Monday, 15 December 2014

Erin's snowflakes

I participated in a snowflake exchange on one of the facebook groups. I sent the following to Erin in Canada

As people on facebook have asked for the links, the pattern details from left to right are

1) a Teri Dusenbury pattern that she had on her old site - it doesn't appear to be listed on her new site here

2) Sharren's modification of Jane's Snowflake-on-a-Ring2

3) Leen's Snowflake which was on intatters but I can't find it in Craftree

4) Wendy's 4 Ring snowflake

Sorry - only 2 out of 4 :(

Got some more to show later as well

Thursday, 17 April 2014

In Memoriam

The Rainbow Bridge

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Love Always

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Aero England's, Milward "Made in England", "Aero" made in Germany & other "Aero" shuttles

Following comments on the "Tatting Shuttle Addicts" group on facebook I've finally decided I had better update the blog finally & to do it with a post about shuttles.

As I have made no secret of in the past - my absolute favourite shuttle is the original Aero shuttle or the Aero/Milward "Made in England" bobbin shuttle. Jane has a very good post here about Aero's but I had disagreed with what Barb had told Jane about the age of the shuttles & said I'd post piccies which I never got round here goes

This is one of the original "Aero England" shuttles still in its packaging

There appear to be 4 variations in the pacakaging

And this is an Aero "Made in England" in its packaging

And this is a Milward "Made in England" in its packaging (this is the only packaging variation I have found)

A "made in Germany" in it's packaging

And a black "made in Germany" with its plastic hook in it's packaging (apparently they were totally useless but I can't comment as I have never opened the only one I have)

This is the "Made in Germany" once they dropped the "Made in Germany" bit

The original Milward in various guises, in order of age based on packaging

The name "Milward" still appears to exist in Australia as these have been available recently

A really unusual (to me anyway but maybe not to others) Prym Milward-lookalike in its packaging complete with hook

And finally the many "wannabe-aero" variations

If anyone has a spare Bernat or Semco like those pictured still in their packaging I would be very interested in possibly purchasing or swapping.

Just out of interest, there does appear to be some variation in the original Aero England's as this shows - these are 2 of my everyday working shuttles and you can see the difference in colour (it isn't really as greenish as this photo appears - just a different shade of grey) & length of hook


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Anyone know the source of these incredible images?

Hi all

While wandering around I came across these

Just have a good look at this and the rest of this truly incredible work!!

They are taken from this Russian post.

Having had a good look at the blog I think the blogger just post images or stuff from elsewhere - there is no source listed for the images above. Does anyone know where they come from? I really would like to investigate further.

All help & advice greatly appreciated


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Normal tranmission will be resumed shortly................but in the meantime..............

........I'll admit I haven't done much tatting in the last few months but have just completed a surprise for my facebook tatting group exchange partner -I can't even reveal it once I know she has it as I didn't photograph it before sending :(.

I know the following topic has been brought up before but I would like some feedback please.

One thing I have done recently has been have a good look at the tatting section on BellaOnline which is edited by Georgia now (previously Beverly & before that Gillian Buchanan). The bit that is causing me a problem is in numerous book reviews that have been posted.

I'll quote from a review of the Russian book by Анни, С.И. (Anni, S I) "Энциклопедия фриволите" (An Encyclopedia of Tatting) {link here} [I actually have this book and think that the patterns are lovely but agree that the photos are let down by the chunky thread]

"..........It is unfortunate that the "up" join is taught without a note about the preferred "down" join........."

This is just one instance of many where the review has criticised the book under review for teaching what I perceive as one of the traditional methods of tatting. I almost exclusively use the up join as I don't generally tat with the "right side/wrong side" method. If I am doing something that DEFINITELY needs a right and wrong side I will tat that way and use a down join but I feel that the reviews are trying to tell people that it is wrong to tat in the traditional manner. Don't get me wrong I love learning new techniques and attempting (sometimes not very well!) them myself & I will do anything and everything to an old pattern to avoid the tie and cut LOL!! but why should the traditional methods be seen as wrong? I think my whole gripe boils down to that one word in the quote ...."preferred"! My "preferred" join is also the up join - so am I committing a heinous crime?

Let me know how long my sentence for crimes against tatting should be LOL


Sunday, 12 August 2012

What I've been working on

I have done some tatting - a couple of cross bookmarks for a very good friend & I'm half way through the doily I needed the thread conversion for (succumbed & used boring white 40 but the found a small bit of purple 40 so it is now in both).

What I've been girding myself to do you'll see in a moment below but to give you a bit of background first - as most of you are aware we lost our precious doggie, Belle, in April & when I said in that post....We are heartbroken - I meant it. She is my 4th dog and by far the most important..........she was my first baby as we had a tough time having DS and I am 100% certain that if we hadn't had her we would not have DS either. There was something wonderous that I just can't put my finger on about Belle - she had definitely been here before - an "old soul" - if you know what I mean. She chose us, not the other way around. We had gone to see another dog that the family were giving away, a 12 month old blue merle collie, but it was a really nervous dog and not for us so we were leaving but my husband spotted this 12 week old collie pup & I was adamant that we were not having a little one as I didn't want the toilet training etc. He picked this puppy up and she put her paws round his neck and wouldn't let go. The owner said that she was also being given away but that she had already been taken by a lady who was clearing it with her husband and we went to leave with the puppy still clinging for dear life to my husband. Just as we got to the front door the phone rang, the owner excused herself a moment, came back and said that the other ladies husband had said no to the puppy. Needless to say the puppy still hadn't let go of my husband and she didn't until 6 months later when he broke his back and she obviously decided that he had abandoned her after a month in hospital and she became "mine" totally.

Trying to describe her in words is nearly impossible but she wasn't a dog - not according to her anyway, she was a girlie, just that she had 4 paws not arms & legs. My Uncle was adamant that she would not accept the new baby when I was pregnant as she had been my baby for 4 years by herself. We involved her entirely in things for the baby and when he eventually came home she was very wary for 2 -3 days then he was just accepted totally - she literally would have done anything for me or him.

Given what I've recounted my heart was heavy when I undertook the following I really would like your opinions PLEASE.

As it is a photo of my sketch not a scan it hasn't come out quite as it is in real life but I'd like some feedback anyway.

PS What I meant to ask was "Has my drawing done her justice?" - that is what has been concerning me so much with drawing her. That the drawing would give some sense of how special she was :)