Thursday, 30 April 2015

Another necklace

I don't write many blog posts, well not as many as some people, mainly because I simply don't have time.  However, I do manage to keep a certain kind of momentum up by writing five a month.  It will be 1st May tomorrow so I had better hurry up!

This is another necklace taken from Marilee's book 

Nothing else to show you, I even forgot to take a picture of the pop-a-bobbin shuttles which left the house this morning and will be in Stratford-upon-Avon tomorrow.   

Monday, 27 April 2015

Yew to show You

One of our favourite woods is Yew, because it is so rich in colour and usually has an interesting grain.  We were given some yew wood that was already 5 years old, so well seasoned.  'Im in the Gargae' got his chain saw out and cut some pieces off.  It was as hard as iron!

But just look at what has been made from the wood so far.

The top left hand-side one looks a bit like a brain. 

And yes there will be some tatting shuttles made from the rest of the wood.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

On a Mission!

Well really I have been on this mission for a very long time now.  My aim is to reduce the stock of variegated thread that I have, this does not include hand dyed thread, that is for special projects.  Strangely enough the variegated thread seems to be going on for ever and ever. These butterflies not only help to use the thread up they also reduce my 'bead soup', of which I have plenty gained from so many spillages!  My aim in all this is to just be surrounded with the the bare essentials -  although I know it will never happen!

And now a real butterfly

Today is the Queen's 89th  birthday and here are some facts you might not know about her 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Barn Owls

As Jane mentioned my name in her blog post today I am delighted to show you my five owls. There would have been six but I gave one to a friend this afternoon who kindly took me out for tea.  This is such a wonderful pattern and I really don't know how Jane can design something as quickly as she does.  

Very often when she starts a design she will scan the different stages and send them to me as she goes along, asking for my opinion.  A lot of pressure there!  One of these little chaps looked as though it was an alien from outer space at one point, a very strange creature. However, the next one that flew over by e.mail was almost the final version with just a little bit of tweaking it became this lovely barn owl.

The reason for wanting a barn owl was that someone who belongs to a golf club asked if I could tat one as a barn owl is the club's logo.   

 Also last week a barn owl box has been made and was  put up in a tree in the village graveyard.  

There is a letter box size opening at the top but I was unable to take a picture of that part of the nesting box.  We are waiting for some occupants now, other than tatted ones!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

More shuttles

It has been a long time since my last blog post, just have been very busy.  I have been tatting though,  mainly pieces that Jane has designed, and  very pleased with them both, only I can't show you before she does!!  So here is a picture of the latest shuttles that have been made.

Please don't ask me what all the different woods are, just enjoy looking at them sitting in the sunshine!

As soon as our log store was put up a bird's nest appeared in it, unfortunately whoever made it decided that they did not want to use it.  Probably got fed up with us peering inside to see if they were there!

Hopefully I will have something more interesting to show you next time.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tower and Tatting Tea Tuesday

Today marks 126 years since the Eiffel Tower in Paris was opened to the public for the first time. There is a lovely 'google doodle' and you can read all about the Tower's history and see the doodle here.

In England it is a really blustery and dull day but I went outside to take this photo of Jane's heart buttons on some Darjeeling Tea before making a pot of this very special brew. 

And now a little peep at one of the pop-a-bobbin shuttles in the process of being made, it is rather bare without its bobbin but has  a lovely colouration.

It is made from spalted beech. The spalting is purely mild rot working its way through parts of the graining. It does not affect the durability of the wood.    

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kings and a teapot

In 1662 Charles II's Portuguese Queen, Catherine of Braganza is said to have introduced the act of drinking tea into Britain. This quickly spread throughout court and country and to the English bourgeoisie.  Today  it is our favourite beverage and it is the first thing that is offered when you go into a English house, a cup or mug of tea!

This is a pattern that I have been wanting to tat ever since Martha put it on her blog. It us her 'Anything Teapot' and can be found  here.

Martha gives many ideas of how to complete the middle of the teapot but this is mine, of course it had to include a button.

Another King of England in the news at the moment is Richard III and the remarkable story of finding his bones in a Leicester car park in 2013.  He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485.  Tomorrow he will be re-buried in Leicester Cathedral.   The most remarkable part of the story for me is the way they identified his remains by using DNA, and by doing this some surprising facts have also been found out about him and his descendants.   This is how the people of Britain and  many others from overseas have been marking the occasion.