Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Is it worth continuing?

So I have now tatted six kaleidoscopes and joined them together, and was quite happy with the effect until I almost finished and noticed that the work was not lying very well.  By the time I had joined the last one my disappointment was quite marked.  However, after damping and pressing it does not look too bad.  My aim was to continue with more kaleidoscope motifs using a plain colour edged with black and placing them in-between these, but really don't know whether it is going to be worth the effort.  

May be I will tat something else and come back to it or just put it away in the cupboard!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ice Drop Pendant

After seeing so many ice-drops on tatting blogs I did not quite understand how they were made until I saw that Bernice had a link to Diane's pattern and so decided to have a quick go and make one myself.  There were also some handy suggestions about useful items to tat around. This is my first and only ice-drop, so far!  I might do more, who knows?

Over 10 years ago I bought these vintage chandelier glass drops and was at the time attracted by their colour and shape, but have never really put them to good use.    I suppose I could have used a more interesting thread to tat around them but did not want to distract from the beauty of the glass.

So now, at last, I have a wearable item from this vintage glass after learning how to make an ice-drop, thank you Diane for starting this craze.  

Sunday, 12 March 2017

e.bay win

I won this little lot, and no one placed a bid other than me, which was kind of a surprise, where were you tatting people?  I know that it can become expensive when posting to other countries but I was surprised that no one in the UK wanted them.

So there are two books and five shuttles, a strange selection of thread and some absolutely ancient pieces of tatting.   It always makes me wonder about the history of such items. However, I looked at the seller and it seems that she is one of those people who specialises in selling lace, embroidery etc and so would have possibly got them from another source other than from family or friends.   I paid £6.99 plus postage and was rather pleased with the purchase.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Winner!

Many thanks to all who entered this little competition, it was so good to hear from people who had never commented before and equally nice to hear from the regulars.   Four of you were correct, and although there was a bit of confusion as to when the shuttles started to be made, I really was looking for their introduction date when they were named as pop-a-bobbin which was 2010, some of you gave that along with the initial work on them in 2009.  
The number of different woods in the picture were 9.

So to make this as fair as possible I wrote the names and numbers on a piece of paper scanned the numbers only and e.mailed them to Jane, she then picked one of the numbers.

She picked number 4 

Which is


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Another Chance!

Thanks to those who tried to guess the answer to my questions in the previous post which happened to be the 500th.  Unfortunately none of you were correct, which is such a shame. So if you would like another chance of winning the few items I have put together below       ( there could be more) then please have a go.  The thread is Lizbeth cotton candy and I thought it matched the beads so well.   The items are lying on a very pretty tea towel with a cupcake on - which has these words written on it 'Good things come to those who bake'

If there are two or more correct answers then I will put your names on a piece of paper and draw the winner out.

You have up until the 3rd March and I will announce the winner on 4th March. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

More Shuttles

This is my 500th post, and I know that many of you in the 'blogging world' have achieved a lot more posts than this, but it is a milestone for me, and I aim to continue to annoy you on a regular basis!

More pop-a-bobbin shuttles will be on sale in Jane's Etsy shop tomorrow afternoon, so if you would like to buy one I suggest you go over there without delay.

In the meantime can you tell me how many different woods are in this shuttle display and what year was it they started to be made?

Sunday, 19 February 2017


I was fortunate to buy one of Pam Palmer's books from e.bay a few years ago, this one is called Tatting Treats, however the only pattern I have tried so for is Kaleidoscope.  It rather reminds me of a stained glass window.
I have a few plans for this motif and hope it works out.  

My next blog post with be the 500th one and I have just had a quick look back over the years, it is amazing how much tatting I've done over that time. 

Thank you to all of you who have journeyed with me since then.