Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Candle cuff ready

Here’s what I came up with for the candle cuff pattern. 

I like the colors and shape of the elements. I hope they work for the candelabra.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Break for watering

Well, the project list hasn’t sorted itself. So, I took a break to water the succulent strip. This blossom caused a thought to flit into my head….something like, “that’s unusual” or “huh!”

But, then I changed position to water the next plant and realized I hadn’t seen the plant it belongs to.
And then, I discovered the hidden beauty!

Ah yes, the break helped….more next week!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Fair items are turned in for judging. I was so focused on finishing and such that I forgot pictures. I’ve also had a bad cold. So, I’ll just have to get pictures after the Fair opens.

As is my custom after I meet a deadline, I spent some time looking at my list of possible projects. One of them will mesh nicely with my next substitute job. I would like to continue reviewing music frequently requested for weddings/funerals. I have pulled out my copy of Andre Campre’sRigaudon as arranged by Vigil Fox. Now, I understand this isn’t from one of Campre’s sacred works, it’s a dance in the middle of an opera about ancient Greeks and gods and such. But, it’s fun to play and people enjoy it. So, I like to have it under my fingers. Incidently, this organ was made by the same company as the organ I have in my home. 

I see lots of possibilities for tatting patterns as it has a strong rhythm, chords, and short phrases making up sections. There’s enough of a melody to make it an ear worm. My challenge will be to keep focused, and not get crazy with details or get distracted and end up at the keyboard playing away. With the harpsichord sitting in the middle of everything that’s a true challenge!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Fair is upon us for another year.

Actually, just the deadline to turn in items for judging. (2 days!)
Next, items for display need to be turned in (the 24th), enjoy the activities of Car Week (starting tomorrow), setting up the Weaving show that has a case for tatting samples (the 24th), and finally in a couple of weeks, enjoying the Fair (Aug 30 - sept 3)!

No pictures until after the Fair, but here’s the chain I tatted to go with the pendant:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Brussels Tat a Monument project installed

I received an email with the link to pictures of the Brussels Tat a Monument project. Seeing all those tatted squares from all over the world is humbling. This is why I tat. Not just to create beauty, not just to make a statement, but because I am connected to those around the world who create lace.

To see the album, go to either Cathy’s Facebook account or this Flicker album:

Here is the photo of my submission letter:

Thank you Cathy for this project. We are human. We all deserve to live with dignity and freedom. Please let us know where the tatting will go after the installation is complete.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Frustrated a bit......

The pattern for the candle cuff just isn’t coming together as I had hoped. No worries. 
The entries for the Fair are not all going to be done. No worries. 
What I’ve been spending time on is much more important!

I had the pleasure to help to produce, and enjoy, this:
Here’s more info:
The concert was wonderful and well received. If you were one of the few who didn't heard him play, he'll be back. But school comes first for a few months.

And to work out the frustration with the shuttles, I tried out this Benile pattern:

Dragonfly by Nina Libin

Dragonfly by Nina Libin
I love it! The top one is tatted in Crochet cotton size 10 with size 11 beads. The bottom one is tatted in Lizb Metalic Gem Stone. I do like working with this thread. I hope to see more sizes available soon.
It was a bit tricky to get the beads loaded so that they ended up at the proper place in the pattern, but I made notes and now it’s a fun thing to tat. Since all the beads are loaded prior to tatting, it’s a good one to do at the Fair!