Friday, 20 February 2009

Scally cat

I couldn't resist sharing this picture with you. This is our little cat, Bonnie, keeping warm under the table lamp! Maybe she thinks it's a sun bed. We've had Bonnie for two years now - she came from the animal rescue centre after she was found as a stray roaming the streets of Liverpool. She is very cute, very loving and very mischievous. She obviously has a strong affinity to her home town - a place well known for the fake orange tans of its female residents!

Motif number 10

I've used a little more of ladyshuttlemaker's "Icicle" hand dyed thread to make motif number 10 in the 25 motif tatting challenge. This thread is lovely to tat with, very smooth and very tightly wound so that the stitches slide easily and the stitches all look neat and crisp. I'm a convert - I see more exciting threads in my future. The snowflake is the "Ribbon Snowflake" from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes. It measures about 2 inches across.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

As cold as ice

The icy cold weather continues and in recognition of that, I broke out the "icicle" hand dyed thread that I recently purchased from ladyshuttlemaker and tatted another snowflake. This one is the Ribbon Floss Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's "Tatted Snowflakes". It measures about 4 cm (1.5 inches) across and is motif number 9 in my 25 motif challenge. I've left the ends so that it will be easier to hang in the window next Christmas - it's got nothing to do with laziness, honest!

Monday, 9 February 2009

Spread a little love

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching I thought I'd try tatting a heart. This is Betsy Evans' Small Tatted Heart that I found on the web.

It's tatted in the bargain Ancora Prestige that I bought last week. The thread is size 16, and the finished heart measures about 2.5 inches (8 cm) across. The thread is very crisp and fairly smooth (but not wiry) making it a pleasure to work with. I like how defined each picot looks. I definitely got high quality thread at a bargain basement price.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Motifs 6 and 7

I took a break from tatting snowflakes to tat this cross bookmark - number 6 in my 25 motif challenge. It is the "Mark my Words" pattern from Mary Konior's A Pattern Book of Tatting. I remember tatting this design a long time ago for my Dad, and when I looked inside the book cover it shows that I bought the book as a teenager back in 1989. This time I've tatted it for my next door neighbour, who is one of the kindest and loveliest people in the world. As an example, the day we moved in she brought us homemade cakes! I just wanted to let her know how much I appreciate what she does for us. It's tatted in Altin Basak 50 thread in colour 3052.

Since there's been no real snow in the northwest of England for a few days, I thought it would be safe to tat another snowflake. Here's number 7 for the challenge - it's the Beginner's Round Robin design from Georgia Seitz's Online Tatting Class website. It includes my first ever split ring (other than some practise ones last weekend).

Sunday, 1 February 2009

From the sublime to the ridiculous!

Yesterday's post brought an unassuming little envelope from Wisconsin, USA. I opened it to discover the most beautiful hand dyed threads from yarnplayer that I had ordered just 3 days before. I can't believe how quickly they got here or how gorgeous the shades of blue of the "Morning Glory" colourway are. I thought the blue would look good with all the snowflakes I am currently tatting.

A trip to one of my favourite fabric stores on Friday lunchtime (yes, I am lucky enough to work very close to a couple of excellent fabric / craft stores) brought another surprise - these boxes of four 50 gram balls of Ancora Prestige thread for £2.99 each. Each box, not each ball. I couldn't believe it. I'm not sure how I'll use all that thread but I find it hard to resist a bargain. I'm sure I'll think of something!

I haven't had a lot of time for tatting this weekend. I've been sewing a few new cushion covers for my etsy shop along with a couple of zipper pouches that I plan to add this week. And there's the small matter of getting organised for the week at work. I have quite a bit of lecturing this week, plus some projects still to mark and an open day for prospective students on Wednesday. It's going to be a busy week.