Here is my first progress photo of my first doily from my first Iris Niebach book. How's that for firstsssss? Tatting this is a challenge for me. I am having to be very careful and remember to count twice and close once!
This is size 20 Flora thread in a very soft, variegated green/white. I will tat it again in HDT after I see how it goes.
This is what I have been doing for several days. Tatting and beading more of Nancy's earrings. Didn't you wonder why I was so quiet? LOL I thought I would just show you one photo of them together instead of each pair by themselves.
I wanted to share these woodcarvings with you. The little bird is especially early in my carving career. He was in the image of our first little rescued bird. We named "him" Valentino because Bill got him for me for Valentine's Day. He turned out to be a she and we just called her Tino. She would sit right under my chin on my chest and sleep with her beak tucked into her wing feathers. It was the sweetest thing. That's how I got the idea to carve her like this. Oh, nobody but nobody bothered Tino while she was sitting with "Mommy!" That like beak has about 200 lbs of pressure and was like a vise!
The other one is a spoon, of course. Dad and I did several of these with differnt flowers and or animals on them. I really enjoyed them. I painted very few of my carvings but this one seemed to call for it.
Now that I can no longer be outside in my workshop, the carving has stopped. Carving is not an "inside friendly" art. Especially if you are the one who has to do the sweeping up! Tatting was already at war with carving anyway. So now, we tat!
No pictures this time. I am going to try and start giving thread requirements for items I tat, whether my design or someone else's. I get very frustrated, as I am sure all of you do, with leftover thread on the shuttle. Worse yet, running out of thread before I finish.
Clyde has given me permission to tell you how much thread I used on his Ray of Hope doily that I test tatted for him. I used approximately 78 yards of hand dyed thread in size 80 for this 9" diameter doily.
This was Yarnplayer's Rhubarb Pie hand dyed thread. I had one skein of the Rhubarb Pie, one skein each of solid dark pink and solid medium pink. I also had a set of six solids that were 12 yards each. Of course, I used all of some of it and had some left of the others.
Now, to the earrings by Nancy Tracy. In Flora with medium picots, I used 1 1/2 yards for each earring. In DMC it only took 1 yard, I guess because it is softer. I perfer the Flora as it has more body. Well really I prefer hand dyed thread all the time, but wouldn't we all? I will get around to making some in HDT. I might add that this is a great way to use up those bits of thread from previous projects. I have a zip lock bag full of "bits." I have made all of these earrings from the leftover bits.
Nancy Tracy's Be-stitched newsletter brought this pattern for "Tatted Loopy Earrings." There is a link to Be-stitched on the side of this blog under links. I love this pattern! It was super fast and easy. I couldn't believe it. You can literally decide what color you are going to wear for the day and sit down and make a pair of earrings to match.
I tatted them in size 20 DMC Cebelia lavender with those same OLD irridescent beads I've been using forever. I wish the scans were better. That's why I put two on here. No matter what I did, I just couldn't get a clear scan.
Allright, so sue me. I just couldn't resist showing off my grandbaby. It's been a while, so I don't feel bad about it. I know he is mine and I'm prejudiced, but if anyone has a cuter, sweeter baby than this, I want to see them!
He has brought so much joy to my life. Joy I thought never to experience. Thank you God for this child!
I am so happy to be among the first to receive these beautiful hand dyed threads. I knew when I saw her post about the coral reefs and that magnificent doily that she tatted to represent them, that I had to have it. Then the apple blossom - oh so sweet.
I wish the scans were better. I tried and tried. Maybe I need to use the camera. If I manage to do better, I will repost them.
I hope lots of you will have the opportunity to try Pamela's threads. We now have three very talented ladies painting threads for us.
I am posting this not knowing who the designer is. A friend shared it with me and we are hoping someone will recognize it so we can give them credit. I would also like to pay for the pattern if necessary. She said it was originally in German text. Please help if you can.
I tatted this in Yarnplayer's Winter Blend hand dyed thread, size 80. It is 1 3/4" in diameter and so delicate and lacey. I love the 3d look with the picoted chains.
I know it may not be a traditional looking snowflake, but it is going on my rainbow snowflake tree!
This time I tatted Jon's Milky Way snowflake in size 50 hand dyed thread from New Zealand. This was a gift from Clyde several months ago as well as the blue/green colorway I used on another snowflake previously. This thread is very shiny and smooth. It tats easily and "untats" easily! It is 3" in diameter tatted with size 50.
Thanks again to Clyde for the thread and to Jon for her lovely patterns.
I've had fun with my birthday money as you can see! I've got my first Iris Niebach book, as recommended by Dianne. Can't wait to get into it.
I have my first silk hand dyed thread from Lady Shuttle Maker in size 100. The colors are Pensacola Beach, Weeping Cherry and Royalty. (I hope I got them in order of the picture.) She has already told me to unwind gently and that they are like tatting with "Angel Hair."
Then, you see Yarnplayer's Purple Punch hand dyed thread size 80 and a pair of her earrings that you tat onto. There is a link to a pattern to use. Yumm!
Last, but certainly not least, one of Jane's Roly Poly Bags! I love the color and the paisley. It came yesterday and I think it is so pretty. It has the nicest personalized tag inside that says it was handmade in England by Jane Eborall.
There is one more surprise to come.......
I love it when hubby and my girls give me shopping money for my birthday!
I finished and it is okay, but I think the extra beads made it too heavy. I enjoyed doing the two beads down, one up, but I think this was the wrong application. I like the color combination though! And it does go on the Rainbow tree.
Now that I have finished, I can move on try again on something else. Right now I am going to do Jane's tree frog, I think. Then, another snowflake in Lady Shuttle Maker's HDT Grapefruit with orange beads.
I thought you might like to see all of the Rhubarb Crisp/Rhubarb Pie tatted pretties together. I might have this for lunch!
Everything is size 20 except the new doily from Clyde's pattern which is tatted in size 80. Of course, this is all Yanrplayer's hand dyed thread.
I am taking the three large pieces to look for frames as soon as I can. The snowflakes went back into the "snowflake house" until time to decorate the Rainbow Christmas tree. I can see right now that I need many more RP snowflakes. I'll get right on that! I've made a picture of the snowflake house and will post it.
This is Jon's Milky Way Snowflake again, this time in Flora variegated yellow with those same OLD purple irridescent beads. I wanted to show it now while I am working on it with Lady Shuttle Maker's double shuttle. This is perfect for so many beads. I started this before Jane shared her new idea with us. Maybe I won't have to load so many beads again! I am using one bead up and two beads down on three of the chains of each "flower." I haven't done this before. It is slower, at least for me, but I really like doing it and the look of it.
When I finish this, there will be two more rainbow snowflakes ready for my tree!
Tatting never ceases to amaze me! So many new things to learn and try. Never a dull moment!
Whoo Hoo! I love this snowflake. It will look great on my tree with the other beauties! This is from Jon's book of snowflakes and is called Milky Way. I'm sorry I can't put in links from this computer. You can get to her blog and this book from the link list on the left side of my blog.
I tatted it in size 20 hand dyed thread called "Rose" from Yarnplayer. Again, the link to her is on the left. I was afraid I would run out of thread before I finished. In fact, I was planning to do each spoke in a differnt thread if I had to, (which could be interesting.) Then I found where I had put more of the thread in a little bag in the HDT drawer. Happy Days! I am trying to do better about taking the thread off of the shuttles and putting it in bags with labels. What's wrong with me? I'm starting to sound organized and that's totally out of character!
The yellow beads were a gift from Gina our Tatting Goddess. They are tiny little glass seed beads.
I haven't measured the snowflake but I would guess it's about 3 1/2". Neither has it been blocked. That will take away the swirled look, I think. I kind of like it this way.
I have loaded purple, irridescent beads onto variegated yellow Flora thread to make another of these. It is a very easy tat. One spoke and you are off and running without the pattern! Great for traveling or standing in line somewhere. Sharon could tat this waiting at the grocery store!
Back to tatting. Happy 4th of July to my American friends and to any others who have a holiday today!