Saturday, 28 May 2016


I needed to tat things that are quick and easy, and could be classed as no-brainers! The reason being that I am finding it very hard to concentrate on the doily pattern,  but must get back to it some time.  So I made some brooches which will go to a Summer Fete to be sold (well possibly) next weekend.

I plan to make a few more because after finishing each one I do not necessary like it and want to make a prettier brooch.  The pattern I am using is this one , and with adding lots of beads and a large bead in the middle they look quite good.    I am trying to think of the colours people will like but not actually sure I have chosen the right ones, so more are going to have to be made!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Another round

I have been unable to make progress with the patchwork that I showed you on my previous post,  mainly because of other commitments. I also really wanted to finish this doily, just one more round and it will be completed.

The doily still just about fits on the scanner but obviously will not after the next round!  

My other project at the moment is making brooches to hopefully sell at a Summer Fete in a few weeks time.   However, time is running out and I really need to prepare for our visitors in June, which obviously means some tidying up needs to be done, especially the tatting area!!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Patchwork revisited

So many of us have different crafts that invade our lives from time to time pushing away tatting for a short while.    I came away from my visit with Jane the other week with some material. This was the kind of material she could not use because the colours were not good or the patterns too large.   Fortunately I love the browns and dark bold colours so was pleased to come home with some African fabric.    Almost immediately I made a top, and the off cuts will go towards a patchwork hanging I started about 10 years ago!

This is a patchwork hanging I must have made about 15 years ago and is beginning to look a bit faded, it is mainly African fabric and hangs over an ugly electric meter in the hall way.

Work in progress, rather creased as it has been put away for 10 years

With several tatting projects on the go I think there is enough to keep me busy!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cross/Needlepoint Thread

I have been very busy working in the garden which has included painting pots and furniture and generally getting the area cleared up ready for an influx of tomato plants. Very little time for tatting but manage to pick up the shuttles every now and then.

So I was in Romsey today, our nearest town browsing around a charity shop looking at these threads and wondering if I could possibly tat with them.   They are hand dyed and come from the USA.

At least the thread is workable for tatting, here is the proof.  But still wonder what else the threads can be used for as they are so pretty but a little thick for tatting with.

Anyway whilst in the shop and deciding whether to bother with the threads I explain that I want to use them for tatting.  Immediately a customer heard this and was surprised to learn that some one tats.  She had never heard of anyone saying that before, she is self taught and lives in the town.   So of course I gave her my e.mail and mentioned this blog, so Carol if you have found it 'hello' and nice to have met you. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

A Winner

Thank you to everyone for entering my giveaway.  The winner is number 14 which is  Bernice. Many congratulations Bernice, if you would like to e.mail your address to me at then I can post the prize to you. 

Sadly I was not in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday last weekend but hope to visit soon.   However, I was there in 1964 when the town celebrated 400 years since his birth. 

I remember buying this badge, it was probably the only thing I could afford at that time. Amazing what you keep over the years and even more amazing that you are able to actually find it again!

Saturday, 23 April 2016


Today marks 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, he died when he was only 52 years old on his birthday 23rd April 1616.  There are great celebrations taking place in my home town of Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the occasion.

This is my 450 blog post and to celebrate I am offering the items below as a 'giveaway'.  All you have to do is leave a comment (just one!) and I will use a random number generator to pick the winner on 28th April.

"This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England"

From Richard II, Act 2 (Shakespeare)

Let me talk you through the items in the picture, there is a hand turned needle holder made from purple heart wood (not made by 'im in the garage but bought locally), a bone china thimble from the Coalport factory and a flat shuttle. They are photographed on a cloth bag which has the Union Jack displayed on it and the words 'Great Britain'.

Apart from being Shakespeare's birthday today is also St. George's Day the patron saint of England (and Scouting) and so that relates to the Union Jack which has the cross of St. George in the middle.  The rose on the thimble is a symbol of England, but it is usually a red one not pink!
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

The top of the needle holder also looks like a crown to celebrate the 
Queen's 90th Birthday

So good luck and it does not matter where you live in the world 
you are very welcome to enter.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Can't see the wood for the trees!

Which basically means unable to understand a situation clearly because you are too involved.  I think that happens to many of us throughout our lives and sometimes we just need to step back and perhaps talk to others on the outside and get their views about a situation that we are directly involved in.   

This is my tatting version of the saying, it is the be-stitched pattern which can be found on this page no idea what I want to use it for as yet, just waiting for some inspiration.  I do know that it will not become a towel edging.  It is resting on a huge piece of Cedar Wood that was in the garage - where else?!   Which reminds me if you want to know what is made in the garage then please look at this facebook page

I guess today cannot go by without mentioning the Queen's 90th birthday. To celebrate I have posted this union jack flag -  painted and very wet!  One of the children at the Craft Club yesterday created this work of art!