Wednesday, June 30, 2010


A number of projects are under way in my world right now. Ripping continues on the Carol Berg books as does tatting a lovely green doily. I am attempting to tat something of my ownish design. It's a challenge from a tatting site in which I was given a diagram of the rings and we were to come up with the chains and picots. It's not going baaaaadly, but it isn't great either. I'll take pictures when I get to a "stopping" point (and empty the memory card of Boo pics).

On other fronts that have nothing to do with book making or tatting I was given 12.5 pounds of gourmet artisan chocolate today. I've started a list of "things to make with chocolate". Crazy I know, but I count my blessings as they come.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Suttleless Tatting

I'm working on a doily by the amazing Jon yusoff. It has three motifs that you tat together. I'm doing it in size 40 green (Christmas) variegated thread by HH Lizbeth. So my tatting is a lot smaller than the picture from Jon's site. It's lovely and when I get more done and my end hidden (which I stink at) I'll take pictures.

Last night I was adding a third clover circle when I got to the end of my thread; metaphorically, metaphysically and literally. Here's the short version.

There are 8 clovers, I just started the 7th one when I realized that I had made a join wrong in the 5th one. Do I cut it off and try again or undo all the tatting. (some may say tatting is undo-undo-able, but I've gotten very good at it) It would take me the same amount of time to tat anew as undo and fix so I chose to fix it. *sigh* I was near enough to the end of the shuttle thread that I just took it off for the undoing. Then I started to tat again. As I approached the 8th clover I found I had enough thread to finish, but not enough to loop it all around my hands like "normal" shuttle tatting. So what did I do?

Yep, I took it off the shuttle again and did it with two loose threads. It worked out and the tension is fine, but boy howdy was it a pain. I felt like it was me vs. the tatting.

Today I write fiction and work on the books.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ripping and Knotting

I'm still ripping paper. Lots and lots of paper. 140 sheet to be exact. That may not seem like much, but that is the amount of paper in the two 280 page books I'm working on. Add to that the embroidery pattern's I'm still working out for the covers...This is a long term project.

In the mean time I'm tatting like mad. In fact I'm going to attempt to teach my best friend Stacy to tat today. Then I can share my frustration about "out of print" tatting books with someone who will understand.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

project on hold

This project as been placed on hold till I get my life back in a little more order. It's taking FOREVER to hand tare all the pages in the novels. I must be some kind of mad.