I'm still here, gradually getting my life back together.
The free patterns are temporarily (I hope) unavailable. Usually I periodically get a notice from Keep-and-Share to log in to keep my account active. I must have missed the notice this time, I assume. I have sent them a message asking to reopen the account, per their instructions on the error page. Bother.
I've been thinking a lot about getting active on the blog again and showing what I'm working on, but snowed under right now.
Later -- Free patterns are back! Thank you Keep and Share for prompt help.
I am happy to announce that my latest book, "Toys for Tatting" is finally ready for sale. You can read all the details on my "Books for Sale" page HERE. Here is a quick list of the patterns: pony/unicorn/Pegasus (with and without beads), small rubber duckie, large rubber duckie, troll doll, rag doll, teddy bear, rocket ship, dump truck, block tatted train. (Note: the large and small rubber duckies also work well together as mother and baby ducks. Thanks for the idea, Erin!) If you would like your book autographed or personalized, please let me know when you order. You can use the "note to seller" on the Paypal order, or send me an email. Thanks for your continued support for my tatting patterns. A special thank you for my test tatters, Jane Eborall, Erin Holloway Moseley, Karen Beary Parent, Phyllis Schmidt, Sherry Townsend, and Stephanie Wilson. ***Later: the Paypal buttons were not working at first. I think I have them fixed now.***
When I wrote my previous blog post, I was so happy. My husband was going to be discharged from the hospital later that day. We had a diagnosis to explain why he had been feeling bad lately, and a treatment plan. He was going to get better and I was going to get to go to Palmetto. Well, after that, he was quickly back in the hospital, and he got better again, and then he rapidly got much worse. He passed away on September 5. There were some very bad days, but the last ones were peaceful with no more suffering. There has been such an outpouring of sympathy and love from those who knew. That has helped me keep going in these difficult days. I am reading my emails, but forgive me if I don't get to replying to them all. Bless you all.
"Tatting is out of this World" is this year's Palmetto TatDays theme, and rocket ships have been popping up all over. Follow the link HERE and you will see Erin's clever rocket on a shuttle. Follow a link on that page to class projects, and you will see Richard's delightful little rocket complete with green alien. Then go over to Victat's blog for the most adorable little rocket yet. Up above is my own rocket, larger than the others, I think. It didn't win the contest for Palmetto logo (rightfully so after I saw Erin's), but it found a place in my up-coming pattern book, Toys for Tatting. Coming soon, watch this space!
If you've been following Jane's blog, you know she has been making lots of variations on her Fandango pattern. Most recent was a little heart, excellent for a quick tat or emptying shuttles. The pattern is HERE. Since Jane so often uses lock stitch chains to such good effect, I thought this little pattern was calling out for some, and I gave it a try. They could use a little blocking to help with the symmetry, but over all, I am pleased. I used 10 lock stitches for the chains at the bottom and omitted the joins to the bottom ring. Also, I began with SR2, since I don't like trying to work in ends in a lock stitch chain. I think Jane is working up her own version of this idea, so keep an eye on her blog for further developments.