Friday, October 22, 2010

Flower #3- The Thornwell Ladies' flower

As I continued working on the flowers, Jerry and I got to go up near Lake Jochasee for the weekend with the Thornwell folks. We always have such a good time with them....and work together a lot. Anyway, these ladies as so special to me and know about my love of tatting. As the weekend went on they would comment about my progress on the 3rd block. They always appreciate the tatting that I show and share with them. Anyway, as I was reflecting on many things while in the mountains I wrote in my Gratitude Journal how grateful I am for my friends. As I was thinking about the uniqueness of each person, it reminded me of the flower circles of color that make up each of these blocks and thus as I continue the blocks I am going to keeping adding some special blocks. I already have thread for the next 2 blocks- Riet's stained glass flowers and Bonnie's special discontinued thread.

Flower #2- Sue Hanson's flower


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 themy with gold Elizabeth thread to complete the "block".

Flower #1- Karey Solomon's flower

This started with Karey Solomon's idea in Tatting Times August 2010. Karey has a pattern from using up thread off of shuttles. Her Granmother 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 varigated 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 projects....my 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.