Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tatting Tea Tuesdays - Tatted Leaves, Acorns & Pumpkin - OT Please vote for KISKI

Fall has arrived and I have been busy tatting all things Fall. For the last few weeks, I have been tatting leaves, acorns and a pumpkin. There are so many great patterns for tatted leaves and some really pretty variegated threads, that it makes the tatted leaves look authentic!!

Before I learned to tat and tatting took over my life, I use to cross-stitch. One of the pieces I did was a large table scarf with cross-stitched pumpkins and fall leaves as a border. I have used this on my dining room table every fall for about the last 25 years. Well, I thought maybe I could change it up a little bit by tatting some leaves and just laying them around on the table scarf. Here is what I have done so far.

First I have a lovely little pumpkin designed by, Sherry Matthews. I really like how the leaves are tatted.

The next two leaves I have done so many times. It is an old Workbasket pattern that was updated by Tammy Rodgers. Here I used Yarnplayer's Sugar Maple HDT and a solid butter cream Manuela and the right leaf center is also Manuela in light pumpkin. I also tatted a few acorns, which are designed by Karey Solomon and is in her book "Tatting Turns over a New Leaf.

Next is another leaf out of Karey's book mentioned above, it is called "Simple Leaf". These are also done in Yarnplayer's Sugar Maple HDT.

Here is another pattern out of "Tatting Turns Over a New Leaf" by Karey Solomon. This is a Silver Maple Leaf, done in Sugar Maple HDT and a solid red Manuela for the center. I like how this one turned out.
This cute little leaf is designed by Sherry "LadyShuttleMaker".I used Altin Basak thread.

My Last leaf is a desgin by Gale Marshall at Tats All, I used Yarnplayer's Nectrarine HDT
I really like this color.

Here is my dining room table all decorated for Fall. I think next year I will continue tatting a few more leaves and pumpkins. There are still some different leaves I didn't tat, but it will wait till next year. I'm ready to move on to my next project.

Wait a minute, I took this picture thinking I was done, I was putting my camera away and I noticed that something looked different on my dining room table. I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought I better take another picture, just to make sure...........

yes, I see him now..............

he just had to get in on this picture...........

I see he has made a new friend...................
Do you see him????????

He is hiding, and he just popped out to say...................

Happy Halloween!!!!!!


p.s. Very OT - Could you take a moment to help vote Kiski Area Marching Band for Band of the week???

My daughter, Katrina is in the Kiski Area Marching Band. This is her senior year and she so enjoyed her time in our Marching Band. Kiski Area Band is in the National Class of Marching Bands and have won 1st place in their AA class 28 times in a row. They just had a regional competition in Masillon, Ohio and 21 bands from 6 states participated, they once again won 1st place in their class and took 1st place over all.

Our local news station WPXI in Pittsburgh always showcases a "Band of the Week". In all four years that Katrina has competed, the local news station has never done a story on our band. We sure would like to see Kiski get recognized and showcased on our news station. If you go to this link:

WPXI Vote for the Band of the WEEK

Just vote for Kiski Area that's all you need to do.

Whatever band has the most votes by Friday, October 30 at 12 noon will be showcased on the local news.

This is Katrina with tears of joy, after learning they took 1st over all!!!

Thank you so much!! Katrina appreciates your Vote.


Fox said...

Done! Good Luck!

Your little Halloween goodies are very pretty!
Fox : )

Ridgetatter said...

I voted! Daughter Lori played the flute in the band; she also played the accordion, xylophone, and was concert pianist by the time she was 15. Music is a wonderful world for young people.
Love your blogs heading! Aren't Karey's leaves fun?

Isdihara said...

I cast my vote for KISKI!

Actually I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I read KISKI, because I remember (way be when rocks were soft and dirt was new) Kiski Area Marching Band playing in competitions when *I* was in my local HS band!

You seriously need to email me privately to keep me posted about band progress.

Your leaves and acorns and pumpkin are so beautiful! Adding them to your cross-stitched table linens are a perfect way to showcase them.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Carol !

GREAT POST! Beautiful counted cross-stitch tablecloth, and wonderful tradition all these years! (I knew William had to be in there somewhere!)

Of course the tatting is a perfect addition. I'm wondering how you're sewing all those pieces down - sounds labor intensive.

The HDTs are so exciting in their shades of colors. As you said, the leaves look so realistic. I have yet to tat any leaves. There are so many things I want to tat!

I VOTED RIGHT AWAY FOR KISKI! So far the results look good! CONGRATULATIONS to Katrina and the band for 1st place!! I hope they have taken videos and will show them on their website. How exciting! She looks sharp in her uniform! She'll always remember her band experiences.

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Fox, Thanks for the compliment on my tatting and for your vote!! I appreciate it very much!!

Hi Ridgetatter, I agree, being involved in music in school has been such a great experience for Katrina. She also is in concert band at school with her flute and plays piano in the jazz band at school. She loves making music. And yes, I have enjoyed tatting Karey's leaves & acorns. Thank you for your vote!!

Hi Isdihara, Glad you liked my cross-stitched table scarf with the added tatted leaves. Next year I will add more. If you heard of Kiski, you must have grown up around here. I'll e-mail you privately!!

Hi Kathy, I didn't sew the leaves down, just layed them on the table scarf. Next year I will add more. I'll have more threads by then to add different colored leaves. Thanks for the vote, we are ahead, but Plum HS is not too far behind. The Kiski show is on youtube, just search Kiski and the show name is Pursuit. THanks again.

Gina said...

What a nice post and lots of wonderful Fall Leaves and such! Good luck with the vote!

Sally Kerson said...

Well that was an international vote, no idea where the Kiski area is!! Best of luck to Katrina and co. they are in the lead!
I think the leaves are lovely, I've tatted one, yes just one and not very good, but might blog it soo especially as it took me over a month to complete!!!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hello Sally, Thank you for voting for Our Kiski Marching band. We are in Pennsylvania, USA.

Please do post your tatted leaf. It's fun to see which leaves people have been tatting and with what colors.

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Gina, Thanks for the lovely comment and your vote. They are both apprieciated.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carol,

I love your cloth with the cross stitch and looks wonderful with the tatted leaves and pumpkins. Also the Halloween decorations are great.
Congratulations on your daughters team getting first over all!
No wonder she had tears of joy!
Just off to place my vote for Kiski area and good luck.


Draffin Bears said...

Just voted and haven't they done well!


Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Carolyn, Thank you for your lovely comments on my Fall decorations on my dining room table. And thank you for your vote!! Katrina will be very happy if our marching band gets band of the week!!!!

Katie said...

The table cover is really gorgeous to begin with, but adding the tatted leaves really makes it stunning!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Katie, Thanks so much!! I appreciate your kind words!

❦TattingChic said...

I voted and it looks like they are in the lead at 36% so far! Way ahead of everyone else! Your campaigning seems to be working! WOO HOO!

Your fall tatting is lovely! Don't you just love The Sugar Maple HDT!?! It's one of my fall faves. I need to dig my fall leaves out and put them out on my coffee table next to my pumpkin candle! I will have to take a picture later today if I can get this all done! I gave my tatted pumpkins away last year for a giveaway.

Good to see a post from you! I always enjoy your sweet comments and support on my blog, Carol!

Carol Lawecki said...

Thanks for stopping by TattingChic and for all your lovely comments and supporting our Kiski band!! I saw your tatted leaves and pumpkin candle. Very Nice!!

Tatskool said...

Such a delightful post, no wonder William wanted to be a part of the display.
I voted...another international vote.

Bella Sinclair said...

Hahaha, you are too cute! Looks like William has made some straw friends.

Oh, Carol, these leaves and pumpkins and acorns are stunning! They add so much beauty to your table scarf. Gorgeous colors, too.

And congratulations to Katrina for making Band of the Week! I voted for Band of the Year. GOOD LUCK!!!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Bella, Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely, lovely comments. We also thank you for your Vote for Band of the Year!! ((HUGS))

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Pamela, William loves to get in all of the pictures he can. He is such a ham!! And thank you for your vote for the band also!! (HUGS))