Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Calendar Give Away

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

Visit their blog for details.

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.

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

Sunday, July 14, 2013