Saturday, October 30, 2010

Loominosity show

Handmade jewelry by various artists
This years's Loominosity was a group exhibit and sales event covering 4 days, organized by two guilds: the Wisconsin Handweavers and the Loose Bead Society.

Some of my tatted jewelry was in the sale, and I demonstrated tatting on Saturday.

Later that afternoon I was surprised to meet Sue Anna of Sue Anna's blog! She is an absolutely wonderful lady! (Tatters are such nice people!) Not only did she make the trip to come see me at this event, she brought gifts! Thank you, Sue Anna!
Sue Anna's gifts - shuttle and tatted bookmark
Sue Anna and Marilee

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tatted necklaces, upcoming shows

Two art/craft shows are coming up for me, so I'm trying to finish more things to display. "Celeste" is a new necklace design I came up with last week. It occurred to me that tatted connectors would be a fun thing to try. I joined the necklace parts with jump rings, short pieces of chain, and ribbon for an eclectic arrangement. The connector design seemed suitable for matching earrings.
The first show is Loominosity in New Berlin, Wisconsin. I'll be participating as a member of the Loose Bead Society, and I plan to be demonstrating tatting with beads on Saturday, October 30.

The other show is the Holiday Artisan Market at Discovery World, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 4 and 5. I'll have my own booth at that show, so I am working hard to complete enough unique tatted jewelry for a well stocked display.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Purple Glory

I've learned that Morning Glory flowers come in several colors. And, I've learned that the purple variety is impossible to photograph in true color with my camera :(

The bottom photo is the closest I was able to get to capturing the flower in its true purple shade, using a borrowed camera.

What I'm trying to say is I was so inspired by the color (which you can't see!) that I dyed a batch of thread to capture the colors of that flower. The hand dyed thread does come pretty close to the bright deep pink and purples I see!

My photos of the thread are fairly good, but those darn flowers - I just had to put them in the photos, anyway. Then I added this rather lame statement to most of the listings, "Inspired by the bright pink to dark violet colors of a purple variety of Morning Glory flowers. (The flowers photographed showing blue, but there is no blue in this batch.)"

Confused yet??

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lighthouse Lacers all handmade lace tree

My tatted atom got made up in white, and added to the Lighthouse Lacers Christmas tree project, which will be donated to a raffle. More info about the tree is on the Lighthouse Lacers web page.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I joined the Tatters Junction

"Tatter's Junction" is a new blog with many authors that was started by the same amazing lady who runs the "25 Motif Challenge" and "Tatting Books". To explain it, I'll just quote from the site:
"...a place where tatters can shout about the things they create and tell us where to buy it. It's a place for sellers of tatting and threads and shuttles can strut their stuff. It's a meeting place where sellers can advertise their tatting related wares and tell buyers where they can buy it. It's a place where buyers can come and find the perfect tatting related thing they are looking for and find information of where to get it."
Take a look at the "Tatters Junction" rules.

By the way, I just finished another batch of "Knitty Gritty" hand dyed thread, and it's now listed in my Etsy Shop.