Friday, December 30, 2011

Hanky Finish

This is the second one for an order of three hankies of the same pattern. The thread is size 40.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Tatted Holiday Gift Finished

Size 40 Lizbeth thread. Color #122. This one was designed/requested by my niece.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pattern for Holiday Card Ornament

Center = 2-inch circle

Punch holes 1/8-inch apart

Size 20 thread

Rings: 4 ±(lp first time) 4 + to center 4 -- (lp) 4 cl rw

Chains: 6 ds

Add bead on lp before joins

Hanger: Load 24 beads onto ball thread. Shuttle join to top ring of ornament. Make chain (2 ds bead) repeat to end of beads. Tie & cut.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holiday Card Ornament

The picture's not very good on this one. The beads are clear, so the ornament sparkles more than it seems in a photo.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hanky Finish

Size 40 Lizbeth thread, white. Hen & chicks edging.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quick Ornament

A satin ornament from the thrift store, some size 10 thread, pattern from Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, 6 pins, and two hours.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Help, please!

Does anyone have a lavender hanky from Handy Hands that you would be willing to sell or swap? My niece requested one (straight edge, if possible, but I'd be glad to find a scalloped one at this point), and not only is my stash without one, but I haven't been able to find one online either. Please e-mail at Thanks!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Here's my latest finish. My daughter took a liking to this one when it was about half-finished, so it is now hers. What else can a mom do?

I've always turned my rings and chains the other way (attaching the ring to the linen edge), so this one was new for me. Also, the thread is one of the newest Lizbeth colors.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Class and Hankies

Last week I finished teaching a 3-session tatting class for beginners. All 10 students who began the class were still there at the end, and we had multiple successes ranging from flipped stitches to completed rings and chains to completed hen & chicks edging. It was a fun and rewarding experience.

I haven't posted new work here for a while. Most of my recent tatting has been class-related samples, and my daughter requested a new pair of knit slippers (priority, of course!), but I have managed to finish two hankies.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another Ornament

This one is called Kira's Star by Birgit Phelps. The web address that I have on my printout no longer works, so I don't know if the pattern is still available online or not. Anyway, I did it with Lizbeth, sie 40 thread. It worked up really quickly and I may do a couple more. We'll see.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


The farm show's over so it's time to start on the holiday ornaments. Here are the first three for this year. The tree and white snowflake are from and the multi-colored one is from Christmas Ornament Collection by JoAnn Stearns.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Farm Show Results

Doily and Pincusion - Blue (1st)
Knit scarf and Hanky - Red (2nd)
Ornament- White (3rd)
Knit purse - nothing
It's hard to compete against other types of needlework, but that's the only way I could show more than one thing because there's only one category for tatting.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Farm Show Entries

Knit purse & scarf, tatted ornament, doily, hanky, and pincusion. I started a linen/tatted table runner as a last minute rush project; it's going to be beautiful but may not be finished. 7 more days!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


11 Days to go until the Farm Show and all of the knitting/tatting is done. I just have the hand-sewing to do on the doily and the purse, which is not NEARLY enough work to have a really fun race to the end. So . . . I found a pattern for a table runner that should tat up reasonably quickly and am heading to JoAnn Fabrics to get thread after I drop my daughter off at musical practice in about an hour.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The clock's ticking louder!

I have 12 days left until Farm Show entries are due. I should finish the tatting on the hanky today. I still have to tat around about 3/4 of the doily, but the pattern is moving well now that I've finally figured it out. Still lots of hand-sewing to do for the finishing. No pics until they're all done - that's my motivation! :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pincusion Tatting Done

I am very tickled with this one. It's from the book called The Classic Collection/Tatting Patterns by the staff of Workbasket Magazine. 1990. The directions have several errors, so it was a challenge, but it turned out pretty cute. Now it's my seamstress' job (aka my daughter) to make a formed insert that we can fill with emery to turn it into a pincusion.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The clock is ticking . . .

Farm Show entries are due 3 weeks from tomorrow. I have a scarf, purse, and ornament done. Hanky and tatted pincusion are about 2/3 finished. That leaves a doily to edge (not started yet) to finish out my list. There's still hope!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It must be summer, . . .

. . . and my hand must be feeling better: I've been bitten by the Farm Show bug. The apples are looking good, so we might have a few to enter, and I've made my needlwork entry list. I have a felted purse that just needs to be lined, and I should have no problem making a tatted ornament. The other "let's see" projects are a doily and "a tatted item," maybe a hanky? Entries are due August 7. No problem :) Ready, set, go!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Not the best pic, but here are a couple more finishes. The blue one is a new pattern for me. It was a pleasure, and I'm sure I'll use it again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hanky Finished

This is the hanky I started a couple months ago when I was just beginning to tat again after my (second) elbow surgery. It's nice to be back in familiar territory, and I closed the truck door using my right arm today without thinking, so the strength is coming back too :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Daffodil Doily

All done! Thanks for the tip, Diane.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Current Project

This is Daffodil Doily from Janette Baker's Learn to Tat. I'm using Lizbeth thread, color #154. There's just one more round to go, and it will be about 6 inches across when finished.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summer's Here!

I turned my final grades in yesterday morning and had some errands to take care of, so today was a day for me! I finished up a knitting project and finally had a chance to try out my new shuttle that was a Christmas gift. Can you hear my sigh of contentment? :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tatted Hanky!

Here it is, the first completed tatting since my surgery in December. I can't tell you how pleased it makes me! Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, support, and patience with my whining. The feeling and strength are not completely back to normal yet, but if I can tat, I'm happy.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I finally finished the scarf that wouldn't end! It was for my husband's birthday, and he likes scarves long so he can wrap them around his neck and face. Now I'm back to tatting a little bit. I'm making slow progress on a pink hanky with variegated edging and am considering teaching a class in the fall.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Surgery Update

I have now progressed from the knitting looms to regular needles. Whoo hoo! Tatting is still a challenge, but I can manage small amounts. Who needs occupational therapy? :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Another Finish

I started a scarf but realized that I didn't have enough yarn, so I unraveled it and made a toddler's hat for the collection going to Arkansas Children's Hospital instead. Knitting looms are the best for compromised hands!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Scarf #2 and Surgery Update

It's been a very good day. Doctor's appointment went better than I could have hoped - dressing, stitches, and sling completely removed, prescription for physical therapy, and a very good prognosis. The painful/sensitive area below my elbow where the nerve was trapped seems much, much better, and everyone seems to feel that my hand numbness will resolve itself. I have movement (weak and painful, but that's ok).

I finished scarf #2 and was able to TAT a 4-4-4-4 ring. Welcome back to my hand, shuttle! I've missed you!

Thanks to everyone for the support, thoughts, and prayers, and keep them coming.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends.

I'm looking forward to recovering from this surgery and getting back to tatting. I finally splurged and ordered a specialty shuttle as a treat for my husband and daughter to wrap for me for Christmas. Can't wait to try it out!

The other tatting plans for the year are more hankies, maybe a large piece like a doily or a set of fancy pillow cases, and perhaps teaching a class in the fall.

Let's have a great 2011!