Monday, September 28, 2009

Butterfly "Pattern"

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my purple butterfly. Several of you have asked for the pattern. Here is what I used - it's a photocopy of my mom's pillowcase with some notes that I added as I worked it out. Also, I used Omega size 30 thread, color #850. It appears from my current Handy Hands catalog that this may not be available any more. I'll have to nurse the rest of my ball.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


I've finally finished the large butterfly for Elizabeth's quilt. This gives me 6 blocks, and I think I'm going to set them together with strips and make a wall hanging from them. Her birthday is this Friday, and I'm feeling a need to try to finish this project. This butterfly has been a journey for me. The sample was in my dad's things, a finished piece done by his mother. He tried to write out the pattern, but I couldn't follow it. My mother had tatted a couple of them and sewn them onto a pillowcase, so I used those to make a diagram from which I was able to work. Needless to say, I'm proud of this one. Elizabeth's quilt will have a family legacy of tatting in this block.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Card and Ornament

Today I finished another variegated tree ornament like the one in the previous post and embellished this card with some thread my sister-in-law found for me at a sale.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This and That

I'm still plugging away on little projects. Over the last couple days I've finished a hanky, a bookmark, and a little ornament. The hanky and bookmark are my own designs (just simple doodles), and the ornament is adapted from a gift tag pattern on

Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm Here!

It's been a busy time with work/school back in session, the new puppy, and continued dr. appointments to try to resolve the issues with my elbow and hand. I did manage to tat this Rose Cross from Workbasket Magazine (March, 1989) over the last couple weeks. I've also reserved a table at a local craft show/sale in October, so I'd like to get some more bookmarks and ornaments ready for that.