Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tatted hair bands

I've been tatting little "do-dads" for my second cousins. Every little girl needs to pull the hair away from her face ; D

I hope to follow with a tutorial - but it will probably be after the holidays. gb

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tatted Cross with page tabs

I tatted crosses to give to my dear Father-In-Law's siblings. This one was tatted for the preacher who performed the service for our beloved PaPa's funeral this past week. I thought he might use the extra page tabs. The other crosses were finished with a spiral chain and thread tassel.

I tatted a simple chain and Josephine Ring edging on a vintage hankie for my sweet Mother-In-Law to carry to the funeral. We all miss Dwayne so much. He was a friend to so many and was truly admired by all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tatted water bottle coaster

Crazy? or ingenius?
Sons say
C-R-A-Z-Y! The problem...
my water bottle would sweat and leave a puddle everywhere I sat it down. The guys at work are content to wrap a tacky rag or paper towel around theirs. I thought I could tat a mignonette coaster around mine. Actually the idea is an old one. My grandmother had some of those colorful aluminum drinking glasses - you know - the ones that if your drink was too cold, your lip would stick to the side? I am trying to remember what she had on them - seems like they were maybe a stretchy fabric? Almost like a knitted sock as a self coaster around the glass.

The tricky part to my coaster was the odd shape of this water bottle. I used the "tat what you need" method of designing it. So even if I wanted to do another one - I'd never be able to duplicate it ; ) The final chain trim at the top was tatted over an elastic flat hair band.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mirror Pouch

So... I had this idea.... and the adventure begins! I wanted to make a simple pouch to hold the mirrors that son makes with his button maker. I wanted a self closure - no buttons, snaps, or Velcro. I used stiffened craft felt so that the tab would stay in the slot for closing.
In the end, son finally convinced me that they just look like cardboard and won't hold up to opening and closing very many times. Oh well... another project to be revisited at another time.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Washita County courthouse

Thinking of the rain that has fallen in Western OK. The embroidery is Freemotion stitch painting. This was stitched on a t-shirt : o many years ago for a client. Her grandfather was one of Cordell, OK early leaders.

The design was first stitched on nylon organdy. Then it was freemotion appliqued to the t-shirt and more detail added.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Tatting" on the embroidery machine

Marian Ecker of Murphy's Design
has created FSL from one of my tatting designs (with my permission, of course!) She worked from the tatting pattern that I call "Rolling Rings" headband.

The embroidery file can be purchased from Murphy's Design

These were so quick and easy - I have just as easily given them all away...what fun!!!

The blue headband is the first one I shuttle tatted. I wove a ribbon through it. Now I find the nylon headbands at the discount stores - usually 5 for a dollar! These are covered with fabric or braided tubes.

The nylon does not break as quickly as the plastic headbands. A little girl cannot resist seeing how far she can bend the headband ; ) When! this happens, the lace can be quickly added to a new headband.

Embroidered caps

Digitized and embroidered caps for my favorite tatting brothers...THE SHUTTLE BROTHERS!
Sewn on my Janome 350E. I taped the caps to the cap frame to get the largest sewing field possible with my little toy ; ) Have now stitched a couple of caps on the Amaya - my boys call "Bubba". (This because I said I might call her Rissa - the daughter I never had ; )

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dregs mignonette bag

This little bag is being tatted with the "dregs" of shuttles. There are many weights of threads ; )

New baby

"New to me" Melco Amaya.
Loving! it! gb

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Nanny's Buds

Embroidered for a co-worker's MIL.

They're here!

First Magnolia buds

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you! This one was found in Will Rogers Park, OKC. gb


Iris - found at Lake Eufaula, OK. gb

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sewing Cave

The boys helped me change the "hideous" gold knobs on my new sewing cabinet. I bought plain white ceramic knobs. I cut circles from fabric and Ron made flat discs with his button machine. Ross glued them to the knobs. LOVE!! LOVE!! them! (the boys too!)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Digitized Hand Prints

Click above link Digitized Hand Prints for FREE hand print embroidery design from ginabea

A co-worker has three little daughters and was decorating their bathroom. She made plaques for the wall with their hand prints. Their hands were the inspiration for my digitized hand prints.