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I have been a crafter of all sorts for many years, and really love working with Paper and Threads. I am loving the design work I am doing now. I really seem to be getting back into my "art", even if I am doing it by computer now, instead of actually getting dirty while drawing. ;-) I have been avid about Thread Arts since I was a kid, learning to Crochet at 7, then Knit, Embroider, Needle Lace and finally Needle Tat. I love to design as well and am looking forward to taking the Needle Tatting that further step as well.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bag making frenzy

Hey all!  I haven't been doing much tatting lately, but I HAVE been making Bags to carry the tatting in!  I have made one called a Dorset Bag or Origami Pocket Pouch, the second bag is a Drawstring Pouch, the last is just a pouch that has a zipper pocket added to the outside of it (no pattern here...just followed one I already had)
Inside of Dorset Bags

Dorset Bags (Origami Pocket Pouches)

First try has a full size CD....made the bag toooo small, IMO

Used a Mini CD inside this one...much better size!

Now I have it!  Use a Wide Mouth Canning Lid and make a Pincushion out of it!

Need to find some more zippers...really like the way this bag came out!
I'll be taking these bags with me to the upcoming Craft Show on February 12, so we will see if others like them as well as I do...lol  I think of all the material I've used, I like the golds and browns of the last Drawstring Bag.
Oh, the Christmas Bag is NOT going to be sold!  That one is mine!  I'm adding tatting around the edge of that triangular pockets as well...will show you a finished pic of it when I get it done.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So Sorry!

I really do need to post more often!  I have been doing tatting...really!  I've just been so busy, I forget to let you all know what I've been doing.  So, this post is going to be picture intensive.....I'll put a little blurb in with each photo too...(go and get a cuppa, I'll wait....)
Lacey Bookmark done with shuttle
This bookmark is tatted with a size 10 Grey thread that I had intended on using on the following Two-by-Two bookmark, but it was a different weight size 10 than the burgandy I did the center with....so, since the shuttle was already loaded, I made up this bookmark.

Celtic and Two-by-Two Bookmarks
 I really like the burgandy and cream thread of the Two-by-Two, but really think the bookmark would have "popped" more if I had been able to use the grey thread...ah well.  I LOVE anything Celtic, so this bookmark was a joy to make.  What a lot of color combinations you could use to make this gorgeous bookmark!
Jane's Bookmark (shuttle)
 This little bookmark has to be one of my all time favorite patterns to work, needle or shuttle!
Color Challenge
These bookmarks are the results of an interesting Color Challenge that one of the ladies from InTatters put on.  Tat something with a Variegate, then with the Variegate and a Solid Color, then reverse those colors, then the Solid Color.  I had a limited amount of the size thread I wanted to use, so that is why my solid bookmark is Cream instead of White.
Jane's Bookmark
This is Jane's bookmark again, using all of the thread leftover on the shuttles from the Color Challenge.  Not enough for a "full length" bookmark, so I added ribbon to both ends.
Hematited Bracelet
This bracelet is made with Split Rings and Hematite Beads (alternating round and square), then the Chain done after all the Rings are done.  I made this bracelet to give my youngest daughter when we picked her up at the airport right before Christmas.
Greenman Necklace
I made this necklace with Split Rings, various sizes of Hematite Beads and 4 Garnet Beads (right near the Green Man).  The Green Man was a gift from my friend when I went to visit her in Upstate New York late last Summer.  Originally, I just had him on a silver chain, but it just didn't "work".  I think this necklace works really well with him.
My Christmas Earrings
Ok, last tatting picture for today.  These are the earrings I made for myselft for Christmas.  I had made another pair that was similar and when I was at a Craft Show in early December, a lady wanted a pair of Christmas Earrings, and I didn't have any on display.  I was, however wearing a pair that I told the lady I could make a pair like them for her if she wanted.  Well....in the end, I just ended up selling her the pair out of my ears...lol....so I had to make myself a new pair.  The thread is actually some that I plied myself.  My OH made me a spindle, based on the CD/dowel spindle and I used 3 strands of Machine Embroidery Thread.  After plying the thread together though, it had way toooooo much twist, so I found both ends and let it "untwist" onto itself, essentially re-plying itself again in the opposite direction.  I really like how the thread ended up and will be making more of it to tat jewelry with.
Christmas Craft Show 2010
Here is the display from the Christmas Craft Show that I did.  I sold a few cards and actually sold quite a few of my tatted earrings.
I have another show that I am getting ready for on February 12 that will be at the Country Club again.  I can just hope that i do as well there as I did at the Christmas Show.

Now that you have seen what I have been doing since I posted last time, I will "try" to post a bit more frequently so my posts aren't this long again...

Sending you all hugs