Sunday, March 29, 2009

"Spring"? Really? Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

This was taken out my front door this morning. As you can see Mother Nature fooled us again here in beautiful (tongue in cheek) Northern Illinois. They cancelled church because we got 2" of ice under 8" of snow! Welcome Spring! ( Love snow on the Colorado Spruce but in December not March!) Oh well there are dozens of children screaming with glee they can get their snow suits on once again! LOL.

Here is 'Quadrille' earrings in size 20 in 'Brilliant Sunset' thread by Yarnplayer. Below is them compared to a penny-so you get some idea how big they are. I really like this pattern for earrings. They are light enough you don't notice they are in(no chance of ripping holes out either) but large enough they don't fall out!

Below are a pair done in 'Roses' size 50 (also Marilee's thread) compared to a penny . I already had to make a replacement earring because I lost one. These are lighter still and I would put a back on the wires so you don't miss place one. After all it is a shame to put all that work into them and loose them!

Here they are by themselves. Click on pictures to see them bigger. All of these have been needle tatted even though Marilee's pattern calls for shuttles. Next challenge is to make a pair using shuttles- but what color? So many to choose, so little time. :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Earrings from Yarnplayer pattern!

This is my first pair from Marilee's(aka Yarnplayer) pattern 'Quadrille'. She was selling it on her ESTY shop and I was lucky enough to get it! This is done in Lizbeth size 20. I didn't have the neat beads Marilee has but I like what I did. They tat up quickly(when you are not watching championship games for volleyball) and are alot of fun to wear! I have almost finished another pair in hdt thread 'Rose' and when I have them done I share. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

'Springtime' earrings and other things.

Here is the 'Anchor' pattern from the same issue as the 'Tatted Oval Earrings' by Millie W. in the 1991 issue of (June/July) Workbasket done in 'Springtime' Lizbeth thread. Yes I got carried away and overlapped things in the stiffing process.

The other picture is just for size comparison for size 80 (on the right) and the Lizbeth thread size 20.(Earring in 20 is about 2-3'' long).
I think I am going to try the 'Spinning Wheel' glass mat next in this color. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Earrings done!

TaDa! Here they are in the 'Country Grape Swirl' Lizbeth thread. ( This time I actually did the pattern right-cold, tv bad combination.) I want to say they are about 2 1/2 " long. Nice size for dangling earrings.
Now if they made this thread in size 50 or 80 life would be perfect! :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

TaDa!First projects with 'Lizbeth' Thread.

One earring (about 2 1/2 - 3 inches) in 'Lizbeth' 20 in 'Country Grape Swirl'. I put label to give you prospect of size. Pattern is from an old Workbasket June/July 1991 by Millie Wilcoxson called 'Tatted Oval Earrings'.
The two side by side. The big on is about 6-7 inches across. The size 20 thread makes it about 3-4 inches.

'Q' snowflake by Jon in size 5 hdt thread by Marilee aka Yarnplayer 'Morning Glory'

'Q' Snowflake from Jon done in Lizbeth 'Jewel' thread. Click on pic for a closer look!
Did I mention I REALLY like this new thread! It tat's like a dream(I've said that before!) and it doesn't twist as much as Flora can some times. It is smooth and rings close nicely.
OK enough about thread!
My daughter is MIA!( Not really she just doesn't want to talk to her family right now.) She had regionals for Basketball in Ketchikan and it was like 4 games one day 4 games the next and 7 on the last day. Her chops were gone(she played her tuba with the group). She came close to hurting the male staff member when he heaved her 10 thousand dollar tuba over the seat like a sack of potatoes.( I almost fly out there to take this guy out for mistreating not only her instrument but the schools drum sets. I payed for the tuba and at the time I got it it was only 3000 dollars 10 years ago-so you can see why I was upset.) What message did that send to the students? My youngest son(who plays tuba also) would have gotten in his face. At 6'5" and 300 lbs that is allot to have in your face. But Becki ever the professional chose to deal with it not in front of the students.
So she has Spring break and has gone into hiding get away from Met. And she has her phone off so we can't call- oh well maybe she is getting much needed sleep!
Today both hubby and I have a cold so all I want to do is sit, some tatting and drink herbal tea. So with that thought I will say-TaTa for now!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

And now the rest of the story.

This is my Batik of my logo pic. It is on a 12 x12 bandanna.
The story behind my 'pic'. I have 3 children and my middle child is my only daughter. If she could she would have been born orange and green(her fave colors) she would have. She has a great love for frogs so over the years I have 'collected' as many different frogs for her as possible. This one was from somewhere I don't remember but I used it for a Batik block I did.(1st pic) My original idea was to incorporate it into a block for a quilt. So far I have 3 blocks done in 2 years and am not moving too fast. I named the 3 frogs in my pic after my children and I think it best fits my personality.(Besides I really liked the colors). So that is it. Not very exciting, but it kind makes for a fun story. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Have't died, just been working and tatting.

Just a quick post. I received my shipment of Lizabeth thread from Handy Hands. WOW! I can't say enough good about this thread! The first batch I got last year was very twisty but this batch even made my husband comment on how nice the rings and stitches looked!( He always asks me if I'd rather be doing something else other than tatting. What is he nuts! No- I rather tat thank you.) And now with this thread what a joy. It is as nice as hdt thread I get from Yarnplayer. If you fellow tatters haven't ordered this thread give it a try- you'll love it! :)