Friday, November 28, 2014

About the heart bracelet

The Belle Armoire Jewelry winter 2015 issue shows my original tatted jewelry set including necklace, earrings, and bracelet, but since the bracelet is modeled the sides aren't shown. So here's a photo of the complete bracelet.

I've done some experimenting with clasps. I like toggle clasps because they're easy to close. I know that a lobster claw clasp allows for more adjusting, but personally I have a terrible time trying to fasten a lobster claw clasp on a bracelet. So, I look for easier solutions.

On the white bracelet I discovered that the t-bar fits perfectly into the lace. So, the bracelet can be snugged up tighter by pulling the t-bar through the toggle loop, then hooked into the lace.

By the way, the wire wrapped toggle clasp on the white bracelet I made myself! I'm enjoying learning some basic wire wrapping skills from 2 Craftsy classes that I signed up for:
"Wire-Wrapped Stones, Crystals, and Clusters" by Aga Kruk
"Make Your Own Wirework Findings" by Lisa Niven Kelly

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Coming soon in the Winter issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry

Spilling the beans a few days early: a new, original pattern by me will appear in the Winter issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine! It will be on sale beginning December 1st. But, I'm so excited I couldn't wait anymore to tell you all!

There is a bracelet to match the necklace and earrings that is modeled in the magazine. I put a chain on the necklace for the magazine article. The ones pictured here have ribbon attached to wire connectors for a different look, using the same pattern.

The tatting pattern with in-progress photos and a diagram will be in the magazine, I realize that some of my blog readers are not familiar with Belle Armoire Jewelry, but it is a popular jewelry craft magazine here in the USA, and I'm hoping the article will get more people interested in tatting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Photos from Tatting Days at the Tatting Corner

One of the classes in session, with me guiding the students through making the "Rotation" pendant

My dear husband Jan, ready to sell hand dyed thread and books

Lunch time! Delicious meals were provided on site, each day!

Show and Tell had several challenge categories for Tatting Days. Amazing work was on display! These photos only glimpse at a sampling, there was a lot more. So much talent!

I think we all had a wonderful time! The Tatting Corner is a tatter's dream store!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Getting packed for Tatting Days

The kits for the class that I'll be teaching (Rotation Pendant) are ready and the patterns are printed. I'll deactivate my hand dyed thread listings in my Etsy shop later today, since those will be coming with me to Tatting Days. Although Etsy now has their own card reader that is supposed to let you sell directly from your shop. it doesn't work on my smartphone. So, going with the Square card reader. My husband will be in charge of my vendor table while I'm teaching. Will try to remember to take photos at the event! Should be loads of fun!