracelet from Denmark.  It was from Ulla a tatter who participated in an exchange with the Fringe Element Tatters.   The little hook broke during transit but I have lots and will replace it and wear the bracelet.

She said the pattern was from Sweden.   Thanks Ulla and Happy Tatting.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Tatting Cabinet

So I thought I would share with you my  tatting cabinet. I found the cabinet on a swap/sale site and spent the better part of a day cleaning it up.

Behind the glass doors are four shelves. The thread is kept in clear shoe boxes mostly sorted by size which makes it easier to put things away.  The threads I don't use often or like are on the top. There is a light in the cabinet so some of the shoe boxes need to be put in sideways.  I rarely put the light on as I don't want to dry out my threads. 

The bottom shelf has tools and travel bags/boxes and holds my more expensive shuttles each packed away in their own special container.

If you look closely in the lower right you will see the Monster Doily which I pick up now and then. The Monster Doily is wrapped up in a white cloth to keep it clean and tidy.  There is also a package of  handkerchiefs should I get the urge to do some edgings. I have two tins of earrings, some for giveaway the other tin contains the ones I wear.

The lower half  of the cabinet has four deep drawers and two side doors with a shelf , (you can just see the top of them). The side doors are where I keep my tatting books, guild newsletters and folders of past conferences.  I use magazine folders to keep them from falling on one another.  I have a binder with some loose patterns and more vintage pamphlets placed in acid free plastic pockets. 

On my phone I use an app which keeps track of what books I have purchased. I can search or sort by title or author and add notes or reviews of the book.   I sort the books by author on the shelves, I have yet to catalogue (or actually count) the threads I have.  

The drawers contain, extra conference bags, a case of different types of shuttles that I bring to demos, beads, extra bobbin cases jewelry findings and tools, and ice drops too.  There is one drawer almost empty.

I keep some tatting on a cloth ready for demo but rolled up around a pool noodle for travel and storage. My demo shuttles (tatsy) and giveaway shuttles are also with the demo cloth.  There are some floss winders with thread for beginners too.

I usually sit at a table to tat,with my laptop nearby, I have an auxillary screen on which I can enlarge photos and patterns. 

When indoors I  always tat at a table but I started with one box with a lid until my stash started to grow.  The current (and unfinished) projects are in assorted bags and baskets on my table so they don't have to far to call me.  When it is time to clear the table I can still fit it all into the cabinet. 

To be honest this is one time when the cabinet does not look too bad, the labels have helped organize. This was one of my projects I wanted to get a handle on this year. It would love to hear what you think and how I can be more efficient.  I think it will always be a work in progress.

What does your tatting cabinet look like?

Monday, 22 July 2019

Uniform Picots

I learned the hard way that having the right tool makes the job easier. So here is another idea for a tatting tool.

We know that having uniform decorative picots improves the appearance of your tatting project. I found these blunt ended needles in mom;s sewing stash a while ago. I think it is actually a yarn needle but its straight shaft makes it excellent to use as a picot gauge when working with finer threads.

I have added a bit of tatting to the end  as this has given me something to hold on to thus easier to use (and find).  I could attach a lanyard hook or even create a thumb loop too.  This  needle holder turned picot gauge was made from a half dozen beads and a bit of leftover shuttle thread

To see this in action you will need to go back to my first two rows of Renata  Niemczyk (Renulek) Wiosna 2019.  Now the picots are not perfect but by using a gauge  and by keeping it with the project I have found a perfect tool  to travel with my work.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Even More Lanyards

A few years ago I purchased some Omega Thread, it is a nice thread.  You can tat with it but I prefer other brands for most projects. 

It is a little soft for most tatting but works great for lanyards.  I  really like the Patti Duff beaded lanyard because once the beads are loaded I can travel anywhere and tat without losing a bead.  It is a shuttle only pattern, all rings.

I have long fingers so I do not mind using a Tatsy shuttle.  I always have one loaded up ready to go.   I have found that is usually takes about 4 evenings to complete a lanyard.

Finish off the lanyard by adding a jump ring to each end then you have endless options as to how to use it. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Shuttle Brooch

This Mother of Pearl brooch was an accidental find on Ebay.  The cost was 14.00 US including shipping from the UK to Canada. It was described as "Antique Victorian cut steel mother of pearl lace pin brooch gold tone".

I thought  I would add a simple edging attaching to the openwork around the brooch, but now that I have cleaned it up I like it the way it is.  My yellow light does not show the rainbow depth of the Mother of Pearl.  There is hole in the center of the MOP and the rivet used for attachment is also shuttle shaped so I don't mind it there at all.

The size is 1.8 inches and I've added a comparison with a Susan Bates/clover type shuttle below.  I also added the before pictures from ebay below.

I used eyeglass lens cleaner and a soft toothbrush to slowly bring back the shine of the metal.  I used a wooden toothpick to gently persuade any tough spots. As the toothpick end softened it made itself into a little brush to assist with the cleaning.  I used a eyeglass cloth to dry and polish once the grime was removed.    I also used only my fingers to gently coax the metal back to where it should be. 

I pretty much stayed away from the Mother of Pearl as I didn't know how strong it would be.  Honestly the toothbrush did most of the work. 

I think the brooch will be a great addition to my Mother of Pearl button vest my mother made.

The before pictures

Monday, 15 July 2019


It was Shakespeare who said "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". These tiny roses are created with increasing size of  split rings. By  using  different colors on each shuttle the second half of the split ring has a tiny picot which  is used in the assembly.  You thread through  all those picots as you wind the rings/petals.  

I created a calyx at the end  with the green thread. I added three little beads to make it interesting I'd left the tails so that this can be added on to my summer project. 

This pattern is by Jeanne Lugert but I saw it on Ninetta Caruso's blog and used her pattern for the calyx.  The threads used we're just leftovers on a shuttle. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Summer Challenge

One of the local guilds I belong to has given us a summer challenge, we are to do a project base on this quote. 


This was the push I needed to make some flowers that  I have wanted to make since I took a class at Shuttlebirds in 2018.  My first flower is from Mary Konior "Tatting with Visual Patterns" pgs 66 and 67.  You create a circle of petals and assemble. I added a bead and then wound the petals around.  I had two threads so I just tied them in a knot at the bottom.  I may add a calyx.

I was just using up some extra crochet cotton size 10 that was on a teaching Tatsy shuttle so this flower is large.  I lightly starched the cotton with white school glue and water .

Monday, 17 June 2019

Thumb Chatelaine

 Quite a few months ago I received a little thumb chatelaine from another tatter.  I loved it and have since adapted the original pattern to make the ring portion more stable by anchoring the split rings with each other. I also added beads to make it more pretty.   I completed this chatelaine using Lizbeth 20 Scottish Thistle
The original pattern is by Gloria Grumman  with an adaptation by Barbara Hevener.  Many thanks to these designers. 

The thumb chatelaine and the Flowering Quatrain  below along with a few other tatting samples have arrived safely in Australia with my Fringe Exchange recipient.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Lined Zipper Pouch

It's a good thing I take pictures of my crafts because this one has already been gifted.  It is my first lined zipper pouch.

One of the ladies at Tai Chi gave me a few swatches of fabric and some zippers. I watched a few YouTube videos and made up this pouch.  It could easily hold a tatting project but I believe it will be holding charging cables.  I attached a luggage tag to the zipper tab for identification.

I am enjoying sewing more  now that I have caught up with all the pants that need hemming and can move on to more creative projects. 

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Sea Breeze Necklace

Yes, I have been tatting.  This is another product from my visit to Shuttlebirds 2019 and it is another Marie McCurry design.  She taught this at Shuttlebirds 2019 but you can also find it in her book "Tattasaurusing: Baubles and Motifs.

This book is full of patterns to cover baubles.  The bauble I used is large almost 30 mm across. 

If you haven't guessed it yet, Marie does not like dinosaurs, she loves them. 

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Fractal Spiral Earrings

I just don't like to have only one earring done, so I completed the second one at home. These Fractal  Spiral Earrings are the design of Eva Rushton and she taught this class at Shuttlebirds 2019. She plans to sell the pattern on her Etsy site here.  

I just love how the pattern spirals and I can see it looking a bit different with a metallic thread and some beads in just the right place.
These were tatted with a vintage Coats size 30 and measure 1.5 inches or 4 cm from top to bottom so you could make these in a 40 for a smaller version. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Purple Pansy Pendant

This purple pansy pendant was created  at Shuttlebirds  2019.  The course was taught by Marie of West Pine Creations.  This is also her design/pattern. She calls this tat smithing, it is done using two strands of metallic sewing thread.  The technique of how to cover the pansy bead is different from the popular icedrops  by Diane C.

There was a learning curve using the sewing thread. I pulled too hard and broke one thread, had to add thread at a ring.

Not my best work but I am pleased with the results. I really like how it turned out and the picture does not do it justice. I purchased her books and plan to make some matching earrings.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Nametag Be Nice

I have told many that I have a PhD; project half done, the truth is I have many PHD's.   This nametag is now completed.  It is quite long because I had to use the seven letters version because I don't approve of a shortened version of my name.  But if you remove the R then I am be nice.

The pattern is designed by Kathy Lowe and I have provided a link here.  She provides both five and seven letter patterns.  My sister wants one but her name is eight letters so I will use her three initials with a bead between.  Watch for this in your care package sis.

I have been getting a bit of spam in my comments so if you have left a comment and I deleted you, oops. Most of my followers and regular commentators will get through. :)

Friday, 10 May 2019

Hello Lael

Just another peek at one of my shuttles, a Lael Morgan.  This shuttle also arrived with tatting instructions and a few patterns on the other side.

I also have a book by Lael about yarn tatting to go with the shuttle. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

International Tatting Day

 Happy International Tatting Day everyone, nothing better than tatting and a little bit of chocolate enjoy

Monday, 25 March 2019

Winosa Row 5

This is Row 5, Similar to Row 3.   I am using a vintage size 80 thread.

The current size is 4 inches or 10 cm.  No blocking but it has a slight frill. 

The pattern can be found on Renata Niemczyk (aka Renulek)  blog called "Frywolitki, Tatting, Chiacchierino" .

The completed doily pattern is also available from her Etsy shop. 

Happy Tatting

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Wiosna 2019 Rows 3 and 4

 Here you go, rows 3 and 4.  I am using a vintage size 80 thread. 

The current size is 3.5 inches or 9 cm.  No blocking required on these two rows. 

The pattern can be found on Renata Niemczyk (aka Renulek)  blog called "Frywolitki, Tatting, Chiacchierino" .

The completed doily pattern is also available from her Etsy shop.  

Happy Tatting

Friday, 15 March 2019

Spring Doily 2019

Renata Niemczyk (aka Renulek) has done it again.  Here are the first two rows of her Wiosna 2019, Spring Doily.  Check her blog called "Frywolitki, Tatting, Chiacchierino" every Thursday for the next few weeks to see a new round or two. 

Renata has also made the completed doily pattern available from her Etsy shop. 

I have started using a vintage size 80 thread with plans to add more colors later.  I am not entirely happy with my tatting but blocking has corrected a few loose chains.

Happy Tatting

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Josephine Cross

You may recognize this cross by Ben Fikkert, the pattern can be found on his website here.  I've made it once before but didn't get a chance to  block it before my sister claimed it.  

The cross is done in a vintage size 80 thread, less than half a ball.  The size is 10 x 15 cm or 4 x 6 inches.  I have also added a picture of a close up on the SCMR and Josephine rings.  

It was a cross like this that a coworker brought to the office that rekindled my tatting.  I hope someday this cross may do the same for another.  But before that happens it will be one of the samples that will be in a demo with a local guild next month.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

When your sister needs new slippers

I've often told you that I don't sew, well I can't say that anymore.  Recently I completed a few projects that were easy, I made some curtains, I also hemmed up my husbands jeans and made some adult bibs. 

Today I completed these Disney themed slippers for my sister.  They have a terry cloth red outer layer with scraps making up the lining, and sole.  I broke one needle and had to rip out one seam. 

I found the buttons on the front at my local sewing store.  The slippers are quilted with a fake sheepskin inner sole so they should be nice and cozy.

I don't think there will be too many sewing projects as I am still learning with most sewing skills still ahead of me.

If you are interested in the pattern I found it here.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Wiosna 2018 Completed

 It took too long but I finally finished this doily started last year.  I was able to climb to each round except one.
I used a King Tut quilting thread by Superior Threads color 918. 

The finished blocked diameter is 12.5 inches or 32 cm. 
Now on to the next unfinished project.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Black Milk Shuttle

I acquire shuttles in a number of ways.  This one was in a package with some England Aero Shuttles I was after on Ebay.  This black Carnation shuttle is my first shuttle with a trademark on it. 

My understanding is that these were given out to promote Carnation  Evaporated Milk in the 1920's.  I've seen pictures of others but they were white shuttles.

I will share some of my other unique shuttles later on the blog.

My task this spring is to clean up some of the unfinished projects in my tatting cupboard.

I have been tatting, I am on the last round of the Wiosna 2018 pattern by Renulek.  I am halfway around.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Metallic Wings

I have used a  Liz metallic comparable to 20 and silver seed beads to do some wings for my larger crystals.  The do sparkle quite a bit more than shown in the photo. 

Keeping on the crystal theme I have completed a second pair of wings using the vintage Coats 30 thread but with silver seed beads added.

I have found that I often tat something at least twice so I always have something to keep,

As I was contemplating what to do next I found some unfinished projects so I am  going to pay some attention to these.  I promise