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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Design Tutorial Snowflake 4/25 Motif Challenge

Hi,

This is the last scheduled post,   this beautiful snowflake is by Robin Perfetti called Design Tutorial Snowflake,   I used white Lizbeth thread inside and Ice Blue Lizbeth Thread on the outside,  I was going to do it the other way around but the white was already on the shuttles.  I plan to make more of these next time blue in the middle and white on the outside,  I have taken the pattern on holiday so hopefully will have another one to show you.  Link to her blog.   Thank you Robin for creating a beautiful snowflake on your ipad.
Until we meet again Take care
                                Hugs
                            Margaret

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tatted Coasters (Marion) 3/25 Motif challenge


Hi,

Another schedule post,   today I am showing a set of coasters, 6 in all.   I made they are from the pattern Marion by Jennifer Williams,  I still have a few ends to sew in and they need blocking but I wanted to get this on my blog before I went away.    I am really pleased how this pattern worked out and will be doing more.  I tatted them in Lizbeth thread no 20.
Hope you are keeping well, until we meet again Take care
                       Hugs
                    Margaret


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Mirabelle 2/25 Motif Challenge


Hi,

By the time you read this,   I am sitting on the beach in Kos,   hopefully the sun will be shining the weather forecast says it will and 30c brilliant,  this really is a much needed rest and holiday.
This is s scheduled post I made these snowflakes in Sheffield when I went up two weeks ago for a check up on my eye,   It was good news and I don't have to go up again for six months.    I wish my hand would be as good,  I am now having Physio on it,  I might add the Physio lady had not heard of tatting, so she had a quick demo.  My hand has got worse over the last couple of months and swollen up to the point of not being able to wear my rings,   I have been only doing a small amount of tatting and knitting hence there is not much to show you.  The Physio says tatting and knitting are good exercise but only do a small amount until the hand hurts.
These snowflakes are a pattern called Mirabelle by lacossette,   I love her patterns and this is another lovely pattern link to her blog.  I will be making more of these gorgeous snowflakes.   I used Lizbeth thread no 20 in white.
Until we meet again Take care and see you soon
                              Hugs
                           Margaret

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Get Well


Hi,
Today's card is for the CD Sunday Challenge which is Get Well,  for this card I used Joanna Sheens CD The Pamela West Collection,  I wanted something different and for a man,  they do get ill and there is not a lot of cards for men,  so hopefully this card fits the bill so to speak.
I used the dog image and backing paper to match with a blue ribbon down the side and a spray of flowers with matching narrower ribbon in the spray.   The flowers have a lovely shine on them and I found them in the Craft Shack in Millets Garden Centre Abingdon when we were up there over bank holiday.
I hope this card fits the challenge.
Update thanks to Carzo this card has also been entered into Mans Best friend challenge at Cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk
Until we meet again
Take care
Hugs
Margaret



Sunday, 24 August 2014

What is it ???? the Answer



 Hi,

At the beginning of the week I asked what is it,   Well I have not seen all the answers but for those who got it right its.......................  A Grass Hooper,

He stayed on the windscreen as my husband drove to Midsommer Norton for just over a mile,

Thanks for all those who gave a comment,  just thought I would have a little bit of fun with you.

We don't see Grass hoppers very often in the UK, these days,  we cant remember when we last saw one,   so to have one on the windscreen for so long,  had to be given an honour.


Hugs
                      Margaret



   

Friday, 22 August 2014

Tatted Crosses 1/ 25 Motif challenge number 3


Hi,

Another scheduled post,   I should be in Oxford by now as we are going to Vernon's Sisters for the weekend,  and a family party in Oxford on Saturday night.
 I made 14 these crosses,  I have only photographed one not going to bore you with all 14,   I gave the nurses and carers who looked after mother in Care Hall Nursing Home a separate Thank you care with a  cross.  For the rest of the staff I made a larger card,  but I wanted to thank those who spent hours looking after mother especially in her last days something to remember her.   
The pattern I used was the simple cross tatted by a Benedictine Sister at the Monastery of St Gertrude, Cottonwood Idaho.   Why this cross,  it was quick to tat but Mothers mother was called Gertrude and her last dog was called Gertie which is short for Gertrude.   I made the picots smaller than the pattern I thought they look neater.  I used Lizbeth thread no 20 in white.  I don't have a link for the pattern but it is on intatters,  and it was Grace who replied to a post about crosses with lots of links

I got fed up with the crosses twisting around,  so I tried something and played around with the pattern,
I started with a ring in the middle,  then a split ring and then continued with the pattern,  I am not sure if I like the middle with a ring in it,  but it was firmer and did not twist about.   I have not sewn the ends in as I finished this last night and it needs blocking.
A great pattern when you just want a quick cross.


This is the beginning of my third 25 Motif challenge,   I really enjoy doing them, hopefully I can find some really interesting things for it.
Have a lovely weekend   see you soon

                            Hugs
                        Margaret

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Antique Hankies


Hi,

This is a scheduled post as I am on my way to Sheffield Hospital for an appointment as my eye is not behaving properly.
Whilst cleaning out and putting away my things in my new bedroom furniture,  I found these hankies,  they were tatted by an old aunt who used to visit my fathers parents when I was small.  I would sit beside her for hours watching her tat, with a shuttle in and out.  She promised to teach me when I was older but she died before that happen.
She always brought down Pontefract Cakes,  for those who have never seen them.   They are small roughly circular black sweets about 2 cm in diameter,  made of liquorice.  Originally made in the town of Pontefract Yorkshire.
These are three hankies she tatted the edging too,   I don't use them as they are over 50 years old now.
The coloured edging I know the thread was brought in Woolworths,  but I don't know what make its looks like size 80, but I cant see the stitches any more thus I don't tat with size 80 any more.
They are now a treasure to me,  with childhood memories
Today would have been Mothers birthday,  she would have been 92 years old,   on three separate occasions throughout my life three separate gypsies have told her she would die at 92.  they were not far out?.  The day before she died a Romany gypsy called at our door,  its the first time since my husband move into this house 30 years ago has a gypsy ever called,  I did buy something off her for luck.
Hope you are keeping well,  see you soon
                              Hugs
                          Margaret