Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ice Drops: the addiction continues!!

Today I completed this Birthday Ice Drop with 
size 20 Lizbeth Snow White and red and gold beads.
I love how regal it looks!! :)
The lighting isn't great cuz' we are in a snow 
storm today(third in 3 days).
 I completed this on the weekend.
 And a pair of my original Ice Drop earrings.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Happy Tatting!! :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

"Real" Ice Drop earrings

A friend had seen my Ice Drop ornaments and 
asked if they could be earrings.  I told her that 
they were quite heavy, but I would see if I could 
make some another way.  She already has  several 
pair of the Ice Drop earrings I have made with the 
glass beads, but after finding these smaller Ice Drop
gems and smaller bugle beads I tried them, and she 
fell in love with them the moment she saw them-and 
they left my presence!
These are tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Blue Ice with size 2
iridescent bugle beads, tiny blue beads, and a clear 
small Ice Drop gem.
 Here's another view.
 Here is to show the size next to the Ice Drop ornament.
This pattern again is the Birthday Ice Drop.
Oh, these earrings went this weekend, but also 5 Ice 
Drop ornaments, a bracelet, a bookmark, a baby headband 
and a dangle.  Several of the Ice Drop ornaments are 
going to be for first Christmas ornaments.  :)
Hope you had a fabulous weekend!
May your week be blessed with tatting!!! :)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Another Birthday Ice Drop today

Sorry about the lousy uninspiring picture.  I just 
got done with this and it's night so there was no 
sunlight and I didn't want to wait.
Tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with red 
bugle beads and white beads.
Looks far better in person!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful night with 
some tatting!!! :)

White and red Birthday Ice Drop

Tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White with red 
twisted bugle beads and tiny red beads.
 It glows in the morning sunlight!! :)
Stayed up way late and tatted this.  
Happy Tatting!!! :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ice Drops with long bugle beads

I wanted silver bugle beads for Ice Drops, but Hobby 
Lobby didn't have them so I went to Michael's and 
found some, but.....even though they were marked 
#3 like the ones I have from Hobby Lobby there were 
not the same size.
This is tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with 
long size 3 silver bugle beads and silver beads.
 Here is a picture to show the drastic difference. 
I have used the gold ones, the tiny one is to try and 
make the same Ice Drops as earrings for a friend, 
and the silver next to the gold is the new one, used 
in both of today's Ice Drops.
 This one is tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White 
with long silver bugle beads and tiny read beads.
Hope your day is blessed with tatting!!! :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tablecloth progress for this year: Very slowly and forever growing

Continuing on the tablecloth one motif at a time. 
I now have the skinny end equal in width and 
a billion ends to sew in, so, I think I will be sewing 
before adding more motifs so this might be as big 
as it gets this year.
A review from Mar. 2, 2017 when I started widening 
it this year.
 Great progress on width on March 4th.
 Notice the length in the top picture from today, 
And this was where it was March 8th.
It's slowly coming along, but this year I have put 
tons more time into it and I am seeing it become 
something.  Now, if I had been so diligent the 
full 7 years I have been working on it, it would 
probably have already been done!  Oh well.
Happy Tatting!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 25 Motif Challenge # 11 &12 and another Ice Drop

The snowflakes are from 20 Twenty to Make 
Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams.
Tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Blue Ice with tiny blue beads.
It curls cuz' I used tiny picots and the beads barely 
fit on them and I still had to make a join.
This snowflake is named Mary.
Neither snowflake is terrible hard, the challenge 
on the first was due to my small picots, the challenge 
on the second was bead placement.
 This next snowflake is named Auriel.
 I tatted another Birthday Ice Drop in Lizbeth size 
20 Snow White with gold beads and a frosted gem.
 Here's a collection of recent projects.
Happy Tatting everyone!!! :)

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Rainbow to brighten my mood!

A friend needed a tatted lanyard to hang 
her cross on, so...I tatted one for her!!
She loves purple so I used purple beads.
It's finished an looks much better than I 
 Not my best work, but I have tried tatting 
a lanyard 3 times over the past few months 
and just could not get it to work right.
First, I had beads which were too heavy 
and larger than these, then I was using 
size 20 thread which wasn't working.
Next, I got these beads and they are too 
large so I finally switched to size 10 thread.
It's cheaper, but it's bright and fun and it 
works!!! :)
A little close-up below.
Happy Tatting!!!  :)  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Important question for the experts!!!

I have been adding motifs to the tablecloth and doing ok until a couple of weeks ago.  As I was adding another motif I realized the motif I needed to join to had a mistake in it and I couldn't join to it and it needed to be cut out.  So, I just finished the motif I was tatting and had already joined to the other joins and just put a picot where it would have been joined and cut out the motif with the mistake.  
Twice now I tried to fill in the spot of the one I cut out, but I have made mistakes and had to cut them out also.  Well, tonight I thought I had it figured out and got it right, except that when it was finished I realized that I had twisted the motif and joined it in a twist so it had to be cut out also, but somehow I cut the wrong motif and the one left has no picots to join to.  I am not sure how to correct this.  
If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know.

Happy Tatting everyone!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Color Change!!

This is size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Red with gold 
I used the frosted gem for the center and I only 
put 3 beads on the points of the outer chains, 
but I put 1 bead in the center rings to draw some 
gold to the center.
Have a wonderful week, and happy tatting!!! :)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 25 Motif Challenge # 10

This is not terrible hard, but I started and made 
a major mistake of joining all the large rings as 
well as the small rings which was not working.
It's tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Black and Rainbow 
Splash. Colors inspired by Tatting Tatsright
from Facebook. The pattern is here: 
It's the bottom pattern, although I am planning 
on trying the top pattern when possible.  :)
I also worked on a few other things today.
I was trying to tat a small Ice Drop with the small
clear gem, but it kept slipping out of the tatting 
so I tatted chains with tiny beads around the front
to tighten it a bit.  ;)  The Peacock Blue pieces 
on top were supposed to be for it, but..... they 
were not large enough so I thought some young 
girl would like them for earrings, so I have to 
assemble them.
 And, I am working on a lanyard for a friend.  I have 
failed twice at doing what I wanted to do, so I decided 
to wing-it and just tat!!!  I will post it when it's done...
maybe.  ;)
Have a wonderful weekend, and 
Happy Tatting!!!!!!!!  :)

Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 25 Motif Challenge # 9

This first picture is my challenge piece.  I think I did 
pretty well on it.  It's from the book 20 Twenty to 
Make Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams and 
it's called Karen.  I call it a winter motif.
 I also got done tatting another Birthday Ice Drop.
Love the way it looks in the sun, and wish I could 
capture the amazing sparkling in these drops!!
 And, playing around I tatted this simple sequin 
motif using up thread.
Had a little snow last night, but it didn't last.
Have a wonderful day with tatting!!! :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Another Birthday Ice Drop

This one is tatted in size 20 thread, the others in 
size 40.
 In order as tatted, but notice the last one is pretty 
much the same size as the others considering it is 
tatted in larger thread(I'm confused).
 Our daughter brightened my weekend with this 
adorable new friend, Peppermint the reindeer!!!
Great Ice Drop mascot!!  ;)
Have a wonderful week of tatting!!!! :)

Friday, November 3, 2017

A necklace

This necklace is inspired by Tatting Tatsright 
from facebook.  the pattern is here: 
 It's tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Rainbow Taffy, and size 
40 Lizbeth Lilac Dk. and Raspberry Pink.
I added 2 butterfly buttons for fun.
Happy Tatting!!!!  :)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Some tatting, some thinking.....

Another Birthday Motif Ice Drop just different beads.
 Here are all three side by side with the slight differences.
 About 6 years ago I tatted treble clefs for some ladies 
I know who play guitar in ministry.  Well, a friend of 
those ladies(whom I know) asked me recently if I would 
tat a treble clef for her.  Since she is closer to me than 
the others I thought I would try to make hers more 
special.  I have a treble clef and two music notes so 
far.  :)  Pattern for the treble clef here: 
Pattern for the music notes here:
All tatted in size 10 Royale thread.
 Now as for the thinking......I got into my bag of blues 
Ice Drop gems which contain blues, frosted and clear 
just to realize that clear are much, much smaller than the 
first two.  So....I thought I could make Ice Drop earrings
 with these and they would be real Ice Drop earrings, but 
they are smaller than the glass beads I use for my Ice 
Drop earrings, so.....I am going to try a different stitch 
count for my size 40 Ice Drop earrings, or go to size 80 
and see if it will work.  ;)
So....there is part of my very gray day!!!
Happy tatting and have a wonderful day 
wherever you are!!!! :)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A second for today

Details in last post.
This one uses all iridescent gem, bugle beads,
the "round" beads and seed beads.
 Looks great with my Frozen folder!
 Side by side with the first one.
Love these!!!! :)
Have a wonderful day and tatting too!!! :)

2017 25 Motif Challenge # 8

It's an awful gray day so I can't show how beautiful 
and sparkly this Ice Drop is.
This is Birthday Ice Drop from Nicola Bowersox 
adapted from Wally Sosa's 2015 Birthday Motif.
This is tatted in size 40(the pattern is in size 20) 
Lizbeth Blue Ice thread.  It's so pretty!!!
I have added a few more motifs to the tablecloth, 
and am working on a necklace for our younger 
granddaughter(only needing the chain).  Will post 
it when it's finished.  :)
Happy Tatting everyone!!! :)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Granddaughter request fulfilled

The younger granddaughter who initiated the earring 
craze the last time they were here put in an order 
for two other pair of earrings.
She chose size 80 Lizbeth Berry Burst for her 
small dreamcatcher earrings which are done.
 Here is the size comparison to a nickle and a dime
I think they are the size of the dime.
She probably will receive these for Christmas 
since I most likely won't see them until then.
Have a wonderful tat-filled weekend everyone!!!  :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

3 Pairs of Ice Drop Earrings

I finished the first pair today, and found the other 
two had been done and waiting for ends to be sewn 
in and findings to be added, so....they are now all 
 First pair finished today is tatted in size 40 Lizbeth 
Autumn Spice with small glass beads.
 Next pair are plastic purple beads about the same 
size as normal Ice Drop "gems", and size 40 
Lizbeth Elderberry Jam.
 Next pair again are small glass beads, and size 40 
Lizbeth Autumn Apple Pie.
Well, now what to start or finish????
Have a wonderful day, and hopefully some tatting too!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tiny bit of tatting

Was bored at a board meeting and decided I could 
do something small and not distracting-yep it's 
small, but it's so cute!!! :)
I have to make another and make them into earrings.
I am sure someone will like them!!
They are tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Autumn Spice 
with glass bead centers.
It's Diane's Minty Fudge Ice Drop pattern slightly 
altered so that it didn't have huge chains for the 
earrings(the chains are 12 ds, and the rings are 
Happy Tatting on this beautiful(at least here) autumn
day!!! :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Personal challenge update

Ok, I finished # 14 of 24.
This is Christmas Bauble- with a floral band 2013 by 
Jennifer Williams tatted on a glass ornament which 
is approx. 3 inches across, and it's size 20 Lizbeth 
Snow White thread.
 I tatted the center band as the pattern says, then the 
top and bottom sections around the band, but it 
wasn't enough to stay on the ornament itself so, 
I tatted chains to the bottom section of 3-6-3 joining 
as I went around to draw it in.
 Then I pulled a string 
through the top picots and pulled tightly and tied 
it off and added a dab of glue, let it dry and cut 
the tail threads. 
 I would need to get 10 more ornaments done before 
Christmas to meet the challenge, but with so many 
things happening and a friend in the hospital for a 
month so far(I have to take care of his home and bills), 
I have resolved to call this enough for now, 
and continue to try.
I filled in the empty spaces with tatted 
Christmas Ice Drops. 
Below is the picture I am sending to the 
store which I bought the ornament stand 
from which requested a photo of it filled.
Maybe people will learn about tatting, and 
maybe they will sell lots of stands.
The store is Bronner's Christmas Store, link
It's a gray rainy day today.  I hope you 
are having a wonderful day!!! :)
Happy Tatting!!!!  :)