Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tat Days 2019 Part 1

Home again, home again, lickity split.  Took most of the day to get unpacked, reorganized and finished a couple of projects.

First, another nice Tat Days has come and gone.  Early mornings and late nights.  I miss those who were not able to attend, stay or feeling under the weather.

Some first timers that I met were:  Jenni Clark from Australia, Sue Fuller from the Tuesday Online Tat Design class, and Melanie Cervi who is in charge of the Monday online homework page.  I know I have missed others either not met or unrecognized.  Note:  it was nice to meet you also.  It was also nice to catch up with others I had met before (the regulars and those who are able to come when they can).

The upper left picture is a chapstick holder.  It is a pattern from Heather Johnston that I modified a bit with permission.  I made these for the teacher bags this year.  I used every color of size 10 thread I had so everyone received a different color holder.

The past few years I have volunteered to test tat.  The picture on the right are two of the patterns.  The earrings are called Dancing  Peacock Earrings.  It is based on a pattern by Muskaan (see her blogpost from January 23, 2018) modified by Anita Berry with permission.  Actually, ended up being an assistant at this class.  The oval doily is called Sonata by Melanie Cervi.  Nice relaxing pattern.

Stay tuned for Day 1 and 2.

Friday, September 6, 2019


Here is my surprise.  I decorated these shuttles for the Palmetto Tatter’s staff.  This is my 9th year attending.  Thought it would be nice to give them something for all they do each year.  Used Pearlizer paint along with acrylic.  Labels were printed on computer for wording and tree.  Three coats of Decou-page and sealed with Gel top coat using an LED light.  Tried to make it look like sand/dirt that the tree was planted in.  I think they turned out quite nice.

Monday, September 2, 2019

General Musings

Tat Days is almost here!!!!  Been busy packing up materials for classes I am taking/teaching and vending (small sampling of thread shown here).

This year just has been a whirlwind.  Just don’t know where time has gone.  Hopefully I am going to try and get more organized.  Will see how long it lasts.

Did finish this mat from Mary Konior Tatting with Visual Patterns.  I added a couple of extra motifs to make it a little bigger.

Almost finished with Ivory Lace Tatted Doily from  This one will be given away.  This was also the first doily I have done using split chains to go from row to row.  Split chains are now easy peasy!

Still working on my 3-d block tatting project.  Still have my monster doily to finish.  I have know purchased the “Lagniappe” doily pattern (another monster doily project).  Have colors in mind for this but will have to wait until October when I will be able to dye thread.  

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sneak Peek

This little motif is the start of a bigger motif.  It is from Karen Bovard's Illusions of 3-D in Split Ring Tatting.  These split rings are testing my ability to keep the rings a consistant tension.  Thread is hand dyed by me.  I am keeping a little tail for the time being as I am trying a different way to hide the ends.  They will all be cut in the end.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

HDT and Motif

After starting this motif by Mary Konior many times, I finally was able to finish a square without it
looking funny.  It is called Masquerade from her book Tatting with Visual Patterns.  I may at some point add to it but for now, it will be set aside as I tackle other projects.

The thread is my latest dyes.  The bright green is called "Key Lime".  It is a request from Tat Days last year.  The other is called GEMS (a mix of Emerald/Jade/Aquamarine/Amethyst).  The picture does not do the color justice.  Both will be available at Tat Days.