Sunday, October 22, 2017

A fun-filled Saturday!

We had a wonderful Tollway Tatters meeting yesterday!

We had a nice sized group! From left to right: Denise, Sue Anna, Barbara.

I don't like selfies, but here you go... Marilee on the right, me on the left.

Ana and Mary...

Nancy, Marilee (again), and Carol.

I believe Nancy said she was working on a necklace.

Sue Anna brought projects for us, and this is Ana's.

Mary is working on these lovely motifs.

Carol is working on an edging from an old tatting book that has been reproduced as part of the Handy Hands newsletter. I love that Carol keeps a notebook of her work.

Barbara always comes prepared to tat!

Somehow, I missed taking pictures of Sue Anna's, Denise's, and my projects. Denise brought project bags filled with glass gems for each of us. Sue Anna brought all the goodies to tat Karey Solomon's "Easiest Ice Blossom." Mary decorated glass gems for each of us, and Marilee brought along her Spooky thread in sizes 20, 40, and 80. We don't always have goodies for each other, but everyone is very appreciative when there are surprises!

My newest shuttle from Emiko Suenaga arrived yesterday!

Both sides are beautiful!

I managed to tat two Ice Drops today.

I decided I needed some with white thread for Christmas in the Village. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend for tatting!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Test tatting for Robin

I was extremely flattered when Robin Perfetti contacted me and asked if I would be willing to test tat one of the patterns from her newest ebook, Snowflake Variations. Of course I said yes!

I liked the Small Crystal Snowflake pattern so much, I made three in a row!

I printed off my copy of the 40 page book this morning, and it is fantastic! I love that Robin gives both written and diagrammed instructions, making it very easy to follow. The illustrations are large, and the instructions are detailed.

I wonder if Perfetti translates as perfection? 😄

Friday, October 20, 2017

Oops! I did it again!

I forgot to blog yesterday. I didn't really have much to record.

I've been working on my sister-in-law's runner. I'm almost finished with my first ball of Lizbeth Linen Med. I think I will need two more balls to finish.

I finished another pendant in DMC Diamant. I do enjoy working with this thread!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lazy day

Dave asked me what I did today, and my answer was, "Apparently, not much." I could not think of what I had accomplished!

I did manage to tat one Ice Drop pendant in Ocean Turquoise Dk. I now have the dozen I wanted for Christmas in the Village. Any more that I make will just be icing on the cake!

I did work on a Swedish band pattern today. The first two pattern repeats did not look good at all, but I did develop a rhythm by the third pattern repeat. I think I'm going to enjoy weaving this band!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tropical Fruit

I spent yesterday and today playing with Lizbeth #107, Tropical Fruit. My goal is to have a dozen pendants for Christmas in the Village, which I will easily achieve.

I love how the choice of beads or glass gems can change the look of an Ice Drop.

I also love playing with ribbon colors!

I have another treeful of Ice Drops ready for Christmas in the Village...

and one more pendant. I suppose I should start tatting in Christmas colors!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shopping day

Dave and I went shopping at IKEA today. It's about an hour away, so shopping took up a good chunk of our day. We bought some benches that I've long admired, and we put them together as soon as we got home.

I did manage to finish another pendant. I had dreams of accomplishing so much more today. Oh,well!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tollway Tatters!

Save the date... October 21 Tollway Tatters will be meeting at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294 at 10 a.m. If you are in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us! Look for tie-dyed t-shirts and tatting supplies. We try to sit between Starbucks and Panera Bread. Sue Anna said she's bringing a carful with her!

At the local level, yesterday was a snoozer! Thursday night I stayed up to watch the Cubs/Nationals game, which didn't end until 11:45. I usually hit the hay around 9, so I was up way past my bedtime. I managed to sleep in until almost 5:30 yesterday morning, and I did complete all my normal chores. However, I found myself taking several cat naps throughout the day. I guess I'm not the party animal I thought I was! ;-)

In between laundry loads, I managed to tat one more Ice Drop in size 20 Lizbeth Ocean Turquoise Dk. Have I told you that I love this color?

I made a little progress with my Curds and Whey piece (Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior). I have about 3" to go for my project. I hope to reveal it next week!