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Friday, October 31, 2008

Spinning Wheel #2


Spinning Wheel #2 is still in
Yarnplayer's Rhubarb Pie, but size 20 instead of the size 80 I used for the last one. The one in size 80 was slow color change. This one is regular.

In size 20 it measures 5". Thanks again to Mary Konoir for her wonderful pattern!
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Spinning Wheel Glass Mat


Diane has inspired me to tat Spinning Wheel Glass Mat from Tatting With Visual Patterns by Mary Konoir. You all know Marilee's Rhubarb Crisp/Pie is my first and probably favorite hand dyed thread. This one is size 80 in slow color change. It is the first time I have tatted with slow color change. I had been saving it for just the right pattern and I must say, I think this is it!

I started with the spoke that has red chains and rings fading into pink rings and chains. I am really pleased with how the colors turned out and the definition they provide to this design.

Now I know why Diane has tatted this design so many time. It was simple, easy to memorize, quick and kept me anxious to see how the HDT was going to turn out.

It is 3 1/4" and I used 13.5 yards on the shuttle. I've still got to measure what is left on my ball thread.

By the way, God save the man, woman or child who puts a glass on this mat!
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Tatted Layered Snowflake


I've tatted Nancy Tracy layered snowflake again. Please visit her at
Be-stitched. This time I used Pamela's hand dyed thread named Blue Lagoon in size 60. It is 2 3/8" tip to tip.

Got to go put it on the Rainbow Christmas Tree!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Layered Tatted Snowflake


Nancy Tracy of Be-stitched designed this snowflake copyright 2007. I have tatted this design several times, but this is by far the prettiest and I think will show up really well on the Rainbow Christmas Tree! The thread, of course, is Pamela's Rainbow Bright in size 20. It took 5 yards of thread on the shuttle and 4.5 yards on the ball.
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Daisy Thread Winders


I completed three more thread winders today, except for sanding and sealing. I love doing this. It is so much fun! I have found that winding the thread onto them and then using them as the ball thread works very well. Tatting is always a pleasure, but this makes it even better!
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Milky Way Snowfalke


I don't know how many of these snowflakes I have tatted. It is Milky Way from .Jon's book which I think many of you are working your way through, or plan to. I didn't put beads on this one because I didn't think it needed them. Still don't.
Pamela's hand dyed thread named Rainbow Bright is sweeping the tatting community and I hope to have my tree full of Rainbow snowflakes by Christmas.
If you've yet to try the book or the thread, please treat yourself. You will be delighted!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Thread Winders

Sometimes you just gotta paint! Hope you like the new thread winders. I painted them with acrylics then used Tatting Goddess' method of sealing them - clear nail polish! They still need at least one more coat, then they will be finished. Maybe I can get back to tatting snowflakes after that. Oh, the butterfly is obviously from the "fantasy" species and covered with glitter nail polish. The snowflakes are also painted with glitter nail polish on top of the acrylic.




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Friday, October 17, 2008

Presenting Rainbow Christmas Tree 2008 (in progress)





Here we go! I'm sure there will be more pictures to follow, but this will get us started. Many of you will notice your designs, hand dyed thread or a snowflake you have tatted and very generously shared with me. Thank you all so much for all of your help and encouragement. I am very pleased with me tree so far. My friend asked me last night if I had enough snowflakes. The answer is "NO." Hopefully if I can tat one or two a week until Christmas I'll have it filled up!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Last of the old pictures

As far as I know, these are the last 4 pictures of old carving that I will be posting. I think you probably have had enough by now. This Santa is one of my earliest and not as rounded as it should have been, but I still love him!

I love carving these spoons. I don't know why I stopped.

The spoon on the right is a deer head for the male half of a couple with whom we used to go to church. The one on the left is the only one that I have left. All the others were sold.

This spoon was for the female half of the same couple. It just fit her perfectly.
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Sweet N Shabby Roses

Miss Rhea has the most amazing sweets on her blog. You must go see them. You won't believe your eyes! For some reason I'm craving birthday cake......

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More woodcarving pictures

This is a display of our combined work. The display is at Tannehill State Park in Alabama. That is where our club is located. I am no longer a member, but they are still very active and have a show every October.

These painted canes where purchased from me by the Birmingham Museum of Art! They sold them in the museum store. I was ever so thrilled! The one with the darker handle is made from Crepe Myrtle wood cut in my yard. It is the one I am using now that my knees are so bad.

This display is in a mall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Club sponsored.) The big picture in the center is one of my Dad's masterpieces. I think one of his finest works.

These to woodburnings are boxes made to look like books. I enjoyed doing these very much. The one on the left was made for a friend who was very ill and I gave my mom the one on the right.
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Tumbling Snowflake #2


Get ready for the coming blizzard! I hear it is going to be long, but lovely to see. I tatted
Pamela's tumbling snowflake again, this time in Lady Shuttle Maker's hand dyed thread named "Summer Bouquet." The thread is size 20 and the beads are size 11 blue glass. This is a great pattern. Once you get it sorted in your head, you can really fly.

I think I'm going to be forced to put my tree out somewhere so I can start decorating it and see how many more rainbow snowflakes I need and in what colors.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Pamela's snowflake in Rainbow Bright


I am so pleased to show you Pamela's snowflake that she let me test tat for her. I just love it. Don't let the seeminly simple design fool you. It's tricky if you don't watch closely what you are doing!

This Rainbow Bright thread is just perfect. I used the size 20 and orange beads on the points. More in the works.

Thanks Pamela for the beautiful design and thread.
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Denise Munoz snowflake scanned

I just had to repost this snowflake after I got it scanned. The Rainbow Bright hand dyed thread from Pamela just didn't show up well in the photograph. Hope you can see it better this way. I am so pleased to finally have "real" tatted rainbow snowflakes!

1st of old woodcarving pictures

This is my Dad and me at the Whistle Stop Festival in Irondale, Alabama probably 1993 or 1994. We had a great time! This was six or seven years before I learned the fine art of tatting!

These are some Madonna and Child figures in progress.

This is my 1st three dimensional carving and my first Madonna and Child.

2nd Madonna and Child.
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More tomorrow!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Rainbow Bright snowflake #1


Here is one of Denise Munoz' snowflakes tatted in
Pamela's Rainbow Bright hand dyed thread. I LOVE this thread! She can never stop making it - she is doomed!!!! One more to show you soon. If you haven't ordered thread from Pamela, please do. You will love it.
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Bon Secour Lighthouse


Look what I found! Just when I was thinking that my TIAS didn't look like a lighthouse, I found this one on the Bon Secour River that it must have modeled after! Cool or what?
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

dark rose in water

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Confederate Rose

Here is the link to the proper name and information for the Confederate Rose.

Confederate Rose





I will have to look up the scientific name and let you know. These "roses" are part of the hybiscus/mallow family. The white bloom in the lose up was early this morning. The light pink was mid afternoon. It got progressivly darker towards evening. Tomorrow morning it will look like the one floating in the water. (whoops. It left out the picture of the one in the water.) They are amazing. We have this one bush, tree really, and Bill's mom has two.

I has a tatted snowflake to post, but the picture did not turn out. I will try again tomorrow.
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