Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Event coming up

This coming weekend I'll have a booth at the Discovery World Holiday Artisan Market, details on the flyer above.

I'm frantically working away at more tatted jewelry, such as these boomerang earrings in progress. I also have a couple of hand dyed thread batches in the works, and I'll be selling my books there, too.

If you're in the area at the time, do stop by. It's a fun event, and the Discovery World Museum is amazing to see!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Women of Influence

Sue Anna, Lace-lovin' Librarian Diane, Marilee

Diane, new tatting student Jean, Sue Anna

Diane showing Jean how to unwind a skein of hand dyed thread

Amazing gifts from Diane! Handmade bag, matching blinged shuttles, and Christmas thread.

Fabulous gifts from Sue Anna! Lizbeth thread and thread storage bobbins.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Tourmaline" on a cloudy November day

New hand dyed thread batch of "Tourmaline". Some of the dye colors that I used in the original batches I can no longer get, so I've had to substitute. The colors turned out pretty good, actually, but I had a hard time capturing them in photos because today was so cloudy and dark here. I used a fluorescent lamp as lighting for the Tourmaline photos.

Yesterday, I tatted the "Atom" in a bright peach color. It's some Flora brand thread I had laying around, and the color was so screamingly outrageous  I figured it would make a very cool atom! I paired it with Swarovski crystals in their "Hyacinth" orange and a peachy satin neck cord.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bragging rights

Screen shot taken 10:30 am

A screen shot of the front page
Hey, this morning my Tatted Jewelry book got #1 spot in the beading and jewelry section of Annie's Attic!

By the way, did you know that Annie's Attic also offers the book as an instant download PDF.

Other sources of the printed book include Handy Hands Tatting, and Lacis. Both of these companies offer International shipping, which Annie's Attic doesn't.  It's also in my Etsy shop, and I'll sign it for you if you ask, otherwise I just slip a small notepaper in with my signature. Currently that's what I've been doing for all my books.

I think you would brag too, if it were your book (happy grin), so get your designs written up, it could be your book next!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Clean up, and on to the next show

 It was inspiring and fun to participate at the "Jewelry at the Domes" show, and the next art show that I'm in is already just 3 weeks away! The postcard above gives the details for that one, the Holiday Artisan Market at Discovery World.

Middle photo at left is of some unfinished pieces that I made while demonstrating. I also made a number of "one ring butterflies" to give away free to people who showed interest, but sometimes I got so excited talking to people that I forgot to give them one. 2 people in the Loose Bead Society now want to learn how to tat, and another woman said she would email me. I also have another new student already scheduled for a lesson on November 30.

I did have sales! Maybe I missed a few by not being able to process a credit card. I do have the "Square" app on my iPod touch, but there was no wi-fi in the building, so I couldn't use it. No, I can't afford a "smart phone" on my income as an artist.

I had to restrain myself from spending all my profits at the Domes show! I only made one purchase, and it's shown in the bottom photo. Aren't they beautiful? The lovely young woman who made these is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met. Notice the tag says, "Jewelry by Jaws" and yes, that is how they are made. You will find out why at her website, JewelryByJaws.com. Take a look.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tatted Jewelry at the Domes

Here I am with my display. I'll be there from 9am to 4pm again today. If you're in the area, please stop by! Lots of beautiful jewelry by many talented artists, plus you get to see the incredible trees, flowers, and plants of all sorts inside the domes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Another show this coming weekend

I'll have more tatted jewelry in the first-ever Jewelry at the Domes show. Details are on the postcard scan above.

The necklace shown at left is one of my new items that will be there. Some tatted jewelry items have been disappearing from my Etsy shop, because of being sold at the previous show, or being sent to a magazine for a photo shoot and future article...I'll announce which magazine when the contract is signed...soon. It looks like another good opportunity to publicize tatting and I'll reveal more when all is settled.

I'll be dyeing more thread after the show, to restock the rapidly dwindling supply in my Etsy shop. I really need to concentrate on getting more jewelry made this week.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tatted Jewelry at "Loominosity"

Me with my newly published book!

Jewelry displays at the "Loominosity" show

 These photos were all taken at the "Loominosity" Exhibit and Sale, a 4 day event showcasing the artwork of the members of 2 guilds, the Loose Bead Society and the Wisconsin Handweavers. Something tatted can be found in each of the photos.

I also had a new tatting student come for her first lesson. She was so enthusiastic about learning to tat, she gave me this beautiful felted bag that she made!
Gift from my new tatting student, and her very first tatted chain!