Friday, November 12, 2010

Flower # 4 Riet's flower

Flower # 4 Riet's flower

While Riet was visiting again this year from The Netherlands, she was playing with the hand dyed thread of yarnplayer (Marilee Rockley) that is called "Garden Afternoon" and she was making the stained glass jewelry from Marilee's new book. Riet gifted me with a skein of the yarn which I just had to add to my Garden of Friends. I played awhile with using just the thread but it really needed the black accent to make it stand out. I used the purple cent to keep a little continuity with the other flower colors but really think that an all black flower in the center would have looked good too. It is really fun to play with the colors to see how they look. I was just looking at how Martha Esses pattern is doing. She is doing hers like Karey just adding one small flower at a time. Her colors really catch my eye...just like different colors of flowers in a flower garden might do. hummmmmmm

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flower #3- The Thornwell Ladies' flower

Flower # 3 - The Thornwell Ladies [Middle Right]

There is a special group of ladies I call the Thornwell Ladies.  They are ladies who grew up at Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, SC.  They have always stayed connected through the years with letters, phone calls and going back for Grand Rallies.  They make an effort to get together for good times and then they are there for the other times as well.  I have enjoyed meeting frequently with them to work on the Thornwell Alumni Association database.  We have spend many hours trying to locate alumni and working on putting the next Grand Rally together.  


They have also listened tirelessly about my tatting projects.  One special piece was a scarf with tatted medallions around the edges.  It belonged to Professor Pinson and his wife.  I shaped the scarf into a fan and framed the piece in a frame made by Mr.  Willard who taught Shop at TO.  We hung it in the Mayes-Dowdle Alumni House. I replicated the "Fessor Pinson Medallion" for each of these ladies.

Flower #2- Sue Hanson's flower

Flower #2- Sue Hanson's flower [Middle]

My 2nd flower is Sue Hanson' flower. When Sue visited here I not only used her thread but used her shuttle as well. It was one of her special decorated ones with the Indian jewels on it. The thread is a variegated Elizabeth size 20 of course and the colors change from royal blue to purple to white and then to turquoise. I put her flower with 6 others and surrounded them with gold Elizabeth thread to complete the "block".

Flower #1- Karey Solomon's flower

Flower #1- Karey Solomon's flower [Bottom Left]

This started with Karey Solomon's idea in Tatting Times August 2010. Karey has a pattern from using up thread off of shuttles. Her Grandmother's Flower Garden tablerunner-tablecloth-bedspread is all little flowers of compatible colors fused together.    

The instant I saw it I thought about my Grandma's Flower Garden quilt pattern . I wanted mine to look more like that so I used a gold color to go around the flower. This flower started with Karey's hand dyed size 20 thread. It is variegated purple, blue and green. I surrounded her little flower with 6 others then surrounded the whole circle with gold Elizabeth size 20.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Turtle Earrings

Since I worked all day one day last week boiling china berries to send to the Southern Belles in Tennessee, I thought I would post here one of my china berry little China Berry Turtles. I was yet again at a loss for things to enter in the SC State Fair because I seem to give away everything I tat in the course of a year, so I entered this little project under jewelry. I have already had a peek at what Bonnie G and Pam Esberg have done and their stuff is over the top, so mine is just slow as a turtle.....that fits me.

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Tatting Table

This is a picture of my tatting table in the living room. See if you can find a rat, an angel, a palmetto tree and a beaded flower. The framed work is Nina Libin's. The tiny white flowers are all Riet Surtel-Smeulders. The palmetto tree is Jane Eborall's. The rat is Ratattouee from Sue Hanson. The picture at the back on the left is my grandmother and some of her work. She was 94 when she passed and the picture on the right was her aunt Flora who was her best friend and year younger. Aunt Flora lacked one month being 100 but this was her Sweet Sixteen picture. The collage is my tatting as well as my mothers, my grandmothers, Aunt Flora's and Miss Maggie Kirkpatrick from our PTG Guild. Miss Maggie died on her 108th birthday and was blind for the last 5 years of her life but still tatted every day.

The 3rd time is the charm. The reason it wasn't saving was because it was saved as bitmap and too large. Here goes.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Recycle Earrings

This is what I worked on for my entry in the SC State Fair October 2009. It took longer for me to figure it out than it did to make the first and second pair. I didn't like the hole showing so I covered it up with Riet's Daisy Picot. I have since made earrings with just the daisy picots for little girls.

Recycle Earrings

This is the pair of earrings that I worked on for the SC State Fair October 2009.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hen and Chicks for Baby Socks

This is my deviation of the standard hen and chicks pattern. I let the "eggs" hang loose to give me some flexablity when sewing them onto the elastic so they can stretch when being put on. I used to sew the tatting to the baby socks but a. the baby outgrew the socks quickly or b. the baby got the white socks really stained. So now the tatting can be slipped on and off of any pair of socks.

I have made many of these earrings using cabone rings and doing them in school colors. This is the garnet and black USC earrings.