My Pattern Pages Are Here!

My Pattern Pages Are Here!
copyright 2008 Laura Blanton

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I have started a new blog. I wanted a place to put all of my stories, both published and non-published. This will be a good way to insure that I don't lose any of them. I hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy sharing
them. Shoud you want to copy and reuse any of them as my aunt sometimes did in her church bulletins, please just let me know. I know that by publishing them here, I take the chance of loosing control of them, but I hope that will not be the case. Here is the link. I hope you will add it to your blog.

Happy reading!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Letter Carrier brought surprises yesterday!

I received by thread order from Tatskool yesterday afternoon. I am so excited! As soon as I finish the dragon I am making, I think I will start a doily with this thread. I think it is just yummy. It is, of course, from her hand dyed Choco Raspberry collection and most of the colors will work in my bedroom with Yarnplayer's Rhubarb Crisp.

I had a super surprise in with my order. Along with some extra thread, I discovered I was the friend for whom Tatskool was making the heart! She is such a sweetie and wanted to cheer me up. It worked!

Here is a picture of the end table where I display my heart collection. I bet lots of you recognize your patterns, thread and hearts that you have sent to me. Thank you all so much for being a huge part of my family. You are all in my heart!
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Friday, August 21, 2009

The Color of My Rainbow

Your rainbow is strongly shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Friday, August 14, 2009

Saphira The Dragon



I couldn't decide which I liked better, so I posted both pictures. This is one of Karey Solomon's dragons from "Here Be Dragons." I named her Saphira after the dragon in the book "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini. That is the last book I read as my eyes were getting so bad. The second book, "Eldest", I have listed to on cd's. I have yet to listen to the third book. I really like them a lot. I think we all need a bit of fantasy to brighten up or days, especially when we are not feeling well.

I must say this dragon was quite a challenge. I had to start over once, but I finally figured out that I was supposed to be making my beaded joins with the ball thread. Duh! I still had to do a lot of retro tatting, but I am very pleased to completed it and happy with the way it looks - mostly. One big tip for what it is worth, don't tat too tightly and leave a little slack in the beaded picots. You will be able to make it lay much flatter that way. Also, I wish the top claw was lower on the body. I will work on that next time, if there is a next time. We'll see. One of the other dragons is red and the other is gold but I don't know if my eyes or my arthritis will allow me to tat them.

Oh, the thread is size 20 Flora and the beads are size 10. They are not very nice beads so the sizes varied too much. The eye bead is a nice one from an old pair of earrings and the tooth beads are pearls.
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Pay It Forward


I wanted to share with you the lovely gifts from my pay it forward partner, Aileen. I am so pleased with them and thank her so much. The card has two tatted butterflies on the front and one inside with a very sweet note. The pink disk is a tape measure that she has covered with felt and put tatting on it. The other side has a cute little button that you pull to draw the tape back in. I keep that in my little tatting bag. The crochet hook with the cover on the end was much needed. I had broken one recently. I haven't decided on the use of the sequins yet, but I will. I had hoped to put them on a dragon I was tatting, but couldn't make it work. I'm sure they will decide what they want to be. And a whole roll of ribbon in my favorite color! I am always looking for ribbon.

Thank you so much, Aileen.
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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Baby Isaac project finished!


Here is the finished project. Just wish I could have gotten a better photo of it. I zoomed in so you can see it better. The frame is white wood. Plain and simple. Yarnplayer's Rhubarb Pie in all of it's glory! This will go in my room with all the other Rhubarb Pie tatting.
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