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I retired early because my legs don't like holding me up for too long. So now I can do things in my own time. I like to sell things at farmers market. Most of which, I've made myself, e.g. homemade soap, crochet dish cloths, hand towels, baby afghans and of course,..tatting.

Monday, 24 December 2012

So Little Time So Many Pretty Ornaments

My last ornament of the season. This is from Be Stitched. Sorry the picture is a bit blurry. I scanned it and and beads held the lid open.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Some new Christmas things

I'm being told my last pictures didn't show up. I think I know why. I tried to just copy and paste them from Intatters. So, I'll try again.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Tidy threads

I borrowed one of my daughters hair clips to demonstrate a way to hold your thread ends. They do come in smaller sizes than this, but this is all I had to work with. You open them by pushing the middle. And close them by pushing them down.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Second Glass Mat

This is my second attempt at the Glass Mat. It went smoother this time, but I still mess up. I need to apply lots of concentration to this and that's not always available. I did find a better way to take out rings, so that helps.

Friday, 30 November 2012

First try at the glass mat

This is my first attempt at Mary Konior's glass mat, in her book Tatting with Visual Patterns. It was a challenge for me. First problem, I just used some cheap white thread, not singed. And it even had a thick spot. Every time I had to undo a ring, it broke. And I made lots of errors in the pattern. It requires good concentration. But, please don't be discouraged, if you want to make it. I'm on muscle relaxers for my back and I always watch TV when I tat. All that, and I can't wait to make another one.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A pretty find

I obtained this from a friend who just had it tucked away. She doesn't know anything about it. I think the work is gorgeous. The tatting is meticulous. Unfortunately, the joins are frayed. I plan to put fray check on the joins and hope to restore it. 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sarah's Bracelet

This little cutie is from Sarah of beforeourtime.shutterfly.com. I started it while doing my Christmas Farmers market this past Saturday.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

More snow and a little angel

It's snowing out, so I've got some more snowflakes ready for Saturday's Christmas market. And, a little angel too.


Friday, 16 November 2012

Snowflake doodad, revamped

Lace-loving Librarian was kind enough to allow me to revamp her pattern. I'd like to teach this snowflake, so I wrote it "old school" for newbies.

Clover Leaf Snowflake
R 4-4-4-4
R 4+4-4-4. Repeat this row, 4 times.
R 4+4-4+4. Cut and tie.
*R 7-4-3. R 3+4-1-1-4-3. R 3+4-7.
Ch 7+7 (joined to center p of first motif)
Repeat from *5 more times.
Cut and tie to base of first clover.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Alberta snowflake

Here's one more BIG snowflake. I found some #10 cotton that has sparkle already on it. I had to give it a whirl.

Heavy Snowfall

I made a few snowflakes and then put some sparkle on them. They are for our Christmas farmers market this month.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Black and White hat


My mom wanted me to do white on black, as she feels it would be popular. This hat has an added feature. It's got little LED lights in the front of the cap. I want to make more, but they will be colors. I like colors.The braid is from Jane's bookmark. I started the butterfly from The Gentle Art of Tatting Things We Love by Patricia Ann Rizzo. I did her butterfly body, but struggled with the wings she'd designed. So I made my own wings.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Crinoline Lady

This is Crinoline Lady, from Pam Palmer's "Tatting Treats Two" The color is Lizbeth Boysenberry dk #644. I was able to get a nice gradient background from GRSties. That's a free site where you can obtain prints for backgrounds. Such nice folks. I still need to tat some flowers around on the ground to imply a garden. Anyone have any thoughts?

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tatted Cross Bookmark

While I was visiting my mom (150 miles away) she asked me if I would tat a cross bookmark as a gift for a friend of hers. Mom has lots of very old, and some less old, Workbasket books. This was in the April 1955 book. I was able to do one for her, so I made another when I got home.

Monday, 17 September 2012

No longer faceless

My friend, who's buying this angel, asked for a face. So there she is. I think I've seen some Chinese candy that has a face like that.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Angel

Well, there she is all set for a long journey to Australia. Here's my question. Should she have eyes and a mouth?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Butterfly cap

The butterflies on the brim are from Barb Foster. The one on the crown is from sarahwood8. She doesn't know the original source but is hoping someone will know. The thread is Lizbeth "Ocean Sunset" #155. I am happy with the end result. We'll see if it sells tonight.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wee Dragonfly

Here's a pattern for my own "Wee Dragonfly."
Head Split ring 10/10
Split Ring 3 ds, picot (1 1/2 inches long) 3 ds/3ds picot (1 1/2 inches long) 3 ds,
Split ring 6/6.
Split 6/6.
Tie ends and put a dab of "Fray Check" on the knot. Cut. Use the ends of the top thread for an antenna.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Dimpled Hearts on a Chain

I got this pattern from MercyPres. It's slated to go on a cap brim. Her's is so cute, I was inspired to make one also.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Megan's give away.

http://meganchamberlain-essentialbears.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/giveaway-miniature-bear-called-floss.html
This is Megan Chamberlain's site for an adorable little bear, that's she's giving away. Her name is  Floss. She's such a cutie.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Regal Heart

This is Regal Heart from Teri Dusenbury's book. It's not precisely as her instructions are written. I'm a flip and chain kinda gal. This heart is slated for another cap.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Queen of Hearts

This is Queen of Hearts from Teri Dusenbury's book, Tatting Hearts. It's not my best work.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Jane's Bookmark Hat

I was making Jane's bookmark with Lizbeth Ocean Sunset, and was really enjoying the pattern. So I kept going until I had a piece long enough for a cap. Hence, a Jane's bookmark cap.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Jane's Bookmark

This bookmark was named for Jane Eborall and Jane McLellan. It's an adaption and modernization of a braid pattern from Anna Burda. I really enjoyed making the pattern. I've already started another one. The tail is all split rings and a little medallion.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Dragonfly

This little guy is from the book The Gentle Art of Tatting Things We Love, by Patricia Ann Rizzo.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Black and gold Spiral bookmark

I'm still enjoying making these. So many colors, so little time. I tried an onion ring on the flower. Not my best work. Oh well, I know now what Jane hates them.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

More Spiral Bookmarks

Here are three more spiral bookmarks. I'm still having fun with them. The black and white one is particularly different. On the clovers, I added a tiny picot so I could attach them along the sides. That made them stay in their places better. And on the tail I did a spiral. It's just one half of the stitch for the whole way.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Spiral bookmarks after stiffining

There, that looks a little better.

Spiral Bookmarks

These aren't stiffened yet. I hope to do that right away and then I hope they dry in time to take to Farmers Market this afternoon. They have been adapted from edging #1, page 23 in Tatting Doilies and Edgings, Dover Press, edited by Rita Weiss. I've enjoyed making them and plan to make more with some of my new Lizbeth.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Silver Plated shuttle

This is my latest addition to my shuttle family. My hubby and I were at a museum at Fort Steele, British Columbia. There are several buildings, and some of them had things for sale. My hubby spotted this brass, silver plated shuttle. Now here is the odd part. On the other side of it was a metal loop for putting it on a chain. The lady who was manning that part of the museum was very interested in learning to tat. So I opened the package and she handed me some thread and I gave her a demo. Unfortunately, it was a very awkward demo, as the loop was keeping it from sliding nicely. Some snipping and sanding and it was free of that bit. I bought it mostly because it looks so nice. I prefer bobbin shuttles, but I will use it some.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Sea Horse Table runner

My aqua size instructor likes my Sea Horses. She bought two and incorporated them onto a table runner as a birthday gift for her mother.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Girlie Girl butterfly

Here's a butterfly made with black and Lizbeth Girly Girl.

Big Doily

I made this about 12 years ago, when I first learned to tat. It was a Christmas present for my mother-in-law. When she passed away, in 2008, I got it back. Recently, I cleaned it and went to work and pushed out all the picots in the rings. What a job.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Another Butterfly

I saw where Janet Smith had made a blue butterfly. I liked it a lot, so I made one too. I'm going to try something different with the head on the next one.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Christmas Hearts butterfly

I made another butterfly using Anne Bruvold's Christmas heart. This time, I didn't put any picots on the center section, except where I wanted to attach it. Next time, I think I will put picots at the bottom, center part. I've already started another one. But, another time, I'd like to extend the top, far corners of the wings, a little. It had been awhile since I'd done one of these, and I struggled with the SCMR in the first two. Not so much the SCMR, but how I was going to attach the little ring that extents from the SCMR, to the Rc picot. Finally, got it right on the third heart.


Monday, 14 May 2012

Romantic Heart

This Heart was designed by Birgit and Beelizabeth wrote the pattern. There are some errors in the pattern, but they can be detected as long as a person watches the picture. I did make one mistake. But, I accomplished a split chain and a split ring.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Split chain

Jane gave me this site to learn the split chain. It is the best. I've watched it several times and my first tries were a little messy. But you soon learn that you want to keep the ds over to the left. And you leave the first half a little loose. Then you pull the second half to tighten the first then pull the shuttle to tighten the second half.
The next row is going to be a heart. I'll show it again when I'm finished.
Here's the site for Maire's instruction on the easiest way to do split chains.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx5AMqmPxoA

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

Tea Pot

I made this for my mother's Mother's Day card. Now I hope it makes it on time.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A Little Motif

I sent a pic of this to Handy Hands. I think it would be nice in a variegated thread.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Tatted Heart (valentine)

This pattern is from "free tatting patterns" It was confusing. I got some help from Patty D (thank you Patty), for part of it. That helped a lot. They should have said to use two shuttles. And it would have been better if it had been in actual numerical order. That's where Patty came in.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Froggies

These guys are from Pam Palmer's book Tatting Treats 2. The all  green one is the first one I tried and he has a small mistake. So I tried again. I needed some variety, so froggie 2 has a bit of pizazz. I dreamed up the little dragon flies myself, as I needed little ones.