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Friday, January 17, 2020

Floral Heart

Here is the completed design I posted about earlier this week. It's called Floral Heart and the pattern is available in my Etsy shop (click here if you want to go to the listing).

The heart on the left is tatted in Lizbeth size 20 thread. The colors are Blue Ice #163 and Ocean Teal Medium #664. The heart on the right is tatted in Lizbeth size 40 thread, Pink Medium #622.

I also made a couple of hearts in size 80 DMC Special dentelles thread:

On the left is color #115 and on the right is color #107.

This heart was inspired by Mary Konior's "Queen of Hearts" which appeared in her book Tatting with Visual Patterns. Would anyone be interested in a "design with me" blog post about how I used Mary's pattern as inspiration to put this design together?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Something New

A new design, in progress. More on this later in the week or early next week:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

New year, new thread

I have an antique thread cabinet that I purchased a few years ago at the DC Big Flea market. I bought it with the intention of holding antique tatting shuttles, and I did use it for that purpose until recently. After joining Instagram and seeing lovely photos of DMC tatting thread, I wondered if this thread would fit into the cabinet. I knew I'd be in trouble if it did...because then I'd have to go on a shopping spree. Well guess what? It fit perfectly:

This thread cabinet was originally meant for sewing thread, but I don't sew. Instead, I tried to match the colors of the DMC thread to the labels in the cabinet as best I could. I even bought extra thread so that I could tat things without messing up the display:

This thread (DMC special dentelles, size 80) has been discontinued in the US, so it was a little difficult to find vendors that had it in stock. I placed a lot of online orders over several months, and eventually moved onto shops based in the UK. I found Minerva Crafts to be a good option, because they carry a wide variety of colors and restock whenever they run out.

The thread cabinet has a glass top that opens and closes on a hinge. The photo below shows it in a closed position:

My antique tatting shuttles have since been moved into different displays, one is a Milward's Needles display and the other is a Clark's Mile End set of drawers. Maybe I will post pictures of those sometime in the future.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Stacks of Snowflakes

I'm still enjoying making mini snowflakes. I have over 20 of them now:

Here's another photo of them placed on decorative scrapbook paper. It was difficult to fit them all:

I have several more drawings waiting in the queue, and am looking forward to continuing this project next year.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Mini Flakes

I tatted some of these mini snowflakes last year and made a few more this year. They are relaxing to make because they are quick and easy to design.

Other than my notes, I don't have any patterns written for these. I'm thinking of continuing this project next year, and accumulating more designs before I go into pattern writing mode.

A quick reminder: My Etsy sale is almost over (it is set to go through Tuesday, December 3rd and end at midnight, Eastern Standard Time). If you'd like to check out my shop, you can get to it by clicking HERE.