Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mardi Gras, tatted hearts, squares, loops, and atoms

A new batch of hand dyed thread "Mardi Gras" has just been added to my Etsy shop.

Last week I finished a heart necklace and matching earrings, both in my hand dyed "Raspberry Sorbet". The pattern is my own "Devotion" but I did a little experimenting:

The pattern calls for size 10, which I used for the heart but  -
I changed the earrings to size 20 and substituted a size 4mm bead instead of 6mm. Also, I changed the seed beads to size 11/0. As you can see, the changes worked just fine!

 I also mailed in my finished pink squares to the Tat A Monument In Pink Project. If you haven't participated yet, do it quickly, since the deadline is March 1st and the mail can be slow.

I've started to tat some "Loopy" earrings, which have for their base the "Beaded Path" pattern from "Tatting With Beads Jewelry", but I add an extra layer using a Celtic shuttle. Hard to explain what I'm doing, but maybe someday I'll figure out how to teach it!

 Speaking of teaching, yes, I will be teaching my tatted "Atom" design at Finger Lakes this year!

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Clover Bobbin Shuttles and Cases Review

So, want to hear what this die-hard post shuttle fan thinks of the new Clover bobbin shuttles?

They're fantastic!

I'm normally a bobbin shuttle's worst nightmare, since I tat with a very tight tension, and tend to give the shuttle thread a good jerk with each stitch. Many other brands of bobbin shuttles can't take the exertion and the bobbin slips. But, the bobbin in the new Clover shuttle stays put!

UPDATE February 5th, 2018: I've tatted with these shuttles for a few weeks now, and the bobbin is starting to slip. I really am a bobbin shuttle's worst nightmare! If you’re a very tight tatter, you may prefer Clover's post shuttles :)

Here's how it comes packaged:
So far, the color choices are white or brown. The shuttle comes with 2 bobbins and a stopper.

Here's a close-up look at the bobbin, which fits onto the end of the stopper for winding:
The bobbin has a hole to attach the end of your thread to.

The bobbin can hold up to 6 yards of size 20 thread (I measured). There's another handy use for the stopper:
While winding, thread can become all twisted and tangled. By putting the bobbin into the stopper, you can let the bobbin dangle to spin out the excess twist. Then, remove the bobbin to continue winding.

If you prefer to wind your bobbin on a sewing machine, there are washers included in the package to facilitate that, also.

Packages of spare bobbins are also available:
Just like their post shuttle counterparts, the Clover bobbin shuttles have a very nice point for doing joins (also useful for picking out mistakes).
The bobbin stays in place while tatting, yet turns easily with a push of the thumb to advance or retract thread.

More new products - storage cases! 

First, here's the Clover storage case for tatting shuttles:
It holds both small and large sizes of Clover post shuttles.

Next, here's the case for bobbin shuttles. It holds a lot of bobbins, with spaces for a few shuttles and stoppers. The tiny slots are a good place to store the washers.

These products are new to me, so I've only tried them out for a short time, but my impression so far is that they've got the high quality I've come to expect from Clover Needlecraft. I'll keep on playing!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pink squares for the Brussels' monument project

Cathy De Greef is the organizer of this monumental project.  For details, see her YouTube video:  She also has another video showing how to do the pattern. 

I plan to do as many squares as I can for a while, then I'll mail them in. I think this worldwide project is so cool! 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elegance Earrings video demo

The pattern Elegance earrings is found in Boutique Tatting.

This video is the result of people reminding me that I haven't made a video in a while, plus I wanted a new pair of earrings for New Year's Eve with a lot of bling!

If anyone is wondering about the pink leaf teardrop beads that show in the background but aren't used in the earrings, they were originally "plan A", but I decided on the gold drop beads instead. I played with colors! All of the beads are the size called for in the pattern, except the smaller gold seed beads were size 15/0 instead of size 11/0. The thread used was my own hand dyed, size 20 in "Roses".

Naturally, I edited out a lot of the boring, repetitious parts, so tatting the actual earring will take longer than 11 minutes for most folks! I do hope that the video helps make the tatting techniques and the design a bit more understandable.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Found from 2008: Quickie Snowflake Earrings

 Found hidden in 2008! My pattern for Quickie Snowflake Earrings, which I've now added on the tab My Free Patterns so it'll be easier to find.

Naturally, it's only the basic pattern, but can be embellished! I've done them with a bead in the center and additional, smaller seed beads in the picots (as shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos). In those variations I used size 40 thread, a 3mm center bead, and either size 15 or demi seed beads.

Leaving you with this, as I have a busy week. I'm a serious amateur cellist and I have 2 concerts this week, including the one shown on the flyer below. I also play and sing in the church choir. So, that's what I'm up to! After Christmas, I'll have time to finish writing up the pattern for the Milkweed pod and will be hand dyeing more thread for my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The winners!

The 4 winners of the hand dyed thread giveaway are: 
Karen Jensen, Silvie Sainsardos, Katie Verna, and Bridget Hefner. 

I will need mailing addresses from these winners, so please email me at 

Please continue to share on social media fundraiser for Rod's power chair and prayers for him and his family are very much appreciated!

December 28 update: The fundraiser provided enough for Rod to buy a power chair! Thank you, everyone!
Rod in his new power chair

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In case you didn't notice this giveaway, ONLY IF YOU GIVE to help my friend get his wheelchair

This giveaway is different in that I have a requirement! To be entered, you must give a donation (any amount) to 

My friends Carol and Rod, at the gym. Rod has Rapid Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and needs a new power wheelchair.
Leave a comment below or on this previous post to let me know you donated and I'll choose the winner on the evening of December 4th, 

I'm not asking for anything big, folks. Every small donation helps!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Metallic thread experiment 2 = success!

This time I tatted my Atom in Simthread. It’s finer than size 20, so I added a few more double stitches. (6 instead of 5 in the center. 8 sets and 13 sets in the “orbits” instead of 7 and 12.)
The work in progress

 The Simthread from Rita Richmond at Shuttle By Design worked well! I was able to tat my split rings around beads and close them without problems. The thread also stood up to undoing mistakes.
 I still need to finish the ends of the necklace chain before listing this atom in my Etsy shop.
 This new colorway I call “Solar Flare”. Only a test batch, so just a few skeins listed in my Etsy shop

Want a chance to win some hand dyed thread AND help out one of my friends who is battling Multiple Sclerosis? Donate any amount at this Go Fund Me fundraiser and let me know about it in your comment below. I’ll choose a winner from those who helped.