Monday, July 26, 2010

I decided on one of the patterns from Iris's book. I am doing the one called " Silvia". I am using size 20 thread ( size is not my usually size I like to tat with but) that needs to be strong enough be washed many times and stand up on its own. I am attaching it to a top and skirt that I am going to make out of some material that was given to me. I am using Lizbeth 20 color number 130 Island breeze and HDT by Sherry Pence called Marina. I am using both of these colors together in this edging for it brings out all the colors that is in the material I am using.
More on the whole project later on. What do you all think?? Hopefully you will be able to click on the picture and make it bigger to see the edging better. I love Iris's book a whole lot!!!
Oops...I just realized that I took a picture of the wrong side of the edge. Dummy me.

Monday, July 19, 2010 is time for a new post here. I have been tatting when I can...time is so limited these days for me. But I did make this Butterfly necklace. The pattern I used mostly for the butterfly came from the tatting book entitled "Tatted Butterflies" by Adelheid Dangla. The pattern is on page 11. I did change the pattern some because I wanted to add beads to the butterfly and I wanted to make a necklace.
I used size 20 thread in HDT from Sherry Pence aka LadyShuttlemaker.
( I wish I could get one of her silver shuttles...sigh). I also used some Lizbeth thread from Handy Hands. On the bottom wings I alternated the HDT and the solid Lizbeth thread to make the bottom wings look different from the top but not too different. In the middle of the body I also used Swarovski to make the body stand out more and have a bit of its own sparkle. The smaller beads are delicas size 11 I think. I really liked the wings in this butterfly. The wings have the leaf technique of Ruth Scharf. I think I read on the tatting list that Ruth Scharf's books might be printed again. There are some great designs in her books.
I also used Nina Libin style of adding beads to my butterfly.
I have made some of Nina's jewelry designs and love doing them.

I have to say that I like the necklace more than these pictures are showing you. There is alot of sparkle that is not showing in the pictures.
So what do you think of my necklace. How about my choice of colors....doesn't it just scream right off your computer monitor?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Here are some pictures with the name and color number of some new thread colorways that will be available soon. Autumn Spice has the following colors.. Mocha brown dk and med, terra cotta dk, harvest orange dk and lt, olive dk and med .

Fruit Frizz has the following colors in the colorway ... Raspberry pink med, autumn orange med, melon lt, purple med

Berry Burst has these colors...violet dark, Bosenberry dark, cornflower blue med, and country turquoise.

And Leafy Greens have these colors of greens...Leaf green med, pine green, olive med, leaf green lt

There are are more colorways but I don't have the pictures to show you all...but I can tell you the colors in the other colorways coming soon to

These are...Color 153 – Rainbow Taffy – Pink lt, autumn orange med, yellow lt, avocado green vy lt, electric blue lt, purple med.
Color 154 – Wildflower Garden – Lilac med, Purple lt, autumn orange med, pink coral med, blossom pink med, olive dk

Wildflower Garden is from an old Maneula that Handy Hands got by mistake. What there was of it was loved and sold out quickly. Since it was a mistake that colorway no longer came from Maneula. But it will be available in this line of thread of Lizbeth.

I believe there will eventually be a new different shades of brown vareigate coming too.

Then there are also going to be the new solid colors listed here:

Color 696 – Autumn Orange Med
Color 615 – Yellow Lt
Color 619 – Baby Pink
Color 649 – Baby Blue

I also believe there will be a very pale purple to go along with the baby colors.

I am also sharing a scan that shows a motif that was tatted using the new size 80 thread that will also be available soon. I am showing you the scan so you can see how often the color changes are.

In talking with Barbara Foster of Handy Hands she wants to know what other colors you would like to see in the Lizbeth thread line. She has requested of me to find out and let her know. If you leave me a comment on what those colors/colorways are I will pass them on to her. We want to be sure that any color you need in your tatting...Lizbeth thread will have it.

Also I was very lucky to help Martha Ess proof some tatting patterns. Here are a couple pictures of my proofing. Martha said I could share with you.