Thursday, September 18, 2014

Saint Saens in blue

I realized the other day that I haven’t shown any of the Saint Saens pattern worked in blue thread. So I’ll be sharing a few over the next few posts. Here’s up through Round 1:

Saint Saens Round 1 with connecting rings
The thread is Lizbeth Wedgewood Lt. and Wedgewood Dk. in size 20.

The previous version of the Saint Saens I used size 80 thread for the connecting rings as I wanted them to fade into the background and needed to use the same color thread. I'm not sure which version I like better yet. I think I'll reserve judgement until the tatting is finished and mounted.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Of blogging and pins

Well, quite a while ago, I mentioned that I would be posting on Tuesday and Thursday. With my schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the Homework blog, that means that I can block out a regular blogging time in my day. Or so the theory goes…….

In an attempt to try out such a hair-brained idea, here’s the post for today:

I’ve sent off my tatting to the judges who volunteer for TAT. I hope they think my efforts are worthy of “Master Tatter.” It’s been a 2 year process. I’ll confess it was difficult at times to keep at it. Some of the patterns just didn’t grab me. My family reminded me that some of the pieces I work on for the organ don’t grab me; to accomplish what I set out, tatting will be no different. Many people have encouraged me along the path. I remember seeing a photo of the pins on a website many, many moons ago. I’ve been thinking of how my set would look. Anyone else have a set they own?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's August...already

Can you tell that the computer does not dominate my time?

With apologies to those who follow this little corner of cyberspace, I have managed to get back to a normal daily life. I think. More on all this as it’s appropriate. I have no wish to show you what I’ve been eating or talk about other mundane daily activities. I have set a goal to post Tuesday and Thursday; at the very least.

As a teaser, I’ll say the posts will include my progress on tatting the patterns in the Master TAT binder, working on the blue version of the Saint Saens, tatting a motif based on a Bach piece, and learning more about web programming to volunteer as keeper of the Homework blog. That should do it for, oh say, 6 weeks!

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.