Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tatting photos from Home Needlework Magazine
Dec 1914 - the year my father, Norman Clinton Frantz, was born.

May all acquaintence be forgot... and days of Auld Lang Syne.

Interesting reading. We are so fortunate to have all the information that is available on the internet, at the click of a mouse.

I think we should remember olden days, so my project for January will be to provide updated patterns for the tatting in the 1914 December Home Needlework Magazine.
And now... the worst Christmas present of 2006!!!

I was out doing my "after Christmas" shopping yesterday. The stores have a lot of great bargains this week, especially on holiday decorations and gift packages sold for the holidays.

Well, if you have a LOT of courage, a bit of money left over, and a Target store near where you live you might want to try this out, and let me know how it was. I didn't buy one, but curiosity is getting the best of me.

How about a nicely packaged box of soda pop - in some unusual flavors; Turkey & dressing, sweet potato, and the rest of a holiday dinner including antacid flavor. Now, I remember reading science fiction where people in the future took pills instead of eating, but this is beyond sci fi.

Hope someone trys it and lets me know how it is. As for me, I'll leave it to the braver folks out there.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

As we approach the new year it seems that time is slipping away at an incredible rate. Children and grandchildren grow up so fast, tatting patterns come to mind and get written down, tatted, and shared with friends. Families and friends enjoy good times and get each other through the difficult times.


I still haven't started the bobbin lace bookmark I wanted to finish this year, I did crochet a baby blanket for our new grand daughter, Jenna. And a big girl blanket for her big sister, Rachel was completed too. I did this and that, and all in all, it was a good year filled with blessings, and joy.

I think what I wish to share with you today isn't a photo of tatting, and not even a pattern. But, some of the neat things I have discovered this year.

Here is my top 10 cool things of 2006:

  • Best thread for demonstrating or making models of tatting:

    Braiding Cord - may be found at Wal Mart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Jo Ann's, etc.
    100% cotton, in packages of 3 colors, 12 yards each mfg in China contact
    Sulyn Industries Coral Springs FL 33065

    This comes in a variety of coordinated colors, and has some body to it so it holds its shape unlike other softer cords that I have seen being used when demonstrating tatting. Try it, it is awesome!!!
  • Best place to look for great books:

    Half Price Books - they buy out lots of great books, and constantly get different books in. I bought a bobbin lace book, and a tatting book there this year, in addition to lots of great reading material.
  • Best entertainment while doing tatting:

    I enjoy the MP3 player I bought at Ink Stop about a month ago. It is a 2 GB USB flash drive that will store both my computer files and music. The great thing about this player is that it doesn't require any special software to transfer music or data files, just copy and paste from my computer. Price was about $60, compare that with all the more expensive personal music systems available and it's a real "bang for the buck" deal!!!
  • Best computer accessory:

    Earlier this year I bought a 19" flat screen monitor from Sams Club, and it has proved to be an excellent choice. Scepter is the mfg. The picture is clear and makes working on the computer a pleasant experience.
  • Best Restaurant:

    Without a doubt, Jack Stack is the best!!!
    Our son, Jamie, asked us to check out Kansas City barbeque when we moved here. We tried a lot of them, but if you love barbeque this is the one you have to try! You can order online or from their catalog, but if you're ever in the area you have to go there and try their breaded mushrooms and onion rings.
  • Best place to buy gasoline:

    Grocery stores that have filling stations. Kroger stores have a great selection and good prices, and they also offer money off on gasoline purchases with their shopping cards based on your grocery purchases.

    I filled up yesterday at the Dillons food store (a Kroger affilliate) gas station that is just a block from our home, and with the Kroger plus card I got $0.10 off per gallon. Whatever the current price of gasoline, buying groceries gives me a lower price at the pump.
  • Best web presence provider:

    I have had my website with for several years. For $4.95/month it's a great buy. Their service is reliable, affordable, and they have always been great to deal with in every way. Dan and I are both computer geeks. It's nice to NOT have to do all the technical stuff, and still have good service.
  • Best Motivation (excuse) to do more tatting:

    The 25 motif challenge that Sharon is doing has been a real pleasure. I have enjoyed doing 25 new designs on the same basic theme, and much more than that, I have enjoyed seeing the tatting that everyone else has done. 100 motif challenges seem a bit too daunting, but anyone can tat 25 of something in a year. New tatters may think that their tatting isn't as perfect as those of us who have been doing it for awhile, but I enjoy seeing their work, and often I learn from seeing what others have done. Everyone was a beginner at some time! I'll let you know when I get perfect at anything! There is no such thing as a mistake in tatting, just the beginning of a new design.
  • The best thing about the online tatting community:

    By far the one thing that has kept me sharing patterns on the internet is the support, friendship, and caring that nearly everyone who tats and is online provides for each other. When one individual faces a challenge, be it health, relationship, financial, or emotional, the community rallies in support, each in their own way. Sending "good thoughts", prayers, and even designing a special pattern to show that you care is something we all can do for each other.

    Wally, I really enjoyed your Maltese Heart. And, I do remember your three treasures. I pray that you will be comforted and know that we all love you. I learned to tat the Maltese rings from your instructions. Thank your for sharing! Now, what can I do with that technique??? Hmmmmm.......
  • My favorite tatter:


    If you are reading this, you are my inspiration, my motivation, my favorite tatter.

    May you have a very happy, blessed, prosperous New Year filled with fun, and adventure in learning new techniques and patterns!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shamrock - St. Patricks Day in December

Monday, December 18, 2006

Here Comes Suzy Snowflake

This snowflake is worked in one round with just shuttle and ball CTM.

The small 6 point snowflake shapes at the end of each point are given more definition by a double core center ring with rings thrown off.

This snowflake is tatted with Anchor size 40 thread, and is a nice size at about 5 inch diameter. It could be tatted as either 8 or 6 points depending on two small stitch count adjustments.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Celtic Ball with Hanging Cluny Poinsettia

I think it would show the flower off better with a white or green ball, but I had this one that I made several years ago.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Holiday Lights for K and Bill

This is possible due to copy and paste in PSP, but it would be easy to tat in eight days. Hmmmmm.

More motivation for you to get the hanging clunys K!
Holiday light tatted with hanging cluny and Celtic Letter Motif
My Very Favorite snowflake

I have tatted these for years as miniature doll house doilies using hand quilting thread. This one is size 40 anchor thread which makes it about 3.5 inches across.

It works up easily in just one round, with just rings and chains.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Purple Snowflake Variation

Monday, December 04, 2006

Time to decorate the house for christmas...

I got out our Christmas decorations last night, and they all looked so pretty I wanted to share a photo!

There are tatted, crocheted, needlework, beaded, painted, glitter, and other crafty decorations in my collection. I keep the flat ones in an Oreo cookie tin I got a couple years ago.

Here's an idea I thought I'd share with everyone. It can be difficult getting tatting to exactly fit a christmas ball, and the glass ones tend to break sometimes. I have some ornaments that have a piece of lace trim glued around the middle of the ball, with some glitter glued on around it. These are some of the prettiest that I have, such as the vintage pink ball at the top left corner of this group of ornaments.

Just use glue that will stick to the glass or plastic ornament around the middle of the ornament, then place a piece of any edging around it and overlap the ends. Next, sprinkle a bit of glitter on where the glue is visible, and it will make an heirloom ornament to delight the eyes, and heart.

These make wonderful gifts, especially for a Baby's first christmas... use the same edging you tat for the christening gown, or use thread in a favorite color and a pattern that echos the family history, such as a Celtic design for Irish ancestry. Or glue on individual small motifs in the same way and add a little glitter.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Holly Garland with hanging clunys and Josephine rings

This is one of the two pieces that weave through the rings to make the wreath... the second one is just like this one, or randomly place the red berries and leaves.
Deck the Halls - Copyright 2006 Rozella Linden

Anyone who has Celtic Tatting a Design Challenge should recognize this as a variation on the letter "O".

It only has 18 rings instead of 24, and the ZZChains have red Josephine Rings, and Hanging Clunys.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Purple Snowflake