Some of my patterns

29 June 2016

A new tatter

You can live in a town all your life like I have and in all that time I've probably only taught around a dozen people to tat. 

Of those - none kept it up. That's 60+ years of tatting myself and even when I learned my school friends didn't want to learn as well. They all watched me and realised that wherever I was I'd always have a shuttle with me but still they didn't want to learn. It was a hobby that I could afford out of my pocket money!!!

Since January we've had a little craft group meeting at Lifeways - we originally   got together to make the bunting for the street party but enjoyed our chatting, coffee drinking etc so continued.  I've now got two people learning to tat which is amazing. I NEVER offer to teach anybody - I have to be 'persuaded'.  I work on the theory that if they really, really want to learn then they'll keep asking and I'll then 'give in' and teach them.

This is Beryl who came for the first time yesterday and who is picking it up pretty darn quickly.  She's also a Silver Surfer student and that's how we met and how she learned about our wonderful little craft group.

27 June 2016

I got excited

At my age even waking up in the morning is exciting. Never know what the day will bring and I certainly didn't on Saturday when I saw Carollyn's blog post.

It got me thinking and getting the beads out too!!! I had to try this idea. I did find some extra hints that I found useful like making sure the loop was behind the core thread etc. Anyway it was a good excuse not to weed the garden (also it 'looked' like rain yet again) so I sat down and did a technique page on it. 

Hope you don't mind, Carollyn but couldn't find an email address on your blog to contact you!!!

25 June 2016

Just a t-shirt

Don't you just LOVE a bargain? I do. I found this t-shirt in a charity shop a few weeks ago when Sally was staying with me. She's SO good for me as she really knows how to 'shop'.  I'm pretty hopeless at shopping as I dither and dither!!!

This was a good example of my dithering.  I liked the t-shirt but it was boring. REALLY boring so left it there on it's hangar in the charity shop!!!

Roll on two weeks later and I'm back in the same shop (dithering as usual) when I spotted the t-shirt still hanging there. Well as it was NWT I thought I might be able to take it home!!! Four pounds later and it was mine - still boring but mine!!!

I'm teaching the little flowers at Tat Days in September. They are not hard but there are several techniques involved. I simply love making them so they were the answer to the boring problem - I think.  Now I have a 'not so boring' t-shirt which I've fallen in love with!!!!

24 June 2016


When I looked this morning there was just one shuttle left in the Etsy shop.  Just saying!!!!

Number 90 arrived!!!! 90 what you may ask!!! 

Well, the 90th rabbit for the TIAS 2016.

Here he is but I'm not going to tell who sent him in. You'll just HAVE to click on this link to find out!!!

23 June 2016

Ready and waiting!

I wasn't sure if this was a pattern or a technique - perhaps both. I didn't split up the necklace from the earrings either as it's really a 'pattern to play with'. I did, however put two links from the 'jewellery' page on my site - one in the necklace section and one in the earring section so the same pattern has two chances of being found!!!

After playing with the 'jewellery' I decided to make myself a new lanyard for Palmetto.  I do love 'sparkly' and this one certainly does that!!!  Just got to find some clips to put on the ends and that's a 'good job done'!!!!

Here is the link - almost forgot!!!

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