Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flurry Heartache and "The Plane, The Plane"

I know this tatted heart is a little late for Valentine's Day, but I finally finished it.  This is Jane Eborall's Flurry Heartache.  I think the design is brilliant, the way the pattern just flows and it makes a really nice shaped heart.  For the center bead, I used a 6mm heart bead, which fits the design perfectly.  I found the hearts at DS9 Design, and bought one of the multi colored packs of hearts, this way I can match the hearts to all the pretty colors of Lizbeth thread I have bought.

"The Plane, The Plane"  does anyone remember the show Fantasty Island from 1977 where Mr. Roarke's, little side kick, Tattoo would run up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout "The plane! The plane!" to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the beginning of each episode.  That's what the arrival of Jane's plane reminded me of. LOL!!  As I was tatting the pattern, I kept thinking it was a reptile of some sort.  Even up to Day 9, when every one was guessing an airplane, I thought maybe it's Godzilla or something like that.  LOL!  But here is my tatted plane.  Thank you Jane for another fun TIAS!!

Yesterday I received the Pop-O-Bobbin shuttle I ordered and I also bought one of Jane's magnet bookmarks.  Well, I'm very happy with the shuttle, I bought the Cocobolo Rosewood and the grain on the shuttle is beautiful.  I can't wait to load it up and give it a go.  And Jane's magnetic bookmark is just the cutest bookmark ever.  I bought a blue/green flower bookmark and  love it.  The magnets are so strong that it really does hold a lot of pages in between the magnets and stays in place. 

I am working on putting together a costume for a Dr. Seuss party at the library where I work.  The character that I am doing is called a "What is it", so it can be a combination of Seuss characters and I am decorating a plastic mask right now and I am going to add a little bit of tatting on the mask.  I'll show a picture of the mask when I'm finished.  

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Tatting the Unknown & Tatted Bat Jewelry

I have been working on Jane Eborall's TIAS. I'm still not sure what it is, but I have a few guesses. We'll see if I'm right or not very soon. I am a little behind, I have only tatted up to Day 5 and we are already up to day 7. I better get busy. I have tatted a few evenings with my friend Rayanna and she is also working on the TIAS.

For Christmas I tatted Rayanna's daughter (April) a gift. She really likes the Twilight movies, so I thought I would make her a Tatted Bat Pendant and Bat Earrings, perfect for a Vampire fan.

The Bat Earrings and Pendant are Mark Myers design.

The earrings are done in size 20 thread and turned out the perfect size for an earring. The pendant needed to be a little bigger, so I used Perl Cotton Size 5 and size 20 thread together, that created a little bit larger bat. I also tatted a second bat pendant, which is a design by Megumi, which is a little bit of a different shaped bat. I think both were a bit hit.

 I have quite a few things tatted over the holidays that I didn't have time to post about, here is one of them.  I found a round metal filigree (not sure what else to call it) at JoAnn Fabrics and thought I’d add some tatting to the piece. So I just started tatting and adding beads. I’d tat a chain and then come up through a hole with the thread, add some beads and then take the thread down through the next hole and pass the shuttle through and continued the chain and so on. I don’t think I could recreate this piece if I tried. LOL!! I think I will add a jump ring and a ribbon and wear it as a pendant. I think I like how it turned out, but I’m not sure….. I have more of these metal filigrees so I’ll try something different next time.

Sherry at Tatting Tales is having a Give Away.  She is giving away one of her awesome Ceramic Shuttles.  Click on her name to take you there!!