Saturday, July 22, 2017

Denise's dozen

I finished #12 of the dozen Ice Drops I promised to make for Denise.

They're safely tucked into a bag and are ready for delivery tomorrow morning.

I'm picking up Denise bright and early tomorrow, and we'll be heading to Minnesota for Twin Cities Tatters retreat. I'm not sure if I'll make any blog posts for the next several days. I guess it depends on if I have wifi access and if I remember to take pictures!

Dave will be holding down the fort for the next several days. It ill probably be Thursday night or Friday morning when I blog again. I'm hoping to complete a lot of tatting!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Having fun with picots

Today was my day to tat between laundry loads, and I decided to play with picots and the basic Ice Drop pattern.

For me, the best part of tatting the basic pattern is that I can finish an Ice Drop in about an hour.

I do enjoy the patterns with a third round, but they take so much longer to complete. Besides, there is an awful lot of variety possible with the basic pattern!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Change of pace

No, I haven't given up tatting Ice Drops!

In fact, I started off my day by tatting an Ice Drop, another one for Denise's tree.

We had thunderstorms this morning, and I love thunderstorms! I read for a while, and then I decided to do some weaving.

I found this band very difficult to weave. It may have been because I went for a fancy border. I think I should have kept it simple. The left side is the front, and the right side is the back.

I really need to work on consistency. The X patterns on the top part of this picture is much looser and longer than the ones on the bottom. The bottom was the end of the band where I finally developed a rhythm for this pattern. I think I may try this one again using only two colors.

I sure am learning a lot about weaving!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In a rut?

I think not!

If I were in a rut, I don't think I'd enjoy working on Ice Drops every day just to see how different glass gems, threads, beads, and ribbons fit together.

I suppose my little experiments could be boring to others, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself!

Some lovely new shuttles arrived in the mail today. I do love Rita Richmond's designs. These are wooden shuttles, and I love tatting with wooden shuttles!

Round 5 of Alenalea's mystery doily has been posted. This was a very simple round, but I think I should have made my picots slightly larger. I needed to steam my tatting into submission!

Denise and I are getting ready to attend the Twin City Tatters retreat in Minnesota next week! Poor Dave will have to fend for himself for five days. I guess I should stop tatting and prepare some meals for him to help ease the pain. Maybe I can get daughter Carol to come over and cook dinner for him one night. We haven't spent much time apart over the past 37 years, so it's very strange for both of us. I'm very happy to be married to a man who supports my interests!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Feeling relaxed

I don't know why, but I feel extra relaxed today. It must be the beautiful weather!

The bottom of my Mochila bag is finished. Now I'm ready to move up the sides. I think I need to take a break from it now. Crocheting is really hard on my hands.

I decided it was time to add beads to the Ice Drops I'm tatting for Denise's library Christmas tree. Here, I've replaced the picot with one bead.

This one has two beads in place of the picot. I do like the stacked look!

With these two, I now have five completed.

My newest shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design has arrived!

The back is almost as pretty as the front!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Something different

Yesterday I did something different. I helped Dave wash and wax both our cars. That's something I haven't done in years! When I was in high school, I used to love washing the family car and mowing the lawn. My sisters weren't aware at the time, but Dad would slip me $5 for helping out with outside chores. I don't think he knew that I was helping him to avoid dusting, vacuuming, and washing floors!

My friend Denise is a very active volunteer.

Saturday, she brought up her idea at Tollway Tatters of putting together an Ice Drop tree for the Momence Library. Denise attends a fiber arts group on Tuesday. They meet at the library, and they love to teach fiber arts to anyone who would like to attend.

As you may have guessed, I enjoy tatting Ice Drops!

I took a dozen glass gems to start with, and I managed to complete three yesterday. Denise's goal is to have 125 (I think that's the number she said) with red glass gems and white thread. She has the gems. I have the thread. All is good!

I was up extra early this morning, so I decided to start my day working on my Mochila bag. I'm happy to say that my work lies flat, and I'm finally back to the point where I decided to rip it all out last week.

Now I need to set aside the crafting and do some housework. I've let the dust bunnies take over for too long!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fun filled Saturday

I finished weaving my latest band on my mini rigid heddle loom. I like this loom from Hard Maple Looms, because it fits nicely on my lap and it's perfect for my little Stoorstalka heddle.

My bands are a more consistent width. I guess lots of practice really helps!

Tollway Tatters met today, and we had a wonderful time! Denise had us in stitches, and Mary joined us for the first time.

Sue Anna worked on a pair of earrings designed by our friend Marilee Rockley. Unfortunately, I did not remember to take pictures of any projects. I barely remembered to take pictures of everyone!

Sue was able to join us this time. I think she has the longest drive, coming all the way from Michigan.

Barbara and Ana drove in from Wisconsin.

My project of the day was a Tudor Rose Ice Drop with red, white, and gold.

I think it turned out pretty good!