Thursday, December 4, 2008

This is the unfinished M I'm designing for my niece, Maribeth. It will be sewn down to a sweatshirt. Never fear, I am dutifully recording what I'm doing so I can post a pattern. I'll post it in January (hopefully - but don't hold your breath.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I went to IOLI this year in Rockford, Illinois. Since I was in the neighborhood, I extended my trip to include visiting my brother and his family in Monroe, Michigan. That gave me a lot of time to work on my thread exchange threads waiting at airports, on planes, waiting at the train station and on the train.

I started this motif in the Long Beach Airport and finished it on the plane to Chicago. It is DMC perle cotton size 12 that has been hand dyed in red, white and blue colors. Krystal Kubiszewski of Minneapolis, MN gave it to me and she says the dying was done by This thread came to me several years ago (I really have to spend some time catching up on my exchanges) so I doubt if it is still available. The pattern is from the November 1960 Workbasket.

This edging was started on the flight to Chicago and finished on the bus to and from Rockford. It was also given to me by Krystal Kubiszewski. It is Olympus Size 40, Color number 221. The pattern is from the August 1967 Workbasket.

I didn't work on any exchange threads while at IOLI. I was too busy working on homework for Georgia's class or learning Romanian Point Lace. Those projects aren't quite finished. I'll post them when I get them done. (If I get them done.)

After IOLI I caught a train from Chicago to Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a very relaxing trip and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to ride the rails to upgrade to business class. It will be the best $11 you ever spent. I didn't tat that much on the train, I kinda fell asleep for the first hour of the trip. OK, I did fall asleep. That week of lacemaking was tiring.

I guess this was an edging trip. This next thread was tatted on the train to Michigan. It is Manuella Size 20 in Ecru. The thread was given to me by Dianne Warren of Wichita KS. The pattern is from the November 1966 Workbasket.

This thread was also started on the train to Michigan and finished on the flight from Detroit to Phoenix. It is also an edging pattern but I decided to double it back on itself to make a motif. I didn't realize till I scanned it that I goofed on a join. A little too late, the ends are already hidden. I suppose I can cheat and pull the last ring back into place with a bit of invisible sewing thread. I'll think about it. The thread is Knit Cro Sheen in rainbow colors. It was given to me by Jeanette Hasteman of Canton OH. The pattern is the April 1977 Workbasket.

This heart was also completed on the flight from Detroit to Phoenix. Stacey Houston of Everett, WA sent me this thread. It is Olympus Size 40 in color OL-101. The pattern was designed by Birgit Phelps. ( This is a great pattern and I enjoyed tatting it.

I started one other motif on the flight from Phoenix to Ontario, CA, but it is sitting on my desk waiting to be finished.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Just a quick post of the gifts I received from the Here-Be-Tatters Christmas In July exchange.

Here is everything.

This is the ribbon pin.

And this is the ornament.

My partner is Valerie Stewart from Scott City, Kansas.

I'll put up a few pictures of that intriguing box tomorrow when I have more band width and a photo editor that can cut down the size of the pictures I'm trying to upload.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Whew!! Fair projects are finished, my Guilds Lace-In is over, all the summer concerts have been played (almost) so now I have time to work on my thread exchange threads again. For those who are wondering, I am planning to getting another thread exchange going in mid September before I have to start tatting for the holidays (again).

I have been busy designing for this year's fair. There is a story behind this design. I am a Rat. My Tai Chi Chuan teacher also makes tee shirts. Some years he does one to commemorate the Chinese New Year. I started late last year asking him to design one for this year, but he said he couldn't think of any Tai Chi Chuan move that would go with a rat. So, I decided that if I wanted to have a tee shirt, I would need to do it myself. So here it is.

I do have the pattern scribbled down on pieces of paper, I haven't had time to get them into a word file. I'm not even thinking of how long it will take to diagram them. If you are planning to go to the IOLI convention this year, I will have my scribbles with me as well as a few stray rats.

I also have a few motif entries. All three of these threads were given to me by Brigitte Henneberger of Wurzburg Germany.

This thread is Amann Buttonhole thread. It is stranded silk. I was going to do a different pattern with it that involved onion rings, but the thread split so bad as I did the split chain join (or smooth join as I call it) that I had to give up and find a more conventional ring and chain pattern.

The pattern is from the August 1958 Workbasket, but any resemblance between the written pattern and the picture is purely coincidental. I had to mostly go by visual and tried it 2 different ways, neither of which look like the book. Oh well. You can put this pattern down and one I won't ever try again.

This next thread is Valdani pearl cotton size 12. The color is number 35 and is described as Mango-Kiwi-Papaya. The pattern is from the January 1976 Workbasket.

Finally I have the same color n
umber as above but in the Valdani Quilting thread. This is a really pretty color combination. I may just have to get some more for myself. The pattern is from the November 1953 Workbasket.

I might as well keep going with this monster post, it is likely to be the last for a little bit. My lace guild also demonstrated at the Orange County Fair last week. Part of the requirement is to put on a little stage presentation, so here I am, flapping my gums on stage. They had a big screen TV in front of the stage so the camera man was able to really zoom in on my fingers. I could tell by watching peoples faces that they could see the thread flip.

Surprisingly we had a lot of positive response this year. A large number of people were asking about learning how to tat and make bobbin lace. I'm thinking it must have something to do with the current economy. It isn't so easy to go out anymore, so people are trying to find ways of keeping themselves occupied at home.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Jail Break

Winnifred, the Godmother, is in the hoosegow. She has ordered her henchwoman, Sadie, to set her free.

I didn't teach Sadie how to do this. She figured it out on her own. If we really want to keep the crate closed, we have to clip it shut or she will open it every chance she gets.

The sound in the background is an episode of "Get Smart". I haven't figured out how to edit out the sound (or if I even have a program where I can) yet.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The reason I've been really quiet lately is because I've been busy tatting on much larger projects than my motifs. I'm almost done with one of my fair doilies. This one is using a workbasket pattern. But my other fair doily is my own design and part of it has had me scratching my head trying to get everything to work. More on both of these later.

I have had one other iron in the fire that has taken my time. Back in January, I proposed a group project to my lace guild (The Hedgehog Lacers) and that was to make a banner (silly me). After looking over a few letter patterns they chose a block letter style for the banner. The majority on the members are bobbin lacers so, of course, the patterns were bobbin lace patterns. Then they proposed that since I am their current president that I get the honor of doing the H in tatting. No problem, I said. The pattern they chose looked like it could easily be mimicked in tatting. So here it is:

Another member of the guild is also tatting an L (Lily how is it going?) using the pattern I dreamed up.

Now I have to sew the backing together so we will have something to attach all the letters to at our next meeting. (I'm not going to do everything myself if I can help it....I hope.)

I do like what I have come up with for the pattern and instead of twisted picots, using bugle or seed beads on the cross pieced with a faceted bead where they cross. Later on, when my fair projects are finished, I think I will do an M for my niece, Maribeth, and sew it onto a sweatshirt for a Christmas present.

If you are interested in the other letters my guild members are doing you can go to:

Monday, February 4, 2008

I got a surprise envelope in the mail over the weekend. Stacy Houston was looking over my blog and saw my confusion on one of the samples she sent me, so she sent me some color swatches of the thread she thinks she sent me. It was enough for me to make a positive identification of the thread color. My guess was off by 1 number. Here is a repost of the thread she sent me.

The thread is King Tut, Color 973. The pattern is from the April 1974 Workbasket.

Stacey also sent me some more King Tut in other colors to play with.
Thank you Stacey.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

These are the other two threads Sylvia Free from Penarth, Wales sent me.

This thread is Manuella Size 20, Color M053. The pattern is from the December 1962 Workbasket.

This last thread is Altin Basak Size 50, Color 3051. The pattern is from the May 1948 Workbasket. The thread is nice to work with, but the pattern was not very cooperative. That 2nd and 3rd round of chains puckered like crazy. It would probably look better if I had really blocked it, but being at work, all I could do was mash is under a couple of heavy manuals for a while.