Monday, June 9, 2014

Antiques Roadshow afterglow

Well, here’s an update from Saturday’s adventure:

We dutifully read all the instructions with the Roadshow tickets. We were excited. With an hour to go before we needed to leave the house, we were still deciding what to take! Yes, I did take the photo with hair art. I think we creeped-out several of the other “guests” and maybe a few of the “volunteers” and maybe the “expert” with the hair art. Personally, it doesn’t cause me any discomfort, but then, I’m a sentimental collector.

There were about 12,000 people there each with 2 items for appraisal. We arrived just before Noon, with ticket times running up to dinner time. Everyone was looking a bit tired when we arrived, I can only imagine how they must have felt at the end of the day. The expert (appraiser) who looked at the hair art for us was very knowledgeable. He started out by saying that he must have seen 50 of these hair wreaths when the Roadshow was in Bismarck, ND. He mentioned that there were quite a few immigrants from Russia that settled there and created many of the pieces. I know there are German ancestors in my family, but am not aware of any Russian or Swedish ancestors. More information for the puzzle…….

As for TIP, several people asked what I was doing. I had fun explaining to them what I was doing. No one exclaimed, “That’s a lost art!” So, I couldn’t answer, “I found it!” But then, consider the audience…… I didn’t have the courage to tat while we were standing directly behind one of the sets while they were taping. I guess I’m still camera shy despite the number of photos my Dad took while I was young. (I was the only girl – 3 brothers.)

Would I enter the lottery for tickets again? You bet!

Would I travel more than an hour to attend? Not unless we knew we have a real treasure.

We don’t really spend a lot of time with Antiques on our mind. We watch the show occasionally, treasure what we have (valuable or not), but don’t intend to take up the hobby/profession.

So, back to the tatting chair. I’m almost done with the Intarsia star. It’s a fiddly technique but really cool. I have several design ideas I want to explore very soon using the technique. But, I must, I really, really must, finish some of the Phd’s (projects half done) even though some are not even half way finished!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

lucky tshirt

I'm hoping this tshirt is lucky.

We won the lottery for tickets to the taping of Antiques Roadshow in Santa Clara. I know! Lucky!!!!

So, I decorated this tshirt with a version of Summer Necklace by Nina Libin.


tshirt with edging
 
I'm planning on taking a photograph of my grandmother that is decorated with "hair art" in the fashion that was popular in Victorian times. I'm also planning on wearing other tatting (hair bun holder) and working on Old Glory by Nell Corns. I'm looking forward to this TIP gig.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

garden hat closer

I have finished my draft in white. I rather like some aspects, but not all. The bane of creativity!
garden hat draft in white
I have also finished the center of the Saint-Saens using blue. The scan doesn't look quite right, so I need to fix that before posting. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Garden Hat


It all started with a hat and a day dream in the back yard.

Some of you remember we have our own private little park in the back yard. I love sitting out there during breaks. This year, a hummingbird has built a nest in the mulberry tree. So, of course the binoculars are close by. The eggs are now tiny, tiny little fuzzy balls with very long beaks. The mother is very attentive. Apparently, feeding time is every 20 minutes or so. Talk about labor intensive!

 

I try to wear a hat when I’m outside. It keeps the skin healthier and it makes it easier to see through the binoculars. Well, my old hat was toast, so I bought a new hat.
As I was standing in line to pay for it, I mused that there was a nice open weave area; a little like some tatting I was working on. Over the course of the next day or so, I was musing on how to replicate that area in thread.


 
 

Well, I knew better than to try to sketch the hat. So, I opened my old, old clip art book; the one that saw much use with Cub Scouts and Brownie troops. I decided to use Mark (Tatman’s) technique of using the picture as a cartoon and laying the tatting on top as you work your way through the design/photo.

 
draft in white


It worked fairly well. But, it needed to be tweaked. So, I plunked down in my chair to tat a white version. To my eye, it looks more like a stocking cap. Sigh. It’s warm enough to move to the bench. I’ll post more when I have something recognizable as a pattern.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tatting chair


Well, it’s been awhile since I posted. Personal stuff got it the way. All good….well, mostly good. Just couldn’t figure a way to work it into this blog.

 

I’m back now. I’ve finished the Saint-Saens. I’ve started another version in blue. More on that later.

 

What I really want to share today is my birthday present:

my tatting chair


 My very own tatting chair. I use it daily. I love it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Round 3 finished

I’ve finished with the final round of the Saint-Saens. Here’s a detail picture of it. Pardon my photography skill.
detail of round 3

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is here


I love spring. I live in a Mediterranean climate. That means there’s always something in bloom. There’s always yard work. There’s always a weed growing. There’s always something to plant/prune/feed/water; especially water. We haven’t had as much rain this year as we should. We’ve lost a couple of things. Mostly because our drip irrigation wasn’t dripping. Puts a new spin on being a drip. I hope to keep up this summer. The foot is still not 100% which makes it difficult to stay on top of chores. I need to ask for help.

 

Off to think up a list of those I could call on.