Thursday, January 18, 2018

Flu season

Flu is going around, so I've had a busy week subbing. Yes, subbing is cutting in to my tatting time, but I'm happy to help out. Besides, I enjoy seeing the kids!

So, I only managed to tat one Ice Drop today. Still, one is better than none!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My little princess

Sophia loves Frozen! I think she looks adorable in her new Elsa dress!

Despite my aversion to split rings, I started Jane's TIAS today. The first two split rings are terrible. The core thread twisted and I couldn't close the ring completely. However, the third split ring worked just fine. I guess that goes to show that I need to practice split rings on a more regular basis.

Today was a last minute sub day. Still, I managed to tat two Ice Drops. These are the new version. They do look nice and clean, but I think I'm ready to go back to my other version!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chain, chain, chain

When I first started working on Ice Drops over a year ago, this is the look I was going for. It took me almost a year to figure out how the leave off the extra chain around the center bead, despite the fact that other wonderful tatters figured it out and gave instructions. I can be a bit thick at times. I do like this look, but the funny thing is that I've become quite fond of those chains around the center. I can add beads, picots, or leave them plain.

Chain, chain, chain...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Getting ready...

My shuttles are wound, and I am ready for Jane Eborall's 2018 TIAS. I've only completed two of them, but I've started them all. My favorite was the scissors. I do have all of them printed out, so maybe I'll finish them all some day!

Today's Ice Drop is in size 20 Lizbeth Arctic Waters. With the crackled glass gem, this one reminds me of Frozen, just like the one I tatted yesterday!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Disney princess challenge

One of our Ice Drop Addicts members challenged us to tat an Ice Drop to represent a Disney princess.

I found these beads in my stash, and they reminded me of Elsa from Frozen.

I know it's not the right shad of blue, but I think granddaughter Sophia will love it!

I might have to make one for her sister Kara as well. They both love to stand in front of the t.v. and sing "Let It Go!"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Purple Marble

I only had time to tat one Ice Drop today, so I'm glad I chose a pretty color! This is Lizbeth Purple Marble. The shuttle is from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design.

Most of the Christmas decorations are put away now, and Dave took me to pick up my sewing machine today. I really have the urge to sew!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Befuddled by beads

"Mary" from Twenty to Make Tatted Snowflakes by Jennifer Williams is a beautiful beaded snowflake.  I was really looking forward to tatting it, but I kept making mistakes, forgetting to add beads in the appropriate places.

The pattern is really very simple, so I decided to tat it without the beads to see how the pattern flows.

Now that I have the pattern down pat, I think I can successfully add the beads. I think it makes a great Ice Drop, too!

The shuttle is one of my favorites from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design.