Monday, April 20, 2015

A few days...

Today's the last day to join in the shuttle giveaway for those interested. Tomorrow I'll make the final list and then on Friday we'll see who won!

Speaking of shuttles, I received one in another exchange on Facebook. I love it! I've purchased a pair of her shuttles before and they hold a very nice amount of thread. Veronika even went to far to personalize it for me.
I'm wondering if there is a way to get the engraving to show up more without damaging the shuttle? I don't work with wood, so I'm not sure if it's possible.

Have I been tatting? Yes, yes, I have. How much have I done, not too much. I was distracted again. I went in search in my little yellow basket for a pair of shuttles I just wound up and ended up "organizing" again.
At least this time I added the pattern information to the bag.

 Then I got to daydreaming and noticed that my topiary hasn't been touched in a while. I began another of Ruth Perry's Stargazer Lily's in shades of metallic purple. That new bobbin shuttle worked out perfect for this. It has enough weight to it to hold the metallic threads tight enough to manage the double stitches better with less crimping to them.
 I began another of the El Dorado doily. This one will be beaded and will be for my county fair entry this fall. Originally, I had planned to use gold beads but I like the dramatic look of the blue-green beads here. This is being worked in size 40 thread. The size 20 was way too big for my preferences and since I plan to frame this when it's done, downsizing the final product seems like a good idea. One side piece done, eleven to go.
I really need to take care of those ends. I'm just being lazy with it right now. Only one more flower/tree cluster made it's way here. I just purchased a special little carrier for this from Jane, and it arrived today! I'm going to have to make another purchase soon, as my little one tried to "claim it" for her "babies" a.k.a. her stuffed animals. "Because Mommy, my ponies fit in there and it is their new bed when we go outside so they don't get lost."
The plan for the rest of today is to work on finishing up that custom shuttle order and to make up a few more. It's nice and warm so the resin should behave today.


  1. Love all your items they look so organised too. About the shuttle with the engraving on the wood some people buy antiquing and smear it into the engraving and let it dry. Can be bought in different colors too. this way your lettering will show up.

  2. It looks like you've accomplished a lot to me! And to top it all off, you've done some organizing... I'm impressed! Yes, you should order another bag so that your daughter can have one. Just look at it as another chance to go shopping! ;-)

  3. Love all the images you've put up !!! That is some tatting trip you've accomplished :-)
    That bag IS meant for your little one's little stuffed animals - see all the paw prints there ? ;-P

  4. Oh my goodness, lots of beautiful colors to see today!!! :)
    Great shuttle! :)
    Awesome looking tatted items!!! :) Love the purple!! :)
    And how sweet to have such a cute story about your new bag!! Hope you get "yours" soon!! :)

  5. I darkened mine with a fine tip sharpie marker.