Saturday, March 28, 2015


I went to the material shop in town to buy some white sewing thread. They didn't have any, much to my consternation. I picked up some off-white thread and then had a look around. I found some invisible thread. Hmmm, I've been interested in trying that, since I read about it on Jane Eborall's blog. I won't have to worry whether to match the tatting or the material when I'm sewing on motifs. I bought another zip for my stash and two lengths of material to make blouses. As Jack said, I did pretty well, considering that the shop didn't have what I was looking for!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Leaves

I'm working on another leaf braid. It goes along quite quickly when I work on it, rather than just tatting it in odd moments! The thread is Cebelia 20. I don't use these shuttles often, but they're good for this job because they hold a lot of thread and the fact that they have no hooks doesn't matter because there are no joins.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


This work is not mine. I went yesterday to a meeting of the craft group I belong to, but since the project involved glue and paint, I decided I'd just watch. Marietjie showed us how to make flowers from egg cartons. Pretty amazing. If you want to see more images of such flowers on the internet, have a look here There are also videos on the internet showing exactly what to do. I shan't be using them, but I do think it's an interesting idea.

Monday, March 23, 2015


The organisation I belong to is collecting baby wraps to send to a children's hospital. This is my contribution. It's made from cotton muslin that I hemmed and dyed. I did consider leaving it white, but I thought some colour was more cheerful and cheering. Nicola Bowersox's Kiss Curl Heart makes a perfect decoration on one corner.

Hearts Galore

The heart in the centre is Two Hearts as One by Martha Ess. I tatted it some time ago as part of my 25-motif challenge. It certainly was a challenge! It has been lurking in my tatting tin since then, waiting for the right time to be used. A wedding present seems appropriate to me.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Duckling Update

The wild ducklings are looking a lot more like ducks now. The one with a sore leg succumbed a couple of nights ago, so now there are five ducklings. Jack has put a basin of water in their pen for them to swim in. We bought some growers' mash for them in town this week, but some of the corn in it is a bit big for them. I think they prefer the ground up cattle food. They're not easy to photograph, but this picture shows one of them clearly. Funny how their beaks are changing colour from black to pink.

Heart on a Button and Happy Heart

The heart on a button is Jane Eborall's pattern, which you can find here. I want to put one in each corner of my food cover. The top pink one is made exactly according to the pattern, but on the others I shortened the side chains from 16 ds to 12 ds.

The other heart is Happy Heart, designed by Frivole. It's a sweet heart and good practice for Catherine Wheel joins. I was pleased with myself that I didn't have to look the method up again, though the first couple of joins were a little wonky.