Thursday, March 26, 2015

Garden Afternoon

Just finished dyeing more "Garden Afternoon" thread and listed it in my Etsy shop! 

I've been slowly tatting the earrings to go with the bracelet that I'm tatting from the previous "Crocus" batch of hand dyed thread. Both are my original designs, patterns featured in this book. I'm not in a rush, since it occurred to me that now I've learned some basic wire techniques from Lisa Niven Kelly's class and from Aga Kruk's class on Craftsy, I should finish up the bracelet with unique purple findings that I made myself. So, I ordered some purple wire from Edward's Jewelry Supply on Etsy, and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I've already finished the ear wires, though, as can be seen in the picture. I stay with natural niobium for those, because it's hypoallergenic.

If you're looking for a scenic spring vacation destination that includes a learn to tat class in a relaxing, rustic setting, how about my class coming up on May 2 in Shake Rag Alley? Still a few seats left in the class as of this writing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New pattern! "Devotion" Tatted Jewelry Set

People have asked, here it is!

It's my original design that was featured in the magazine "Belle Armoire Jewelry" Winter 2015. This is a more detailed version, with complete directions and diagrams for the bracelet and earrings as well as the necklace motif. Instant download for sale on Etsy and Craftsy.

The 9 page file includes: 
  • Written instructions in English for necklace, bracelet, and earrings
  • List of supplies needed, 
  • In-progress photographs, 
  • Diagrams with stitch counts 

This pattern has been designed for shuttle tatting. It may be needle tatted, but the directions only show shuttle tatting. 
By the way, I teach an online shuttle tatting video course on Craftsy: 

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Crocus" colors in hand dyed thread

These vigorous spring colors were inspired by crocus flowers. No crocuses in bloom around here yet but looking forward to seeing them any day now. They come in bright yellow and various shades of purple, with orange stamens and narrow, bright green leaves, so I put those colors in thread.

Started a bracelet with my new thread :) 
The design is my own, inspired by the dimensional look of Ankars but is not Ankars method, just tatting with the beads worked in while making. The pattern is called Concoction and is found in my book, Marilee's Beaded Tatting Finery

I have just enough purple beads left to make matching earrings. But, I like that purple very much, so I guess I'll have to buy more! They're Czech pearl-coated glass druk, one of my favorite types of beads to use in tatted jewelry.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Winners!

 Thank you very, very much to everyone that commented on the giveaway post. Your wonderful warm comments actually thawed much of the snow outside! Crocus plants are beginning to emerge!

Winners chosen by random number generator are Maria and Stephanie, and emails have been sent. Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Extremely Very Early Spring Giveaway

So far the only sign of spring here in Wisconsin is that the sunlight is strong enough to melt some snow even when the air temperature is still below freezing. But it's time for a giveaway!!!

You have a chance to win one of the 2 prize packages pictured, by leaving one comment on this post. Make sure that there's a way for me to contact you if you win, either a blog ID or an email address.

I'll draw 2 names at random on Tuesday, March 10. Each prize package will include 2 tatting pattern books written by me, 4 skeins of hand dyed thread size 20, 2 skeins of hand dyed thread size 80, and an original tatted bracelet handmade by me. 

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Brilliant Sunset

 A new hand dyed thread batch, "Brilliant Sunset" has been added to my Etsy shop. These bright colors really cheer me up while I'm getting very tired of these dreary cold winter days. Usually about now I do my annual "Extremely Very Early Spring" giveaway, but since I've seen absolutely no sign of spring whatsoever around where I live, it'll have to wait a little longer.

Meanwhile I can't resist leaking just a hint of a few "spoilers" about what I've been quietly working on. I have a very big project in the works that involves designing and writing up several new patterns, so that's why I'm sort of quiet lately. Can't say what they're for yet and can't post photos until closer to summer...spoilers! ;)

The butterfly necklace in progress below is my own design (well, actually inspired by a vintage pattern but I added changes and the beads to it). If you would enjoy the challenge of tatting your own, the pattern is in my book Boutique Tatting. I will post another photo of the necklace when it is done, It's for a custom order. I don't do many custom orders, because hand dyeing thread for my shop takes so much of my time, but occasionally someone makes me an offer that I can't refuse. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New free original pattern! "Melt Into Spring" snowflake tatted with daisy picots

Click HERE to download the PDF of my "Melt Into Spring" snowflake pattern, it's a free gift for you!

This original design uses the techniques of ring, chain, join, lock join, picot, daisy picot, reversing chains, shoelace trick, and Josephine knots. 

I used a colorful thread and white because it seems to give the effect of spring colors breaking through the snow, but of course the design can be made in any colors. My sample in size 20 measures about 4 inches (10 cm) from tip to tip, and another in size 50 is 3.25 inches (8.2 cm).

I hope you'll enjoy the pattern! I worked very hard on it. Feel free to post photos of your finished snowflakes online, I'd love to see them! But to share the pattern itself, please link to this blog post. Thank you!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Longing for a "Garden Afternoon"

 Around here the winter season will last a long time yet. Brightly colored thread seems to make spring hurry along...or, is it just wishful thinking?

The project in progress is my original and has a center tatted from my new batch of "Garden Afternoon" hand dyed thread. The colorful center motif is actually only one tatted ring with Daisy Picots. Jane Eborall has a good tutorial for Daisy Picots on her website. I don't know if there is a single "inventor" of this technique, or if the names of the people credited on the instructions discovered it simultaneously, or if that information is lost in the mists of time. I like Daisy Picots because it seems that more of them can be packed together in a smaller space than normal chains, and they're fun to do! I plan to explore the technique more. 

First, though, I'll finish the may be sort of a snowflake, but a colorful one!