Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Twist Dragon

 This dragon was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Turquoise Twist. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Caribbean Dragon

     This dragon was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Caribbean.

Happy Annaversary

   Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.  You are the most wonderful parents a little girl(s) could have!!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vulcan Dragon

     Most of us in "Tat-land", know's Anne B's Dragon.   This one was made in Lizbeth, size 20 Falling Leaves.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Glass Bells

This week you are learning your fun project, before you blow your graded project.  This way you can practice the ring seal technique.

Set Up:
-         14, 8 mm tubing & 2 mm rod
-         # 1 tip
-         Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/screen/corks
                           Blow tube

 Bells (14 & 8mm tubing & 2 mm rod):
-         Use a # 1 tip.
-         Make a clapper from 2 mm rod:  small ball on one end and closed hook on the other end.  This part is the part that makes the ding.  Make it as long as you like.  I make mine about 1.5".  Make another hook on a 2 mm rod.  Close the hook around the closed hook on the bottom part.  Make sure the clapper moves and you didn't seal the two closed hooks together. Leave this part long so it will go into the 8 mm tubing.
-         Make an end-to-end seal using 14 mm & 8 mm tubing.
-         Insert the clapper assembly into the 8 mm tubing.
-         Collapse the 8 mm tubing, fusing it  around the 2 mm rod.
o       Do this step slowly and don't trap any bubbles during the process.
-         Cut off any extra 14 mm tubing.
-         Flare and the end of the 14 mm tubing.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Variation on Rose Rogers's Round Robin

      This pattern can be found on  Il Chiacchierino di Edda GuastallaBianchetti  website. 

     This is the rest of the special order, from yesterdays post.  The doily measures 12" across and was made with size 10 crochet thread with a gold filament.

16 of 25 Challenge

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Finally Got It Right!!

     This is part of a special order.  Last time I attempted the bracelet, I made it too small for the average person.  So, I got a new bracelet...I've been wanting one anyway.  So here is the customers bracelet and earrings.  The bracelet is Nina's pattern and the earrings, I adapted from the bracelet.  The jewelry was made with DMC Embroidery Thread.

15 of my 25 challenge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Yin of Turquoise

     This is the yin, from Fridays post.  This was a set of 10 daisy motifs, written byMrs. W. M. Odum.

14 out of 25, for my motif challenge.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

     Several weeks ago, I posted four sample borders.  This one was chosen to be the border of the paraments, for the church's alter and lectern.   The border was from Ann Ore's, Tatting, from 1951.  The pattern was called "Scalloped Edging #37", done in size 10 thread.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Humming Birds
Set Up:
-         Colors
-         # 3 tip
-         Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/tweezers
-         6 mm rod

Birds [Humming Birds (6 mm rod)]:
-         Use a # 3 tip.
-         Using the 6 mm rod, make a maria and flatten it.
-         Heat the flatten maria, remove from heat, and pull the wings.
-         Using tweezers, detach each wing.
-         Make maria for the tail and flatten.
-         Make marias for the body and head.
o       Slightly, pull out part of the beak.
-         Remove the extra glass rod from the tail.
-         Using tweezers, attach the wings.
-         Add hanger, feet and eyes.
-         Using tweezers to hold the hummer, remove the handle to form a beak.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Turquoise Daisy Motif

     This daisy motif was done in Lizbeth size 20, Turquoise Twist.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Falling Yang

     This daisy is the opposite composition, from yesterdays post.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Falling Daisy

     This daisy motif was tatted with Lizbeth size 20, in falling leaves and gold.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vineyard Yang

     This is the opposite, composition, from Fridays post.  Another daisy motif.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Round Bottom Flask
Set Up:
-         14 mm tubing
-         # 3 tip
-         Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter
-         Blow tube

 Round Bottom Flask (14 mm tubing):
-         Use a # 3 tip.
-         Make a test tube.
-          Heating the bottom of the test tube, collapse the glass to form a thick lens
-         Remove from the heat and blow a small bubble.
-         Heat again to create a thick walled flask.
-         Remove from the heat and blow a larger flask.
-         NOTE:  The flask should NOT exceed 2 x’s the thickness of the tubing.
-         The round bottom flask should be lens free, smooth, and bounce, when dropped from an outstretched, at arms-lengths.

If your flask survived the drop, which it should survive a few drops, you now have a C.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Daisy in Vineyard Harvest

     This daisy was done in Vineyard Harvest and Leaf Green.  This one is my favorite so far!!!  As soon as I finished it, someone bought it for $7.  Oh, well, can't keep them all!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Yang of the Mountian

     This one is the opposited color combination, from yesterdays post.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So Sad

     I made the long trip down to the "Big City", yesterday and discovered our Jo Ann Fabric store is no longer carrying Lizbeth size 20 thread.  This is an extreme shame, since we live a long ways to any other city.  Good quality tatting thread is not accessible in our area.  
     By the way girls, our Jo Ann's displays their clearance stuff along an obscure wall.  Therefore, look all through your store, to see where they hid the clearance things.  

Good Luck.
Daisy in Mountain Breeze

     Another Daisy in Mountian Breeze and Leaf Green.  I like the way this one came out!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


     This is the opposite color combination, from my post on Friday.  Another Tatted Daisy....they are quick and fun to make.

Lizbeth size 20 in Autumn Spice and Leaf Green

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mice Swizzel Sticks

Set Up:
-         Colors/6 mm colorless Pyrex rod
-         # 3 tip
-         Matches/mats/towel/glass cutter/graphite paddle/long nail/tweezers
 Mouse Swizzle Stick (6 mm rod):
-         Use a #3 tip.  Colorless or colored rod can be used.
-         Form a small ball on the end of a piece of rod, flatten the ball and pull off an ear with a tweezers.
-         Make another ear about the same size.
-         Make two marias with your 6mm rod.  Make one of the bulges larger than the other.  This will be the body and head.
-         Pull off the excess rod on the head.  This forms the nose.  Heat the tip of the nose to form a small (nose) ball.  Add the eyes and the ears.
-         Add a tail and fire polish the end of the swizzle stick.  Do this step carefully!!!!   


The mouse is on the left and a hummingbird is on the right.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Shami

     My daughter turned 32 today...Happy Birthday.  She is my step, but they are the same precious children, as if they were our own blood.  Hope you have a great day.  Love, Mom


Friday, August 3, 2012

Tatted Daisy
     This is a pattern by Mrs. W.M. Odum, called "Tatted Daisy".  The thread was Lizbeth size 20 in Autumn Spice and Leaf Green.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tatting Shuttles

     These are three, lovely tatting shuttles, I had bought with my birthday money.  They are from The Scarlet Scarab and are ONLY $6/ea!!!  She has them in bone, horn and shell.  The sizes are 2" and 1.5".  There are also fish-shapped suttles.  Check out her site, she has alot of wonderful things made out of shell and bobbin winders.
     I bought each of the shuttes in size 2".  They are a little tight in the tips, but use 800 grit wet/dry sand paper to open the tip slightly.  They work great!!!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Clover Drop Heart

     This is "Clover Drop Heart", by Nancy Tracy, found on
     The heart was done with size 80 Star thread.