Wednesday, June 25, 2008

25 Motif Challenge #24/Another Towel

I got some fingertip towels for a good price on Ebay, so I have some new projects to play with. I think they will make great gifts. On this one I used a little snowflake from Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman and an edging from Workbasket Magazine.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I hope this isn't like the games of tag in elementary school where I stayed "it" forever because I couldn't catch anyone (short legs!). I have to admit that this game is a lot more fun, and Bonnie's Tatting Blog has tagged me. So . . .

Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share 6 unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your entry.

About Me

1. I graduated from high school at age 17, Bachelor's Degree and student teaching completed at age 21, and Master's Degree at age 23 (why was I in such a hurry???).

2. I love to spend Friday nights at home with pajamas and a movie.

3. My Gram taught me to work hard, take care of my family, be kind, stay true to myself, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, take naps, and have cookies and milk.

4. Favorite movies: The Wizard of Oz, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Grease, and Lord of the Rings.

5. Dessert can make me happier than anything else in the whole world.

6. I can recite the alphabet backwards.

And now . . . TAG to

Circles and Straight Paths (Margaret)

Carol's Tatting Blog

Arlene Tats and Knits

Memé, sus nudos de amor y más.

Being pretty new to the blogworld, I just want to say that I won't feel offended if you've already participated and don't want to again.

Monday, June 16, 2008

More from Dad's Notebook

I thought of posting this yesterday on Father's day, but it was just a little bit too tender for me. Several of you asked me to share more pages of Dad's (Lloyd's) notebook, so I will from time to time. On this one we have some samples by my grandmother and my Dad's note that it is his mother's (Amanda's) work.

Of particular interest is the hen and chicks edging at the top. I have always done the edging like you see it here, with one picot on the "hen" ring. That is how my mother (Phyllis) did it, and she learned from my father who learned from his mother. I was surprised recently to see that in all of the pattern books there are multiple picots on that ring. Does anyone know of any single-picot samples other than my family's, or do we just have a little quirk?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Finishing and #23

What a productive day I've had! I completed the insertion design and sewed the tatting onto my hand towel for the Farm Show. The variegated thread here is Olympus size 40. I absolutely love the silkiness of this thread as the stitches are forming. It reminds me of cross-stitching with Caron Waterlilies silks.

25 Motif Challenge #22

Another little doily/medallion. This one is in size 30 Cebelia and comes from Tatting Doilies & Edgings edited by Rita Weiss.

Monday, June 9, 2008

More Finishing

I was going to put this little doily into a trivet, but I couldn't find one quite large enough, so I finished it as a hanging piece instead. Super simple - a styrofoam ring wrapped with ribbon, and the tatting sewed on. Then some colored scrapbooking paper on a circle of cardboard glued to the back. This method has some definite possibilities - it's lightweight and inexpensive, and I didn't have to put any glue onto the tatting.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dresser Scarf Progress

Finally - I've made it through the slump and found a color/design combination that I like for this project. Both ends are painted, and the hand-hemstitching is done all the way around. I just have the tatting to complete and sew to the other end, and it will be ready for entry in the Farm Show in August. Oh, this is also my first venture into finer threads - the edging is done with size 80.