Monday, December 31, 2012

Pre-New Year Cleaning

Good morning, dear readers!
I have been dragging my feet today.  Not with the cleaning bit- I've done 3 loads of clothes and have been attacking the piles of design journals and notebooks next to my tatting chair and those in the Atelier.  With the New Year fast approaching I thought I'd better pick up & organize the mess before to moving forward with newer design works and ideas.  The blog almost slipped my mind as I was concentrating so hard on how to best catagorize my notes.
How do you plan to ring in the New Year?  I plan to be in the Piney Woods by a roaring campfire next to my husband.  He will be grilling for us later today- venison steaks, chicken breasts, and hot links.  I'll add to the meats he grills today for our New Year's Day dinner.  Cornbread, purple hull peas, collard greens, and a homemade poundcake are on my to-do list.  The other thing on my list is to finish the little design I'm working on for New Year's Day.  It may be a little later, but I WILL post on January 1st!
Well, I had better get back to the cleaning.  Have a wonderful New Year's Eve- stay safe and ring it in responsibly!  Until 2013~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, December 28, 2012


Good morning, dear readers!
Well, we FINALLY have our power back on.  It went out very early this morning during another thunderstorm.  The rain doesn't bother me, but I hate when the power goes out.  I did have some new tatting to show you, but have not had the chance to go outside to take images.  Guess I'll wait til the rain quits to do that. 
Thanks to those who have voted in the poll.  I am still contemplating several options and have something to run by you.  What about a monthly "theme" for the blog?  The FREE pattern will be something inspired by the theme.  Just an idea... let me know what you think.
Well, I had better get off my duff and cook some brunch for Jim & Jocie.  Have a great day & I'll take those images as soon as the weather permits.  Until later~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Good morning, dear readers!
I was so busy planning projects, playing with potential website updates/upgrades and such that I almost forgot to do today's post.  It is my hope to get a bunch of patterns with links posted to the FREE pattern page on the blog before the New Year, and to update the Piney Woods Atelier website.  All of my one-of-a-kind pieces are now unavailable.  I plan to tat more OOAK pieces and expand my lines.  An Etsy store is in consideration, but I am not sure if that is the way for me.  I do like my exclusivity and worry about knock-offs.
Something else I just realized- 2013 will be my 20th year offering OOAK couture tatting!!!  WOW- have I really been at it this long?!?  Perhaps I shall offer something special later in the year to celebrate.  Something like a OOAK piece giveaway event... what do you think?  Would this idea be well received?  You know, I thought the same thing over 20 years ago when I did a special set of tatting for a bride- my first bit of true couture tatting.  Wish I had images I could share of it.  I did a large tatted motif embellished with pearls and crystals that was sewn onto the bodice of her wedding gown, along with veil accents and a keepsake motif for her bouquet.  It was very well received and started me off in the same direction as my grandmothers.
Many thanks to all who have voted in the poll!  Please be sure to do so if you've not already and let me know what sort of goodies you'd like to see on the blog.
Well, I am going back to my webserver and looking into more upgrades for the Atelier.  Hopefully, I'll get in a couple of hours of tatting time this afternoon.  There are several projects I'm preparing for 2013 that need some attention.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Help Requested

Good morning, dear readers!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- we did. 
Yesterday afternoon, as I sat in my comfy chair reading, I pondered what I'd like to do on the blog in 2013. A idea began to percolate and I'd like YOUR input.  Each month, I would like to present a special pattern.  So, dear readers, what shall the theme for my special monthly FREE pattern be?  I have set up a poll to the right of the blog.  Please vote there and/or leave a comment on this post if you've another idea or just want to voice your opinion. 
Well, I need to get busy cleaning this morning.  Please think about what you'd like to see in a pattern series on the blog and let me know all about it.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Santa's Snowflake FREE Pattern

Good morning, dear readers!
As a special Christmas surprise, I present for your pleasure another FREE needle tatting pattern featuring the fabulous Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk (in S775)-
"Santa's Snowflake"
To tat this pattern you will need: a size 8 tatting needle, a spool of Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S775, 13 4mm red Swarovski bicones, 1 crystal AB Swarovski rondell, and 60 silver lined clear Czech seed beads.
To begin, string a series of seed beads and Swarovski bicones in the following order:  3 seed beads, bicone, 3 seed beads.  Do this for a total of six sets.  You are now ready to tat the foundation of 6 interlocking chain-rings (ICRs).
ICR counts are:  11 very small - 5 - (with 3 seed beads, bicone, 3 seed beads) 5 very small - 11 CL.
Pull both threads to front of motif and leave some length to later attach the center accents.
Next, you will string a series of seed beads & bicones in the following order:  2 seed beads, bicone, 2 seed beads, for a total of 6 sets.  Begin tatting this round by running needle through very small picot to the right of any previously tatted bead set as follows:
CH 2 very small - 2 CL
+ to next very small -
CH 7 CL + between seed beads & bicone
CH 5 very small - 3 - (with 2 seed beads, bicone, 2 seed beads) 3 very small - 5 CL
+ between bicone & seed beads
CH 7 CL + to next very small -
CH 2 very small - 2 CL
+ to next very small -
Continue around entire motif.  After joining last CH, tie ends, add a dot of jeweler's adhesive, then cut.
The last round is very simple.  Begin work by joining to very small picot of previously tatted CH 2 set.  Now you will continue around the motif by tatting:
CH 11 CL + to very small -
CH 21 CL + to next very small -
CH 11 CL + to next very small -
CH 11 CL + to next very small -
Continue on around.
See~ it's a very simple round.  After tatting the last CH, tie, place a dot of jeweler's adhesive & cut.
The finishing touch is to place the Swarovski rondell and bicone in the center.  Pull both thread ends through rondell and then pass each thread end through opposite ends of the bicone.  Using your tatting needle, poke each end through rondell and through to the back of the motif.  Tie and place a small dot of jeweler's adhesive before cutting.  Now all you have to do is add a jumpring for a pendant or a hook if you plan to use it as an ornament.
Enjoy the pattern & may you have a blessed & merry Christmas!
Until Boxing Day~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Spa Day!

Good morning, dear readers!
I am waiting for my sleeping beauty daughter to rouse from her slumber so our annual "Spa Day" can begin.  So far, there have been no sounds from her room- I may have to send in the dogs to bounce on her bed & lick her awake with the added bonus of a frenzy of wagging tails.  She has until I finish this blog post (insert a gleeful, yet evil laugh here)!
I have put a small bag with a travel tatting project in my purse & will tat whenever I get the chance today.  How much will I be able to get done in between a haircut, manicure, pedicure, facial & massage??? 
Are you ready for the holidays, dear readers?  I have finished with all of the cooking, gift wrapping & shopping that I plan to do this year- with the exception of our Christmas Day meal.  On the menu this year is:  a large venison roast with veggies, homemade rolls, collard greens, candied sweet potatoes, creamed corn, sweet tea & a chocolate pie (my grandmother's recipe).  After we gorge ourselves, we plan to go see The Hobbit.
Guess who just got up!  Yes, Jocelin finally made it into the livingroom and the dogs are in full "good morning, we haven't seen you in a year" frenzy.  Well, I had better bring this to a close so we can get on the road to our favorite gourmet coffee house for breakfast.  Jocelin loves the coffee; I love the tea.  The freshly made pastries are another favorite, too! 
I will be posting a special goody on Christmas Eve, so be sure to check out the blog!!!
Have a wonderful day & until Christmas Eve~
Blessings & Happy Tatting!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Not My Week

Good morning, dear readers!
We sure had some very strong winds last night.  Our yard is littered with fallen branches and tons of pine straw.  Early this morning, when I usually sit down to do my blog posts, I noticed that I did not have internet service.  Our phone lines were still working- but no internet.  I guess this is just not my week for blogging.  Today I will be cleaning up the fallen branches and getting ready for Christmas.  I still have housecleaning and cooking to do.  Tomorrow is our annual "Mama/Daughter Pre-Christmas Spa Date".  Jocelin and I will spend the day being pampered & getting pretty for the holiday.
Well, the downed limbs aren't going to magically pick themselves up and stack themselves on the burn pile.  Guess I'll get to it so maybe I can have some time this afternoon for tatting.  I hope your week is going better than mine!  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oh, dear...

Dear readers,
Late last night my blog was bombed with several spam postings in the comment sections.  I have spent the morning cleaning up and deleting these offensive postings.  Allow me to express my apologies for these occurances.  If this happens again, I will adjust my settings so that ALL comments must be approved prior to posting.  I really do not want to do this, as it impedes interaction with my readers.
To those who had the audacity to leave inappropriate links and suggestions on my blog- I WILL NOT TOLERATE IT!  My readers are precious to me and do not deserve to see such things on this blog.  Please move on to other venues where your so called "offerings" are welcomed- they most certainly are NOT welcome here.
Again, dear readers, my apologies for the delay in tatting goodness.  I have several works-in-progress to share with you soon.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bone Tired

Good morning, dear readers!
I am taking today to relax and recover from errands, cleaning and general busyness.  It feels as though I am fighting coming down with a cold or something.  I'm just going to sit in my recliner, take medicine, drink juice and watch chick flicks.  If I get a burst of energy or inspiration, I'll stumble into the Atelier for a bit of tatting, but don't hold your breath.  I'll get back on track soon, but have to take some time to recharge my batteries!  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, December 17, 2012

FREE Christmas Doodle Pattern

Good morning, dear readers!
It has been a long and very tiring weekend.  Jocelin had a fantastic time being on the Homecoming court for her school.  I am still worn out from it all!!!
I did take a moment to play with some Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk on Sunday & decided to share the pattern with you.  You can use it for a gift topper, pendant, brooch, ornament, etc.  It's another basic foundation.  I used S775 & S9 with a size 8 tatting needle with red & green Czech seed beads for accents.
To begin, string 18 seed beads onto S775 Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk and tat a series of 6 ICRs with the following counts:
9 very small - 3 - (with 3 seed beads) 3 very small - 9 CL
The next round is very simple & uses Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S9.  Run the tatting needle through a very small - to the left of the beads, pick up a seed bead with the needle & CH 7 very small - 7 CL.  Snug up the bead, using your finger to position it. Join to next very small -, pick up a seed bead with needle and CH 3 very small - 3 CL.  Continue around motif.  Use your fingers to shape it as you go.  Before you tie & cut the silk, place a small dot of jeweler's adhesive to the knot.
I will probably add more to this, but thought it would make an interesting quick project for you.  You can add a pearl, Swarovski, jingle bell, or even a button to the center to make the piece uniquely yours.  Hope you enjoy it!
Before I forget to add it, here is an image of Jocelin shortly after we arrived at the gym for her school's Homecoming game & court presentation-
Our girl is almost grown!
Well, I have loads of laundry and housework awaiting me today.  Let's hope I can get in some more tatting time so I can re-do that last round on the 2012 Snowflake design!  I was not pleased with my initial counts and think it will be better once I revise it.  I'll get that up as soon as I finish it.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Homecoming Frenzy

Dear readers, I am sorry, but the next posting of the 2012 Snowflake will have to wait until Monday.  We are in full homecoming frenzy at the Jackson house!  So much is going on and there is so little time for tatting and taking images.  Please be so kind as to check out Monday's post for more tatting goodness.  Have a great weekend and please pray for my sanity!  Until Monday~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Snowflake Center Accents

Good morning!
I was up late last night with a very stuffy nose and headache.  I didn't get up until almost 7 this morning!  I can't believe I slept in so late.
Anyway, here is what I've done with the center of the snowflake design-
The light in the Atelier was not the best for taking images, but I hope you can see the details well enough.
Here is a collage of how I did the center.
I took a needle and nymo thread and added more Czech seed beads and a Lotus freshwater pearl.  This is only a suggestion for what can be done to accent the center of the motif.  Exercise your own creativity and play with your bead stash.
I will be adding additional tatting this afternoon as soon as we get back from Jocelin's consultation at the salon for her Homecoming hairstyle.  She is so excited!  She is getting a manicure today and will confer with our hairdresser on possible up-dos for her big evening.  Tomorrow she will get the full salon treatment.
Well, I am off to pick up Jim's suit from the cleaners and to look at new stoves.  It may be less expensive to purchase a new stove than to repair my old one.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

FREE 2012 Snowflake Pattern

Good morning, dear readers!
We had a wonderful time at Jim's office party last night.  The food and company were both excellent.
I thought I'd share a reworked pattern with you today.  This design was originally an eight point star/snowflake that I came up with for featuring some fabulous blister pearls I'd lucked up on.  I reduced it to a 5 point star/snowflake.  Additional beading, accents and tatting rows are easily added to this foundation.  I recently did a set in red for a Christmas gift. (Not saying who they were for though!)
To tat this pattern you will need: a spool of Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S49, a size 8 tatting needle, 5 3mm crystal AB Swarovski bicones and 40 antique beige Czech seed beads.
String the beads on the silk as follows: 3 seed beads, Swarovski, 3 seed beads, 5times.  Then string the final 10 seed beads. 
R 8 - (with 10 seed beads & leaving plenty of room for joining subsequent Rs) 8 CL RW
CH 10 very small - 5 CL R 6 - (with 3 seed beads, Swarovski, 3 seed beads) 6 CL CH 5 very small - 10 CL RW
R 8 slide 1 seed bead to base of first R + 8 CL RW
CH 3 followed by 5 small -s 3 CL RW
R 8 slide 1 seed bead to base of previously tatted R + 8 CL RW
Continue around motif until you have 10 Rs, 5 long CH with R combos, and 5 small CHs.
Tie & cut, hide ends.
It is always a good idea to place a small dot of jewelers adhesive on the knot before cutting.
If you would like, dear readers, I'll dress this bare bones foundation up in subsequent posts with additional rounds, beading and a lovely pearl focal center.  Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like to see how this one progresses!
Well, I have a couple of errands to run today before I get back to the Atelier.  My uncle needs some more yard eggs and I've got some last minute things to pick up for Jocelin's homecoming outfit.  I'm off to take Lily Fey on her morning run. Hope you have a wonderful day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Good morning!
I have a full day of cooking ahead of me.  Jim's office has it's Christmas party this evening.  It wouldn't be so bad, but the element in my oven went out last night.  Guess I'll have to call the appliance store when it opens to see if a replacement is in stock.  If not, at least I got the chocolate cake baked & iced already.
I still have to do the following- purple hull peas, homemade macaroni & cheese, mint iced tea, and tiger butter.  Tiger butter is very easy and even better- it's done in the microwave!  All you need is a block of plain almond bark, a block of chocolate almond bark and your favorite peanut butter.  Take a hammer and whack the ever lovin' snot out of the almond bark, place it in a bowl & pop in the microwave on a low defrost setting.  Keep an eye on it and check it often.  When it is good and thoroughly melted, add in peanut butter to your liking.  Stir and pour onto wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Allow to cool, then bust it up into bite size pieces.  You can add sliced almonds, pecans or other goodies that strike your fancy before it cools.  It is a quick and easy holiday treat we have enjoyed for many years.
Well, I am off to check on the chickens.  It is very cold this morning- only 29F.  Have a great day and be sure to check the blog tomorrow for a special tatting goody!  Until then~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Walk In The Woods

Good morning, dear readers!
We had a wonderful weekend.  Jocelin took her ACT exam on Saturday, Jim whittled & carved and I spent the majority of the weekend in the Piney Woods.  I did get a fair amount of tatting done, but can not share images with you just yet- the pieces I made are Christmas presents.
Here are a few images from my Piney Woods-
There are little ferns are sprouting up everywhere along with lots of mushrooms and fungi.  Mosses of various colors and fuzziness abound and the huckleberry bushes are just now starting to get color & drop their leaves.  Ahhh...I LOVE my woods!
We have a very busy week ahead of us.  Jocelin is on the homecoming court at her school and will have the homecoming game with court presentation on Friday.  She is so excited as she will be wearing her first formal gown!  Jim is to escort her and will have to wear a suit.  Plus, we have Jim's office party and I have a special girls night Christmas party with a few of my best buddies.  Things just keep piling up!
I do plan to post a FREE pattern later this week, so please, be patient and tolerant of my holiday season craziness.
Well, Lily Fey is giving me the "look" so I'd better take her on a run.  Have a wonderful day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ho Hum Week

Good morning, dear readers!
This has been a ho-hum week.  Celebrating our anniversary was great, but my tatting mojo is not what it should be.  I guess with everything going on- Jocie's school activities (ACT testing, homecoming court, etc.), Christmas activities and parties, and not having enough time to really sit down and tat- I'm suffering a tatting mojo block.
Well..this will be remedied.  I'm going into the Woods today and will not come out until I feel better and have gotten in some serious tatting time.  There are a few snowflake inspired designs I've been working on, but I keep getting interrupted.  I'm in the process of packing my portable Atelier and plan to get these projects finished so I can share a FREE pattern or two with you next week.
This is the very beginning of one piece I'm playing with.  Let's hope that peace, artistic inspiration, and quiet are to be found in my Piney Woods today! 
What are you doing this weekend?  Jocie has her ACT test on Saturday and we have church on Sunday.  Other than those things, I plan to be in the Woods, in my tatting shanty, creating new artworks.
I'm off after packing a few more spools of silk.  May you have a wonderful weekend & until next week~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dollar Store Christmas Bargains

Good morning!  My internet service was yet again unavailable this morning early- sorry about that.  I called my provider and they said that due to storm damage, internet access may be limited in the very early morning hours as they are in the process of repairing the problems.  I'll be glad when they are finished!
I am working on a FREE pattern to share with you later this week.  My intention was to have it ready to share today, but I need to go back and re-do the last round.  My counts were slightly off.
A visit to the local dollar stores has given me some new images to share with you.  I picked up some goodies yesterday-
I saw this snowman divided tray and thought it would not only be great for Christmas snacks, but also for holding a tatting project.  Thread on one side, beads & bells on the other.
Then I found this lovely poinsettia tin- perfect for button storage.
These round and square snack containers are great for a single ball of thread or bead storage.  You can even drill a small hole and ream/smooth it out and use the container for a working thread ball holder.
I also purchased a metallic poinsettia platter, but could not get a good image of it- the reflection caused a horrible glare.  All of my finds were just one dollar each.  Have any of you found some cheap tatting goodies?  I'd love to hear about your bargain finds!!!
Well, I am off to rip out that last round and give it another go.  I may or may not have it ready for posting tomorrow, but I will try.  Have a wonderful day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Technical Glitch

Good morning, dear readers!
We had a marvelous wedding anniversary dinner last night.  Unfortunately, our area also had a bad thunderstorm.  Early this morning, when I usually sit down with hot cocoa to do my blogpost, I noticed that I did not have internet service.  My ISP was down for a while.  This has really put a hitch in my usual routine.  Oh, well...
I'll get busy and try to get something fun and Christmas-y ready for tomorrow's post.  Sorry for the tatting goodness delay, but I am a creature of habit and I'm feeling way off today.  Tomorrow will be better.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Good morning, dear readers!
My hands are feeling better today.  Perhaps I'll actually sit down and tat this afternoon!
I spent most of yesterday cleaning out some boxes in the Atelier and came across a bag of seashells.
I have oodles of these little boogers.  They look like they would make excellent focal accents for pendants.  Think I'll get out the dremel tool and drill some of them to see if this will work.  I also have several bags of different types of seashells.  A few years ago, I happened up on a big box of seashells at an estate auction.  For $2.00 I figured it was a good deal.
Also found in the misc. boxes were:  a few boxes of vintage glass Christmas ornaments, a bag of vintage floral hankies, some bakelite beads & buttons and Jocie's first pair of ballet shoes.  
Today is special for another reason- it's our wedding anniversary.  Jim is so sweet for putting up with my tatting obsession and fiber art habit for all of these years.  We don't have any elaborate or fancy plans.  I just want to be taken out for supper- to the Huddle House!  Every now and then, I just love to have a breakfast supper.  I think my chance of getting Jim to agree to this is pretty good.
Well, I am off to take Lily Fey on her run.  Hope you have a wonderful day full of tatting fun.  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekend Changes

Good morning, dear readers!
Well, I had planned a wonderful weekend full of hand embroidery and tatting, but things drastically changed.  Jim took his first deer this season and I have been busy processing the meat.  We cut up the backstraps, tenderloins, roasts and ground the rest.  Some of the ground meat was packaged and put in the freezer.  The remainder we made into sausage.  My hands are still exhausted!!!
I did not get nearly as much done as I had planned.  My restful, fiber art filled weekend turned into work.  Sunday evening I picked up the tatting needles after a long beauty bath.  I started on a button foundation, but didn't get too far before getting sleepy.  I did snap a shot of it-
So... how was your weekend???
Today will be busy.  I've got numerous errands to run this morning, but still hope to get a few things together to share with you tomorrow.  Guess I had better get myself in gear.  Have a wonderful day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hand Embroidery

Good morning, dear readers!
A friend called and asked if I had some spare embroidery floss, pearl cotton and other hand embroidery supplies I could let her have for a project (she is teaching her after-school group of tween girls how to do simple hand embroidery).  I went into my stashes and pulled lots of thread goodies for her, along with a few hoops, transfers and extra needles.
Going through stuff made me itch to do hand embroidery again.  I used to design and embroider my own original pieces, but have put my primary focus on tatting.  While tatting is an all-consuming obsession, I truly love to do other fiber arts as well.  I think I'll sketch out a little something and embroider today.  If it turns out to my satisfaction I'll share an image later.
Well, I'm off to sketch on a scrap of linen & gather my threads.  Don't worry- I'll have new tatting goodies to share with you next week!  Have a marvelous weekend full of creativity & until next week~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tatting Cushion

Good morning, dear readers!
I thought I'd share something with you I use in the Atelier.  It is something that is useful, inexpensive and easy to make- a tatting cushion.
Go to your local discount/dollar store and purchase a package of dining chair pads.  The cheap, flat surface ones. They can be used as is, or you can do what I do- add a contrasting fabric remnant with fusible web.  I have a couple of solid colored cushions that I've added a gingham checked fabric remnant to.  The gingham is useful for pinning and shaping tatting.  It makes a nice blocking grid.  The ties on the cushions can be used to keep up with your scissors, hooks, or other tatting accessories.  I slide my spools of Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk & Pearl Cotton on the ties and knot them to keep the thread handy.
If you wanted to get really fancy, you could add claw hook findings to secure scissors and such.  Maybe even add a pin cushion with emery in it for cleaning tatting needles.
Hope you have enjoyed my "tatting cushion" idea!  I'll be posting more dollar store finds and tatting/needle art related ideas soon.
Lily Fey is giving me one of her looks and has huffed twice.  Guess that is the cue to pull on my boots and take her for an outing.  Have a great day and until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Final Counts for Bracelet

Good morning, dear readers!
Here are the final counts for the bracelet:
Begin by running needle through 8 seed beads and + to -.
ALL of the chains on this side of the bracelet begin with picking up 1 seed bead with the needle.
CH 11 - (with 3 seed beads) 11 CL + to next - and pull a long length of silk through.  Note that it is easier to use a second needle on the working thread end to help with weaving the chains through.
Repeat these counts 2 more times, weaving as you go,  then
CH 13 - (with 3 seed beads) 13 CL + to next -, weaving as you go.
Continue along length of bracelet until you reach the last 3 Rs.
Repeat the CH 11 counts and finish by running the needle through 8 seed beads.  Tie & add a dot of jeweler's adhesive before cutting.
Add a clasp with jumprings.
I did not realize that the clasp I planned to use on this bracelet was damaged.  It does not close and hold securely.  After digging through my findings, I could not find another clasp of similar size- bummer.  All of the other clasps I have are either way too small or too large.  I'll pick up a package of clasps the next time I'm at the craft store and take an image so you can see the final bracelet.
Well, I have a fun day planned.  It is time to clean out and defrost the deep freezer.  Oh, joy.  Still, it is a very necessary chore.  Let's hope it goes quickly and I can get back to my tatting.  There are a couple of projects I'm working on, so perhaps I'll have something nice to share soon.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Next Step for Bracelet

Good morning!
Yesterday was rather busy, but at least I am somewhat caught up on laundry.  When Jim & Jocie are home, it seems as though the dirty clothes piles heap up.  Oh, well...
This is the next step for the bracelet:
Just a simple accent round of chains with beads that flow around the previously tatted rings.
The number of beads you will need to string on the silk depends upon the number of rings and chains you've used for your bracelet foundation.
Run tatting needle through picot of first R.
Add 1 seed bead to needle, then tat as follows:
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL + to next -, repeat 3 times.
CH 9 - (with 3 seed beads) 9 CL + to next -, continue until coming to last 3 Rs, then
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL + to last -.
The continuation of this pattern will be posted tomorrow!
Hope you are enjoying the bracelet pattern.  I've had a good time playing.
I'm  working on cleaning some of my recent acquisitions- getting them ready for embellishment.  The cameos look so much better now that I've cleaned the mountings and the cameos themselves.  Additionally, I've been cleaning up a few vintage brooches and MOP buttons.  After I post all of the parts of the bracelet project, I'll share some new eyecandy with you!
My hot cocoa is waiting and I need to clean the Atelier before doing more work.  Have a great day & until Wednesday~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bracelet Foundation FREE Pattern

Good morning, dear readers!
After an enjoyable holiday, I am back at work in the Atelier.  Several folks have requested a simple bracelet pattern with the interwoven chains and I decided to give it a go.  The following is a basic foundation for a bracelet that can be adjusted for various wrist sizes and incorporates (in subsequent posts) interwoven chains.  I tatted this using Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in color S39 "Forest Greens" with "rainbow grey" size 11/0 Ornella seed beads with a size 8 tatting needle.
String 99 seed beads onto silk and tat as follows:
R 5 - 5 - (with 3 seed beds) 5 - 5 CL RW
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL RW
R 5 + 5 - (with 3 seed beads) 5 - 5 CL RW
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL RW
R 5 + 5 - (with 3 seed beads) 5 - 5 CL RW
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL RW
R 7 + 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 - 7 CL RW
CH 9 - (with 3 seed beads) 9 CL RW
NOTE:  I tatted a total of 11 Rs with the 7 count to get the size that I needed to go around my wrist.  This is where you can adjust the length that you will need.  Be advised, more steps are going to be posted this week.  When lengthening or shortening, keep in mind that another round will be added along with a metal clasp finding.  These are important to keep in mind when adapting this pattern to your specific needs.
After tatting the number of 7 count Rs,
CH 7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7 CL RW
and finish with 3 Rs with 5 counts as listed at beginning of pattern.  Tie & cut, hide ends.  Be sure to place a dot of jeweler's adhesive to silk before cutting.
Here is a closer view of the foundation. 
Well, I am going to be busy catching up on some household chores today since Jim will be back at work and Jocie, at school.  I'll get the next step on the bracelet ready for posting tomorrow morning.  Have a great day and until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, November 23, 2012

All's Quiet in the Piney Woods

Good morning, dear readers!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and are enjoying a quiet, tranquil Friday in the Piney Woods.  Some people love the sales that can be found the day after Thanksgiving, but I prefer to relax and avoid the frenzied craziness.
I had intended to post earlier, but we awoke to a light rain.  Jim turned off the alarm and we went back to sleep.  After a hearty breakfast, we went for a stroll in the wet Piney Woods.  Jim checked his game cameras and I took the opportunity to snap a couple of shots of my current tatting projects against the steps of the old home place.
This is going to be either a pendant or brooch.  I took a small metal component and tatted around it with Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S9 (Herb Garden) along with silver lined green Ornella seed beads and cranberry transparent Delica seed beads.  I plan to add a Lotus pearl to the very center and surround it with tatting in more silk- probably a deep red.  Additional tatting will be added to the outer edge to expand the motif.
This is the very beginning of a bracelet foundation.  It is tatted with Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S39 (Forest Greens) with rainbow grey Ornella seed beads.  More rounds and tiny pewter pinecone accents are planned for this piece.  I'm considering posting the pattern for this one next week.  What do you think?
Well, I am ready to settle back into my comfy tatting chair.  Have a wonderful weekend and until next week~
Happy Tatting!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning, dear readers!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
We will be having a quiet family dinner followed by a movie.  Don't know what we plan to see yet, but so long as we're together, I really don't care.  To those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving- what are you doing today?  I have a couple of pies in the oven this morning and will be cooking turkey, collard greens, homemade rolls, my special mac & cheese, and green bean casserole.
After I get the cooking done, I will be putting on my new peridot green sweater with the orange Juliana brooch.  Here is the brooch with tatted accents:
I had intended to add some rice pearl accents, but did not have enough to go all the way around the brooch.  Still, I think it looks okay.
Well, I have LOTS of cooking to do.  May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving & until Friday~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FREE Pendant Foundation Pattern

Good morning, dear readers!
I played around yesterday with some Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk and thought I'd share the basic foundation of the pendant I'm tatting:
For this foundation you will need: a size 8 tatting needle, Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S592, and 30 size 11/0 Ornela seed beads in "rainbow grey".
String all seed beads onto silk and tat as follows:
R 7-7 - (with 3 seed beads) 7-7 CL RW
CH 7 followed by 5 graduated -s 7 CL RW
R 7+7- (with 3 seed beads) 7-7 CL RW
CH 7 followed by 5 graduated -s 7 CL RW
R7+7- (with 3 seed beads) 7-7 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW
R 11+11- (with 3 seed beads) 11-11 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW
R11+11- (with 3 seed beads) 11-11 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW
R 7+7- (with 3 seed beads) 7-7 CL RW
CH 7 followed by 5 graduated -s 7 CL RW
R 7+7- (with 3 seed beads) 7-7 CL RW
CH 7 followed by 5 graduated -s 7 CL RW
R7+7- (with 3 seed beads_ 7-7 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW
R 11+11- (with 3 seed beads) 11-11 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW
R 11+11- (with 3 seed beads) 11 + (to first - of first R) 11 CL RW
CH 11 followed by 7 graduated -s 11 CL RW, + to base of first R & CH.  Tie & cut, hide ends.
NOTE: before you cut the silk, place a small dot of jeweler's adhesive to secure knot.
This is a good basic foundation that can be built upon in numerous ways.  I'll show you the enhancements I make to it as I go.  Use your imagination and add beading, more rounds of tatting, etc.
This color of the Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk (S592) reminds me of the Mexican petunias that are blooming like crazy in my front yard.  Here is the image I took of them a few days ago:
When the petunias first open, they are darker and become lighter as the day progresses.  S592 is the closest color I have to them.
Well, I'm ready for my hot cocoa.  Have a fantastic day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vintage & Antique Goodies

Good morning, dear readers!
It feels so strange to be writing my daily blogpost so late in the morning.  Jim and I awoke, ate breakfast and went for a long stroll in the Piney Woods.  It was cool and lovely in our woods, with a bit of misty fog.
I have some recent acquisitions to share with you.  My dear friend Tommee is getting out of the vintage jewelry business and will be focusing her creative endeavors on jewelry design.  She graciously let me sift through her remaining inventory and this is my modest haul:
A lovely antique, handcarved shell cameo in a gold-filled setting.  She will be a stunning addition to my Romance of the Piney Woods collection!
Another antique, handcarved shell cameo in a gold-filled mounting.  I really like her hairstyle and think she will be gorgeous with lots of frilly tatting surrounding her.
I had a diffucult time getting a good image of this vintage Juliana brooch.  The stones are a neat variegation of white, ecru and light tan mixed with smokey topaz navettes.  I have just the Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk to accent this beauty!
And I dug these MOP buttons out of Tommee's huge button jar.  They are large and will make wonderful centers for doilies, brooches, pendants, or whatever they later tell me they should be.  What do you think?  Any suggestions?
Well, Jim has just finished his 3rd cup of coffee.  Guess that means he's ready to go into town for our grocery store run.  I plan to work on some tatting this afternoon and hope to have something new to show you tomorrow.  Have a great day & until then~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Busy Week Ahead

Good morning, dear readers!
I am a busy girl this morning.  I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner for Jim's office staff.  They all work hard and take excellent care of the boss.
There are a few new things I plan to share with you this week, so please excuse this quick post.  New vintage and antique acquisitions will be featured in future posts along with a new FREE pattern (IF I can get the stitch counts figured out). 
Well, I'd better get back in the kitchen.  The cornbread smells about right and I need to check on the collards.  Have a fantastic day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Vintage Brooch Enhancement, Part Two

Good morning, dear readers!
My hands are feeling better this morning- thank goodness!!!  I started the second round on my vintage brooch:
This image was taken shortly after I started.  The complete round was finished after dark last night and I could not get a decent image of the brooch inside- it is too sparkly.  I'll add the pearl and Swarovski accents this weekend and have the finished piece for you to see on Monday.
Jocelin is out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday break, so we are going to have a nice mother/daughter day.  First, we will head to visit our friend Tommee and sift through her vintage jewelry pieces.  Then we plan to hit the antique stores.  After lunch we will begin shopping for a formal dress.  Jocelin is on her high school's homecoming court!  Let's hope we can find something she likes that won't break the bank.  My girl has rather expensive tastes- can't imagine where she got that from.  Wish me luck!
Well, I am off to enjoy my hot cocoa before the insanity of the day begins.  Have a marvelous weekend!
Until Monday~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Slow Day

Good morning!
Yesterday was a slow day on the tatting front.  After taking the kid to school, I dropped by the salon for a haircut.  My hands were bothering me a bit then, but by the time I arrived home, they were really hurting.  Guess it is the change in weather.  We've had several consecutive mornings with lows near freezing and my joints are vigorously protesting.  I gave myself a nice, hot oil manicure and massaged my hands with an essential oil sugar scrub.  It helped a bit, but I still did not get much tatting done.  Let's hope today is more productive!
Even though it's been cooler, the Mexican petunias in the front yard are exploding in blooms.  Here is a shot of a couple:
Wouldn't this be a lovely thread color?!?
Well, I am going to try to get in a bit of tatting before taking the kid to school and preparing for the upcoming holiday.  Hope you have a great day & I will try to have some tatting to show you tomorrow.  Until then~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vintage Brooch Enhancement, Part One

Good morning, dear readers!
I enjoyed hearing about all of the holiday projects you've got going.  At the moment, I am actually working on a little something for myself.  Remember the wonderful vintage Juliana brooch I found in hunter orange?  Well, I am keeping that beauty for myself and am in the process of enhancing it with tatting.  Here is the primary foundation round:
I used Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in S49 "Subtle Elegance".  It took quite a while to get each perimeter navette enclosed with tatting.  Now to add additional rounds and accents of pearls and Swarovskis.  I plan to get this one finished fairly quickly as it will look great on the sweater I'm wearing for Thanksgiving! 
What are you doing for Thanksgiving, dear readers?  We are planning to have a nice, traditional Southern Thanksgiving dinner.  I'll be serving turkey, collard greens, homemade rolls and cornbread, sweet potato pie, candied carrots, corn-on-the-cob, and sweet tea with mint.  After we rest a bit from gorging ourselves, we plan to take in a movie. 
Are any of you planning to shop on Black Friday?  I avoid the "sales" and "specials" like the plague.  My refuge is the Atelier.  Whilst everyone is running around to get the best deals, I am ensconced in my tatting chair, sipping gourmet hot cocoa and tatting to my heart's delight.  Yes, I am one of those people who has already done ALL their Christmas shopping- it was finished in August.
Well, I am ready to get on with the tatting.  Hope you have a marvelous day full of creatitivy.  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday 2012 Palette

Good morning!  Hope you all had a wonderful Veteran's Day.  We certainly did- & I'm very thankful to all veterans.  I'm particularly thankful for the veterans in my family- my husband, dad & uncle. Thanks to ALL who have served!
After spending most of yesterday doing various chores, I retreated to the Atelier and went through my Valdani Luxury Pearl Silks.  The image below will be my Holiday 2012 Palette:
The colors are: S49 "Subtle Elegance", S775 "Proud Turkey", S9 "Herb Garden" and S39 "Forest Greens".  Click on the Valdani logo to the right of the blog to order your Luxury Pearl Silks.
Many readers suggested "white snowflakes" for holiday projects, but please be aware- RARELY will I tat in white.  I prefer to use threads such as "Subtle Elegance" as it is slightly variegated and suits my personal style very nicely.  This is merely a personal quirk.  Black and navy are also colors I prefer NOT to use.  Again, just my own preferances here.
Other items that will be featured in upcoming designs are: antique MOP buttons; red & green Swarovskis and Czech seed beads; gold & silver metal bells; assorted metal components and other vintage elements.
What are you planning to tat for the holidays?  I'd love to hear what my readers are up to!
I'm off to the Atelier- there are a number of pieces I'm working on.  Hopefully, I get a couple finished later today & will have some new eyecandy to share with you tomorrow.  Have a wonderful day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pendant Prototype Winner!

Good morning, dear readers!
The winner of the Pendant Prototype Giveaway is:
Mary Kay
who wrote:
This is a beautiful pendant -- the interlocking chains just amaze me. For Christmas, I'd love to see a multi-step Christmas ornament with a fancy doo-dad -- kind of a progressive pattern where folks tat along -- maybe offer differing skill level options. Thank you for your generosity with this give-away.
Mary Kay, if you would be so kind as to click the "contact me" button to the right of the blog and let me know your pertinent info, I'll get your goody in the post this week.
Many thanks, dear readers, for all of the wonderful holiday tatting ideas!  I will be designing a number of projects to share with you, along with FREE patterns and a giveaway or two.  What do you think?  Anyone have any other suggestions or comments?  I always enjoy hearing how I can improve the blog.
Jim is off today and we plan to do a number of household chores.  Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, then Christmas, then New Year's.  Much will be going on & I really want to get the house in order so I can tat and enjoy the season.  Well, Lily Fey wants her run; Jim wants his coffee & I need my cocoa.  Guess I'd better get it in gear- we've got a busy day!  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pendant Prototype Giveaway

Okay, I'm finally back from running errands and have finished the pendant for the giveaway.  Here it is:

Hope y'all like it!  And many thanks for letting me know what you'd like to see for the holidays.  I'll plan some FREE patterns for your enjoyment so visit the blog often for future Christmas themed features.

Good morning, dear readers!
Well, I worked on a new pendant design yesterday, but it did not go as planned.  The general idea will require more count adjusting and tweaking on my part, but I am going to do a special weekend giveaway event for the prototype!
The shape is not quite what I wanted, but I will be adding a couple of additional interlaced chains to the outer round.
This pendant is tatted with Valdani pearl cotton in M30 "Deep Waters" and Valdani Luxury Pearl Silk in "Forest Greens".  It is accented with turquoise Czech seed beads, olivine Swarovski bicones and has a center enhancement of an antique abalone button with a dyed freshwater pearl.  I'll add an image to this post later in the day after I add the outer finishing chains.
Okay, to enter the giveaway:  simply leave a comment on this blogpost and let me know what you'd like to see for the holidays.
The winner will be selected by a random number generator and will be announced first thing Monday, November 12th, 2012.  Good luck!!!
Lily Fey is staring holes in me and I am ready for some hot cocoa to jump start my day.  Have a great weekend and check back later today as I will have a better image of the finished pendant up.  Until Monday~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Silk Samples

Good morning, dear readers!
Yesterday was filled with tatting samples of the new threads to see how they worked up and the beginning of the pendant for tomorrow's giveaway event.  Here are a couple of test tats of the Muddy Bark silk (on left) and Herb Garden silk (on right):
The image isn't the best as the light was almost gone when I snapped it before heading into the house yesterday evening.  Still, everything worked up beautifully and I believe you're goung to really like the pendant I'm working on.  Be sure to check out the blog Friday morning for the event announcement and details!
Well, Lily Fey is ready for her run and I am ready for a full day of tatting in the Atelier.  Hope your day is filled with tatting fun.  Until Friday~
Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Valdani Order

Good morning, dear readers!
I got my latest Valdani order in yesterday!  All of the thread is just gorgeous.
The pearl cotton colors I received are:  Tea Dyed Stone, Dark Waters and Cottage Smoke.  The Luxury Pearl Silk colors are:  Proud Turkey, Love of Life, Forest Greens, Herb Garden and Muddy Bark.  The Muddy Bark is a lovely variegated brown- it's a very rich looking color.  I can't wait to tat a sample motif in it!
Well, I gather from the responses that you, dear readers, would prefer a pendant giveaway.  I'll work on getting a pendant designed and tatted-up within the next couple of days and post the giveaway event on Friday.  Keep your eyes open beacuse this will be a "quick" event- maybe only lasting over the weekend.
It is back to the normal schedule today as Jim returns to work and Jocie to school.  I've enjoyed our family time, but am really looking forward to time in the Atelier undisturbed!  You know what?  I haven't had my hot cocoa yet!  I'm off to heat some milk for said cocoa and get myself in gear.  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Button Stash & New Acquisitions

Good morning, dear readers!
It's Election Day here in the USA- if you have not voted already, please do so.  We will be heading out to vote as soon as the polls open this morning.
I spent a good portion of yesterday digging through the closet in the Atelier.  This was a very good thing to do because I found several items I'd "hidden" from myself.  The long lost jar of MOP (mother-of-pearl) antique buttons was found behind a large box of fingering weight wool.  It had somehow slid behind and I was so pleased to find it!  I went through the jar, sorted and cleaned the buttons and placed them in an organizer on my jewler's bench.  Here are just a few of the buttons:
Can't you just see all of the lovely pendants and brooches that these will make?!?  What do you think- shall I do a special piece for a giveaway event?  Pendant or brooch?  Leave your comments on this post and I'll announce in tomorrow's post what event I'll do.
Oh- I forgot to post images of my new acquisitions!  A dear friend of mine (Tommee) is a big fan of vintage jewelry.  She is moving into creating her own OOAK jewelry and is thinning out her vintage costume jewelry stock.  I was lucky enough to acquire a Whiting & Davis intaglio brooch and pendant:
The thing that makes Whiting & Davis so special is the superior mountings they used and the fact that they used rock crystal, not glass, for the intaglios.
I also have a gold-toned brooch like this that I'm working on.
So many anchoring possibilities are on both the brooch and pendant!  What colors should I use on these?  I have some wonderful dyed pearls and Swarovskis that would be great accents.  Any suggestions???
Well, Lily is spinning and Jim is grumbling.  Time for a run after I give the old bear his coffee.  May you have a fantastic day full of creativity & don't forget to tell me what you'd like the next giveaway event to be in the comments!!!  Until Wednesday~
Happy Tatting!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Autumn in the Piney Woods

Good morning, dear readers!
Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend- ours was great.
This is my favorite time of year.  The temperatures are cooler and my Piney Woods are ablaze in glorious color.  Jim and I took a number of walks in the woods and enjoyed the scenery.
As you can see from the image above, there was much in the way of artistic inspiration.  Such lovely colors and textures to spark new tatting ideas!
After I composed the image collage, I went to the Valdani site and perused their wonderful pearl cottons.  So many are perfect for this time of year.  They perfectly reflect the colors in my Piney Woods that I love to use for my one of a kind tatted art.  Here is my suggestion for those of you who have asked for artistic advise:  Go out and look at the colors around you.  Take some images with your digital camera or phone, then go to the Valdani website and see what thread colors strike your fancy.  Let me know what colors particularly appeal to you!  I really want to know!!!
Jim is off today & tomorrow so we will be doing various family activities.  I do plan to get in a fair bit of tatting later, but right now Lily Fey is giving me one of her "looks" and Jim is sitting at the dining table very expectantly.  Guess I'd better get Mr. Grumpy Britches his coffee and take Lily Fey on her run.  Have a great day & until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Another Round

Good morning, dear readers!
My fingers are much more flexible this morning- thank goodness!!!  The aloe vera gel has really helped the burns.  I did manage to tat the next round on Motif 2 using my little finger to wrap the thread around:
I hope to get this one finished today and will add a center accent.  The other motif will be finished this weekend as the accent round I was tatting requires more dexterity.
What are you doing for the weekend?  We have a long 4-day weekend planned with oodles of family activities:  off-roading in the Jeep, driving lessons for Jocelin, campfires, hiking in the woods, tatting, and perhaps a movie night.  Of course, we will be voting on Tuesday.  To those of you who live in the USA, please exercise your right to vote!  I do not give a rat's patoot who you vote for, just vote.  We are so blessed to have that privilege- many still do not.  Never take it for granted!
Lily Fey is giving me that "look" again.  Guess it's time for our run in the woods.  Have a wonderful Friday & weekend!  Until Monday~
Happy Tatting!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Motif Accent

Good morning, dear readers!
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween and are enjoying a pleasant All Saints Day.
I did not get much work done accenting the Halloween motifs- not after I burned the top of a couple of fingers while taking treats out of the oven yesterday morning.  Yes, I am a big klutz.  The burns are not too bad, just painful.  I hope to be back to tatting as usual within a day or so.  Anyway, here is a bit I did on Motif 2 prior to the oven incident:
I plan to add several more rounds and accents to it, as well as to Motif 1.
Well, I am going to take it easy today and clean out the Atelier since it still stings when thread slides over the top of my fingers.  May you have a wonderful day full of creativity!  Until tomorrow~
Happy Tatting!