A nice surprise welcomed me this morning on my desk at work. I opened the plastic bag to find a clear box of varigated tatting thread in size 70. Star brand and Coats & Clark. Then in the cardboard box was a nice treasure: 4 heaps of already tatted “Hen & Chicks” edgings! The white and pink ones are 2 yards long and the red and teal/yellow are 18 inches long. I would say someone likes to tat that kind of edging ;)

Also inside the box are two balls of red C&C tatting thread and teal/yellow and varigated yellow. Presumably the thread used to make some of the edgings. Then the glimmer of shiny metal shuttles caught my eyes! One is a Susan Bates and the other an older, hardly used Boye metal shuttle. Funny thing about them was there wasn’t a bobbin to accompany any of them HAH. Good thing I have extra bobbins! Also in the box were some needles and an antique manicure stick(for lack of a better word). And lastly, two celluloid items. One looks to me to be a thread winder and the other I haven’t a clue. The thread winder fits inside the side slots, but loosely and the color of the celluloid is different. So I don’t think they go together.

The curious item has me stumped! It has a half dome hole on one end of the flat side and two molded, curved slides or arms on the long ends, as if it was to hold something.

If you have any idea what this could be, please let me know.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend!  The weather was a nice cool  high 60s F with some breeze and not a cloud in the sky.  We had fun socializing with our heritage friends.   Here is a slideshow of pics I took.

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Below are 3 slideshows of pictures I took at the 3 demonstration events this past weekend. It was a lot of setting up and tearing down each day, but the social life was a blast!

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This coming weekend we have triple the show time.  We have scheduled to demonstrate lacemaking and silk ribbon embroidery at three different places Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Are we nuts????????




Here is why……….It happens that the Friday event is here in downtown Greenville.  It is put on by <A HREF=”http://www.ocgart.org”>OCG – Our Common Ground</A> and is a social event to showcase local artists, wineries, musicians, etc.  Saturday we set up our heritage tent in Vandalia at Grande Levee.  It is a one day event and they usually host it in June, but they changed to Sept.  Which puts a damper on another historical event we demonstrate this weekend which is a two day event.  That is <A HREF=”http://www.altonheritagedays.org/”>Heritage Days on the Goshen Trail</A> in Godfrey, IL.  But they must be hurting for vendors because they are allowing us to come for just Sunday to set up and demonstrate.  ISN’T THAT NICE OF THEM!!!


Hope to have loads of pictures to show you of our 3 day demonstrating weekend.  Stay tuned!!!

This was supposed to get done back in June……but you know how that goes ;) I finally put the last touch to the Rose Floral Spray design adding a bow at the junction of the stems. It measures 18cm(7in) done in 160 Coron Cotton with a size 5 cotton cord for the core thread.  Here it is in all its glory!

And with the magic of Photoshop and repeating the design, imagine this motif creating a large edging to go all along a wedding dress or fancy skirt?? HAH…..not in my lifetime ;) Maybe with the help of hundreds of lacemakers.

Now on to another project that was waiting for this to get done. A hankerchief edging that uses the same pearl tatted technique with padded cord as my core thread and rings thrown off both sides.

just listed 4 more of my books “Tatting Patterns For One Shuttle”: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78?227839/tatting-patterns-for-on?e-shuttle-book

Haven’t the slightest idea what is going on with WordPress. It changed my banner at the top and won’t let me change it. Grrrrr….. I will rectify this somehow.

Continuing to add more details to the Rose Floral Spray. And you thought I was done? ;)


NOTE: There….I figured out the banner setting!!!

That’s right……..

Tatman Is Now On Facebook!

Simple…..just click on the LIKE button :-D Yea….I know…..like Tatman needs to be any more social on more networks. Just gives me more visibility I guess. Either that or I am just plain BORED! HAHA

I also have a Facebook link posted on my homepage of my website.

I got a nice surprise in the mail earlier this week.  It was a card and some goodies from Duck(one of my male lacemaker friends) of Michigan.  Nice card and inside was a lot of his handmade lace.  He must know I like the color green!!!   Bobbinlace bookmark, a couple of tatted motifs, a tatted “M” for Mark, and a macrame…um….not sure what it is.  A bookmark?  I dunno.  I went ahead and tied it on my wrist as a friendship bracelet.  Works!!!

Thank you ever so much, Duck!!!!

This is what I was tatting on all Memorial Day weekend when I got a chance to sit down

It is just the start of a bigger project.  It will be a large floral spray of different flowers tied together with a lace ribbon.  The ribbon will be done in tatted lace as well.  It is all tatted with pearl chain with rings throw off.   It is tatted with Coron Cotton size 160 with a size 5 cotton thread for the core to make it a padded pearl tatted chain. The flower part alone is 6cm(2.5in) tall.  Large even for small thread like this.  The filling in spaces is done with split rings.  Most of the large motif will probably be done in pearl tatting.  I am comfortable with that technique and it lends itself so well to adapt to different shapes.  I am sure I will throw in a few other odd techniques.  The flower part(not stem or leaves) is done all in one round without breaking thread.  Follow the trail!  Except the SR fillings.   So far so good with the design.  It is a work in progress!!

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