Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tatting by Zoom

That sounds like credits at the end of a vintage tv show. The Tatting Study Group met this week using Zoom. It’s a very popular app right now. It was fun to see everyone.

On a sadder note, the workshop in Sunnyvale is postponed. We’re talking about an online component that will be a much different format. More as that progresses.

I decided to start the Challenge doily over. I made several mistakes in the first few rounds. I’m liking the way it looks now. Picture as I finish the next round.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Happy International Tatting Day!

Tatting in public may not be possible, but I wish everyone happy tatting anyway!

Tat on!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time out

I took time out yesterday. The sky looked so gorgeous I couldn’t sit inside! 

The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the water looked like Hawaii. The bay was clear. You could see fish swimming in the kelp. And the air was clear. We could actually see buildings in Capitola/Santa Cruz. That’s about 25 miles as the crow flies. After weeks of cloudy/misty skies, I just couldn’t help but walk down and linger looking and recharge my soul.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Shuttlebirds cancelled Lace Museum still on tentatively

We spent yesterday discovering what the flooring was like under the carpet in a bedroom. All things considered, it is in pretty good shape.

That took my mind off the fact that Shuttlebirds will be postponing their Tat Days until April 2021. I will plan to teach and enjoy getting to know them in a year.

The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale is still operating, so I hope that we can still hold that workshop. We’ll see what the government decides.

In the meantime, I’m making progress on the Elephant canvas. I think by this time we were to be stitching the final section. I’m just finishing lesson 1. Hope to share a picture soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Challenge with vintage

While most of the world is in Shelter in Place mode, I can’t just sit and not create something. I’m like the kid that can’t sit still; I can’t not create. So, when I saw a post about Tat-a-Renda’s Challenge design, I decided to join in. But, what thread to use?

Her design is starting out like a vintage doily. So, when I spied this bit of vintage thread, I thought perfect!

This is what it looks like so far:

Remember the vintage shuttles I picked up on this trip? Well, this one is labelled Justrite. I do like working with it. I normally don’t like the feel of a metal shuttle. I prefer wood. But, this one is balanced better and almost feels like my ivory shuttle. Since it twists apart to fill, I wondered if it is the inspiration for the Moonlit shuttle. Incidentally, today is the last day to pre-order from Handy Hands. I ordered my bag in blue!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Not words I like to use


Those words always seem empty to me. I’d much rather be busy with creating and using positive words. But that’s not reality at the present. Don’t get me wrong. I am lucky and fortunate. I have resources, space, and in that mantra of Real Estate, “location, location, location.” We’re able to continue walking for exercise, we have not had to change our eating habits, and for the most part, our days are full of activities very similar to what we did last month, last year, or even last few years. We are fortunate.

So what have we been doing? Catching up and cleaning.

I’ve been organizing and documenting and cleaning. You know, all those tasks you’ll “get around to” someday that you know are really important in the long run. Not quite to the level of getting our affairs in order, more like on the level of “Spring Cleaning” and “getting ready for a move” level. OK, truth be told, I haven’t felt very pressed to do anything. I’ve been just reading and walking and caring for the garden and clothes and cooking. I’ve also been sorting out what’s on the computer. Making a list of what should be on the computer. We’ve got time now.

Time to…..
Take a walk.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Strange times

I am a tatter and a musician because I am. What little I’ve accomplished in the Arts is not solely on talent. Believe me! There’s a lot of sweat equality in every single piece I play, every single pattern I tat. I believe the world needs beauty. During these strange times navigating a response to COVID-19, I cannot keep from creating.

I draw for inspiration the many, many artists and musicians who have gone before me. People who continued to create when there was no need, people who continued to teach when there was no opportunity.

That has resulted in me tatting with a shoelace in a grocery store, talking about Galileo and his career choice of mathematics rather than organist as his father wished, playing the Prelude when the guy at the sound board was playing his favorite Christian Music hit, and generally seeing art and hearing music everywhere.

So, I encourage all of us to continue to create. Answer uncertainty with Bach and Rings/Chains. Give us all a reason to hope and look to tomorrow.

I will be practicing and tatting as I remember a photo of Isaac Stern playing in 1991 on stage, alone, while the audience members sat listening wearing gas masks. (You’ll need to scroll halfway down this page.)

Stay safe and be healthy everyone.