Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lilly Pad Earrings

     These doo-dads were from Walmart for a dollar.  There were 12 doo-dads/package.  The thread was size 30 crochet thread and 1.5" in diameter.  I tried to incorporate the lilly pad design into the tatting.

39 of 100 motif challenge.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Misty Pendent

      This pendent was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Blue River GladesThe doo-dad was intended for stinging beads, but makes a great focal point.

38 of 100 motif challenge.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Everglades Pendent:

      This pendent was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Blue River GladesI think this is my new favorite color.  The pendent is 1.75" in diameter.  This was an old pin I found at an antique show.

 37 of 100 Motif Challenge.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ok...Double Post Today

     I couldn't wait to show you this darling, 3-D butterfly.  I needed a break from my big tatting projects (7 foot boarder for the Church's alter and a doily for a great aunt).

     This pattern is one of Jane's wonderful patterns.  It's done in size 40, hand dyed by "Tattalittle" (In Tatters).  She gave me three gorgeous shades of turquoise thread.  The butterfly is 1.5" square (includes the antennas).  This would make a great pair of earrings in size 80.  

Free-Form Tiger-Eye

     This is a 19 X 30 mm tiger-eye stone.    I cheated and bought the pretty pattern wire.  Too much work to cut the sheeting and solder it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Turquoise Pendent

     Congratulations to Karen Hammond, you won this wonderful pendent.  The random generator picked 9...your number on my spreadsheet.  Please e-mail me with your address, so I can send it out Monday.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Blue Snowflake Pendent

     This was the last piece of the broken necklace.  The doo-dad was missing a center stone, so I replaced it with a blue stone.  The Piece  was done in Lizbeth, size 40, antique blue and measures 2" in diameter.

36 of 100 motif challenge.

Don't forget, my Turquoise Pendent is up for grabs.  Leave a comment on that post for a chance to win it.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mayan Exchange

     I received this lovely exchange from Lea Rako ("Tattalittle), from Australia!!  In Tatters was doing the "Mayan ("End-Of-The-World) Exchange", for the winter exchange.  She went indepth on the meanings of everything she sent.

Beautifully packaged!!

     The beautiful "Doomsday Mat", is 9.5" and the tatting design was one of Iris Niebach free patterns (  The Mayan design was hand printed on one side and plain brown on the other, making this reversable (gorgeous design).  It was done in browns to symbolize chocolate or cocoa.  The design side depicted the past and the plain side, to create something new for the future.  And we all need plenty of chocolate.

    She hand dyed the thread from DMC size 40 (my favorite colors and size).  She explained the meaning of the dyed threads:  as the Mayans excelled, vibrant blues were very important and kept secreat until the 20th century.  

 See really thought this all out, it just blows me away!!  Thank you so much Tattalittle.  I'll treasure this!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Turquoise Pendent (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final piece.  I used a size 16 crochet hook for the beads, size 14 for the picot joins.  Since I didn't start out with any picots, I used a stiff needle to slightly raise a picot between the desired ds. 

Most of the rings were 3-3 and the most of the chains were 4-4.  This piece looks great with two rows.  You could also make a third row.  Usually, I'll make the second row consisting of chains, first then the third row.  Thumb through my previous post to get an idea, on how to proceed with your doo-dad.  There is no written pattern for most doo-dads, which makes them so unique.

Once you are done tatting, block and stiffen you piece.  I use hairspray (probably another no-no).  It was always the old stand-by for drawings when Fixative wasn't in the budget.  Next add your jump ring.  I always add a small dab of fingernail polish where the ends of the jump ring meets to prevent fraying on the tatted part.  

Another note:  I don't like to add jump rings to picots!!  I want my piece sturdy and a picot is a single strand on string...won't wear long.  I prefer a sturdy ring or chain to add my jump ring to.  A good number of ds, in a ring is 12 ds.

Good luck and have fun!!

OK.............who wants it?  Leave a comment on this post or my West Pine Creations face book page, regarding this post.  I realize some of our blogger accounts don't allow us to leave comments (including me!).  So, comment on my face book portion, regarding this post.  You have until midnight (mountain time),  this Friday, the 25th.  I'll post the results on Sunday, using the random number generator.




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Turquoise Pendent (Part 2 of 3)

 One of my high school art teachers made us draw out three designs for every project.  She would choose which one would challenge us most.  

Start out by drawing around your "cleaned-up" doo-dad.  Look at the designs and colors in the doo-dad.  This doo-dad has scrolls, turquoise and silver for color.

I like to incorporate the doo-dad into tatting.  I'm using Lizbeth, size 40, Ocean Teal Dk; silver, glass seed beads, and part of the scroll design from the doo-dad. 
Now you are ready for the base layer.  I want my pieces sturdy, so I rarely do any fancy tatting in this step.  If you tat tight or a beginner, you may want to make a picot every two or three ds.  

Tat around your piece connecting when ever you can (don't connect, if it will cover your doo-dads pattern.)  When I connect, I use the Catherine Wheel stitch.  As you can see from the picture, I don't have any picots.  I make my picot-joins very small and I don't tat extremely tight.  This allows me to insert a needle, between the ds and raise an very,very,  small picot.  I'm sure this is a HUGE NO, NO.  But it works for me!!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Turquoise Pendent (Part 1 of 3)

     This is how I go about designing and making a pendent around a doo-dad.


 Find a piece of old jewelry.  This was a single earring.


 These are the tools I use:  dikes, dremel bits (grinding stone, diamond grinding bit, rubber polishing point, and polishing brush...don't need the last bit); and a dremel.

Using your dikes, remove any appendages that would interfere with your tatted design. 

Use the grinding stone bit to remove most of the leftover appendages.  Next, use the diamond bit to bring the appendages down, level with the surface of the doo-dad.  Finally, use the rubber polishing point to smooth the surface down. 
NOTE:  When using a dremel, hold it in your left hand, if possible.  This way, causes the dust to fall towards the floor and not your face.  Also, wear safety glasses. 

NOTE:  A metal file and 800 grit can be used instead of dremel bits.

Carefully clean you finished doo-dad.  I like to run the soft polishing brush over the piece to give it a shine.  A soft, damp clothe will also work.  

Finally, check the stones.  Replace missing or loose stones.  Use 5-minute Epoxy for glued in stones.  Use the outside edge of your dikes to gently push prongs back in place.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine Bear Give-Away

     Bearbits is giving away this adorable teddy bear.  See her blog for a chance to win her.

Dust Earrings

     Found a broken necklace at an antique show.  Moved some of the missing stones around to make a nice setting.  The earrings were done in pearl cotton #12 and are 1.5" in diameter.

 35 of 100 motif challenge.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


     This was an old key, done in Lizbeth, size 20, Antique Violet Med.  The key is size 2" long.

 34 of 100 Motif Challenge.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lilly Pads

      Found these doo-dads at Walmart.  They were 12 for a dollar!!  They were done in crochet thread, size 30 and they are 1.5" in diameter.

 33 of 100 motif challenge. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Purple Cross Earrings

     These doo-dads I found at walmart...they were 12 for a dollar, in their bead section.  The earrings were done in Lizbeth, size 20, antique violet med.  They measure 1.5" in diameter.  Not too impressed with them so they aren't part of my challenge.  Stay of these days I'll get it together and show you how I do all of these doo-dads (step-by-step).

Monday, January 14, 2013

My New Scar

     This was another Christmas present from my parentsMy mom knitted this fabulous scarf.  She said this is the hottest thing, back home.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Christmas Ball Set

     I tweaked my large tatting ball pattern and finally had gotten it to look right.  Yes, these were done before Christmas...thank goodness for "Schedule" bogging.  My blogs are done in advanced from two weeks to a month ... or more.  So, everything you are seeing now, I probably did a month ago.  This was a set of 15 Christmas balls.  I have a set of 18 small ones yet to do.  That pattern, I have down.  These balls were done in crochet thread number 20 and lots of beads.

32 of 100 Motif Challenge.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Signature Tags

     Tags I put on my packages.   They are made from shrink plastic and says, "Tatting By Marie."  The plastic was found at Hobby Lobby, called "Shrinky Dinks."  I can remember when these first came out...sort of dates my age.  One of my favorite things to do is the packaging part.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Yang of Hearts Earrings

     This was a pattern from "Tatfully Yours", with a few tweaks.   They were done in Lizbeth, size 20, dusty rose lt.  This was a present for the other sister

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heart Earrings

     This was a pattern from "Tatfully Yours", with a few tweaks.   They were done in Lizbeth, size 20, raspberry lt.  This was a present for one of my sisters.  It matches her cat pendent.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Wonderful Bag

     This was one of my Christmas presents from my parents.  My mom made this awesome bag with lots of inside pockets.  I LOVE homemade presents. 


Friday, January 4, 2013

Star Flower Pendent

      This is another doo-dad, I found at Walmart, in there $1 bead section.  They came in a package of 12!!  The pendent measures 2" in diameter and was made with Lizbeth, size 20, antique violet med and dusty rose lt.  This came with a metal ring around it to tat around.

 31 of 100 motif challenge.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Antique Passion Pendent

     This pendent I found at Walmart, in their $1 bead section.  It measures 2" X 2 3/8" and was made with Lizbeth, size 20, antique violet med and dusty rose lt.

 30 of 100 motif challenge.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Turquoise Universal Bauble

     This is one of my favorite bauble patterns, because it fits over varrious sized baubles.  The bauble was done in pearl cotton #8 and the chain in size 10 crochet thread.  The bauble pattern is from my first book:  "Tattasauruing: Baubles and Motifs."

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Purple Crystal

     This beautiful pin was done in Lizbeth, size 20, Antique Violet Lt.  The off-set crystals was part of the original pin. 

 29 of 100 motif challenge.