Monday 26 May 2014

Too many beads!

My addiction to beads has not abated as I went into a haberdashery shop for some interfacing a few weeks ago and came out with some Japanese glass beads which were being sold cheap due to a stock clearance.  This was the first time that I had ever been in this shop, too afraid to go again!

So before opening the packets it seemed a good idea to use some of my existing beads, I have also been asked to make some earrings and a matching pendant, but instead of doing that I found myself making all these!

Unfortunately this has not even made a dent in my bead stock pile, so will just have to go on making more.   Oh nearly forgot to say this is Jane's winsome earring pattern with a little adaptation.

Friday 16 May 2014

Shuttles on Sale

Tomorrow the latest batch of pop-a-bobbin shuttles will be on sale in Jane's Etsy shop. 
Also some flat shuttles.

It will be 12 midday BST when they are set free!

Someone asked if we had any shuttles made from Olive Wood, we do now! 
Fortunately we found a wood supplier in the UK

I am still making Renulek's doily and really enjoying this pattern, especially the latest row which I started yesterday.  This is a picture of it when I had finished the previous row

And yes I am still tatting the second of Renulek's Spring doily which I started.

Sunday 11 May 2014

A little peep at some shuttles

There will be quite a few shuttles for sale in Jane's Etsy shop next Saturday, amongst them will be some flat shuttles made from Ash and Sycamore.  I have also  pyrographied patterns on them and the points of the shuttles could be used as a picot gauge as the marks are graduated.

There are also some new woods in this batch, here is one of them - spalted beech.  We think the markings were caused by the tree at some point being diseased.

Last year a tree outside one of the churches shed a few branches in the storms. Whenever this happens the Vicar rings me up so that we can go and collect the wood as soon as possible.  The branches came off a giant sequoia tree and as you can see the wood is really red in the middle and the shuttles have a pinkish tinge.

Anyway go over to Jane's blog tomorrow to hear more about all the shuttles that will be for sale.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Doily, thread and shuttles

Sounds just right for the title of a post about tatting doesn't it?   The doily is Renulek's Summer.  I was definitely not going to start another of her patterns as the last one seemed to take over my life!  It seems as though I just could not resist.

This is so not the colour you would expect as it reminds me of when I first learnt to tat 50 years ago, at that time coloured threads were scarce.  However, I was given 8  boxes of Twilleys Twenty thread and although some of it has now gone to other people with more pressing projects, I still have a couple of boxes left.  It is not the best of thread, a bit like rope so I am not sure if I will ever complete this doily.

A large quantity of pop-a-bobbin shuttles are just about ready to travel to Jane's home, here are just a few of them.

I will talk about some of the woods you can see in my next post, especially as there are some interesting stories behind them.

Thursday 1 May 2014

May Day

A day which is supposed to herald the beginning of Summer, although officially it is a bit early and anyway it is dull and raining outside at the moment!  It is a time of May Pole dancing.  Dancers move around a large pole stuck upright in the ground, moving their ribbons either in a web around the pole or by plaiting it to the pole itself. To unravel the ribbons, the dancers retrace their steps.  Clever if it works but it doesn't always!

So as I have missed working with buttons for quite a few months I decided to make these crosses.   The pattern is by Lily Qualls Morales but her pattern used size 10 thread and these are 20 so I just added a few stitches.  The three crosses are lying across a branch that I orginally brought home to use as an Easter decoration, but it never happened!

In some parts of Britain, 1st May is called Garland Day, when young girls used to make garlands for their hair.
The first of May is Garland Day
So please remember the garland.
We don't come here but once a year,
So please remember the garland.