Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hair Bun Holders

I’ve begun wearing my hair in a bun again. Muskaan and Winkerbill both have tatted up something to use and gift to others. The pattern is very, very simple. I like to add a covered elastic like they sell for ponytails. Just tat over it while completing the final round. What I also like to do to dress it up is add beads!

I do love to wear the tatting. I’ve decided though that I need to tat a bun holder with pearls. I’ve never been much for sparkle, preferring the soft glow of the pearls. That means a trip to the store to buy more (pearls) beads!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ice Drop obsession

No, that’s not me. I’ve got the obsession about the organ, remember?

I did promise to post a photo of the Basic Ice Drop I’ll be teaching to members of the local chapter of the Embroiders Guild. The thread is size 10 Lizbeth and the ice drop really is black.

I’m looking forward to the project.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Half Way DONE!

Back in November the OnLine class looked at the antique patterns as published by Mlle Riego. About that time, a linen blouse I picked up from Coldwater Creek developed a problem with the lace trimming. 

Nothing for it but to tat up a replacement! 

Thus was born this project. One strip done, the other loaded on the shuttle (with almost 600 beads and almost 12 yards of thread) to be prepared for blocking and sewing on. Should be done just about the time warm weather hits!

OK….those who know Monterey, know that’ll be October!

Nothing like a realistic goal…snicker, snort!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

You're invited!

Each Friday, there is a short (25-45 minute) concert at St. Paul’sEpiscopal Church in Salinas. This Noon time concert is a more informal event. I will be playing this week. Bring your lunch and join the fun as I play pieces showcasing this wonderful example of Early American organ building.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Insertion turned

Remember this project? I’ve reached the end of the strip that will sit at the neckline. The Tatting Study Group members brainstormed several options. I settled on this one:

Now to tat down the side returning to the beginning point, then to tat the second insertion, carefully take the machine lace off and finally sew my tatting on. Whew! Who knew what the scope of the project was? Certainly not me!

But I’d do it again!! I love having tatting on my outfits.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What's a New Year project?


Organizing, storing, setting goals and deciding what I’m going to focus on. Simple stuff. I do this every year. No pictures to share…..yet.

I’m also trying to fulfill a request for a tablet woven belt. It’s proving to be a challenge. Shoulda taken that workshop! I learned a lot in the first one, but couldn't attend the second. Now I'm reduced to just trying out ideas until something works. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

stretch, massage, stretch and stretch again

Remember this from 2013? I wish I didn’t have to review all this, but needs must!

I’m not liking the way the ankle is feeling. It’s just not healing in the way I expect. So, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about that and so have not been thinking about organ music, tatting, or the more satisfying parts of my life. In review, I did heal and get back to a passable level of physical health. I can do this!!

What have I spent time on?

Samples of my Ice Drop project for next month. Finding copies of music for colleagues.  And resting the foot and ankle. Oh, and attending a fabulous concert.( Preview on Pg. 27). Here's the link to the review:

I’m off to stretch the foot and massage the tension away. After washing the hands, I’ll be working on more New Year projects.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Best laid and misplaced plans....digitally

My photography skills strike again. Or rather lack thereof.

I KNOW I took pictures of the snowflakes I tatted up for gifts. I know I did. Just can’t find them on the phone now. Several were given to good friends. After the hoopla is over this weekend, I’ll approach them to take ANOTHER picture. They have all said they will keep them out and enjoy them all year long.


I’ve set my sights on getting a post done next Thursday with all those photos. Until then, enjoy Epiphany and all the light that shines on!