Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Enchanter Hearts (9/25)

My newest cross is almost finished, but I thought that I needed a good dose of springy colors with the gloomy weather here.

Here are two needle tatted Enchanter Hearts designed by Jon. Both are tatted in Lizbeth thread. One is in spring garden and the other is tropical punch. I need to find someone who ties nicer bows :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Heart (8/25)

This is the Heart from Learn to Tat by Janette Baker. It is needle tatted in Lizbeth Jelly Bean. Just had to test out the color :)

I might have to try this one again soon with a shuttle :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Easy Cross (7/25)

Here is another needle tatted Easy Tatted cross (the pattern is available at inTatters). I was in need of a quick cross to give to someone who had been sick. After seeing it in the picture I think that I need to block it. This is Lizbeth size 20 in Mountain Breeze.

I had hoped to have another cross from Lene Bjorn's book, but the one that I was working on got scrapped. I had miss counted way too many things and it wasn't fun anymore, so I started another one last night that will hopefully be much quicker and maybe I can count properly!

By the way, where did spring go? We are back to cold wind and snow flurries again. I love the cold and snow, but don't like the sneak peak at spring just to have it revoked!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Edging (6/25)

We received snow again last night. Not much, but just enough for me to spend the morning pulling a sled around the yard and throwing a few snow balls.

I received the start of this edging in a Christmas exchange in 2009, but I can't remember who sent it. Whoever you are, thanks!! Three of the rings and three of the chains were tatted by me. I thought that this might be a nice addition to the back of a denim jacket for the kitten.

Are there any secrets for un-tatting shuttle tatted work? Last night one of my stitches didn't flip and I didn't notice until I tried to close the ring. I've been using a crochet hook and doing everything in reverse, but I'm hoping for a faster way :)

I think that these shuttles need some decorative paper added to them, what do you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Luck of the Scottish??(5/25)

Yes, I know that it should be Luck of the Irish, but my husband is Scottish :) And yes, I even have a kilt that I love!! This is my successfully shuttle tatted shamrock from Gina's pattern. I think that I might finally be getting the hang of it.

This is a doily that was recently passed onto me that I thought you might enjoying seeing. I don't know who tatted it, but the doily is just fabric with the ends tacked down.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Heart's Desire (4/25)

I have another cross started but it is going to take a bit. In the meantime, I decided to start making some hearts. This is Heart's Desire by Susan Fuller.

Don't look too closely though because it isn't quite right. It definitely isn't symmetric. The thread is Lizbeth size 20 Berry Burst.

I have some shuttle tatting to share soon, but that it going to require getting out the camera cord. You can read I'm lazy into that if you would like :)

Right now it is time to get our taxes in order. I've been putting it off for a long time now, but this is the week!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A day late (3/25)

I'm a day late posting my shamrocks. There was too much jigging and eating corned beef and cabbage :) Much thanks to Gina and Sharon for the patterns. You can click on their names to be taken to the patterns. The threads are Lizbeth size 20 in leaf green medium and leafy greens.

One set of these headed home with our friend who brought the corn beef and cabbage yesterday. I'm working on shuttle tatting Gina's shamrock. I'll post results when I get some that look alright.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hearts (2/25)

I was in need of something tatted for a wedding card and Jon's entwined hearts were perfect. This was needled tatted in some of the DMC that I recently received from Happy Bluebird. I think that I will have to make some more of these for future wedding cards.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Regina cross (1/25)

This is the Regina cross from Lene Bjorn's tatted cross book. This was needle tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Victorian Red. I received this book was a Christmas gift and have already gotten quite a bit of use out of the book. I think that there might be one more cross from this book in the near future.

It appears that I have (through OWOH) convinced someone to learn to tat!!!! Exciting and exactly why I decided to participate in the first place.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shuttle Tatting Update (part 2) (25/25)

I usually compose grand blog posts and emails while washing dishes, but my computer time is limited and it never gets onto "paper". I had a "Good, Bad, and Ugly" post all set up in my mind days ago and then I saw yesterday that Fox had used it already!

The Good

The shuttled tatted Stumpy is finished.

The Bad

I still haven't figured out my shuttle tatting tension and the thread keeps moving in ways that I don't like. Time for practice, practice, and more practice.

The Ugly

I decided to spare you my ugly shuttle tatted Stumpy and show my needle tatted Stumpy instead that I finished recently as well. Believe me it is ugly. I think that I need to focus on smaller projects to help my learning curve and keep my practicing. Any suggestions--something beside the traditional ring and chain pattern? I also learning that I'm not a fan of big rings.

(Update: I forgot to mentioned that the Stumpy shown here is Dr V's thread Sea Glass in size 10).

Well this completed my second 25 motif challenge. Count me in for another one Sharon.

And Happy Pi day to all (3.14159). Make sure and eat some pie :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

test tat(22, 23, and 24/25)

Surprise, surprise. Not a cross this time around...although I am working on another one.

This is a test tat that I did for Jessica at Snapdragon Lace. The pendants are needle tatted in Lizbeth Boysenberry dark size 20 and the bracelet is needle tatted in Country Turquoise Medium size 20. I LOVE the bracelet and have already worn it out and about. I would like to tat the pendants/earrings in smaller thread since they are large for what I wear.

Thanks for letting me test tat for you, Jessica.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pernille cross (21/25)

You will never guess what tatting I have to share with you today :)

This is the Pernille cross from Lene Bjorn's tatted crosses book. I had a hard time figuring out the exact stitch count from the pattern, so this is my adaptation of the pattern. This was needle tatted with Lilac Dk in Lizbeth 20. Since I'm on a roll there will probably be another cross or 2 in the near future.

Now back to shuttle tatting Stumpy. I think that I should have chosen something with smaller rings. I'll make sure and do this with my next project.

much thanks

Much thanks to A Happy Bluebird for the beautiful bag and threads!!! I didn't anticipate this much thread, but I was pleasantly surprised. What a perfect way to brighten up a dreary day. The kitten loved all of the pretty colors as well. Thanks again.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Patchwork is bigger (20/25)

My Mary Konior Patchwork is getting bigger!! I'm still amazed at her designing ability. I'm not sure how big to make it. I had originally thought about making it 4 by 4, but now I'm wondering about making it rectangular rather than square. This was done a few weeks back, but I'm just now getting it up. I've had enough white for a while, so I'll put this aside for a bit and come back to it in a few weeks.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Maria Cross (19/25)

In case you can't tell, I'm on a roll tatting the crosses from Lene Bjorn's book of Tatted Crosses. This is the Maria cross needle tatted in Lizbeth antique blue medium. It came out more blue and silver in real life. These are fun to tat up and the recipients love them.

Bet you can't guess what I'm working on now? :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

lucky me

I have been the recipient of some blog giveaways recently and wanted to share the gifts with you.

The first was part of OWOH. I was the winner of this wonderful bracelet from Niky at Silver Nik Nats . She has a shop with some beautiful jewerly, so if you are in the need of something check her out. The bracelet is beautiful and is small enough to fit my very small wrist. My wrist is so small that I used to be able to get out of the play handcuff when I was younger. Thanks Niky. I've already worn it and got some nice complements on it.

The next was a blog giveaway at Purpseful Homemaking. If you are in the need of some ways to save money, some ideas of things to do with children, or some "green" ideas for your home. Be sure to check her blog out. The link will take you to the giveaway page since there is a link that every crafter will love. It is a link to the Thirty-one catalog. It is a catalog with all kinds of bags. Some of them would be perfect for carrying around tatting. Now to pick one and save my pennies.

I won a lunch tote bag pictured below. I can't wait for spring since this will be perfect for picnics at the park!!

And I also won the giveaway by Happy Bluebird. February was a lucky month for me. I wonder what March will bring :)