Friday, April 24, 2015

Tourmaline is back

A freshly dyed batch of "Tourmaline" has been added to my Etsy shop! This color combination just seems so organic and goes with everything. It's one of my personal favorites!

Other news: my Shuttle Tatting Basics class on May 2 will be a "go"! Three students signed up, so my minimum is met, but there's room for more. You need to register NOW if you want to get a seat in the class, here's the link:

The class is in beautiful Shake Rag Alley at Mineral Point, WI. It's a wonderful place to "get away from it all" and learn a new skill in a peaceful, natural setting.

I don't have new tatting that I can show just now, but there is a big tatting project in the works that I will show when it's all done...spoilers! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pictures from Indiana Lace Day

Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, Indiana, the location of the Indiana Lace Day, April 11, 2015

Carol and her tatted Tardis doily - even more impressive in person!

Tatted Crystal Egg in the lace egg contest

Bobbin lace in progress by one of the Lacemakers

Lace-lovin' Librarian~Diane and Pat posed for a photo

 Artistic Easter eggs in a handmade basket

A bobbin lace project in progress, by one of the lacemakers
This was a wonderful event! I'm glad I came with Sue Anna. She did the driving - about 3 hours there and 3 hours coming back! Plus the driving I did from Milwaukee to Kenosha, which takes about 50 minutes. We had fun! Spring was noticeably farther along in Lafayette, with trees beginning to leaf out and magnolia trees blooming. In Milwaukee we only have crocuses and a few daffodils beginning to bloom, no leaves on any trees yet, and the grass is just starting to become green.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Craftsy's Sale

Through Sunday, April 12, Craftsy is having a "Get better at what you love to do sale". Hey, if you're a tatter you'll get why I'm happy that they put tatting in a promotional photo :)

Actually, there are wonderful instructors teaching on Craftsy teaching all sorts of classes, everything from fine art to gardening, weaving, cooking, sewing, etc. With Craftsy, you get access to hours of up-close, expert and engaging instruction in the comfort of your home. For example, I learned to make some wirework findings from Lisa Niven Kelly and Aga Kruk. They're 2 of my favorite instructors because they are so friendly and make learning a new skill fun. Start exploring the classes on sale using this link: 
(Since I'm an instructor on Craftsy, each time someone signs up for any Craftsy class from following the above link, I earn some $$.)

Wirework clasp I made, inspired by Craftsy jewelry making classes

Modeling the clasp on the finished bracelet

Tatted "Devotion" bracelet, my own pattern

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter greetings! Best wishes to all!

The bunny in the photo is handmade, very easy. I don't have a pattern, but here is how to do it:
The body is just 2 ovals, larger at the bottom (like a long egg). Sew the 2 ovals together, leaving an opening for stuffing, and turn right side out. Stuff the top (head end) with fiberfill, and then put in dried beans to give weight to the bottom third of the body. Sew the opening closed.
The ears are just one long piece: an ear shape on each end with a straight strip in between. Cut 2 pieces of the same fabric as  the body, sew, and turn right side out. Tie a knot in the straight part between the ears, and sew by hand to the top of the head.
Draw a face on the bunny with permanent makers. Cut a strip of colorful fabric, and tie around the bunny for a "bow tie". Finish with a small ribbon bow at the top between the ears. These bunnies can be different sizes for a whole family of bunnies :)

The egg in the photo is a satin egg from Handy Hands Tatting, with tatted lace pinned onto it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy International Tatting Day!

Tatting class at Tatting Corner November 2014

 The traditional activities of International Tatting Day, established some years ago by a gathering of tatters, are to eat chocolate and tat. Unfortunately this holiday has fallen on a very busy day for me, so no time for either - yet!

I did edit some new original patterns which I can't show yet...spoilers :) But, that's not really tatting, that's editing - typing in directions, re-sizing photos, checking abbreviations, etc. So much more work than actual tatting...whew!

Earlier this week I did finish a colorful pair of earrings and matching bracelet. Both patterns are in my book, Marilee's Beaded Tatting Finery. I got the purple wire that I had ordered, so I made a purple clasp for the bracelet.

Hand dyed a batch of "Gold Dust" thread yesterday (I tweaked the old recipe a bit) so will rinse that out today. I should have it listed in my Etsy shop within a few days.

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.