Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas tatting (10, 11, 12, and 13/25)

Here is some of my tatted Christmas gifts. Hopefully the recipients enjoy them. I like to make gifts especially for the person and pick colors that I think they would enjoy.

This first is the first round of a wreath designed by Laura Bobay and found at Tat-man's site. I made 3 of these for the neighbors. I was excited to find that one neighbor's mom used to tat and was able to see some of her mom's tatting. She thought that tatting was a lost art! This is tatted in Lizbeth 20 leaf green medium. The beads are clear and all that I had. I wish that I would have had red beads, but the only beads are found at least 2 hours from me. Next time I get near a craft store I sense some red beads getting sold to me.
These are what are going in my Christmas cards this year which will be send out next year. They are tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Christmas delight. The pattern is by Birgit Phelps.
These are the Easy Tatted Cross posted at In-Tatters by xstchntat. Thanks for posting this xstchntat. For some reason I had a rough time on the first one, but they tatted up extra quick after that. There are a few more to be tatted as well. The colors (in clockwise order) are Autumn Spice, Leafy Green, Spring Garden, Caribbean, Tropical Punch.
And last but not least are some necklace pendants. These are the ones that I found on Pieknits blog. The non-black ones are size 20 Lizbeth Vineyard Harvest and size 40 Lizbeth Turquoise Twist.
Merry Christmas to all!!!

the purpose for the "b"

Ignore the bad sewing on this. I can really sew better than this, but wanted to make the book completely "edible" for a child. I sewed the tatting to the fabric and it didn't work so well. What fabric glue have you used that works to attach tatting to fabric? The middle pages also are sewed with the diaper wipe plastic cover inside (it make the fabric slip as well) so that the pages make noise. Hopefully the child like the texture and color book. I made use of stuff that I had and one pair of childrens jeans that I bought for a grand 75 cents!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

little b and friends..(6, 7, 8, and 9/25)

"Big B, little B, what begins with b?" Anyone know what that is from? If so, I'm guessing that you are around children under the age of 4! That is from a Dr. Seuss book. I gave up on my big B for a little bit, but couldn't get the idea out of my head. I was looking at one of my trials for the big one and came up with a little b. It isn't the best, but will serve its purpose. I'll work on fixing it up and the big one at a later time. Right now there is just too much to do. This is Lizbeth size 20 color Navy blue.

I also needed an A. I decided to stick with the old standby rather than create a little A. This is done in Lizbeth size 20 harvest orange medium (a Christmas present for me)

This bunny is from Mark Myers. I need to get the right ribbon for his neck. I think that he is so cute and will serve the purpose perfectly. I'll show you the purpose after it is finished (hopefully soon since it needs to be finished for Christmas), but here is a hint it starts with a "b". This is tatting in Lizbeth size 20 white.

And I needed something with an "a", again thanks to Mark Myers for the apple. This is done in Lizbeth size 20 leaf green medium and Christmas red.
A special thank you to tatters who post patterns. I greatly appreciate you sharing them.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bothersome Bs (4 and 5/25)

I had this marvelous idea and right now nothing is working. Lest you get concerned when you view the picture....I am NOT tatting another last name....repeat NOT tatting another last name. I might be called upon to tat initials or a last name of 3 letters or less sometime in the distance future.

I am trying to make a texture and color book for a baby. I wanted to put the first initial of the child, a B, in the book. But my Bs aren't looking right. I tried to come up with a variate of the letter that I tatted before, but it looked like a D with a line in it. Then I found letters from Gillian Buchanan. Her B looked great, but mine looks like an 8 (I did drop off the extra picot since it is for a boy--I thought that it would be more boyish). I would like to figure out how to alter the block B since a lot of people I know have a last name starting with a B, but that will have to wait. Any ideas? I'm posting this mostly for my own memory so that I can alter it in the future. I think that for now I'm going to tat some animals for the book instead.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's beginning to.....

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Now to hide the ends.....

Christmas exchange pictures (3/25)

Here are my goodies from the Christmas tatting exchange on the Tatting Forum. I'm so glad that I checked back in just in time to sign up for the exchange. I'm just like a little kid and opened it (with the kitten's help....boy did she love all of the items....I hope that you all made it into the picture). I received all of these great ideas from vividmana. I wonderful bookmark and something to put on a necklace, some thread (colors that I don't have :) ), paper-clips that I'm thinking about making into some ice skates that I saw on Sharon's blog, beads, and containers. I'm especially excited about the E-zbob. I'm been on the lookout for one and am excited to give it a try. Thanks vividmana!!
I can finally show the tatting that I sent to my partner now that she has received and opened her package. It is Jon's Merriment Doily. Thanks for the pattern Jon. It is tatting in Lizbeth Christmas Delight size 20. It is worked on the ball and I love how it is very periodic with the thread coloring.