14 December 2009

New Tatting Shuttle

I received another gorgeous tatting shuttle in the mail today - this time from the Shuttle Shop. On the reverse side it has a lovely snowflake.

13 December 2009

Bobbin Lace Mat

A work friend recently celebrated her 40th birthday and a couple of weeks before she turned 40 I discovered she had a nest of three tables with glass insert; a perfect opportunity (read, excuse) to make some lace mats as a present (albeit, late birthday present).

I started the first mat yesterday (after 2 1/2 hours of tedious preparation with bobbin winding and pricking). Once I finish this set of three I will be starting another identical set for my nest of tables!

Ewe Beaut Fibre sampler box

Today I received my first fibre gift box with lots of lovely goodies to play with. Besides fibre and yarn, there is a lovely bead and stitch holder.

11 December 2009

Lace Mat

Completed my lace mat (69 pairs of bobbins). Once it is blocked/pressed I think it will look good. The pattern is Carre de dentelle aux quatre paves de points fantaisie and I experimented with the Schneeberg finishing technique; I am most happy with this technique although I have no way mastered it yet.

December CAL

Finished my last two squares for the 2009 crochet-along. Now I just need to piece them all together; I'm not sure how I will do this yet.

10 December 2009

Lace Christmas Present

I received an "awesome" (to use my childrens' language) Christmas present from my friend Alison Dews in UK. She sent me a wonderful Christmas star kit which includes lace pattern and the steel star outline. Also, have a look at her handmade lace Christmas card, with two spangled lace bobbins.

Alison, thank you very much for this - I do know you won't read this but I will also thank you in my next letter.


09 December 2009

Cactus Silk

Look what else I received in today's mail. I got the "heads up" at my spinning group on the weekend and got some Cactus silk - yep, CACTUS SILK. My understanding is there are two types of Cactus silk; the fibre from the agave plant in Morocco/Mexico, and rayon. This silk is supposed to be from the plant.
Isn't it just stunning. The colours are so vibrant. I can't wait until I have a play. I will ply it with some fibre, and maybe even use some of the silk for my lacemaking.

Lace Bobbin and shuttle

In today's mail I received my stunning Gumnut tatting shuttle and lace bobbin, celebrating the group's 5th year anniversary. They are both lovely samples of artistic talent (thank you Britt very much) and superbly made.

05 December 2009

Lace Coasters

I made two set of six lace coasters (glass coasters) - one set for me and one for someone extremely special, whom I can't name in case she sees this post.
I'm rather concerned she may not like them, because she is not crafty and therefore doesn't realise the amount of time that goes in to bobbin lace.

02 December 2009

October is for Spinners textured scarf

It took me three months but I finally finished this textured scarf in cashmere. I started out with four strands of super-fine yarn and ended up at the lacey end with just two. The pattern is really something out-of-the-ordinary, but I just love it.

Who would have thought I would actually knit something to do with spiders when I hate them so much!

01 December 2009

Lacemaker ATC

Guess I'm on a roll here - this is another ATC I made, this time of a lady making lace and decorated with some lace (not handmade) down the side of the card.

25 Tatting Motif Challenge - #2 and #3

This is an Artist Trading Card I made with two tatted motifs (a butterfly and a dandelion) on cardstock decorated with paper. I had a break from making ATCs but thought they are perfect for little tatted motifs.