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