Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Midnight disaster

I woke up at midnight last night to my dog barking furiously.  Kneessa spent the next few minutes trying to convince me that the plant stand was a dangerous hazard.  That's why she had to kill it. I've cleaned up a little in the picture but there was bits of my poor plant all over the floor.  Apparently it was a viscous plant.  Its amazing the amount of damage a 5lb dog can do in a short time.
I should have made a bigger deal out of it but instead I went back to sleep.  I will regret it later.  She is convinced that everything in the house is for her chewing pleasure including thread.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In process...

The earings in Nina Libin kit I won at the fringe weekend was also part of the online tatting class this week. I usually read the class notes because I can never manage to get to Class on my laptop. My iPhone on the other hand is a technological marvel and I made it with no issues. Not in time for the needle tatting class (what I was trying to sign on for) but once I finally got there I stuck around. So when they added Nina's pattern as a surprise I took it as a sign and ran to get the kit.
I forgot how tricky metallic thread can be. I have one earring done but it's a little lopsided. I made a mistake on how many beads are used in the first chain but didn't realize in time to fix it. It's tricky to retro tat metallic thread so I carried the mistake through the pattern. (after teasing Ginny Weathers for doing the same with my shoe pattern, sorry Ginny)
I don't think the extra beads made it lopsided. I think the swirl join is too tight so it pulls everything in the direction of the join or I might have made the other picots too big. I'm not sure. I'll see what happens with the second earring.
Thank God the kit comes with the beads already strung, there's About 400 beads on the earrings!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Weekend was over too fast!

I had a great time in Cambridge, Ontario this weekend with the Fringe Element Tatters.  I'm sorry that I have no pictures of the event to share with you but look at what I won at the live Auction!
I've been dying to buy this book!

The only thing that would have made this package
better would have been Nina herself.  So happy!

Thanks for all your congratulations and encouragement over my book.  I've sent 12 copies home with the gang from ZigZag Corner.   The patterns all use size 40 thread and I made all the samples with Lizbeth thread.