Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bobbin Lace Butterfly

Since learning to tat, I haven't done any bobbin lace, so I decided to start a project. I'm to the 2nd large filling now, but I broke threads on 2 bobbins! So, it's retrolacing to uncover enough of the broken threads to attach new ones. This is Russian tape lace done the way it's done in Vologda. It's pretty slow going, because there are many, many sewings, but it's never boring as there are plaits & picos, false plaits, leaves, and turns to keep you busy.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tea Towel Edging

I tatted this edging with Lizbeth #153 Rainbow Taffee, & attached it with the same thread using a button hole stitch to give it a bright & cheery look. It goes with my Fiesta dinnerware.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Demonstrating Lace at Arbor Lodge

Every fall, The Lincoln Lacemakers Demonstrate Lace at Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City. It's a real treat to make lace in a historical museum!

We were located in one of the many bedrooms on the 2nd floor of the mansion.

Picture #1 shows our sign & part of Sandy's very extensive collection of antique shuttles.
Picture #2 shows my tatting, heart necklaces, some of my favorite shuttles & some of Sandy's tatting on the left.
Pic #3 is Sandy's tatting.
Pic #4 is Dot's lovely bobbin lace bookmarks & coasters.
Pic #5 is Dot's bobbin lace bookmark in progress.
Pic #6 is Sandra's bobbin lace flower in progress.
Pic #7 is Sandra working on her flower bobbin lace
Pic #8 is Sandy tatting a little zigzag bag.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No Tatting This Tuesday

Well, the shuttles are on hold as I integrate a new member into the fam. Meet Axle our new Chinese Crested little manny!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tatting Tea Tuesday

It's been such a long time since I updated my blog. I've been doing some tatting, & finally have some pics.

I still haven't learned to do single shuttle split rings, so haven't tried Anne's dragon, so I was ecstatic to find the Seahorse Dragon pattern designed by Debbie Arnold and Anne Bruvold! It's an easy pattern even I can do!

Here's a pic of the first one I've done in Lizbeth sz 20. The pattern can be found here:
Seahorse Dragon
 I've also started a Grandmother's Flower Patch doily. The doily is in the book Tatting a 4 Square Ring. I found the book at Handy Hands Tatting .

Here's the first hexagon:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Been Away Too Long

Wow! I've been away from my blog waaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. I'm still out here, & I'm still tatting.

I've been busy on the week-ends doing tatting demos with The Lincoln Lacemakers. It's always a fun time. We did demos at Rock Creek Station ( a Pony Express station,) Homestead National Monument & next we'll be at Arbor Lodge. I love tatting in these historical locations, especially Arbor Lodge where you really step back in time making lace in a quiet room in the beautiful, old mansion.

I decided to see if I could sell any of my tatted pendants. I'm happy to say, "Yes, I can!" I sold one at a craft fair where I was selling my handmade soaps & bath & body products, & I sold one to a lady who was admiring the one I'd given my sister. I purchased a nice display to showcase them, so let's see if I can sell any while I'm demo'ing.

No pics this time, but I have some to download from my camera. I'll post them later.

Wow! I was so surprised when I tried to find The Shuttle Shop! Their website is no more. I did reach Erin by email thank goodness!!! While demo'ing at Homestead, a fellow tatter was admiring my SS shuttle. Her daughter later came over & asked if I could order one of the shuttles her mom was admiring, for her mom's birthday was in Nov. I said I could, so my heart dropped when I couldn't find the SS website. I'm so happy that I was able to order the shuttle for her after all.

On the flip side of that. I've been drooling over The Shuttle Shop's inlaid sunflower shuttle since it first was offered. I always told myself not this year, maybe next. Well, I decided THIS YEAR I'd better get it ordered. Who knows how long Erin will continue to make shuttles?

Then, I decided to search etsy to see if there were any new shuttles there. Wowza!!! Was I surprised to see those beautiful silver shuttles by LadyShuttlemaker, & some new acrylic tensioning shuttles by Craig!! OK, so I ordered one of Craig's - the 2-tone purple one. LadyShuttlemaker's is on my wish list which I'll be giving to DH soon! LOL! Can one have too many shuttles? I'm beginning to feel just a wee bit guilty, just a weentsy wee bit.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tatting Tea Tuesday

This Tatting Tea Tuesday finds us still with lots of snow on the ground. I woke up to some beautiful mornings as we've also had fog every day. The ice-covered trees made me stop for a few minutes & take some deep breaths of the cold, crisp, clean air.

I'm about to enjoy one of my favorite teas this evening. Bigelow's Constant Comment. The tea cup was a gift from an exchange partner a couple years ago. This tea & me go waaaaaaaaay back to my hippy days. Maybe I'll put on some patchouli perfumed oil & enjoy my cuppa, along with my tatting & some fond memories of days of complete freedom.

I have a new tatting book & some new thread. The thread is very vintage-looking, but is one of the Lizbeth sz 40 threads. I'm working on one of the edgings. Unlike the other handkerchiefs I did, this one gets the edging attached while you're tatting it. A bit tricky at first, but once I figured it out, I was less clutsy about it. LOL!

Happy TTT to you all!