Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011


"One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy."

Last year I didn't have a blog and was insanely jealous during this event. Now I have a blog and get to participate!! I'm a tatter living in the Midwest of the USA. Which if the weatherman is correct will covered with 17 inches of snow in the next 2 days!!! I have a wonderful husband and a great 2 year old daughter.

Now for the giveaway and some tatting info.

This bookmark is my doorprize. It is hand needled tatted. My neighbors think that I'm strange because I'm young and tat. If you look on the internet there are lots of young tatters. I learning to needle tat from a dear college friend a few years ago. I'm currently teaching myself (with the help of many Youtube videos) how to shuttle tat. If you are interested in learning how to tat, try the InTatters forum or the Tatting Forum. They are great for answering questions....and believe me I've asked a lot.

Please leave a comments on this post for a chance to win the bookmark. The event ends Feb 17. Winners will be drawn on Feb 18 and e-mailed for mailing addresses. You must be a blogger to participate and please make sure that I have a way to contact you should you win. Glad to have had a chance to meet you.

Updated: The giveaway is now ended. Thanks for entering.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Be our guest (16/25)

This is Martha Ess's tiny square teapot tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Wedgewood Dk. The top is a bit floppy, so I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I had thought about a bookmark like the one Threads of a Tatting Goddess did, but with the floppiness I'm thinking about either stiffening or gluing it to something for the kitten maybe with a cute tea cup added.

And last but not least, here are my shuttle tatting accomplishments. There is still much to accomplish, but at least this way I have proof of what I've done to look back at. My rings don't seem to close all of the way yet, but I'm definitely making improvements. Maybe back to some youtube videos again.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Christina cross(15/25)

Here is Lene Bjorn's Christina cross tatted in Cebelia size 30. I might make the topper chains a bit longer so that I can use them to mark additional pages in my Bible. Yes, this one is for me. I had a bit of trouble with the Josephine chains, but I can make shorter ones now. I'm still having a bit of difficulty with longer chains--the chain twists when I take it off the needle. Maybe something better to shuttle tat.

Speaking of shuttle tatting, I completed 10 flipped stitches in a row yesterday!! I went from argg to ahah. I've never watched so few seconds of a video so many times!! Thanks to everyone who has YouTube tatting videos available. I looked at quite a few and took a bit here and a bit there. I attempted a ring last night, but realized that I had used black thread on my shuttle (silly me) and it didn't work out so well. I think that I had one stitch that didn't flip. I'll try again with variegated thread on the shuttle and see what happens. I'll show you the progress once I get something to show.

I also decided to participate in One World One Heart. I saw it last year, but couldn't participate since I didn't have a blog.


Friday, January 14, 2011

All done

I realized after my last post that I forgot to share the completed last name with you. Here it is all done. The groom especially really liked it. This isn't the best picture--I realized right before I packed it that I didn't have a picture of it completed.

Hello 2011 (14/25)

I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the start to 2011. It is hard to believe that another year is gone. We survived our trip to the wedding and I got a chance to see a craft store again. I received a few gifts card for Christmas and enjoyed spending the money :) I now have some red beads as well as some other beads as well.

We survived the wedding. The kitten walked down the aisle with my husband and looked adorable. I'm sharing pictures of the tatted items that I made for her to wear in the wedding. Her dress was sleeveless and the color was blue, so I tatted a small flower (just rings and chains) to give a bit of color to a white sweater and I used Jane's small button flowers (that I've made before but this time without the inside piece) for her hair. I would have made the flower on the sweater bigger, but I brought thread out on my Ezbob to save space and just had enough to finish. I should have wound more. The thread is Cebelia royal blue size 30. I think that I'll have to get some more of this thread. I really liked tatting with it. I will probably make a few more of these barrettes for the kitten and maybe some for gifts. They were quick to tat and looked great in her hair. Just the right amount of color.

I did manage to tat a bit more while we were gone. I tatted a few more of the Easy Crosses for gifts. I didn't take any pictures of them because they were given as soon as they were finished!

I'm not really a resolution person, but I did make 2 tatting goals for the year. I would like to learn to shuttle tat. I have a video and hope to start this afternoon---that is if the kitten will stop singing and take her nap :) The second tatting goal is to keep a bit more of my tatting. I've given away most of what I've tatting. I'm probably still going to give away most of it, but I would like to keep a few more pieces.