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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tatted coffee table

I decided this would be a good way to display my work. Unless I have given it away, framed it or I'm ashamed of it, it is here! There is a heavy piece of glass over the top to protect it, but not touching it. Just thought some of you might be looking for a way to show off your work!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Motif #13 of 25

This is Mark Myer's Hyacinth Flower copyright 2000. I had so much fun working this sweet thing. It took me back to my grandmother's garden when I was a little girl. (Yes, I can remember that far back!) I used Altin Basak size 50 for the bloom and DMC Cebelia size 20, color #524 for the stem and leaf. When I crop my pictures it makes the motifs look huge, but this one is only 3 1/2" tall. It didn't take long at all and was very relaxing, especially the stem and leaf. Thanks Mark! Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 27, 2006

Motif #12 of 25

This is Mark Myer's spider and web. Even though it doesn't show up very well, the web is worked in #80 tatting cotton white, mixed with a silver metallic thread. (I probably won't try that one again!) The spider is black DMC embroidery thread, one strand with tiny red glass beads. I have temporarily attached it to a blouse for Halloween. Funny thing - I have always been horrified of spiders! I have learned in the last several years that sometimes the best way to conquer a fear is to embrace that which frightens you. It must be working if I intend to wear this! Thanks so much Mark for sharing your patterns with us. If there is anyone left in the tatting world who doesn't know Mark aka Tatman, there is a link to his page in my links . Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Motif #11 of 25

This is Kersti Anear's Tabatha bookmark copyright 1998 worked in Size 5 DMC Cotton Pearle in purple #550. The pattern called for two repeats on the clovers, but it was as big as I wanted it after two. It measures 11" with the fringe. This is the first time I have used the pearle and I like the way it looks and feels. It took the majority of the 25m to finish so be careful! I love to work Kersti's patterns. Thank you Kersti for being so generous with us.
This is my shuttle from the "Shuttle Brothers." I have had it several years, but never used it until today with this bookmark. It was an absolute joy to work with! So smooth and the depression where the screw holds it together is a perfect place to hold onto. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 23, 2006

Motif #10 of 25

This bookmark is from a pattern by Kim Millar copyright 2000. Thank you Nita for directing me to the pattern site. As you can see, the braid in the middle is crocheted. It is fun and easy and I enjoyed making it. It is supposed to have a row of white chains around the outside, but I'm not happy enough with it to spend any more time right now. Maybe I will go back and add it later. This one is in my old standby, #20 Cebelia. I really perfer the smaller threads, but as I have a whole cabinet of the larger threads, DH thinks I should use them. (Poor misguided thing.) LOL Posted by Picasa

First 2 tatted bookmarks (2000)

Thought my tatting friends might get a kick out of this. My mother always wanted the first of everything my father and I did. Guess she jumped the gun on this one! The one on the left was hers and this on the right was Daddy's. These are definitely NOT PART OF THE 25 MOTIF CHALLENGE!!!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Motif #9

More importantly - my first original! I really enjoyed making this up as I went along. I had drawn out a plan for the flowers, but couldn't get it to look like I wanted it to, so I started over. I just worked the stems as the 'muse' led me. I have learned so many new techniques from my new tatting friends. I put some of them to use in designing this. I could have made more flowers and longer stems, but I got impatient to put it together! This motif is about 2" square. Maybe I will add more to it later. This is my first time to use Sulky thread, (size 12). Through Jane, I found Hope who uses it all the time. She was very generous to send me samples of these three colors. They are #1035 dark burgundy, #4007 red brick blendable, and #4018 summer grass. Thank you so much Hope. I may never tat with any other thread again! Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 16, 2006

Motif #8 Jon's heart again!

I am having such fun with Jon's heart pattern. Here it is in South Maid size 10 cotton thread color 995 Ocean. I prefer smaller thread, but thought this would be pretty. Besides, this was the first time I have done something all the way through with split rings and I needed to be able to see it well and pull out if I had to! Thanks again Jon! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Motif #7

This is Jane Eborall's little butterfly and I have even more respect for her than before! The pattern and instructions were great and I am starting to learn and understand more and more! It is worked in DMC #20 Cebelia. The center is creamy yellow and the outer chains and rings are white, (if you can't tell.) Thank you so much Jane for your pattern and all of your help! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Motif #6 Jon's heart

Motif #6! This is Jon's heart pattern worked in #20 DMC Cebelia. Or, it could be a yellow, pink and green strawberry! I enjoyed this more than I have anything in a long time! Thank you so much Jon for sharing with us. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Janet Perkins Celtic-tatted snowflake

Motif #5 is worked with #30 Cebelia. Sorry, Janet. I didn't do you justice, but I will try again! I think the button is too big which distorted the rings with this size thread. It will look better when I get some little, red ribbon for a bow at the top. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Motif #4 for 25 Motif Challenge

I just finished this little cross tonight, and boy am I glad! I probably shouldn't have tried anything this intricate with such tiny thread. I'm just not experienced enough. I had some problems with my shuttle join on the back half of a split ring, but my friend Jane Eborall helped me out. How thankful I am for computers and friends so far away! This is the first motif I have done using drawings in conjunction with the written instructions. I actually understood what I was supposed to do! I wish I could have gotten a better picture so the colors would show up better. This pattern is Julie Patterson's Flower Cross Bookmark worked in size 80 tatting cotton. The motif is 2 1/2" long (without fringe.) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Here's number motif #3 in the challenge. I started this a while ago, but just finished putting the pink around the edge tonight. It is LaRae Mikulecky's "Celtic Bookmark" copyright 1997. I worked it in size 80 tatting cotton in yellow, green and pink baby colors. It is 5 3/4 inches long.
This picture is to compare the original bookmark I made with this pattern several years ago in size 20 Cebelia. Quite a bit of difference, in size and quality of work. I'm learning! Posted by Picasa

Rose pink bookmark

I guess I'm joining the "25 motif challenge." This will count as number two this year. I just tatted this bookmark this past weekend using Jane's advice to tighten up! It really made all the difference in the world. It looks real neat and I didn't have to block it! I used size 20 Cebelia in a pretty rose pink. The pattern is by Kersti Anear copywrited in 1998. I tatted this pattern in ivory several years ago, but it didn't look near this good. Thanks Kersti! Posted by Picasa