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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Isaac's 18 month anniversary

Our little baby is 18 months old! I just can't believe how the time has flown. I usually take about 40 pictures each month, but he just wouldn't have it today. I have a real cute video, but I can't seem to upload it. I just know you would all love to see it!

Sharon's Chatelaine finished

I am finished tatting the Chatelaine, except I have to find some proper clips for attaching the scissors and crochet hook. I also need to get some red felt to attach for needles. This pattern is from one of Sharon's newsletters. It was quick and easy. Easy enough that I want to make another one. I got started off wrong joining the rings in the accessory ends, thus the design is not the same as hers. I also will make the joining picots smaller to pull everything together some. Sharon uses hers clipped to her belt. I am used to wearing a crochet hook on a cord around my neck, so that's probably where this one will end up. I think it will be a great convenience to have all of my tools in one place!

Thank you Sharon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sharon's Chatelaine

I still haven't finished the feelers on the lobster. I finally found some 1" plastic curtain rings and got started tatting Sharon's Chatelaine. I have been wanting to tat this for a couple of months. I started it yesterday and I'm almost done! Hers was tatted in white thread, but I know mine would be brown in no time, so I am tatting with my red DMC Cebelia. The white curtain ring shows through, but red and white is a favorite combination of mine anyway. Hopefully, pictures tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tatted Lobster from Jane's pattern

This was such a fun little project! I am enjoying the block tatting more and more. Everything was smooth as silk until I got to the claws and feelers. I was just reading the written instructions and not looking at the chart and didn't make the picots big enough for claws. I also don't seem to have enough thread to tat the feelers. (Or whatever they are called.) I think I will tie off the threads that are there and join new threads so I can do it right. I don't mind finger tatting, but have to have enough thread to do it!

I am going to put him on my animal jacket for Isaac. Thanks again to Jane for another wonderful pattern. There is a link to her patterns on this page.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tatted garland from Brigitte H.'s pattern

Thank you so much for designing this pattern and giving it to the calendar Brigitte! I just love it.

The pattern is on the calendar for August 16th by Brigitte Henneberger. I am tatting with variegated Flora thread and DMC for the dark green. (size 20 for both.) This pattern is very easy to pick up and then you don't need the pattern. It is one of those "mindless" patterns, which I love! I haven't decided what I am going to do with it yet. I just put it against the collar of a pink blouse to take the picture. My daughter said it would make a beautiful insertion. I didn't know she knew what that was! I've never done an insertion before, but it would be lovely on a tea towel, or a set of napkins if you had time.

Thanks again Brigitte for the pattern and to Ruth for keeping up with the calendar!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mignonette Tatted Wedding Hanky FINISHED!

It is done. I love the Mignonette tatting, really I do, but this was a big project. Or, maybe it just seemed so since I just finished tatting the other wedding hanky. I wish I had kept up with how many yards of thread I used and how many times I had to refill my shuttles. It really eats up the thread.

I hope the pictures show up well. It is so pretty. I forgot that I had changed the setting on my camera to lower quality because I needed some smaller files. I might have to change it back and make more pictures. In any case, there is no way you can tell how nice it looks. The Irish Linen hanky really makes a difference too.

Elizabeth has done this edging on a hanky. She will be able to appreciate what went into it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tatting Coffee Table

I have added the Pyramid Orchid mat to my coffee table tatting collection. As you can see, things have been, and still need to be, rearranged. I finally had to expand to the two end tables as the tatting multiplied. One has all hearts and the other is all Christmas. I'll have to take and post pictures of them as well.
I'm not sure what I am going to do with the mat and this is a good way to protect it and get to look at it daily!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dancing with my grandson


I was dancing with my grandson today. He is only 17 months old.
He wanted me to teach him. Who’d think he would be so bold?
(He didn’t really ask me, it was more of an unspoken request. He doesn’t have to talk a lot, hugs and kisses still work best.)
I clasped his little hands and started to sway, moving with the beat, when low and behold I looked down and he was moving his feet!
He couldn’t match the beat, of course. He simply is too small. But he looked up at me and smiled like he felt 10 feet tall.

I left the music behind and matched my steps to his own, and soon he was pulling me across the floor just like he was grown. He was stepping sideways and back and I just followed his lead. He looked up in amazement and filled my heart with greed. How could I absorb enough of this love and joy before adolescence plants its ugly seed?

He seemed to find it so funny that I was following him sideways and back. His smile was wide from ear to ear like his face was going to crack.
I turned one hand loose, held the other and told him to spin around. He smiled and started spinning then fell laughing to the ground.

It seems no one has told him “That’s not what white men do.” You can move your head, you can move your hips, maybe a wiggle or two.
You never pick your feet up or act like Fred Astair. You never shake and shimmy as if you haven’t a care. God forbid a Pirouette or a leap into the air.

I’m glad he is too young to know these things just are not done. I’m not looking for a Baryshnikov, just a child happy enough to dance in the sun.
A child left free to laugh and learn to dance in his own way, to grow into a young man with the confidence to ask a girl to dance one day.

Laura Blanton
August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Mignonette Tatting Wedding Hanky

This is what has been taking up most of my time! And, I still have a few more hours to invest. This was almost "The Wedding Hanky." For a time, I was working with 6 shuttles at once so that I could get all the way to the outside round and see if my husband and I liked it well enough for the wedding. We decided we didn't and that's when I went to the one I have finished and given to my daughter.

Still, I think it is very pretty and wanted to see it completed. Now that I am nearing the finish line, I am very glad I have kept tatting. The 2nd picture is a close up and the 3rd picture shows about 6 inches of the 3rd round that I have to complete before I can finish the 4th round, of course! This is such a big project, that it has helped me to keep going by working on all of the rounds at once, except the 1st row of tatting onto the hanky.

The pattern is courtesy of Georgia Seitz and the corners from Katie Johnson. It can be found at
(I hope.) Let me know if you can't find it. I had to increase the number of stitches between picots that were shown on the outer round in order to turn the corners. It would have looked more dainty if I had squeezed in more rings on the 2nd round in the corners. Then, I could have used fewer stitches on the outer round and it would have been smaller. That's something to think about if you decide to tat this pattern onto a hanky.

I really enjoy the Mignonette tatting, which is unusual because the measuring must be done. Since the rings "float" on the threads, they have to be as even as possible. Following Tat-man's suggestion, I cut a 2" piece of plastic from a butter bowl lid and used it for a guage. It worked really well. I hope when I finish tatting, wash and press, it will look nice and precise.

The hanky is Irish linen and the thread is DMC Cebelia size 20. Thanks to Georgia for her research into the hanky Katie Johnson found and for her instructions on turning the corners.

Now the question is - will it be a wedding hanky after all? Might I need it to dry my tears? We'll see! If not, maybe I will save it and maybe I will sell it.

Yahoo 360 blog

I started a Yahoo 360 blog yesterday so that I could communicate with those of you who use Yahoo 360. I am always seeing things on which I wish to comment and can't. I hope my limited knowledge will help me figure out how to do all of this. I managed to put a link on that blog to this one, but can't do the reverse. Hence, this post to tell all of you it is there. You are supposed to be able to get there by

This Yahoo 360 blog will mostly be about my other passions - my family, other arts, pets, orchids, etc. You know it will certainly have tatting there as well. Let me know if you can get there. Or, if you can help me with my new blog.

Thanks, Laura

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nurse Candace

Our youngest daughter, Candace, has graduated from nursing school! The ceremony was last night and we had a small party afterwards. Publix (grocery store) bakery made the cake with her graduation picture in frosting. We are so proud of her and wish her much luck in her professional career as a nurse.

The third picture is of almost bride Candace with almost groom Michael. This is the recipient of the tatted wedding hanky. Aren't they a lovely couple? Congratulations to both of them and all of us!

Tatted Snail from Ruth's pattern

I wish I could get better pictures of this little snail. He is so cute! The pattern is on the Tatted Pattern a Day Calendar, but I don't remember what day. I tatted him with size 10 cotton thread, but he is still tiny. Who would have thought of tatting snails? Ruth, of course! He is perfect, but not for my denim bag. He won't show up. I guess I'll put him on my denim shirt/jacket with Jane's geckos, giraffe, flamingo and crab.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Clover Heart from Nancy's Bestitched Newsletter May 2007

I tatted this heart of Nancy's in size 20 Flora thread. I still love DMC for some applications, but the Flora is so much more "stable." Gina had done this heart and made it into a bookmark and I just loved it. Look for it to appear on my denim bag!

I have also tatted Ruth's snail and it is so cute. I just haven't been able to get a good picture of it yet. I can't convince DH that tatting is very important and deserves its own scanner!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Tatted Denim bag finished (until I find something else to put on it!)

I just posted these to the Treasures from Trash blog, but wanted to share them here so everyone will see them. Lots of work! I bought a bag to use as I am not much good at a sewing machine. Everything is fastened down now except the petals of the gerbera daisy. That will take some time. The tatting wasn't the problem, the fastening was!

Some of you will recognize the three strips of tatting on the bottom left of the back as being the first three attempts at designing my own lace for the wedding hanky. I just wanted them there to remind me of all the work! I still need to use that edging one day.

For the designers who recognize your work, thanks again!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tatted Pyramid Orchid Mat Abstract for now

I am going to stop right here, for now. I think I'll take a break and finish the Mignonette wedding hanky. I might need it! Also, I want to look at the mat this way for a while and see if I want to leave it this way. I just love tatting these motifs for some reason. I think I will be sad to be finished with it!

I with I could get the colors to show up better. We just might have to sell this new camera on Ebay and buy another one! Tatting pictures are very important!

Let me know how you feel about the abstract mat please.