Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tollway Tatters

Ana.  Her project was "Wondrous Window" earring pattern 
by Marilee Rockley from Up and Tat 'Em.  

Elaine.  A needle tatter!  The photo (below) is a spiral she was creating.
and, I have to make mention .... She designed her own tee shirt with dye in squirt bottles.  She made her own stencils with contact paper (x-acto knife) and ended up with a very creative tee.  

                                                     Denise  on the left, Barbara on the right.  Denise had all the ingredients for ice drop production.   She things BIG and wants to create oodles, to gift this week.   Innovative color choices, and speedy tatter!    She is making them based on ladybug, emerald ash borer bug, think - nature inspired pieces.       
Denise tatted around a copper penny (show-n-tell).   Fabulously interesting!   

Barbara's tatted snowflake project (show-n-tell).  Barbara was piloting a new-to-her tatting shuttle in photo above.  
 Denise (left) and Barbara (right).

Sue Anna sporting a stunning new jewelry set (show-n-tell).  It is a Marilee Rockley set!     Close up of earring in photo below.  
  Yesterday, Sue Anna was tatting the earring pattern with different beads and fiber colors.    The pattern is in the book, Tatting with Beads Jewelry (link here).  Photo below.

Here is Marilee on her carbon fiber cello - she played a piece from Fantom of the Opera.  (I think).    Diane has the video!!!    She is one talented artist!    Teacher, designer, fiber dyer, tatter, and friend.  And, yes, after her solo, she tatted and chatted with all of us.   So helpful with our tatting issues (ie Catherine Join, keeping the tatting flatter, etc.)

And look who came from Michigan!   Delighted to chat and see Sue's latest sun catchers.   She creates wonderful patterns for ice drops and sun catchers.   (If you look at Diane's blog post, she has more photos of the projects).  Or, check out her creations on her blog, Tatting Lace in Grace.     While I was trying to change a pattern to make it look different (after 2 trys - realize it doesn't work out), Sue eyes it for half a second and diagnoses a fix!   A tatting mechanic!

Here is Diane.  Can you guess what she is making?   Could it possibly be an ice drop?    More photos at Lace-Lovin'Librarian's (link to blog posts HERE).       See the box in front of her -- yep, indeed, Yarnplayer HD threads.   They look so much better in hand than in photos (on my computer screen).   If you have not given them a try --- do so soon!     These came home with me -- Nitty Gritty, Peace, and Stardate.     Oh, that "Peace" fiber color is probably my favorite.

When I had HDT by Yarnplayer, 50/50 wool/silk, I knitted with it - and made square on my pin loom.   It is a beautiful colorway - and I've enjoyed using it.   ( color Peace  ).


Tuesday, May 16, 2017


EDITED 2017/May 21 to include more information on tatting book (last photo).  

 Ice Drop made with 
Lizbeth Size 20, Color Artic Waters - 185.

Pattern by Lace-Lovin-Librarian, link HERE.   .   .   

 Tatted a small heart, from the book (photo below), Lizbeth size 20, Color 622.   (Med. Pink).    Our daughter was hiking over the week-end at Clifty Falls State Park.   In the pioneer village, she enjoyed the tatting demonstration.   Her friend was not familiar with tatting -- so this heart is for her friend.

If you visit THIS LINK, you can review other projects in the book.   

Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Asahi (2013)
Language: Japanese

Easy! Tatting 

(Asahi Original 424) 

ISBN: 4021905502 

by 2013. editor: [S.l.] : Appurumintsu (Author)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tollway Tatters

Last Friday, the Tollway Tatters gathered.  Please visit Lace-Lovin' Librarian (blog) for more info and photos.   It is a fun, creative time with oodles of chatting,

sharing tatting fibers, sharing glass pieces for tatted ice drops (my color selection tripled), gifting hand made tools (see the needle w/tatted tail for un-knotting), sharing charms,
talking about the latest shuttles (ie Clover Japan, acrylics by Rita, shapes, sizes) ,  snacking, and gifts!!!  

 Sunlit shuttle embellished by Denise.    Had been in a copper color 'egg' container w/goodies.

Nice to catch up on the news and always ...  tatting.  For me, emptying shuttles.  

Lace-lovin' Librarian aka Diane, put several origami pouches together (rainbow of colors) a few years back.    She thought we could embellish them with tatting!      I selected a green one, and realized, once home, that I gift most of my tatting and didn't have much for the bag ; )

    Fast forward . . . when my MIL passed away, she seemed to keep all the tatting I ever made for her in small frames and a special box (I stitched the top).

I pulled out the origami pouch, fused the tatting, added a (made by Diane) crochet button, a few beads and charms ... and before I knew it, the whole thing was covered!  
 main parts of the bag .....

 the sides ......

these are the sides with pocket flap pulled up.   LL pin and IOLI pin.

On April 7th, I went to the International Quilt Festival. The quilts were incredible!  
Beautifully / artfully displayed.     Among the cool things in the many booths ...  I purchased 2 beige shuttles ... 

they were pretty scruffed and dirty w/awful gritty fiber.    So, I cleaned them up a bit!    

    I also found a vintage pattern book.

need to get a few 'promised' items made up and mailed this week.   Happy Spring.

Friday, February 17, 2017

TIAS - Day 11

Tat It and See 2017 concludes:    crinoline lady 

Please visit Jane's blog to see the variety of colorways and ladies!!!   

Link here:

Lizbeth Size 20
Col. 403 (Winter Ice) Twirlz

Lizbeth Size 20
Col. 161 (Sea Island Citrus )

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

TIAS 2017, day 10

Tat it and See
DAY TEN - using fiber:  Lizbeth Size 20
... the game concludes tomorrow with Day 11!

Lizbeth Size 20
Col. 403 (Winter Ice) Twirlz

Lizbeth Size 20
Col. 161 (Sea Island Citrus )

Monday, February 06, 2017

TIAS 2017 - Day 9

The game continues with Day Nine.

Wonderful guessing by participants.

Make sure to visit Jane Eborall's blog:  Tat it and See


TIAS 2017, Day 8

Day 8

Jane Eborall's blog:  Tat it and See     

Any ideas?   I'm not sure.    Will add more tatting with day 9.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

TIAS 2017

Day 7

 a skirt?

  what is your guess?

 A bird?

more ideas on Jane Eborall's blog