Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let's pretend part deux!!!

I'm at the fringe element tatdays Friday and Saturday.  If you are coming make sure to say hi. If you are some where else then let's pretend you're here by doing the following:
1. Tat something
2. Eat a wrap (the traditional Fringe tatday lunch) or chocolate
3.  Say "eh" at the end of your sentences
4. Toques are optional
5.  Take a pic and post it some where it the hashtag #fringetatdays #Tatting

P.S.  the cookies have nothing to do with the post....

P.S.S.  ....but they are yummy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Threader hoarder II

This is my collection of Karey Solomon size 10 threads.  As I'm looking at the pic I realize that I'm missing a bunch.  I'm still working on Renulek's 2016 spring napkin in size 10 (and 20) so I put a bunch of skeins with the doily.  The end result is that the pic is incomplete.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thread hoarder

I'm inspired by Diane of the lace loving librarian blog to lay out all my hand dyed thread by Karey Solomon (KS).  I have a collection and can't seem to resist adding to it.   So I'm taking pictures in the hope that I won't get doubles this coming weekend at the Fringe tatdays.
This is a collection of my size 20 KS threads but not a complete collection because some are in use. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

First the t-shirt...

I've chosen my tatdays t-shirt.  Its from palmetto tatdays 2014 Tatting, Tea, and Toffee.  I may have hit a little glitch because all my tatting stuff is currently at the cottage.  I put it all there to protect the thread from impending drywall doom. 
Fortunately, I do have Renulek's 2016 spring napkin with me.  Yes, I'm still working away at it.  That's another story.

Musskan's celebration of Tatdays is a beautiful bracelet,  more about the bracelet can be found here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pretend We're at Palmetto Tatdays

I'm not going to Palmetto tatdays this year....does anyone want to join me on Saturday for a "pretend I'm there session?"
This is what I suggest:
1. On Saturday wear one of your past tatday shirts (or designate a pretend tatday shirt if you have never attended)
2. Tat a pattern fron tatdays or one written by a past tatday teacher or an UFO from a tatting seminar.
If you are stuck you can look on my blog or on Jane's site for a pattern.
3. Eat Chocolate
4. Take a it to your Facebook site with #palmettotatdays or...share it with me...
5. Repeat on Sept 22 for the Fringe tatdays...#fringetatdays

For more information on the Palmetto Tatters Guild go to

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Post Canada Day Fun

I met up with Kelly Dunn on July 2nd to go to the Cobourg Waterfront Festival.  They have a huge artisan market there every year.  I don't remember how many years that Kelly and I have been going but its always fun.  This year we took the opportunity to pop into Artisanthropy now that it has a storefront.
I bought another clover bobbin shuttle and a shuttle case.  The sew mates fit into the clover shuttle cases so it will be filled pretty quick.  I have a lot of sew mates since I swapped my clover post shuttles for sew mates.
I also purchased some amazing hand dyed wool.  I officially off of buying any craft related stuff until the Fringe Element Seminar!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy 150th Canada!

In celebration of Canada's 150th I have a Maple Leaf pattern to share with you.  It is a Maple leaf made out of a series of triangle motifs.  I've give a couple different options for making it.  It is based of the Centennial Leaf and is originally a multicoloured leaf.  I will show a picture of the multicoloured leaf soon.  Hope you enjoy tatting it!
Happy Canada Day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

1st Rules....

Okay so the 1st rule of tatting with bobbins has to be: put the right bobbin with the right amount of thread on the shuttle.  Lesson learned...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Broke down

I broke down and purchased the new clover bobbin shuttle and the case that goes with it.  I blame the online tatting class and their review of the shuttle.  They made me do it.
I purchased my shuttle and case  online from Artisanthropy which has both an online store and a store front located in Cobourg, On.  They were one of the vendors at the Fringe Element Tatting Seminar last year and I love their colour palette.  Hopefully they will cary Lizbeth thread in the future.  I was surprised to find that they not only have the Clover bobbin shuttles but have free shipping on orders over $40 before tax.  Although there are great tatting stores online they are mostly in the US and its painful to get a package over the border and timing is unpredictable.  It took less than a week to for the order to arrive at my house and it was delivered to my door.  
I really like the idea of the tatting case with the slots for the different items.  It helps to keep things from tangling and the crochet hooks can't puncture the case.  It is lighter and thinner than the plastic pencil cases from the dollar store.   The shuttle itself feels like the traditional clover shuttle but a little bit bigger.  I have over used the post clover shuttle and now have issues gripping the clover post shuttle.  I didn't have that issue with the bobbin shuttle.  The bobbins are easy to use and they pop in and out with no issues.  I like the pic on the tip of the shuttle.  The design is overall a win and fits in with what you would expect from a clover shuttle.  I have to say that I find them pricey compared to other plastic shuttles.   Even though a bobbin shuttle allows you to change out bobbins so you can use one shuttle to do several projects the bobbins themselves are pricey compared to other bobbin plastic shuttles.  Overall its a good middle of the road type shuttle where you aren't spending a fortune but you get a really nice shuttle.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you're in Ottawa on Sunday

If you are in Ottawa this weekend and would like to see some lace the 29th Annual Lace Day is occuring on Sunday (and not Saturday like I keep telling people).  They have vendors and displays at the RA Center.  Its a great opportunity to get some tatting supplies.
Unfortunately they seem to coincide with the Finger Lakes Seminar every year so I miss it.  I will be in sunny Lodi this weekend for loads of tatting fun.  I've brought my favorite chocolates to celebrate International Tatting Day.  If you are heading there this weekend come over and say Hi!...I'll have mint chocolates from Laura Secord to share assuming I don't eat them all on the drive down.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Not as smart as I thought I was...

I joined to the wrong spot.  If you look at the picture you can see I skipped a chain and joined to the next one.  Unfortunately I'd already made the next ring so it was painful to think of undoing everything...
So I thought I'll use split chain technique in reverse to get to the join, redo the join and then use split chain technique to finish the chain.
Which works except...
How do you undo the join?  Couldn't figure that out so I ended up cutting the ball thread to undo the join and join to the right place.  I finished the chain using split chain technique.  Not quite the way I thought it would happen but I didn't need to retro tat the ring... So I was kinda SMRT

Monday, March 20, 2017

As requested...

Sorry I guess I wasn't thinking and it didn't occur to me yesterday that you might want to see the wrist warmer attempts.
This one of the wrist warmers.  I've done a few unmatched pairs because the tops are all slightly different.  There's still some changes to be made depending on the top of the wrist warmer.
They are suprisingly comfy.  If you've tried tatting with wool before you know that really fuzzy wool doesn't tend to work.  Its too hard to close the rings and it tends to break.  The alegria is more sturdy and less fuzzy than other types I've tried. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Alegria addiction

I've tatted myself to a standstill.  I've been addicted to tatting with this Manos del Uruguay yarn called Alegria.  Its a cozy superwash merino blend that I bought for a crochet project but ended up using it for tatting.  Cause I use everything for tatting.
Unfortunately there is a limit to how long my thumbs will cooperate.  No pictures yet but the yarn ended up being tatted wrist warmers. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Squirrel! Moment

This is my squirrel moment yesterday.  I wanted to measure how much thread is needed for a motif I'm teaching at The Great Lakes Lace Guild in May. So I wound 6 yards of this great green thread from Karey Solomon on the shuttle CTM with the ball of thread. I made the first ring and then went to stir a pot of soup.
I came back, got distracted organizing some other tatting stuff and realized that I needed to finish a completely different motif.  The green thread on the shuttle matched so I pick it up and started tatting.  I was on the second ring before it hit me I was using the 6 yards shuttle!  D'oh!
I debated retro tatting then decided to forge ahead.  The motif I actually finished (not the one I originally started) is for some kits I donate to the fundraiser at the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar.  So if your planning to attend bring a dollar for the kit.  I'm calling the project the rose bud snowflake (pic below).  You can't see from the picture but there is a diamond shaped gem in the middle.  Inspired by Diane's ice drops.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Split Chain Question

I'm a huge fan of split chains but I know others don't feel the same.  I like to use them as a design element but it brings up an interesting question- is it still a split chain if there is no split? 
If you look at the example below you can see that there are chains linking to the center ring.  Would you consider these split chains? And what about the ones made on shuttle 2 thread? I think of them as split chains because I still attach to a vsp and then tat back to the main line of tatting.  Just curious as to people's thinking on what makes a split chain.
Did I mention that I really like split chains?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Finally done!

I have finally finished what has seemed to be everlasting project!  These 4 doilies are for my business partner's (Sal) aunt in England.  They are for her to use in celebration of their spiritial leader's (the Aga Khan) diamond jubilee.  You can't see in the picture but I used preciosa crystals in the center and around the outside edge. 
I had some issues because I ordered thread that didn't come in time.  When I realised this was going to happen I adapted the original plan.  I changed the size of thread so I had less tatting to get to a certain size in a short period of time and used a readily available thread from the local yarn store.  The result is softer than Lizbeth thread but seems to suit the project.  Unfortunately I've developed at wicked case of tendonitis in my forearms.  I'm not sure but I think the higher quality Lizbeth thread would not have cased such a severe problem. 
I used Renulek's Spring Napkin 2015 as the base design and added a row of beaded mignonette tatting  around the outside. The final row is beads only.  I sewed 6mm and 3mm preciosa crystals into the center. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Pussy Hat Tatted Charm

As a tatter I felt a little left out of the fun of the Pussy Hat so I've come up with our own version to stick on your key chains, scissor fobs or purse.  Click on the link about for the pattern. Cheers!

Sorry about the crappy picture, its much cuter than it looks!