Tatting Adventures and more

I love having time to do my crafting but I also have time for exploration both with DH and alone. Last week, after a lunch meeting with my oily friends, I went driving around Ennis Lake (which is still partially frozen over). One of my favorite spots is on the southeast side of the lake looking towards the Tobacco Root Mountains. There is a an old fireplace where a cabin once stood and it looked a bit strange. When I took a second look, I realized it was a Bald Eagle. I grabbed my cell phone and snapped a picture. Unfortunately the picture doesn't do the magnificent creature justice.

I also go exploring with DH and one day, we decided to drive over to West Yellowstone as our roads in Ennis were clear and US287 to the South was clear. HOWEVER ... when we made the turn towards the east near Raynalds Pass, the conditions changed somewhat abruptly with snow and ice on the highway. Both Quake Lake and Hebgen Lakes are frozen over completely. Snowmobilers were out on Hebgen and folks we…

Variation on a theme

Playing with my block tatted heart pattern. I used DOUBLE-DOUBLE stitches (ala Elgiva Nicolls) in the heart center. This is also known as a balanced double stitch (BDS) as taught by Ruth Perry.

The above picture is the result on the left (but was not taken against a flat surface); the original is on the right. I haven't really decided which I prefer. I also varied the picot sizes but only finger blocked the resultant medallion.

This piece is only one of the items I'll be sending back to AKTatter (Georgia Seitz) to decorate a patch for Palmetto Tatter's Guild 2018 Fund-Raising Quilt. I've completed a GR-8 inspired butterfly and a length of hen & chicks edging in the same thread. Since the piece of pieced fabric I have has lavenders, turquoise, oranges and yellows, I've also decided to include a length of edging in my favorite edging, Mary Konior's Curds & Whey. I'll grab a picture of the piece before I send back to Georgia. {Poor baby, she's had a…

WIP Spencer 1925 Centerpiece

I love this pattern. This is the third time I’ve tatted it. The first one was in size 80 white and the second was in size 30 Cebelia. This one is size 40 DMC cordonnet and has been blocked yet. When completed, this will be placed onto the octagonal table that we have; the table was given to DH's parents around Christmas 1933.

I plan to add sorrento bars (sometimes known in lacemaking as spiders) in the open spaces between the medallions and the mignonette work of row 9. The picture shows the medallion round of row 10 in progress. I have “only” 3 more rounds after the current one. Then, joy oh joy, blocking will have to be done in earnest!

We had a visitor come into the golf village where we live the other day. It appears to me to be a yearling. A friend who lives in Ennis itself stated that she thought this one may be the older sibling to the calf and mother that are roaming around Ennis. I just haven't seen the mother yet.

New Tatting Item -- a Continuation of an Old Request

Working to attempt to complete (by Christmas) a request from a former colleague. Doug has an antique smoking table that he inherited from his grandfather. His request was since the table is oblong that a doily be fashioned and NOT be round. I've been playing with this project for a number of years and it has gone through several iterations.

I'm happiest with this one (finished size must be just less than 12" x 15"). I'm well on my way. The pattern is Robin Perfetti's Garden Square from her Etsy shop. Since Doug's favorite color is green, I selected a colorway (Lizabeth 138-Leafy Greens) and a coordinating solid (Lizabeth 684 - Leaf Green Med). Here is a picture of the WIP:
The colorway reminds be of leafy camouflage and since Doug is an outdoors man, it seemed very appropo.

I still find time however for interruptions. I left a meeting Wednesday (Nov 1) and it was snowing and has been snowing off and on ever since. This one was taken yesterday out our dini…

Interruptions Galore!

I do get side-tracked (LOTS). We have an absolutely wonderful view out our dining/kitchen area of the Madison range. Such as the one below which was taken on the 3rd of October and shows the full moon rising over fan mountain (the tallest peak).

We also get unexpected visitors for dinner.

A simple (and original) Heart pattern

The instructions below are for a little heart that I tatted "on the fly" back in 2008. The original posting can be found at Original Ombre Heart posting along with the corrections that needed to be done per Katie Verna.

 I was waiting at the dealership for a service to be completed on my Prius (oil change & tire rotation). Then I got enough requests that the challenge of documenting the process with stitch counts began. Since I changed my profile picture on FB, several commented so I thought I would share the pattern. Sorry I haven't diagrammed it as yet.
Ombre Block Tatted Heart Teresa Woods©, 2008
This one is simple enough, but I’ve got some hints. Use paperclips or safety pins as helpers where the green arrows are indicated. The blue arrows would use the helpers on the picots while the green arrow in on the core thread. The red arrow is where the center of the heart begins, use a helper here to have something to hold.
Abbreviations: —         Picot (decorative along out…

Moje Robόtki No 8

Here is my attempt (through Round VII) of Jan Stawasz' large doily for the Polish magazine referenced in the title.
The photo is only a portion and of course the piece is not blocked at all. Currently it measures about 18" in diameter and I'm going to start Round VIII soon. I love the symmetry and negative space that are typical of Jan's patterns. I am lucky to have both of the books (in hard back) that were published prior to his death. I'm also glad to have found (thank you, Tim K) this pattern as well. This piece will be a wonderful addition to my "linens" in our new home.

I so look forward to arriving in Montana. I'll also be able to pick up another of my hobbies that I had put on hold when we moved to North Carolina. I also do china painting but need to acquire a new kiln as the one I had purchased from Ruth Little in Lubbock is probably 50 years old and was on its last legs when I got it. It's fun to research the various kilns and I plan to…