Saturday, September 16, 2017

Take A Guess

This is going to be very cute... I won't reveal the object till it's done.

I had begun with this pattern, but it is really just too much of a beaded bother, so I discarded the idea.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Sally, of pop-a-bobbin fame made me a handy bobbin-winding tool; I had lost mine. She included a small tatted motif... with a button! Thanks, Sally!

When bored, tat buttons.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

No More Mr Nice Guy

No more. Life's too short. I really do not like how this is turning out and now, after three attempts  to fix those long chains, it's not working. This is only the second pattern that I have completely given up on, the first bring Jane's beautiful African design a few years ago. 

In this case, I find I cannot control the tension of the chains and they ended up being different lengths; even a mere millimetre made too much of a difference. The sides looked too uneven. 

Sorry Umintsuru! This challenge was supposed to be fun -  it definitely is not for me! I am going to cut off the chain rows and see if I can save the centre.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

All Finished!

Edelweiss by Renulek. It is 10". 
Tatted in Lizbeth light silver #40. 

Thanks, Renata!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Found: One Fancy Button

... and some new beads - as if I needed more!

I also have some new thread , in preparation for a 
new challenge with Umintsuru in September.

Isn't this sweet?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Renulek Uodate

I'm on the penultimate row, which is quick. 

The next row will take longer and use a lot of thread.

Not blocked yet.

Love the light silver thread.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Needed this. 
It works nicely.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Little Gifts

For some cousins: Magic Buttons. 
These things are great for small delights. 
Plus, they take very little time to tat.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Edelweiss 2


Actually, I had tatted a quite few repeat elements, but missed a join, so I chose to cut them off. This time I just could not not demonstrate Diane's brand of perseverance!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


This is one of Renulek's patterns. 
I think it is going to be a beauty.
You can find it on Etsy,

Tatted in Light Silver, Lizbeth #40

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rebellious Tatting

I had to join in the middle of an element because I was REALLY completely out of thread. Using a wonderful little tool gifted me by Denise I was able to hold the thread at the very tip, utilizing every single millimetre. Judy Banashek would have had a conniption.

Then I used the only green I have - a new ball and a different shade, but there are only two repeats with the alternate colour, so it is not too obvious - maybe.

Here's the renegade join:

The handy little tool:

On to the next project...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This One Is Green

Another button. 

I was going to crochet a baby blanket, but, honestly, when I started the thing, I actually immediately became agitated and quite queasy! Crochet is just not in the cards for me anymore! I'm giving the yarn to crafty friends who will do lovely things with it. Whew!

So, back to buttons and I'm looking at a new Jan Stawasz pattern. Frivole is on the final round of that beauty.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


... for the next row. Margaret said it was to be the final row. Is that so?

So far:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Caught Up

This is a very pretty pattern - and bonus - very easy to follow! 
Nearly out if green thread though. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Here is the link to Alenaleah's tat-along. Lovely pattern!
Thought I'd join the fun. Thanks, Margaret!

My centre is not part of the pattern as I had begun something else and then decided I wanted to join the tat-along... The centre looked as if it would be fine and indeed it is, so I just kept going. Getting brave in my dotage!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Robin Perfetti's pattern in purple:

Two inches tatted with #40 Lizbeth

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thanks Robin

Great pattern, Robin Perfetti! 
You can find it here.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Following Frivole

Seeing how Frivole enjoyed Robin Perfetti's onion ring square pattern, I had to try it. So far:

I'm tatting this in #40 Lizbeth, so it's a bit small; a bit fidly, but it is a lovely design.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Is It Now A Dead Art?

I am not pleased to have the thought that I am not optimistic about the future of tatting. Today, anyway.

There seems to be fewer blogs and most of the known commodity are familiar to us all, including mine; they display the same things, more or less, over and over again.

Not that they are not displaying beautiful tatting. No. Most of the tatting is truly lovely, but there is nothing new and innovative. Fresh. Dynamic.

I have no answers; I continue to ho-hum tat and tat. But I wish I could see or imagine creative avant-garde designs, patterns and something youthful and creative, instead of the old masters re-created again and again. I want to be wowed and mesmerized by tatting that has never been done before.

Now - some old-hat, kitchen-table tatting by me:

Buttons are keeping me busy and focussed. I really thought I was going to hang up my shuttles this Spring, but the buttons have inspired me and I am even going to order more thread . I am in the process of deciding which colours to purchase...

This pattern is Karey Solomon's and I had to tat it twice because I messed up this first one. I always make mistakes galore with her patterns on initial run:

First one

Second try
I have to add that since I was first inspired by Pamela Queuedo - TotusMel -  nine years ago, I continue to check her blog for new posts. Her work is the closest to being in the vein of what I am addressing - or trying to put into words that have some meaning about the creative process. Thank you, Pamela!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Design À La Karey

Pattern by Karey Solomon tatted with #40 Lizbeth. Unblocked.

Lovely new shuttle by La Cossette on Etsy. 😊

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Button Beatitude

I can't seem to move along; buttons are fun!

Thread colour is limited but I have a lot of beads,thanks to Miranda's generosity years ago. (Where IS Miranda??)

Also, a small motif by a Renulek:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mary, Merry and Mail!

I am merry : it is finally finished. I am merry: I love getting mail!

The Mary Konior is 7" and feels very solid and dense, though it is tatted in #40. I must admit, I really like that weight best - not to thick and hard to tat, and not super-skinny like #80.

Part of my problems with the chain rows probably originated with the extra ring, tatted in error. I wasn't going to mention it as I'll wager no one would have noticed, but in the interest of sharing important tatting information, I have opted to spill the beans!

It is critical to notice where you are to join on the chain rows: I joined between chains AND on the picot meant for joining. If you look at the penultimate row, you can find my error.

Dismay when I found the flaw turned to rank determination as I had used a lot of thread and spent many hours working on this little mat. So, I figured I could fix the mistake by adding, in the final row, a sixth ring ( there are to be 5) to the motif just before the extra picot. It worked!

I really like this mat and even with the mistake, I might use it as a gift, as the errors are not noticeable at all. What do you think?

Mail came twice from overseas this week. First, Margaret sent buttons! And thread! Thank you Margaret! I will enjoy tatting them. They are terrific little giveaways. 

Then from Singapore, Umintsuru sent me birthday gift. Her memory is something else! I really love the hanky she sent in order to inspire me to tat an edging. I will have to find one which suits the fabric pattern - it is a lot of fun, searching through my books for a just the right look. Thank you, Wendy. I love it.

My grandson,who is away at camp and is the main reason lately that I lately journey to the post office,  will receive the lovely stamps included in his letter.  :)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Not A Favourite

Those long chains... I don't find them amusing! Thank goodness this is the final row. Tatted in #40, this is not a large motif:

Funnily enough, those books behind MrG's head are my T.A.T. Binders! 

This is his about-to-bolt face. I was trying to get a decent photo. Right.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nobody Noticed!

.....and it was a beaut! 

I really messed up on the Posy pattern and couldn't figure out where the problem was. Blame it on the splitting thread at the end. Obviously, I can't multi-task with an end-join plus faulty thread!

At any rate, I tatted a new one and you can definitely see the difference:

Some progress on the other Konior piece:


By the way, I noticed that the quality of the green #40 Lizbeth is much superior to the magenta.  

It is obviously due to the dyeing process of the magenta that makes it so awful. I seem to recall that 
the purple threads with the red base are a lot worse  than the ones with the blue. 

Also, I remember navy being particularly bad - which makes no sense in light of what I just wrote! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Confounding Curves

I had to use the scissors twice on the next bit as the curves 
were not co-operating well. 
It looks wonky but I think will 
lie flat when done:

I also finished this one - one of my faves...
Mary Konior's Posie:

I think you ll believe a exaggerate when complaining about Lizbeth, 
but honestly, I have SO MUCH trouble with it:

This happened at the last join of a row - of course it did...

Splitting terribly in #40. 
Maybe #20 is better and I think most tatters prefer that one. Or #80. 
Perhaps I should be using another size. I never learn.

Someone has been having a lovely lie-in...