Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tatted Butterfly

This beautiful butterfly is designed by Sherry Pence and is in her book "The Exquisite Collection of Tatted Butterflies". It is available from her Etsy shop, LadyShuttleMaker's shop, I tatted this one with Lizbeth size 20 thread, colors 655 and 656, Wedgewood Light and Wedgewood Dark.

The pattern is easy to work, but I had a difficult time with this. Probably because I was WATCHING the Olympics instead of my tatting! The wings are tatted first and individually. When you tat the body, you join to both wings. The first attempt at tatting the body, I ended up with the top of the wings facing downward. My next attempt I joined the right wing at the wrong picots. Definitely lopsided. The 3rd time I actually paid more attention and it came out fine.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More tatting

Here is the pinwheel pattern by Mary Konior from her book "Tatting with Visual Patterns". This is tatted with Lizbeth size 20, color 104. I think this variegation detracts from this particular pattern. I'm not a big fan of white in variegated threads, but it was still fun to tat! Didn't have enough thread on my shuttles several times for this, so have lots of thread additions in this project! I have the 11 new Lizbeth colors ordered and they should arrive soon. I'm looking forward to playing with those.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My latest tatting

Hi all, I have been tatting a few items from Mary Konior's book "Tatting with Visual Patterns". The heart is one of my favorite heart patterns and is tatted in size 40 Lizbeth thread, color 129. The cross is also another favorite and is tatted with size 20 Lizbeth thread, color 124. Here is the picture:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Knitted Lace Shawls

This is Bison Shawlette by Rene E Wel, published in 101 Small Indulgences--Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant. The yarn is Jojoland's Harmony, 100% merino wool. 880 yards per 50g. I think I knit this on either size 2 or 3 needles. Makes a lovely shoulder wrap.

The second shawl is Swallowtail Lace shawl with extra repeats and is designed by Evelyn Clark. Knit on size 4 needles with Jojoland Melody superwash wool (220 yards per 50 grams)

The third shawl is a lovely pink shawl made from KnitPicks Shadow, color Pink Posy. 100% merino wool, heathered lace weight yarn. 440 yards/50 grams and knit on size 4 needles. This is Mountain Flowers Shawl from Granny an Me Designs, designed by Rene E Wells. This is going to my sister-in-law who is a 5+ year breast cancer survivor! Way to go Suzi!!! The close-up shows the beads added at the points.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Miniature crochet bear

Hi all,

Haven't posted for a long time. I have been busy regaining range of motion and strength after breaking my right shoulder blade in a bicycle accident back in March. I have 1 last physical therapy session to attend and then just exercises at home! Mom is in the hospital after having had heart valve replacement surgery last week and I crocheted her this miniature bear. Pattern is Sam by Edith Molina ( ) and I used size 12 Valdani Pearl cotton. Thought mom might appreciate a get-well-soon present. The little guy is about 2 1/2" tall if he could stand (didn't quite attach the legs right so he could stand) and is about 2" tall when sitting. Lots of fun to make and keeps the hands busy. I will be heading to California to spend a bit of time with mom later this week and will visit again for a couple weeks in September.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Chartreuse Dichroic Glass NEcklace

Hi guys,

No tatting, knitting or crocheting in this beauty--just beading. The focal point of the pendant is a stunning dichroic glass cabochon by artist Donna Garside-Cason. The rest was created by me. A one-of-a-kind piece!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

19 Ring Heart

Hi all,

I have been having fun the last week working on a heart design. Some were too fat, others were too skinny, but I really like this one. It has 19 rings in it, hence the name 19 Ring Heart. If I had planned better, I would have had 22 rings in it to celebrate our upcoming 22nd wedding anniversary. Pattern is available for sale on my website. Sorry folks--no freebies on this one. My last day at my part time job was February 6th, which I missed due to stomach flu! No income from a part time job anymore, so gotta make up the difference with the tatting business!