Well I have made it through my first two weeks of having my foot in the air and I have just received my new fashion boot for the rest of my recovery! I`m styling now!! The doctor says I can start walking on it but I think I will start off slowly. Stairs really scare me!!
Next I have a picture of some of the snowflakes I have been working on!! With much inspiration from ``The Piney Woods Tatter`` I have been doing interlocking chain-ring centers for these snowflakes!! I `m using size 10 thread with e beads and have made about 20 of them so far!!
Well that is all for now!! Time to try out this walker boot and take a tour to the other side of the bedroom!! Wish me luck!!
I`m doing well and can actual do some tatting too.
Here is the view visitors see when they come up the stairs of my house!!
And this other picture is my view of my poor old foot!!
This is the piece I am tatting right now. I decided to try the ``Yes U Can`` doily!! Many many thanks to Diane that Lace Love`n Librarian!! She has added (to her site) her stitch count of this doily to help with the doily work!! I couldn`t do this with your notes Diane THANK YOU!!
I am taking Diane`s advice on the 3rd round and changing the stitch count of the inner rings from 3ds to 2ds. The doily is waving a little but not to bad!! I`m using Coats size 20 thread.
Well that all for now!! I am getting a little tired and may need my afternoon nap!! Take care!! More later!! Tatfully Yours Kelly
The closer the surgery becomes the busier I become! Just got the pre-op done along with the blood work. Also had to buy a special leg elevator pillow for after the operation. But I have been able to do some knitting and tatting too.
Can you guess what these are?!?
I hate having cold feet and I will not be able to wear socks after Nov. 4th so I came up with these little toe toppers to help keep my toes warm!! What do you think?
Next we have the ``Magic Square``. Norm with the Fringe shared this pattern with my friend Pat and she shared it with me. I love this piece!! It is done in one pass and is easy but a challenge all in one. The rings and chains are all the same through out the piece but you really have to pay attention to where you do your joins. I did this in size 10 Lizabeth, colour autumn spice!!
And here we have some test tatting I did for Lily at ``The Eye Candy for Crafters``. Really enjoyed doing these earrings. Might have to make some for X-Mas gifts!!
Speaking of test tatting if anyone needs some done and are not in too much of a rush, I could do some for you.(That is if you trust a needle tatter!! Looking your way Jane!! Hee hee) I hope to be able to think straight and start work on anything about the middle of November. If interested in putting me to work for you just email me. (address found in my profile)
What can I say....I know I was to blog more often but this thing called life is getting in my way of blogging and tatting. Lets see first I was very busy helping with the Fringe tatting weekend. Both before and helping out with the event. Things went really well and everyone had a great time. (I have pictures of my goodies I show you shortly). Next the STRESS levels around here have been very high!!!! My job is closing down the end of October and with this I had to tell my hubby. He took the news ok. I was really hoping I would have had a new job before I had to tell him. The one I was waiting for didn`t come through.
In the end it was probably for the best I didn`t get the job as I am going in for surgery November 4th on my left ankle and will not be able to get around to well for a while!!!
I know it is alot to take in but I have been able to get some tatting done and even a little knitting too. But first some pictures of the goodies I got at the Fringes Tatting weekend!!!
I was lucky enough to win this copy of 25 Years of the Ring of Tatters.
Here are some books I treated myself to.
And of course I had to purchase some more thread!!!! The ones in the middle are HDT from Karey!!
Lastly the knitting I got done. This sweater is for a special little girl. I just have to sew on the buttons and get it in the mail!!
Thanks for letting me bend you ear for a bit. I hope I didn`t come off as being a big downer!! I know things could be worst!! And because it is Thanksgiving here in Canada I am getting off the pity train and just be thankful for my family and my wonderful friends. (That means you guys in Tat Land too!!!!!!)
I know I was to be blogging more but life is getting in the way and taking up a lot of my time!! I have not even been able to tat as much as I would like!! :((((((
Between appointments with specialist (for my ankle problem), physio, work and now my son has just got his first job!!!! I feel more like a taxi than a person sometimes! And on Monday I had to go out of town to get a new brace for my ankle and also a cortisone shot. Now I just wish that the cortisone would start to work. No pain relief yet!!
I was able to tat this little doily in Lizbeth size 40 called Wild flower Garden. I love the colours in this thread. The pattern is from The Tatters Treasure Chest called Sonata.
Now this next picture you will not believe!!! You all know I am a needle tatter only, well I was looking for ideas for fund raising for the Fringe group this year and after seeing all of Diane`s beautiful podgy-ed shuttles I decided to give it a try!!!
I took them to a meeting we had for the Fringe and ended up sell some of them to the organizing members.
Speaking of the Fringe, we are now taking in registration forms for this years tatting event!! It is September 23 and 24th in Cambridge, Ont. Canada. If interested just check out their wed site.
www.fringetatters.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope all is well in your part of Tat Land!!
Talk to you soon!
Yes, I did get some tatting done but that was not the reason it was the bestest!!!
Yes, Cobourg was having its wonderful waterfront festival but that was not the reason!!
I did receives some very nice gifts and did some shopping too but that is not the reason!!
Do you want to know the reason??
Well it was because Ms Fox herself came out from the city to visit meeeee!!!!!!
Nothing better than getting to spend the day with another tatter and getting to enjoy the waterfront. We visited another tatter who had a booth in the craft tents!!
A wonderful tatter, who was nice enough to let me pick out my own beads and thread so she could tat this beautiful bling wave bracelet!! And she got it done in less than a day just for me!!
And she also gave me this lovely tatted seahorse!! With metallic threads and beads. It is one of Deb Arnolds`patterns. I just love him!! Who doesn`t like getting gifts!?!
And lastly I did get some tatting done while I was waiting for Ms Fox to arrive!! It is still a work in progress (wip). I am not a fan of doing clovers but with Fox s help and ideas I think I am doing the clovers on this ok so far!!
What do you think Fox?
What a fun filled day!!! I hope we do not what until next year to do this again!
Hope you had a great weekend too. Tatfully Yours Kelly
It`s true ``what was I thinking``!! This little doily was tatted in Sulky quilting thread size 12wt. It is Eileen Staffords pattern called Blue Doily. In this small thread, it only measures 4`` across.
As a result of the thinnest of the thread I had to hold my needle a little different and this was what happened to it.
My poor needle is done for! It should be straight!! One doily = one needle. A little of a high price for using this thread. I do not see myself using this really thin stuff again. I have had to order a new and improved ultra thin tatting needle from my friend Rita. I hope it works better!!
And here is my pride and joy!!! It`s the doily I have been working on for about 3 weeks!! It measures 12`` across and is one of the bigger pieces I have done!! I used Coats size 30 and the patten came in one the books I got from Jane!!
I believe I am now finished 8 of my 25 motif challenge the second time around. This time I wanted to challenge myself with projects that were larger or have me learning new stitches, etc.
Hope all is well with you in Tat Land. Tatfully Yours Kelly
This is the new logo for the Fringe Element Tatters group!! I have been working on this for many months but now it is done!! I have tatted and re tatted this so often I am starting to have night mares of hearts and beads chasing me!! Thanks to my talented computer tech son we were able to clean up and prepare this logo for the group. It was voted in just the other day!!
Next we have the doily I have also been working on!! This one is slow going for me. The thread is Coats size 30. The needle I am using is thinner too so my poor fingers has been poked and stabbed a lot. I am off work today so I am hoping to get most of this one done today because I have something else I would like to be working on.
And here it is!! The hankie is a thrift store find. It only cost .50¢. Do you like the thread and beads I picked to go with this? Do you have any ideas of what might look better?
Best be going and get back to the doily!! Hope you are having a great day in your part of Tat Land!! Tattfully Yours Kelly
I hope all moms in Tat Land had a good Mothers Day!! Mine was nice and quiet!! Hubby was out of town and that gave me time to tat!!
This is the finished center table scarf. The whole edging is made up of chains only. A little different for me.
Here is a close up of the corner showing the edging better!! I found the pattern on the tatting index page but it had no name on. Only a diagram and the title name was ``gunby``. I did change the second row by added stitches to the side work. I used size 20 DMC Cebelia.
And of course my son picked me up a plant for Mothers Day and a chocolate bar. (Boy, does he know his mother or what!!)
This a new doily I am working on!! It is from one of the books I received from Jane last week! The thread is size 30 Coats. I am only on row 6 of 9 and then there is a finishing edging to it all. This is going to take me a while to do!!
Here is a question for you!! How old does something have to be, before it called vintage? I know that the lady who gave me this thread had bought it back in the early 8o`s and I am not sure if it still available. Let me know! I was just wondering!
Tats all for now!! Back to tatting on this doily! More later. Tatfully Yours Kelly
I just had to share with you what the mail man delivered on Monday!!
This package came all the way from the UK. Now it was not a surprise or anything like that because I was expecting it.
That wonderful lady we all know as Jane did me a BIG favor and picked up two collectors set of the Royal Wedding stamps. One for my hubby and one for my boss. But before the stamps were available, Jane was selling off some extra tatting books to who ever would like them. I got my name on 2 of the them and they were all mailed together. There are alot of patterns that I can not wait to start working on from these books. Thanks Jane for all your help!!
But first I have to finish working on this piece of cloth I picked up at the thrift store of only $1.25. It measures 10``x16`` and I am using DMC Cebelia, I think the thread colour works well with the stitching on the cloth!!
Well that is all for now. Take care everyone in Tat Land!! Tatfully Yours Kelly
Hope everyone had a good long weekend!! For the past couple of weeks I have been working on something I had not tried before...3D tatting.
This is the first piece I did. Cup and Saucer by Roger aka Freedman of Needle Tatting site. I used Manuela size 20 thread. And of course my favour colour green. This I am counting as number 11 in my 2nd round for the challenge.
With spring here all types of bugs are waking up for me vacuum up. Lately I have seen a larger number of lady bugs then this time last year. I wonder if this means anything!? My little lady here is tatting in DMC Cebelia size 20 and the patten is by Nancy Tracy. I love her patterns!!
And the next picture is of some goodies I received from that sweetie Fox! Thank you Fox. I have not had a chance to work up anything from this stash yet but I hope to later this week.
Well that is about all for now! Hope all is well with you!!
As my title says ``don`t get me wrong..`` I love my hubby but sometimes the way he says things really makes me think!! Like this morning. As it goes I am off work today and as he is heading off to work he says`` hope you have a good time at home today!`` What does he think I do all day anyway?! It`s not like I sit around and eat candy, doing my nails and watching TV.
My list for today was: clean the front gardens laundry get the garbage out clean cat box pick up dog poop wash kitchen floor (the only way is the right way, hands and knees) vacuum make appointments for car and me (doctor) on and on and on.....
Between these items I have also made homemade cookies and took the dog for a walk. (which is hard on me because the doctors appointment for me is to see about having foot surgery) Ok I am done venting!! I feel a little better now!
These hearts are both done in Lizbeth size 20 thread called Summer Fun. The first is Small Tatted Heart by Betsy Evans and the other is Susan Fullers Hearts Desire.
Well I guess I should run!! (not really) Time to put the laundry on the line out side and start thinking about what to make for dinner. I am looking forward to going to work tomorrow for a break. (I clean houses by the way)
Yes I have been tatting but seem to not have time to blog about it. So get ready for a long update!
First we have Sherry`s ``Curly Q`` from her book The Exquisite Collection of Tatted Butterflies #2. Done in size 20 HDT thread I picked up at the Fringes Tatting Week last September! I love working this beauty!!
Here I tatted Nancy Tracy`s March 2011 Medallion. Then I took a page from Fox and did part of the pattern on a silver center piece. They were worked with size 20 Lizbeth Leafy Greens.
This next part is also Fox`s fault. I left a comment on her blog about tatting on rings and she said that I could do it too. Well, who does she think she is. So here. Your right Fox I could do it. I guess I showed you!! (hee, hee)
I forgot to count some past items in my challenge so I am going to update my count and say that with these I am up to 10 of 25 of the challenge, 2nd time around.
I do have more but if I don`t get my butt out the door, I`ll be late for work!!
I have busy as usual with many things!! My sons toe is looking better and he got a clean big of health after having his bone scan done. I am glad that is over with. Then we had the semi-formal to be ready for, and all went well there too. I have been doing some paper work for the Fringe and going to meets. But now all that is behind me and I am ready to tat!!
Here I have a couple of crosses made in Alkin Basak size (50) 30 thread and DMC Cebelia size 20. The patterns is from Roger at Needle Tatting site. I really liked this pattern and will be doing more crosses soon.
This is the cross pattern with a little change here and a little change there to make it a snowflake. This is made in size 20 DMC Cebelia.
When I first saw Mirandas, of Tatting Fool blog, pattern for a cardinal I could not wait to tat him!! I just had to e-mail her and she sent it to me. The big reason I wanted to make him was because of my boss!! My boss lost her husband over 5 years ago and shortly after he died we started to be followed by a cardinal. And even now if we have been talking about Brian; then we go outside sure enough there is a cardinal singing or sitting near by.
I tatted him in size 10 South Maid. Great pattern!!
Well I am off work today and if I`m a good girl and get some house work done, I will let myself to some tatting today!
Hope all is well in your part of Tat Land!! Tatfully Yours Kelly
These pictures are from Feb. 6th when I had some friends over for some tatting and chatting!! In the first pictures there is Pat and myself (can you tell I had a killer head ache?) Then there is Karen and lastly Sandra!! We had a blast; head ache or not!!!
I am taking part in a tatting exchange with the Fringe called `my favorite snowflake`. I have many favorite patterns for snowflakes, but I thought that seeing this exchange was going on in February my snowflake should be made up hearts!!!
Here is the pattern I used for the heart!! I am not a designer and do not claim that someone has not done this kind of heart before me!!
Abbrivations: R = ring Ch = chain cl = close rw = reverse work DNRW = do not reverse work
R - (ds,p) ds 7x`s total of 7 picots cl, rw. Ch - 20 ds cl, join to 5th picot from large ring. Ch - 5 ds cl DNRW R - (ds,p) ds 3x`s cl DNRW Ch - 5ds cl, join to the 3rd picot from larger ring. DNRW Ch - 20 ds cl. join to the top of the first ring. Tie and hide ends.
This is fast little heart and I hope I did alright writing it out. Please enjoy!!