Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Round and round...

I made it halfway around with these snowflakes. The pattern is not needed at this point because I've memorized it. There is a problem with the black thread though. It was vintage thread, Coats and Clark, that I purchased as a bundle off Etsy a while back (years ago). It has begun to deteriorate and snaps often if my tension is even a bit too tight. I've had to work in ends more frequently than I had planned. Closing rings has become a chore.
 I did go in search of size 80 in black locally, and I was surprised to find that most of my local craft stores only keep white in supply now. I still have Hobby Lobby to check, but I was hoping to stay with DMC or Coats and Clark on this project. Hobby Lobby mostly stocks Lizabeth, nothing wrong with this thread, don't misunderstand me. It's just that the twist in the thread are different, so the texture feels different, and I wanted to keep the sameness to the doily. If it comes out as well as my mental picture, I'm sure it'll win me a ribbon in the fall fair this year. I can always order more online, but I'm in the mood to support the local vendors right now. I'm going to give Hobby Lobby a chance, but if they don't stock it, online I must go.
That little Susan Bates shuttle in the picture is one that Fox generously gave many years ago when she read one of my metals died. I still remember and every time I pick it up to tat with, I'm reminded of her kindness. It is currently loaded with size 20 thread for my Pintrest Challenge piece. It's almost finished, just the final sewing in of beads. The videos that Angela made are so much help. Youtube translator is a joke at best so I just turned those off and just watched what was done verses what was said.

This should be finished today, pending my Kat's demands on snacks and me laying down with her for her naps. I move the page I created for the Pintrest challenges to another blog. It was a better way for me to keep organized on these endeavors. It was frustrating having to move the positions of all the current work to the top. Now each project will have it's own page where I can freely describe what went into making it without having to reformat the entire page in reverse. I put a button link on the side bar if anyone's interested.
 Today's going to be a sewing in ends kind of day. Those that are hanging off each motif of the Monster Doily are annoying when I continue with the next motifs. Also, they tend to get caught up with the next motif and I'm having to "coax" them out the working snowflake.


  1. Stunning doily!!! :)
    Fabulous butterfly!! :)

  2. I've struggled to find black thread in the real world too. Love that beaded butterfly, and your doily is coming along well.

  3. I've been able to find black DMC at Michael's, but no where else. I like to support local vendors also. Unfortunately, I can't buy enough thread, shuttles, and patterns by myself to keep the vendors interested in stocking tatting supplies!

  4. I'm mixing a white Lizbeth 80 with the colors of DMC 80 I had on hand for Renulek's latest doily, but I can really tell the difference in threads. Thanks, Diane, I'll check Michael's. I didn't realize they might carry the small DMC threads.

  5. Hey I totally missed your blog and love the doily and butterflies too. I have been working on a butterfly collection it is slow in the making.
    Wondering if you will be ready for your Pinterest Post and we sometimes try to do it towards end of month and harmonize it. If it is convenient for you it you want to email me it is I am Carollyn from Carollyn's tatting blog. Thanks hugs :)