Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


     The shuttle I had gotten from Herrschners.  The shuttle is usable once you figure out how to use it.  The jump ring was removed and  a lobster claw clasp was added to remove it from the chatelaine.  The chatelaine is adjustable from 18" to 21".  This allows me to were it as a necklace or make it longer for a usable chatelaine.

       This can hold my tatting essentials, shuttle with a little tatting started, and my Air Force mini Swiss Army knife.  The mini knife has a nice, sharp scissors with it.  I had gotten the knife, when I was in the Air Force.

70 of 100 motif challenge.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Christmas in July

     Found an unopened set of 12 Christmas tree kits at an estate sale.  I bought the set for my Sunday school class.  The trees are made with pipe cleaners, beads, and safety pins.  This is what they look like...the instructions were a little unclear, but figured it out.


Friday, July 26, 2013



I needed the matching earrings to complete the bouquet.

Matching set, 69 of 100 motif challenge.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


     This is a nice, bright posey necklace, made with the nylon thread.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


     I needed the matching earrings to go with the necklace.

68 of 100 Motif Challenge. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tiny Trot Trio

     The last of the Fad of the Month for a while.  This kit had three little horses to hang on the Christmas tree.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Coral Reef Necklace

Coral Reef Necklace

Need the matching pendent to go with the earrings.

67 of 100 motif challenge...matching set.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Enough Bookmarks

     Enough bookmarks, time to make some jewelry with this stuff.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Carnation Bookmark

Can you tell I'm addicted to tatting this nylon around the ring?!!!

66 of 100 motif challenge.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cross Country Skiing
     This is another Fad of the Month craft.  On one side is a reindeer and  the other is the fat man (Santa) cross county skiing.  This is one of my favorite sports.  Unfortunately, since we moved off of the mountain,  I rarely go cross country skiing.   I use to run out the front door and start skiing up the mountain, but not down here in the desert.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Coral Reef Bookmark

This one has a 3-D look.

65 of 100 motif challenge. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013



     Here is a variation of the bookmark.  This one reminds me of swirly wind current.

63 of 100 motif challenge.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Opal Earrings

     This is a pair of Idaho Spencer opal earrings.  Spencer opals are typically in the form of triplets.  The thin layer of opal is shaved off, a colorless quarts cap is cemented to the top and a piece of black jet is cemented to the back.  More on this process is on the Spencer Opal Mines site.   These earrings are 10 mm X 15 mm.

Happy birthday little sister :)  


Friday, July 5, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

I'm Hooked

I'm Hooked

     I had gotten some thread, looks like nylon thread, in a size 10 and a tatting shuttle at an estate sale.  There were 18 colors of thread.  Since, the girls wanted to make the bone ring class two weeks, I decided to try this nylon thread on another bookmark.  By-the-way.  This stuff is not tatting friendly!!  It twist so bad, that it makes closing rings very difficult....therefore, small rings.

     I've become hooked, after making another book mark!!!

Coral Reef Bookmark...look how bright the colors are.

      The shuttle was a red, pumpkin seed shuttle.  The tail is about 15".  Someone bought it as soon as I made it.  They were thinking about wrapping it around a purse or bag.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Plastic Bone Ring

Plastic Bone Ring

     I've been teaching the girls (ladies) from my church on needle tatting.  This week they were practicing Catherin Wheel Joins, using an 1" plastic bone ring.  I made a simple bookmark pattern, using size 10 crochet thead.  

Challenge 62 of 100

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shuttlebird's Challenge

Shuttlebird's Challenge

     The semi-local, tatting club is the Shuttlebirds, in Washington.  One of these years, I'll go to their big show.   They started a challenge in May (actually, this is when I'm posting this blog.)  Last week was a butterfly pattern and this week is Anne B's famous dragon.  

     The butterfly was done in Lizbeth, size 20, springtime and antique violet med.

July special:
Free shipping on all of my books in the US and Canada. Outside of the US and Canada, shipping is $1.50.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Idaho Spencer Opal

Idaho Spencer Opal

     This is a pendent made with Idaho Spencer Opals.  You can go to the mine and mine the tailing or purchase some from their store.  These opals were given to my by someone, so I didn't have to do the stone work. This pendent is 10 mm X 45 mm long on a 18" chain.

July special:
Free shipping on all of my books in the US and Canada. Outside of the US and Canada, shipping is $1.50.

Tattasauring and Tatsmithing Books:

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