Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Calendar Give Away

My friends at the Northern Lights Lacemakers are doing a calendar giveaway!

Visit their blog for details.
~M


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tatted Booties Fit!

Reposted from Aunt Monica's Attic

I made a pair of tatted booties for a very important new person named Vivienne.

Look at this - they fit perfectly!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

First Try at Making Lace is a Winner

When niece Edana came to visit this summer I took her to the Northern Lights Lace Makers meeting. I thought Edana would like this so much that the dates for her visit were chosen around being able to go to the NLLM meeting.

The ladies there welcomed Edana, showed her their projects, explained what they were doing and even let her try lace making.
Iona's project
Ewa's project
Jocelyn prepared a beginner lace making kit and gave a one on one lesson. Thank you Jocelyn!
Edana's first lace project in progress
I was amazed that Edana learned the basics so quickly. Lace making is something I haven’t even tried yet (do I really have time to take on even more projects?) and I was impressed how quickly Edana caught on.
Jocelyn's sample
Edana's finished earrings
Edana went home with some bobbins, thread and the pattern for the earrings. She put it all together and entered it in her community’s fall fair. She won!
Edana's photo of her prize winning lace display
I wonder is lovely fishy lace earrings are going to make up a big part of her Christmas gift giving plan this year. If they are, I sure hope she sends a pair to me!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Made by You 2013

I will be demonstrating shuttle tatting at Made by You, the signature fundraising event for the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library.

Saturday, October 26, 1pm – 4pm
This fun afternoon of craft making offers participants the chance to learn new techniques, watch
demonstrations, bid on beautiful handmade item, purchase a mystery bag and enjoy refreshments.
Tickets $30 or $10 for children under 12

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I’ve Never Really Taught Anyone How to Tat But…..

I’ve never actually taught anyone how to tat but those days are over – almost.  I can no longer say I’ve never taught anyone how to tat because I did teach my niece the beginning steps to tatting when she came to visit me this summer.  I suppose now I have to say “I’ve never finished teaching someone how to tat.”

We went on the Paddle Wheel River Boat Tour and brought along tatting supplies just in case we felt we had time to play with thread.  We did.  It was wonderful tatting while floating along the river enjoying the lovely weather, the water, the boat – the day.
First 3 knots!
After a few persistent attempts my Edana (13) made her first few tatted knots.  What a proud aunt I am!

Not long after that her first tatted ring was completed.
First tatted ring!
I showed her how to make picots but we didn't get as far as learning how to make them consistent or how to join them, or how to make chains – I guess that will all have to wait for the next visit.

When you teach people how to tat – what tips do you give?  Do you have favourite resources you share with new tatters?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Alpina and I are going on an adventure in September!

My bike, Alpina and I are going on an adventure in September!

I am celebrating my 5 year cancer-free announcement by doing a happy dance, cutting off over a foot of hair, and riding my bike 150 kilometers through Riding Mountain National Park!

Alpina and I have been travelling all over Winnipeg for the last couple of summers.  Now we’re ready to go far beyond the bike trails around Transcona, and go all the way from Dauphin to Clear Lake and back.

I invite you to show your support towards my fund-raising goal for the MS Bike tour
Not only will you be supporting The MS Society, but you will be helping me celebrate my own health and happiness.
~M

The next 2 people to donate $50 or more on-line will receive a pair of hand knit socks as a special thank you.
Alpina

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Elegant Snowflake


Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 10
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 














My messy starching job left lots of residue.  I tried to scrape it off but it didn't work.
Any suggestions how to fix?

I'm fulfilling a personal challenge to bike 150 KM from Dauphin to Clear Lake and back to Dauphin over two days.
Please demonstrate your support by sponsoring me with a donation.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ribbon Floss Snowflake


Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 12
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle instead of ribbon floss

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Whirlaway Snowflake


Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 19
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 
















I'm fulfilling a personal challenge to bike 150 KM from Dauphin to Clear Lake and back to Dauphin over two days.
Please demonstrate your support by sponsoring me with a donation.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sparkling Snowflake


Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 17
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 














This is a super fast and easy design.  Makes a cute tatting sample, or maybe even a nice earring design, especially with sparkly thread.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Trek to Machu Picchu

My friend Laurie participated in the Charity Challenge Trek to Machu Picchu. I so much wanted to go with her but sadly, I didn't fit in her back pack. 

However; something that represents me did and Laurie kindly took my tatting shuttle with her.
My tatting shuttle prepared for a great adventure


















I asked Laurie to take a picture or two of my shuttle at Machu Picchu and she brought back great stories, my shuttle and wonderful photos.  Look at the tatting shuttle pictures she gave me!

Thank you Laurie!



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

NLLM FaceBook Page

My friends at the Northern Lights Lace Makers started a FaceBook page.

Check it out and "like" if you appreciate lace.

Photo from Northern Lights Lace Makers
http://bit.ly/19Ha31E


Monday, June 3, 2013

I Won!

I went to the Northern Lights Lace Makers 4th Annual Lace Day on Saturday and I won a few of the door prizes.  Look what I brought home.

Photo courtesy of Northern Lights Lace Makers 
http://bit.ly/14jUqHK


Photo courtesy of Northern Lights Lace Makers
http://bit.ly/14jUqHK

Photo courtesy of Northern Lights Lace Makers 
http://bit.ly/14jUqHK


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Crystal Petal Snowflake


Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 19
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 

No crystal - I thought the thread sparkle was enough.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bejewelled Snowflake


Bejewelled Snowflake - beads omitted.  I thought the sparkle of the thread was enough.
Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 15
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tiny Snowflake

Tiny Snowflake
Pattern from "Tatted Snowflakes" by Vida Sunderman, page 12
Tatted with silver Wonderfil Sizzle 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Note from Niece Meghan


In December I gave my nieces each an embroidered pillow case for Christmas (See Crochet Skirt Lady in Yellow and Crochet Skirt Lady in Orange).

Recently I received a letter from niece Meghan.
"Your pillow cases have given me great drawing ideas."
Artwork by Meghan
It’s such a nice feeling when someone tells you that you inspired them and even better when it’s your niece.

Today is Miss Meghan’s birthday.  Please help me wish her a happy day.