Now that the book is published, I have Sherry's blessing to show you the doily I tested for her. This is one of the reasons I had little tatting to show in regular intervals. It is an intricate, and lovely, doily and I hope it will be treasured by one of my children one day. Please don't let the intricate look stop you from trying it. It is amazingly simple when you take it one step at a time, especially with the way Sherry has it laid out in the book.
This doily is tatted in size 20 Flora thread. I will go back and tat it again in HDT now that I know I can do it!
Royal Diadem was an absolute joy to tat and I have been so anxious to share it with you!
For those of you who have watched Isaac grow up, here is an update. He had his tonsils removed this morning and new tubes put in his ears. He has not been really well for months now and keeps spiking fevers. I do pray this solves most, if not all, of the problems. He came through the surgery fine and is probably back at home by now. Thanks so much to all of you who knew about the surgery and have offered up prayers and good thoughts for him.
You had to know I would get around to tatting this snowflake in Rhubarb Pie! It is hanging in one of my Bayberry bushes. Now my hands smell like Bayberry! Thanks again, Ruth for sharing this pattern with us. Of course, Yarnplayer knows how much I love her hand dyed Rhubarb Pie.
I had already admired this snowflake tatted by others, but after Clyde so graciously gifted me with one of his I had to try it myself. I used this size 20 Flora thread first as I was afraid it would be too difficult and I would waste my hand dyed thread. Not so! It is very simple, especially once you "learn" it.
I used approximately 20 yards of thread in size 20. I put 10 yards on each shuttle and had very little left on either of them.
Let me go see which of my hand dyed threads wants to be a Celtic snowflake!
I wish I could take credit for this lovely tatting, but I can not. A couple of months ago, Tattingchic and I made a bargain. She wanted some of my thread winders and I wanted some of her snowflakes. My half of the bargain came today and here they are! They are tatted in German thread. The label says Cordonnet Mercer Crochet - 10g 20, Glanzhakelgarn Uncinetto. The thread is almost as beautiful as the tatting!
Thank you Tattingchic. These will be lovely on my tree!
This one is tatted in Yarnplayer's hand dyed thread "Roses" in size 80. It is a HUGE 3" LOL. Probably my last tatting in size 80 for a while, especially with dark colors. My eyes are giving me lots of trouble and I need to have laser surgery. No biggy, just needs to be done.
This design named "Carousel" from Jon's book is perfect for Pamela's "Rainbow Bright" hand dyed thread. It works in and out from the middle. The way it switches shuttles allows the thread colors to flow through the rings and chains in a way that pleases me. (That's what counts, right?) It measures 2 3/8" tatted in size 20.
Look what the post office delivered to me! They came in a pretty yellow card with tatted pink flowers pasted on it to form a cross. So sweet.
You will probably recognize them as being from Clyde. The snowflake is Ruth's Celtic snowflake done in Yarnplayer's "Knitty Gritty" hand dyed thread. The Maple leaf is Ruth's design as well. It is done in Yarnplayer's "Sugar Maple" hand dyed thread.
The are both so beautiful. Of course, the snowflake is hanging on my rainbow Christmas tree. I must admit that the maple leaf is as well. It is just too pretty not to!
Thank you so much Clyde for sharing your precious tatting with me. It did brighten my day very much. You always seem to know when I need cheering up.
This is snowflake #9 from Denise Munoz' book. I am convinced it is the perfect pattern for Pamela's Rainbow Bright hand dyed thread. I love tatting these snowflake designs of Denise' and this thread really makes them stand out. My Rainbow Tree is getting prettier by the day!
I just had to tat my Pizzazz Snowflake in Pamela's Rainbow Bright. This is size 20 and I think it turned out beautifully! I am almost finished with another of Denise Munoz' snowflakes. Got to fill up that tree!
I'm thinking about a doily designed around my Easter Egg/Ferris Wheel snowflake. I've never designed a doily before, but I keep rolling this around in my head and making sketches with my pencil.
I'm almost finished with my third spinning wheel glass mat. However, I noticed this afternoon that somehow one of the picots on the outer edge is cut. It has been a long time since I've done that. I had made a mistake and had to cut some out and tie in new threads. I must have done it during that process. It is size 80 thread and I refuse to cut it out and try to patch. I think I will use some glue starch and try to hole it together. Or maybe "fray stop?"
I'll be shipping out thread winders Wednesday or Thursday. I will also ship Maureen's snowflake that she won.
One more picture of Georgia's rose. I wanted you to see how it looks as a spray. If I had been leaving it this way, I would have tatted the stems and not left the threads hanging down at the bottom. Still, you can get the idea. This also lets you see the 3D look of it.
This is what is left at the time. First come, first served. I have never liked to take orderes for anything as I might not want to make that particular item anymore! LOL I will post more as I make them. My woodburner, or rather the detail tool, is on the fritz. I've got to think about how to replace it.
The painted bows and daisies are $7.00 each plus shipping. The larger flower with the yellow in the middle, the snowflake and the others that are only woodburning and no painting, are $5.00 each plus shipping.
Just let me know and I will send them according to the order of the comments.
The big picture is the cummulative effort and the daisies are the lastest of my artwork. The few I have kept for myself, I really enjoy tatting with them as my ball thread. I didn't think I liked the snowflakes until I wound a skein of Marilee's hand dyed thread on it and now it looks beautiful!
A good number of these are spoken for. I will get a picture of what is left if anyone is interested in them.
Believe it or not, she is the only one who found me! I knew the hair would throw most of you off. I must confess. I'm not really blond. I know - it's a shock! LOL My hair is mostly white so I keep it dyed blond to keep up with my younger husband! It was black when I was born. When that came out, it was blond and stayed that way until I was three. Then it went to dark brown.
Oh, I guess you would like to know which one is really Laura. It's the little girl right in front of the picture with the long, dark hair and a little "suitcase" sitting on the floor by the desk. Short sleeved, light colored dress right between two Brownies.
I was pleased that so many of you chose the red-headed girl with the dark dress and white collar. She also has on a headband. She was the most popular choice. She was a very sweet girl, even though I can't remember her name.
Maureen, if you will contact me at lblanton2750 at charter.net, we can arrange for you to get your snowflake.
This was lots of fun for me. I hope all of you enjoyed it.
This rose is inspired by, and dedicated to, Georgia Seitz, (AKTATTER). We all know how much Georgia has meant to the tatting community. I owe her an awful lot. Her's was the first book I bought after my initial "Tatsy" book which finally taught me the "flip." She inspired me with the 3D rose concept and didn't stop "urging" me along until I accomplished it. Thank you Georgia!
This is one of the things I had to keep secret for so long and I am so pleased to be able to show it to you now. The booklet with this pattern, and many others, can be purchased by emailing Teresa at:
The name of the booklet is "Flowers of Lace Put a Smile On Your Face." It was part of this year's fundraiser at Palmettos Days.
I hope you will enjoy it.
By the way, it is also a snowflake. That's how it originally started. It is hanging on my Rainbow Tree right now, along with a couple of prototypes.
This is a picture of my third grade class. I thought it might be fun to see if you can find the little girl who would one day be known as Tattycat aka Lala. The first one who guesses right in a comment will win a prize! How about one of my snowflakes?
Start numbering from the front to the back on the first row, and then go to the front of the next row. A brief description might be useful as well.
Your every wish is my command, Miss Shuttle Maker! Here are the two together. I think they are both pretty. I like the regular change like Clyde. I also like the size 80 thread because it is so dainty.
There are so many beautiful hand dyed threads now that I have a struggle deciding with which one I want to tat next!