Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beaded Bag

This beaded amulet bag was a birthday present for my supervisor. She loves to play the piano in her spare time and is teaching her granddaughter. It was definitely a learning experience for me. I learned to bead a bag in the round with two different sides in tubular peyote stitch and I learned to make a spiral chain. I am rather pleased with the end result and so is she. I used # 11 Delica beads for the bag and white # 11 seed beads and black # 13 Charlottes for the strap. I thought the red dagger beads finished the fringe off nicely.
PS: I revised my last post regarding the butterfly pattern.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


First of all, thank you all so much for leaving me such great comments! I believe the pattern for the unusual butterfly was in the first book published by the Ring of Tatters. It said the pattern was published in autumn 1996, I wonder if that was in the Ring of Tatters newsletters?
I just got this baby bib finished last night and today is the baby shower! I grew up on Mickey Mouse and gang, that's why they are my favorite Disney characters. The tatted edging is very simple. I used two shuttles and just switched them whenever I needed to. The thread is a variegated Altin Basak 50 which works up between a Size 20 and 30. This is my motif # 21 the second time around.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Butterfly with Cluny Petals

Thank you all for leaving me such nice comments on my tatting! As a matter of fact, I saw a robin in the yard this weekend that looked exactly as my tatted one. Spring has definitely come to Oklahoma City, even with the latest cold front moving through.
This little beauty is called Jean's Butterfly and is a design by Jean Tallet. I used one of my favorite colorways of Lizbeth Size 20 thread. I think it is called spring garden. You can definitely tell that it's been a while since I made Cluny petals. Some look pretty pathetic. This is my motif # 20 the second time around.

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's a bird

I finished tatting the Robin, a new pattern by Jane Eborall. Her patterns are very well thought out and easy to follow and they are free. Jane is so very generous with her designs. The patterns on her webpage could fill quite a few books. Thank you Jane for sharing them with us! I used Lizbeth Size 20 thread. This is my motif # 19 the second time around.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Saturday was our monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Shuttle Bugs Tatting Group. We had one new tatter and the lady who had taught us twilling the weekend before joined us to continue on her shuttle tatting quest. They both did very well. We had such a great time tatting and chatting. I finished the stork with his bundle, yet another great design by Jane Eborall. All thread used is Lizbeth Size 20 thread. It must have become my favorite thread for tatting. One of my tatting buddies gave me the idea to use this motif for a framed birth announcement picture. This is my motif # 18 the second time around.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Twilling & Tatting on Paperclips

Here is a picture of the twilling I did last Saturday. We let each person who
tries out tatting pick out a paperclip with tatting on it. It's a good reward don't you think?

Monday, March 14, 2011


This little butterfly I made from Jane Eborall's beaded butterfly bookmark pattern without the beads just to see how he would turn out. I have to admit he looks a little plain. I love the colorway of this Lizbeth Size 20 thread. It is my motif # 17.
Last Saturday two tatting friends of mine and I taught five ladies how to tat. Two of us drove two hours one way. It turned out to be a very rewarding day. Besides tatting, there was also a group for twilling, crochet and knitting. People were free to move from group to group so everybody had fun. After lunch we had a try at twilling, which is a double knot embroidery stitch used for outlines. I think this stitch would make a nice seam embellishment on a crazy quilt block.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tiny Cross

Last fall two of my tatting buddies and I drove to Bartlesville, OK for the annual Lace Embrace which is put on by the Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma. That was the third year in a row we went. We always have such a great time taking part in tatting courses, listening to the lace related talks and visiting with other tatters and lacemakers. We also took part in the class about decorating fabric covered buttons with Teneriffe lace, which is a needle lace. The best part are the tatting olympics with the disciplines of speed tatting and synchronized tatting. And then there is the shopping, because there are always lace vendors present. I bought two colors of Venus Size 40 thread. To try out the thread I made this tiny cross from Patty Duff's book "Mini Tats". I added some Size 15 beads. I have to admit that closing those tiny rings was quite a challenge because the thread has such a tight twist. I think it turned out quite well. It is my motif # 16 the second time around.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tatted Shuttle

Last weekend I visited with my friends in Dallas, TX. I gave Kathy the flowery bookmark and she loved it. She had never seen tatting before. I also let her pick out a pair of tatted earrings which she wore right away. It's great when tatting is so appreciated.
This is a little tatted shuttle, yet another pattern by Anne Bruvold. I used Lizbeth Size 20 thread in medium and light seafoam green. This is my motif # 15 the second time around.