Monday, August 25, 2008

Necklace design in progress

This is the first row of a necklace design that I am working on. The beads are pre-strung, and are visible on the shuttles. I am in the process of tatting a string of split rings, and after a few more of those, will turn the work to tat the next row of the necklace. The neck cord will be added after the main area of the necklace is finished.

Hopefully it will turn out nicely enough to include in the book. I am about done with 21 pages, and expect the finished book to be around 28 pages.

Monday, August 18, 2008


I will be on vacation from Aug. 19 through Aug. 23.
Hard to believe that summer is almost over!

Friday, August 15, 2008

"Pizzazz" is back

Bright 'n cheery!

The tatting in the photo is the center started of my "Holly Snowflake" - anyone remember that one? I need to tat it again, because I gave away the original, and the pattern is going into the book!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Just a little tiny peek

It's going to be in the book! It will be a design that should work for three different projects...bracelet, bookmark, or even possibly a hair scrunchie type of thing.
I am truly sorry to have to keep you in suspense - no one wishes more than I do that this book was done already! Oh my, soooo much work! I was wishing it could have been done by now, but I have about 5 or 6 more patterns that I want to put in. The print shop has given a price quote that should result in a reasonably priced book with lots of color photos (I am taking my own photos), so now all that is left is to get done.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

IOLI Convention!

Sooooo exciting!!! I got to tat with Georgia Seitz!!! Had lunch with Tat-man!!!

Met so many other wonderful lacemaking folks as well - such a full, delightful day!

I was impressed by the art glass work combined with tatting, and the electroformed enamel and copper tatting by Jennifer Halvorson.

Got to see - close up - loads and loads of beautiful handmade lace, both antique and contemporary. Many beautiful examples of lace artistry, including some works by Janice Blair.

Shopped at table after table of fabulous arrays of lacemaking goodies from outstanding artisans and sensational shops.

Watched gorgeous lace in the process of being made.

What a memorable experience! So glad that I was able to attend this major event, with the very pleasant company of the lovely ladies of the Lighthouse Lacers guild.

Many thanks and high praise for a job well done to the Land of Lincoln Lacemakers for hosting the 2008 Convention of the International Old Lacers, Inc.

Thanks also to Kate Henry, who graciously allowed me to take some photos of her beautiful collection of 18th century lace.