Well, the Twin Cities Tatters very first (annual??) retreat is booked for the end of July with 8 tatters attending! Michelle and I are hoping this will become an annual retreat - it will be so fun to spend a couple of days with other tatters and share our common
addiction interest. I am SOOOO looking forward to this!
Mom has some wonderful friends that always think of me when they come across certain fabric and / or thread. They know I will use it, or make sure it gets into the hands of those that will. I received a shoebox of thread with a pouch of crochet hooks at Christmastime from one of those friends, and decided to send her some tatting as a thank you.
The box has plenty of white thread - which is wonderful for snowflakes, or to mix with some Lizbeth variegated threads. I added some variegated thread to make this coaster from the 'New Tatting' book by Tomoko Morimoto. My intention was to make 2 coasters for the gifter, but it turned out a little small for a coaster in my opinion, so I'll send it as one pretty motif :) I've also never tried a pattern with bare threads before - they are daunting to me because I'm afraid I will not get them even. I need practice for sure, because they didn't come out the way I think they should be. How the heck does one get them right so they are nice and taut? Ergh.
I also used some of the size 80 thread to make this little cross. Uff da - that is some tiny thread for my eyes to work with! But this pattern is perfect for the tiny thread - I've made it before, and as a bookmark it practically covers an 5 x 8.5 page with size 20 thread! The pattern actually calls for size 40 thread - it's Mary Konior's Large Cross from her 'Tatting with Visual Patterns' book. [Of course I've never tried it with the correct size thread - ha ha!]
And, in other news, I have ANOTHER new grandpuppy! OMG, puppies are adorable. But naughty, too! You certainly forget about those days of chewing-and-biting-and-potty-training. Those needle-sharp little teeth HURT. Nelli is an ivory lab, like her big brother Rambo - who isn't particularly thrilled with his pouncing, annoying little sister!
She's pretty snuggly when she's sleepy, though!