Saturday, December 20, 2008

Celtic Knots

This is an in-progress embroidery project. I have been working on it on and off for about two months. It is done in DMC cotton using the split stitch. The base fabric is a piece of high thread count sheet (new). It was originally intended as just a practice piece for the stitch, but is turning out MUCH nicer than I expected. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

25 Motif Challenge

Here is Motif #13:

Tatters Round Robin for Beginners
by Georgia Seitz
unknown thread size
2 1/2" wide

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Here is a little freebie for all of you who celebrate the holiday. The zip file contains two sizes of wallpaper for your computer. Click on picture to download.

25 Motif Challenge (tatting)

I've been out of the loop for a while due to a MAJOR move. My husband and I moved on October 31 from Tulsa, OK to Anson, TX. We stayed with my sister for a couple of weeks as we searched for an apartment in Abilene, TX. We got moved about a week before Thanksgiving and have since been busy unpacking and organizing. Of course, I had time to create, but DH FORGOT where he had packed my scanner!!! We found and set up last night, so now I am back in full steam!

Here are a few motifs I did for an online tatting class:

Motif #9
Butterflies Are Forever Free
by Cynthia Stevenson
unknown thread name or size
1" wide
Motif #10
Star 5
from Needle Tatting Two (no name)
unknown thread name or size
1 3/8" wide

Motif #11
Star 5 as a 6-point Snowflake
from Needle Tatting Two (no name) - original
Carolyn McComas - variation
size 10 crochet cotton
2" wide
Motif #12
I used Delica beads on this version for just a hint of sparkle.
Star 5 as a beaded 6-point Snowflake
Needle Tatting Two (no name) - original
Carolyn McComas - variation
size 10 crochet cotton
2" wide
I have definitely become a fan of rings on chains.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Well, I'm back a little faster than last month. I am a little more settled in after the move and should be back in the swing of things very quickly. Of all the things moved, though, I STILL can't find my scanner/printer! AARRRGHGHGHHHHHH!!!!

Anyways - here is the December Fairy - enjoy and Happy Holidays.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

November Fairy

Sorry about almost missing this month's fairy. I moved from Oklahoma to Texas this month and moved into a new place 2 weeks ago, got Internet 1 week ago and was so busy getting settled in, I almost forgot November! Happy belated Thanksgiving to the Americans.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

25 Motif Challenge #8

Here is my 8th motif in the challenge....
Rosie #1 by Lyn Morton in 'Tatting Patterns'

HH Lizbeth size 20
2" diameter

Sunday, October 19, 2008


For those who wanted to go to Andrea's blog for her patterns, I had a typo in her address and corrected it. I'll also give it here...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Embroidery

This is Pumpkin Girl by Andrea Zuill at She is the October free pattern.

approx. 5" x 7"

Friday, October 17, 2008

25 Motif Challenge - #7

This is Medallion Cross by Roger aka Freedman. It is the easiest and fastest motif I've done so far. I think it is a very feminie cross as it looks very flowery.

Size 20 HH Lizbeth
3 1/2" tall

Monday, October 13, 2008


Here is a NEW wallpaper design. It uses a Poser texture (I will be making available for Poser 5+ users) for the V3 Butterfly Dress. ENJOY!
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Friday, October 10, 2008

More Halloween Wallpapers

I have four more wallpapers to share.....

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

DSO Color Challenge - October

Here is my submission for the monthly challenge at Digital Scrap Obsession.

Download here.

Free Wallpaper

I was looking at some of my digital art and realized they would make great wallpapers! So, without further ado, here is my first free wallpaper offering, just in time for Halloween. It is available in two sizes in the same zip file - 800x600 and 1024 x 768.

Download here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

25 Motif Challnege - #6

This is my latest finished motif...Pumpkin by Sherry Matthews. The leaves were easier than they looked. This was also my first successful ctm project.

Size 20 HDT "Treebeard" by LadyShuttlemaker
Size 20 unknown
2 1/4" diameter

Monday, October 6, 2008


For those of you who may not know, Candlewicking is a form of embroidery using a limited selection of stitches and special thread. Candlewicking was originally done with the thread used for candle wicks (thus the name) and only came in one color - natural (kind of an ecru or ivory). Today, you can buy specific thread in various country colors. The stitiches used are stem, satin, French knots, and daisy.

This first piece is just traditional candlewicking in two colors.

The next two were done the same way - I used permanent BIC markers to color the main image and then did the stitching as candlewicking. It definitely gives a different look to an old favorite.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

25 Motif Challenge #5 / Another Doily Finished!

Well, I finally finished the doily from h*(l! It looks easy, and technically is, but every loop and chain has a different stich and picot count which means you have to keep a super close watch on the pattern. (unlike most patterns). I'm glad I did it, but I don't think I'll make it again.

Loop-di-Loop Tatted Doily
by Hartmut Haas in Old-time Crochet magazine
Size 20 HDT 'HallowScream" by LadyShuttleMaker
7 3/4" diameter

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Scrapbooking Elements

Have some serious Halloween fun with this month's fairy. She is all ready to celebrate with you.

You can download here.

25 Motif Challenge #4

I had a couple of minor problems, but I think it turned out pretty well in the end. This is Maple Leaf adapted by Tammy Rodgers. I have no idea who made the thread it was in a box of unmarked balls of thread I was given a few years ago. I *think* it's a size 20. (anyway, that's how I lable it )

Size 20 cotton
3" wide

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another Passion Heard From...

Another form of needlework I enjoy is traditional embroidery. This rose was hand-stitched to use in a wall-hanging, but it is still a UFO at this time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Trick or Treat Blog Train


I was tickled to be asked to join this year's Halloween Blog Train for tagger kits. I have two offering: Halloween Fun, which is a collection of fun traditional elements and Of the Blood, a Gothic Horror kit complete with sexy vampire. Below my kits are the other participants. Please click on a link to get more freebies. Just remember, some designers are on different time zones and their freebie may be posted later on in the day.

25 Motif Challenge #3

White Trefoil Edging (in Delft blue) by Darlene Polachic in 'Big Book of Tatting'

Size 20 cotton
3" long (for ATC use)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

25 Motif Challenge #2

This is my second motif for the challenge. It is Fancy Flower by Rozella F. Linden in 'Easy Tatting'.

Size 5 pearl cotton
1 3/4" diameter

25 Motif Challenge

I decided to take the 25 Motif Challenge, and here is my first submission. I finished it tonight. It is Alexandra by Lyn Morton from her book Tatting Patterns. It is in size 5 pearl cotton and is 5" in diameter.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some time ago, I posted a sketch here of a fabric art doll I was working on. I finished the beadwork and wanted to show the finished product. I'm sorry for the blurry scan, but I do not have a digital camera and had to use my flatbed scanner.

Harvest Goddess
Hand Sewn, Beaded Embroidery
2 1/4" w 4 3/4" long

Thursday, September 18, 2008

DSO color Challenge

This is my submission to Digital Scrap Obsession's September color challenge.

You can download it here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Doily In-Progress

This is the center medallion of my current project. It is a doily called Loop-di-Loop Tatted Doily by Hartmut Hass. It is in the Old-Time Crochet magazine, Summer 2002. I downloaded a copy from FreePatterns.Com I accidentally made more rings than the pattern has, but I like the addition as the center seems to lie flatter. We'll see how it works out. It is done in HallowScream by LadyShuttleMaker. This project may take a while as I am working rather slowly due to seasonal changes. :(

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tatting Update

I've been very busy tatting small motifs to keep my hands flexible. I have discovered tatting is a great exercise for my arthritic hands. I try to do a little every day.

I just received my HallowScream thread from LadyShuttleMaker and will be very busy working it into a large doily to put my Halloween goodies on. For that reason, I thought I'd share some small things I've made recently.....

Simple Ten Ring Cross by Lenore English

Size 10 thread: 3" wide and 4" long

I was not very satisfied with this pattern. I had a lot of trouble attaching the chains to the ring picots and found the final result very blocky.


Dancing Snowflake by Darlene Polachic
Big Book of Tatting
Size 10 thread: 2 3/4" in diameter

This one was kinda fun and definitely simple. I'd like to try it in a size 20 and beads. :)


Jingle Bell Ornaments by Darlene Polachic
Big Book of Tatting
Size 20 hdt (by LadyShuttleMaker): 2 1/8" diameter

VERY SIMPLE but great for a fast work-up for my annual Blue Star Mother's Ornament Project. I need to make a BUNCH more.

This is the same ornament in a white size 10: 2 3/4" diameter. I randomly chose colors to show them off.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tatting - Doily

This is St. Pats Day Doily by Heather at . It is 4" in diameter and done in Size 20 Rubi 5 hand dyed pearl cotton (Avocado) from LadyShuttleMaker.Etsy.Com. Its a great mini doily for small places and items. This one is going under my Irish Rottweiler figurine.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Halloween Freebie

Here it is! My first BIG kit.....It is packed with papers, cute elements, spooky elements, frames, and words. It is ready for all your scrapbooking, cardmaking,
and ATCs. It is so big, to make it easier for dial-ups, it is split into two files.

Download the Papers here

Download the Elements here

Friday, September 5, 2008

Goodies to share!

I just had to share some neat goodies I spoiled myself this month. The little brown things on the left of the picture are hand-made picot guides. (For you non-tatters - picots are tiny loops in tatting) I got them from Georgia Seitz .

On the right is size 20 hand dyed thread by LadyShuttleMaker Compared to the standard crochet thread I have been using, these threads are almost decadent. :)

I have to spoil myself more often.....

ALSO, I won a thread give away over at CrazyKwilter's blog All-in-all, a good day!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September Fairy

You can download here.

EDM Challenges #44 & 44

Draw something china or ceramic. This is a pencil holder I made many a year ago. Amazingly it has survived both Doug and I and two moves.

Draw an animal. This is one of my 'babies', Curly Sue. She is what is know as a Rex, so she has curly fur instead of the usual sleek and smooth.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

EDM Challenges #41 and 42

Draw a landmark of your city. This is the Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower. It's probably the first thing people think of when they do think of Tulsa. It is visible from Highway 75 going north into town.

Draw somthing you are thankful for. In this case, it's more like someONE I'm thankful for - my wonderful husband of 25 years, Doug.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

My First

I just finished my first piece of beaded tatting! It is the Take 5 Snowflake by Emma Crew . It is done in size 30 thread and ab blue seed beads. Size: 3 3/4" I have one question for myself- why was I afraid to add beads? I am a beadweaver as well, so I have PLENTY of beads on hand to practice and improve with.