Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wandering thoughts

 While I was sorting, stowing, arranging, and then….resting, my mind wandered. Back to tatting inspired by music….of course!!!

I’m still working out the stitch count on Fantasia. As I pulled it out yesterday during some down-time, I saw something was missing. Couldn’t place it though, until I was in the shower and thought about the Endrucks Project. That’s when things clicked into place. Thank you Muskaan and Ninetta for heading up and inspiring us!!

I’ll be trying out the idea with shuttle and thread later today. After more putting away and organizing.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Why does unpacking take me so long?

 We’ve been remodeling our house in bits and pieces. I’ve stayed organized in my music filing/playing. I’ve stayed organized in my shuttles and thread. I’ve stayed organized in the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. Well, maybe not so much the latter. I thought unpacking would be easier. I’m finding it just as tedious and odious as unpicking rings with beads and fingering a Lemare piece with thumbing down. Ugh!

Now that I’ve got that moan out of the way, perhaps I’ll be able to use my time with shuttles and needle to create lace.

Well, one can hope, right?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tatting on Sanditon

 I have trained my family well. They spotted tatted trim on a costume used in the Masterpiece series Sanditon: the hat used for the character Lady Susan in Season 1, Episode 2. It’s a classic rings-only trim. If you scroll down to the section on her character, you will find a photo of the costume on

I think the lace frames the face very well.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

In its place


No, I’ve always been in my place….maybe not in my lane, but in my place.

I hung this back up yesterday. It’s what I see first thing when I wake up. I tat the fuchsia blossoms and hummingbird many years ago as a gift to my mother. It took me longer to cover the ring and secure then netting than it did to tat the lace. I brought it back when we cleared the home after my Mom died. Now it reminds me of her love and how special I am.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Try and try again


If you cannot manage that, you will have a rough go at tatting.

As I’ve gained experience designing, I’ve found formulas that work for figuring out stitch counts. Yet, sometimes, ya just gotta pick up the shuttle or needle and get your ideas into thread. Here’s what I have for my latest design:

Thursday, September 30, 2021


 Over the last few days, I have been spending my tatting time sorting through a pile of “stuff” given to me after a house was cleared due to the owner passing away. Sifting through your own unfinished projects can be emotionally draining, so I understand wanting a stranger to do so. Most of the items are supplies erring on the thread side. This creative person organized their embroidery floss into a binder neatly labeled with DMC color number. Not a whole skein, just a sample. I’ll be using it myself to dip my toe into thread painting.

What I figure shouldn’t (ahem) be added to my stash will go to a friend for her work with schools and fiber arts. She’s so creative and really, really good at unleashing the creativity in others. Nothing will be chucked before the creative potential is thoroughly explored.

May we all find time to explore creatively.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

What sets you back on track?

 Ever get the feeling you’ve wandered off the trail and are crashing through the underbrush? Your progress towards your destination slows, you may even lose your direction, or you realize you’re standing in poison oak in the fall. Life has a way of happening, doesn’t it?

Well, last week I lost the trail and found myself in the middle of a thicket of errors.

This week?

I’ve found the trail. I figured out what needs to happen to finish off the doily with lots of beads. I should have pictures soon.

In the meantime, I took a moment to enjoy sunrise and walk by the Bay.