Monday, September 19, 2016

New book coming soon!

Yes, that's my name and my tatting on the cover! 

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the book here. November 1 is the date that the book will be available.

This is my new book which is being published by Annie's. All of the patterns are tatted jewelry with beads, with in-progress shuttle tatting photos, diagrams, and written instructions in English.

The patterns are:

  • Cool Circles necklace, bracelet, earrings, shown on the cover
  • Beaded Path necklace, bracelet, earrings (easy)
  • Beatrice necklace and earrings (pearl tatting)
  • Dazzling Debut necklace and earrings (curled rings)
All of the patterns use size 10 Lizbeth cotton. Beads used include 6mm and 4mm round beads, 6mm bicone Swarovski crystal beads, size 11/0 Toho Takumi large hole seed beads, and size 8/0 seed beads.

I hope you'll enjoy these patterns! I'm looking forward to holding the finished book in my hand!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pictures from Palmetto Tat Days

That's me with Sue Anna, Jane Eborall, and Tamie.

I was so excited to meet Yorkie Sue from London! 

Shoppers browsing tatting supplies in the vendor room.

LadyShuttleMaker's handmade tatting shuttles!

Nancy Tracy's Be-stitched store display in the vending room.

Sharon with Karey from Graceful Arts Fiber Studio 

Shuttle Brothers GR-8 shuttles

What a thrill to finally meet Sherry (LadyShuttleMaker) in person!

Sue Hanson showing her beautiful coat embellished with tatting.

Sherry and Sue so happy to see each other again!

The building where classes were held and lodging was provided, behind the tall pines.

Picturesque walk to the dining hall.

Lining up for the buffet.

The dining hall during the Friday night banquet.

Dessert, tatting gauge and program booklet. The theme this year was "Tatting is Out of This World!"

Entertainment at the banquet included an impromptu "bell choir"! 

Lovely view of Lake Louise

Karey and Arlene

Holly growing outside. A spectacular plant that seems like a miracle to this Wisconsin girl :)

Patti Duff, Sue Hanson, Sue Anna, and Karey

R2-D2 in front of a quilt covered in tatting

A lovely red blossomed plant that grows in the southern states. I don't know what it's called, only that it doesn't grow in Wisconsin.


Jane Eborall, the Queen of Tatting, waving to her loyal subjects from her throne!

Breathtaking scenery

Classic car seen at a roadside fruit stand along the way home.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Floating Ring and packed for Tat Days

The mini-tutorial above is one I prepared quickly for a student in my Craftsy class to show which shuttle to use to tat a floating ring (ring thrown off a chain), while keeping a smooth curve in the chain.

I've packed a good sampling of my hand dyed thread to bring to Palmetto Tat Days, which will be sold via the consignment service provided by the guild. What I'll be doing is taking classes! I'm looking forward to fresh inspirations and visiting with people, some of which I've only "met online" up till now.


I'll leave you with this picture of a Cosmos flower. This variety has petals that form little "tube" or "trumpet" shapes. I've wondered if a 3-D tatting pattern could be developed to mimic it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Garden Oddities

Mixed media tatted earrings
Work in progress

Finished today, these are mixed media tatted earrings, my design. They're based on my Nouveau pattern, but I added more beads, embellishments, and a wire framework.

The colors of hand dyed thread used were Gold Dust for the flowers, and Leafy for the greens. The wire frame is 20 gauge purple coated copper wire, and I wrapped the tatting on with 28 gauge wire, also purple. Tiny Swarovski crystals in amethyst color are in the flowers. The color choices seemed odd at the time, but I'm really pleased with the result!
Showing the back side




Dalek tomato
Incidentally, on a tomato plant in the backyard I found an oddly shaped tomato that immediately brought to mind, "Dalek"! It's a Dr. Who robotic character, which I really don't know how to explain to folks who have never seen a Dr. Who episode, but it only took a few household odds and ends to make one! 
The wee villain was very easy to "exterminate" for supper :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sugar Maple

Summer can stay as long as it likes, as far as I'm concerned. But, since I'll be traveling to Palmetto Tat Days this year, I wanted to have some of this autumn-inspired batch to take with me. I won't have a table in the vendor room, but am taking advantage of the offer of the guild to handle my sales for me. This means labeling each skein with my vendor number and price. The best way to do that, it seems, is to put each skein into a small clear plastic zip bag. I bought stickers to put on the bags, but discovered that won't work because the sticker doesn't stay stuck on the plastic. So, I guess I'll just have to put the pertinent information on a piece of paper inside the bag. The extra time required for all these display details are why I much prefer to sell via Etsy rather than live shows :)

Bobbin lace earrings from a pattern by Jean Leader

My second completed project in bobbin lace is these earrings, done in single strands of hand dyed embroidery floss, a metallic thread, and size 11/0 seed beads. I used the pattern for beaded earrings by Jean Leader from The Lace Guild website, except I only used one row of beads.
Bobbin lace is a challenge that I just couldn't resist trying. All those bobbins and pins look so fantastically intimidating! My finished earrings are holding their shape pretty well without adding any stiffening, but I might like to try a different fiber next time, and compare the results.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Still burnin' the Midnight Oil while enjoying a fresh Nectarine


This week I finished 2 smaller batches of "Nectarine" and "Midnight Oil" in sizes 10 and 20 only. They're now listed in my Etsy shop.

Also this week I was given the opportunity to see the progress on my next book of tatted jewelry patterns that will be published sometime this fall by Annie's Publishing. They're doing a beautiful job of making my designs look good! I'm getting excited to see it finished, and hoping I could do a "book signing" somewhere when the book comes out.

I'm happy to announce that I've added a new Instant Download PDF pattern on Etsy as well as my Craftsy pattern store, the Amoeba Triangle set! This asymmetrical pattern has literally been years in the making, and the pendant gives plenty of practice in Catherine Wheel joins. The earrings and bracelet don't use that type of join, but all of the items in the set do use 2 shuttles and floating rings. It's one of the designs that I taught at the IOLI Convention 2016, and I hope lots of tatters will have fun with it.

Monday, August 1, 2016

What Lola wants...

...Lola gets :) She ages gracefully, too! I haven't dyed this colorway for a very long time, and when I looked at the original recipe I decided it could be improved. I'm pleased with the results!

My plan is to dye several batches of sizes 10 and 20 only for a week or so to balance the stock in my Etsy shop. Don't worry, all the sizes that I have been doing will be included in future batches, For now I'm doing some catch up work.

Bobbin Lace pendant with faceted bezel link in center.

Bobbin lace pendant in progress.
 After several learning experiments I finally finished a bobbin lace project that I'm pleased with! The pattern is the Naely pendant from page 23 in the book, Bijoux En Dentelle by Colette Varet. I added my own touch to the center with wire and a faceted bezel link.

The cord used is 1 mm thick waxed cotton. To me it appears to be about the same thickness as Lizbeth size 3. The waxing gives a nice stiffness, so maybe pulling some hand dyed through a block of beeswax might be something worth trying.
The waxed cotton cord that I used for the pendant came from this package.

Bijoux En Dentelle by Colette Varet has bobbin lace jewelry patterns for thread and for wire.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Back from IOLI 2016 Convention

That's me wearing a vintage Tat Days shirt, showing a tatting technique in one of the classes I taught at IOLI convention 2016.

Koala from Australia
 When a lot of lacemakers get together, it's guaranteed to be an interesting week! In one of the tatting classes that I taught, I met a lovely lady from Australia who gave everyone in the class a soft toy koala! The cuddly critter can grab onto things, so in the photo at left he's clutching my scissors.

Sue Anna winding lace bobbins
Sue Anna provided the transportation for the 2 of us all the way to the convention in Indianapolis and back home again. She took a bobbin lace class in Bedfordshire lace. She had a lot of bobbins to wind, so shopped in the vendor area for a bobbin winder. She bought one that she liked, then happily wound the rest of her bobbins and was all prepared for class!


Sue Anna's tatted "Amoeba"
 Sue Anna also took my "Amoeba" tatting class. I really like the orange and purple contrasting colors that she chose for her motif. This design provides a lot of opportunity to practice Catherine Wheel Joins! Comments that students made during class gave me ideas on how to make the pattern a bit easier to understand, so I'll add those improvements before I put the pattern into my Etsy shop.

I wore my Planetary Society shirt one day, and boy, am I glad that I did! It attracted the attention of a woman who actually used to work with Carl Sagan! In case you haven't heard of Carl Sagan, he wrote and hosted the TV Series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. A short biography and video featuring his "Pale Blue Dot" quote can be seen at this link.
Me with Jules

Prize package with knitting by Lelia
 There were many raffle prizes given away. I was lucky to win this beautiful prize package containing a hand knit "bottle dress" including a bottle of dishwashing liquid, a hand knit dishcloth, a blue and white ceramic mug, and pretty notepaper.
The vendor room, stocked with lacemaking supplies!

 The dinners at the convention, as well as restaurants nearby, offered yummy choices! I only took one food photo, of the luscious chocolate cake dessert at one of the convention dinners. I wish I had taken a photo of the incredible rhubarb pie that I was served at Shapiro's Deli in the mall nearby. It was so good!

Being around so many people doing bobbin lace, I couldn't resist buying a beginner's bobbin lace kit and a book of bobbin lace jewelry patterns. I kept telling myself that I don't have time for yet another craft, but well, if you're a creative person you know we just have to find time to play with new toys :)