Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rough Drafts

Well, I've been trying to blog at least once a week, and here it is Tuesday morning already (on the East coast anyway). So... here are some of my recent efforts....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Shhhh! It's a Secret

I've been a little quiet lately.

It's not that I haven't been tatting...

But rather that I am engaged in Top Secret Tatting.

Consider yourself teased.... ;)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thread and Card from Katherinne

I was lucky to be a recipient in Katherinne's thread give-away. The scanner doesn't do the thread justice. These are perfect faded denim tones with a bit of plum. I'm sure this will make something very nice.

She also made this origami card. Doesn't the kimono girl look beautiful and care free?

Thank you, Katherinne, I will treasure these.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Nazli Gelin Garden thread -- with buttons

I found some Nazli Gelin Garden thread at one of the LYS. Once I got home, I couldn't remember why I chose this neutral shade instead of one of the brighter ones, but I was able to pair it with some vintage black and brown buttons to good effect. It's manufactured in Turkey with Egyptian cotton and tats OK. The label calls it Size 1 Superfine, which may be some sort of yarn sizing. It looks similar to, or just a little larger than our size 10 cotton threads. I need to make some size samples, but I haven't done that yet.

Zig-zag chains make for an interesting effect.

I'll have to go back for some of the other colors.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Yippee -- I Won!

First, I could hardly believe the news that I had won in Yarnplayer's giveaway. Then, when the package arrived, I could hardly believe how beautiful the thread was. The little picture on the giveaway blog post doesn't do it justice. My own picture isn't quite bright and warm enough either.

Marilee was so generous to offer a giveaway, and then was doubly generous to include extra thread. The thread is all her Tiger Eye colorway, which is a really pretty blend of yellow and brown shades. I have been drawn to warmer colors lately, so this is just perfect. Here's what I got: not one, but two skeins of size 100. That's plenty for a big project. Dare I think doily? or maybe a wide handkerchief edge. And then a skein of size 3 perle cotton. I have been dabbling with big threads lately, and this is really thick. This will be an adventure to play with! And then, most unexpected, a skein of wool/silk lace weight yarn. It's so soft, I keep taking it out of the package to touch it. I wonder what I can make with this little skein, a lace collar perhaps?

If you aren't familiar with Marilee, the Yarnplayer, you need to visit her blog. She makes beautiful tatted jewelry and hand dyed thread, and has some great patterns, too.

Thank you so much, Marilee!