Friday, April 29, 2016

Silver tatted pendant and "Stonehill Wine" hand dyed thread

 For this pendant, I combined tatting with a metal frame that I made myself from argentium silver wire. I chose argentium silver because it is tarnish resistant, and I like how it looks with the blue colors in this free-form tatting of hand dyed thread. The tatting is simple: random Josephine rings and normal tatted rings, with the "stem" made using encapsulation technique. I wire wrapped the tatting and a few beads onto the frame after the tatting was done.

New batch of "Stonehill Wine" hand dyed thread is now listed in my Etsy shop!

Next class coming up: I'll be teaching more beginners how to tat at Shake Rag Alley on May 7. It's a pretty and relaxing place to visit! For planning ahead, at the same location I'll teach an Intermediate Tatting class later this year.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tatting pattern "Fantasy Flower" now in my Etsy shop

 This is the pattern that I taught at Finger Lakes, but upgraded to 3 pages. At Finger Lakes it had only 2 pages with less photos. I realized while teaching, that more in-progress photos were needed to show the process, since people buying the pattern online wouldn't have me there to demonstrate how it was done.

The pattern is for sale in my Etsy shop, as well as my Craftsy pattern store.

It's a one shuttle and ball thread pattern. 3 colors of size 10 are what I used, but someone in my class at Finger Lakes used size 20 for a daintier flower. A needle tatter successfully followed the pattern there, too.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wonderful trip to Finger Lakes tatting conference

Tatting classes in session! There were a lot of people there, and the hall was filled! I was thrilled to meet so many tatters. Some faces I recognized from other tatting events.

There were tatting vendors lining 3 walls with tatting treasures! This photo only shows some of the products displayed by one of them.

An entrepreneurial genius, Sharon, brought her swift and ball winder and offered a winding service for hand dyed thread. Several vendors, including me, sold our hand dyed in between classes.

The food was all home cooked, and absolutely delicious! We also had brownies and ice cream!

My classes were the largest I've ever taught, about 15 students each. The project of a 3D flower wasn't finished in class, but the photo above shows one partially done.

The Finger Lakes area has a lot of natural beauty. This is one of the breath-taking waterfalls.

After the Tatting Conference, my husband Jan and I visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A fabulous vacation all around!

Jan in front of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Me at Mickey Mantle's locker.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Preparing for Finger Lakes Tatting Conference

The Finger Lakes Tatting Conference is next week, and I'll be teaching there! The "Fantasy Flower" is the project that I'm teaching.

I'm currently preparing step-outs, or samples in various stages of completion, to help the participants understand the structure of how the flower shape develops. There's about 15 people in each class! Mostly all experienced tatters, so I've been told. Even so, a very large class for tatting.

I've been experimenting with the live video craze on Periscope, but with dismal (blurry, pixelated) results. I've tried better lighting, but that didn't help. So, I've come to the conclusion that the Internet speed available at my location just isn't fast enough for live broadcast. I'll continue to make regular (not live) videos instead.

Looking forward to meeting many tatters at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tatting an Onion Ring from the back side

If doing a project using front side / back side tatting, sometimes an onion ring will need to be tatted from the back side. Tat the inner ring using reverse order double stitches (2nd half first, 1st half second).

Bring the shuttle thread behind the ring, then start tatting the outer ring, also with reverse order double stitches.

When doing the join, pull a loop of the thread from the working circle OVER the shuttle thread and through the picot.

Make sure that the loop isn't twisted, then put the shuttle through.

Tighten the join as you would any normal join. Then, continue tatting reverse order double stitches.

Close the outer ring, keeping it behind the inner ring.

The completed onion ring from the back side.

The completed onion ring from the front side.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hand dyed "Leafy" and "Stardate"

The "Leafy" batch is subtly shaded medium leaf greens, which are always useful to compliment showier flower colors. "Stardate" is an out of this world amazingly vibrant combo.

I'm tatting and photographing new things like mad, but can't show any of that at present. A publisher offered me the opportunity to do a book, I've got classes coming up, so I'm busy busy! More details later.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Giveaway Winners!

The random number generator came up with #15 Stringy Dogs, #98 Fiona, and #60 Anne. I've sent emails to these winners,

Thanks very much to everyone who commented! I enjoyed reading them all very much. It's really encouraging to keep on blogging!

Someone mentioned that they wished I was "closer to Chicago". Well, the "Tollway Tatters" group meets at the Hinsdale Oasis in the Chicago area. Follow Lace-Lovin' Librarian's blog for announcements about the Tollway Tatters.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Extremely Very Early Spring Giveaway

"Stardate" set

"Pansy" set

"Pond" set
Snow is still in the forecast where I live, but leaf tips from springtime flowers are beginning to emerge from the ground. 

Time for a giveaway!

For a chance to win a matching set of 5 sizes of hand dyed thread (Sizes 10, 20, 40, 80, and embroidery floss) plus a copy of my book "Tatted Jewelry", leave one comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway. Three winners will be chosen at random on Leap Year Day, Monday, February 29. Be sure there's a way for me to contact you if you win, either a blog I.D., or an email address, otherwise I'll just draw the next name.

Readers of this blog from outside of the U.S.A. are welcome to enter this giveaway. The package will be marked "gift".