Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jane's TIAS 2018 has begun!

And the snowman isn’t finished. But that’s not a bad thing. I caught an error that couldn’t be improvised around. So, another start. And there were a few distractions. Nothing dangerous and mostly fun, just took time.

Here’s my version of Day 1 TIAS 2018
Jane's TIAS 2018 Day 1

Friday, January 12, 2018

Another way to mark picots

I spent some time yesterday looking for a notebook. It has my notes from meetings with the Concert Task Force. I didn’t find it. I did find a few UFO’s. A Prayer shawl started years ago (yikes) and an angel pattern left unfinished. I always wonder about what I determined was most important to do the last time I held the project in my hands. Truth be told, sometimes it seems most important to reduce my stress by setting it aside until I get inspiration to solve whatever problem came up. Not the best priority of my attention.

I’m still working on the snowman pattern. I started a version using size 80 thread. I hope to use them for earrings. Really. While I was loading beads on, I grabbed a bit of leftover thread to use as markers. Remember this idea? (insert link) Well, the brown thread I grabbed was rather slippery. I think it’s waxed button thread. Bad idea. I ended up without markers as the knots untied themselves and the thread fell away from the beads. What to do?????

Here’s my solution: 

I took another piece of sewing thread, used my crochet hook to pass it through the picots in the order that I would need to find them. It’s working out better. I can see them much easier. Still need the magnifier with size 80, but I’m working my way around joining those 11 picots! I hope to have one finished next week to show. I’d like to wear them while working on Jane’s “final” TIAS.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

During Christmas

Ah Christmas….

I love Christmas. As a musician, it’s a great time to join in the general fun of carols and music. And music is a huge part of celebrating the Holidays.
I tend to unplug from just about every “normal” activity during Christmas. Today being the 9th Day of Christmas, I figured I could pick up blogging again.

 Here’s what I completed tatting
Not finished yet. Which reminds me….


That word tends to strike terror into some stitcher’s hearts. Well, I’ve discovered that a lot of the finishing involved in tatted pieces really happens as you tat. You can hide ends with loops, you can tat snugly so blocking is minimal, and you can work loops for hanging and such into the pattern. Easy-peasy!!

Incidently, I tried to strategically place black beads as I was loading the clear beads for these guys. Makes ‘em look beady-eyed. Pun intended!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Loops that help

I like to test out my patterns several times. Having another tatter work through them also helps. Imagining how a pattern looks or tats up in other size thread, with or without beads, using needle just doesn’t always cut it. Getting things into thread usually does. I discovered on the third or fourth pass that I was losing track of where to join. Big time! A friend who knits gave me this idea:

Marking points in the pattern for joins; much like marking darts when sewing or where to cut. It’s much easier to cut out these little loops of thread as you join than to find a vsp amongst the beads.

I hope to have a pair of earrings to wear soon. But alas, preparing for the next few days just may have to happen first. Speaking of testing…. I should test that recipe for mulled cider. (mmmmm!)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

visit with a Snowman

snowman for ornament exchange
I'm still working on the 6 week list, but I thought I'd share this: it's the result of the spurt of designing:

I’m my own worst critic, so of course I’m not completely happy with the little guy. This is worked in size 10 crochet thread with size 6 and 10 beads. The smile is made up of size 11 beads. I do like the bugle beads for the “carrot” nose. I’m in the process of tatting up another. If any of you would like a crack, give me until a few weeks from now. The organ bench has a stack of music to practice on it, the guest list for 12th Night has topped 50, and I WILL stay healthy so I can play Christmas Day!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Looking ahead for 6 weeks

Another quote from the novel I’ve finished:

“Friendships, like quilts, brought warmth and comfort to our lives. Our stitches might not be perfect, but they were as strong as the love that united us in the crazy quilt we called home.”
(Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton)

I hope the next few weeks hold the promise of fun, celebrations, and good times with those you love. I will be shifting into high gear now to clean up Thanksgiving, prepare for Christmas, and start another year! No more lazing with novels, dreaming up new projects, or letting my attention wander too far. It’ll be activity with a check box and lots of time with family and friends!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The next few weeks

Christmas is coming soon. This year will be very fun! On the calendar are parties with friends and family. Dates I’m playing for services. Oh, and yes, shopping and gift wrapping. What fun! All in 6 short weeks. Yes, I know Christmas Day is in 4 weeks. We’re celebrating all 12 days of Christmas this year! More later. Time to get crackin!
Matilda by  Lee Hye-oon

I took a few moments to try out this pattern. Thank you, Hye-oon  for sharing your design. And thank you Georgia for bringing us news of this wonderful designer. Her book is definitely on my list!