Thursday, February 23, 2006

I am still trying to design dragons for the Hector event. This dragon I have named "PEZ" looks like one of those Pez candy dispensors. Anyhow...I am not happy with this one either so I am again back to the drawing board. I have to keep telling myself "SIMPLE"...."Simple"...but my brain isn't getting it. Plus it has to be something that someone else would like to make and I don't think this is. But here is the picture of it anyways.
I also finally finished a snowflake. It is Ben's pattern.
You can go to the link to see Ben's stuff. I really love him as a designer. Love his new book too.

This is all I have to report for now. Back to brainstorming. Right now I am trying to do a Chinese Dragon. I am making it in red and metallic gold. Lets see if I can come up with something.

I will be glad to get this done for I want to do some other things like, knitting, and bobbinlacing....and maybe some more painting. I think after I make this dragon and if I can get it to come out right...I won't be doing anymore dragons....I would like to try and design Pegasus with wings spread out.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Here is another attempt at designing a dragon....woe is me who is not a good designer. So I am back to the drawing board again...UGH!!! But here is my 3D dragon that I designed which I am naming "My Little Pony Dragon"....why the name ...well, as I was tatting it...the look of it reminded me of the"My Little Ponies" my girls had when growing up.

In the picture we are going to play a game. It is like the "Where is Waldo" game. Can you find the baby in blue..... And here is another picture with the cute baby smile. Isn't he a real sweetheart???? That is my little Peyton :))

Saturday, February 04, 2006

The picture on the left is my goodie bag that I got from the Palmetto Tat Day event a couple years ago. I had alot of this one kind of varigated thread. I looked at the thread and thought it was a perfect match to the palm trees print. My edging that I did was the Daisy Picot Technique. I used the varigated thread to go around the black tatting thread I was using. Anyhoo...I think the edging matches the bag perfectly.

The picture on the left is from a round robin pattern that I found on the internet. I had just enough thread to make this...finger tatting the very last part of it. I believe this was a round robin that AK was also a part in. I can't remember who else.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Here are some pictures of my bobbin winder. Please place your cursor over the picture to get a bigger picture. My husband found this at an antique store about a year ago and gave it to me for my birthday last year. It does hold a midland bobbin nicely. The ring that you slip over where you place the bobbin keeps it in place while winding. The coloring of the wood of this bobbin is very warm looking. I have been told it looks like mahogany wood. It also feels very nice and warm to the touch. I don't know if that makes any sense or not. It does clamp onto my table very well also. I placed a yard stick next to the winder so you can get an idea of how big it is. I also know that this winder probably came from England. I know the dealer whom my husband probably bought this winder from and I know that she makes trips to England for she still has family there. Anyhow...I would love any information anyone might have after looking at these pictures. My email address is:

I would love to hear from you...Please let me know what you think of the winder and any history you might have. Even hunches are good. :) I really would like to know more about the winder. I am pretty sure that this is an old winder. My husband said something about the about the way it looked like it was made that it wasn't something that was massed produced. Thank you for any response you may be sending to me on the winder. Sherry

A knotting Picture....earlier today my husband went antiquing. He asked me if I wanted to come but...I was busy doing other things around he went by himself...I did tell him to keep an eye out for lacing stuff. I also said tatting my husband there is tatting and there is what he knows to be lace...meaning bobbin lace. He doesn't realize that tatting is lace also. Anyhow...we were watching tv and I was working on this dumb dragon I have been working on...and out of the blue he said he did get a picture frame for me. HA!! So I said...why didn't you bring it in the house. So out to the truck he went to retrieve it. I finished this ring I was tatting and then took the frame out of the bag. Frame!!! HA again...inside of the frame is a print from some magazine of a painting. I have no idea what the history of this picture is....but my husband thought I would like it because she was tatting in the picture. So...I had to give him a bit of lacing history. I informed him that the lady wasn't tatting but knotting instead. I pointed out the open points on the shuttle she is holding and then I pointed out to what appears to be the strap of lace probably used for a draw string for a little bag she has hanging on her arm. I mentioned that knotting was done before tatting and the string of knots were kept in a bag and later couched down and became a part of embroidery. Anyhow here is the picture. Also sometime I will share with you a cover of a magazine that I own ( again found in an antique store of a bobbinlacer that I will frame sometime) . Don't forget to click on the picture to get a bigger picture on your screen. So now, I will have to find a place for it. My husband keeps going on about the frame...but to me it is the picture that is important....WHAT IS HE THINKING??!!!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Here I am posting again. I don't want to have my blog too much on the stale side. So....
A couple pictures for you to take a look at. This picture is the baby buggy I made in bobbinlace though I think I may have already shared with you all the buggy...but in this picture you can also see the tatted stork putting the baby in the buggy. This I sewed onto my birth announcement material at the bottom. At the top I tatted his named and cross-stitched all the other particulars about his birth.

In this next picture is a dragon that I design...not really happy with it... He was made using sewing machine sewing thread and some quilting thread and a bit ( got to have that metallic you know...LOL) sewing machine metallic thread. At the moment I have been working on designing a 3 dementional dragon.... I hope this one will turn out better...if will be right back to the drawing board for me. I have to say though that tatting new designs for me sometimes isn't the hard is documenting the directions that is the hard part for me...If I could just wave my tatting dust around and get friendly and creative with my computer art programs...I would have had my own book out....that is the only reason why I don't have my patterns floating around...there aren't any......

In the next picture is two needle laced butterflies that according to Holly Van Sciver were probably made around the turn of the century. The Butterflies are what is called point de Gaze and was made prodominately in Belgium. Holly told me that Belgian Rose Point was also known as Point De Gaze. Anyhow...I think the butterflies are pretty. The background of the butterflies and the pink in the matting goes nicely in my dining room. My husband found these butterflies at an antique store. He suggested we would go and look at them on a Saturday for he wasn't sure what he was looking at and wanted me to take a look. But when that Saturday came around he said that we couldn't go...but then on Christmas Eve Day ( which is when we celebrated Christmas with our children) I opened up a package from Chrystal and thought...I must have opened the wrong package for there were the lace butterflies that my husband had said he had seen. So since I don't know a whole lot about lace though I didn't think these were made by machine for I did take my magniflying glass out and studied the butterflies...I wasn't sure what I was looking at so off to the last lace guild meeting I went with the butterflies to get some opinions from my other lacing friends. Above was Holly's opinion ...she also said to husband did good in getting the butterflies, they are old. The picture looks like a dark here but it is actually not so dark looking but soft in the actual colors.

That is all for now....