Saturday, April 14, 2018

It’s All About the Weather

I’m at Stitchville’s Spring Fling this weekend.  Jeanette Douglas is our guest teacher.  We’re working on a wonderful project which I will share more about later.  For now though, I must tell you that the big topic of conversation is the weather.  We are in the midst of a blizzard!

At last year’s Spring Fling, we were painting and waxing frames on this patio!  Hard to believe it is Spring, right?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One More Tatting Post

Just keeping the Mad Tatter happy! Here’s one more post with a few more doilies.  The two round ones are called Spinning Wheel from Konior.  The other four are from a Korean tatting designer and are called Tatting Lace with Your Life.

The Mad Tatter Loves Robin Perfetti

The designs below are all from Tatting designer Robin Perfetti, Tatting by the Bay.  In the center, the large doily is the Bouquet Doily.  The hearts on either side are Robin’s Classic Heart.  The blue doily on the right is Kaleidoscope Coaster.  The multi-colored doily on the left is the Floral Coaster.

The Mad Tatter Has Been Busy

She’s been watching basketball and now baseball and keeping out of trouble.

The ice drops on the right and left are patterns designed from Lace Lovin Librarian.  I’ve got some closeups of the doilies and the hearts.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

My Current WIP

Matter’s Choice by Carriage House Samplings.  I lied about the linen last time.  It’s actually called Fossil from Picture This Plus.

Spring in Minnesota

Yes, we call this “Spring”.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My New WIP

I fell in love with this piece of linen last time I was at my LNS.  It’s from Picture this Plus and it is called Palomino.  I’m stitching Matter’s Choice from Carriage House Samplings using one strand of GAST Raven.  The linen is a richer brown than shown in the photograph. :(

Heartstring Samplery - Never Let You Go

Here’s what I have been working on.  Still need to stitch the over one verse in the middle.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

January Wordplay and FOMO Forest Snowfall

Thought I'd jump in here quick with an update, otherwise the Mad Tatter will be all over me.  We do all possible to keep the Mad Tatter happy.  Life can be challenging when she is unhappy! :)

Anyhooo - I had two finished in January.  Can you believe it?  Yes, TWO finishes!

My first finish was January Wordplay from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I'm kind of late to the party, but I have so enjoyed seeing all of your finishes.

Not finished, finished yet, but I plan to mount it somehow in this metal tray that I picked up at Hobby Lobby a few months ago.

Finish #2 is Forest Snowfall from Country Cottage Needleworks. This was a FOMO stitch.  FOMO = Fear of Missing Out.  Everyone was stitching this with Flosstube superstars Priscilla and Chelsea and so I had to stitch it too. 

I had the called for linen in my stash (32ct) and used threads that I had, making only a few modifications.  It was kind of relaxing to stitch on 32 count with two threads for a change.

Now I'm working on a WIP from my stash.  I decided that before I would allow myself to pick up something new I would try to either finish or at lease make significant progress on a WIP.  I chose this one from Heartstring Samplery - Never Let You Go.  I'd be a lot farther along on this one if I hadn't started over in order to change to a different linen (my friends are rolling their eyes now).

I'm stitching it on 40 ct Vintage Country Mocha with the called for threads. (sorry for the wrinkles)

Well Mad Tatter promised we would have a super-sized tatting update pretty soon.  She's been busy tatting ice drops, snowflakes and small doilies and having a grand time doing it!

Have a great Sunday.  We will be watching the Super Bowl from the warmth of our family room.  Hope all of our visitors in Minnesota are dressed appropriately.  Good thing that the game is indoors!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Oops I Did it Again

Good intentions...yes, I had good intentions to post to this blog on a regular basis, but once again I disappeared on you for a few weeks.

I started a new post back on Friday, January 12 from Mesa, Arizona. I was trying to post from my iPad, but my iPad and blogger don't like each other (they only get along when the post is short with no more than one picture!)  So, I scrapped the post and thought I would update the blog when I got home.

Things went quickly south while in Mesa.  I came down with a massive cold  Since I really wasn't enjoying myself and I'm sure my tablemates didn't appreciate me being there, I skipped the last day of the Symposium and came home on Sunday morning.  I have been sick ever since.  I just can't seem to get rid of the cough and the congestion.  Needless to say, I haven't felt much like blogging much less stitching. Despite this, I decided it was time to post an update today.  If you will oblige me, I'm going to pick up where I left off on January 12!


I love to travel, it’s in my blood.  On Thursday, January 11, my son brought me to the airport well in advance of my flight.  I had time to just sit and enjoy the excitement and anticipation of being at the airport.

It was not so nice outside.  Cold (10 degrees) and snowing.  The airport was working hard to keep the runways cleared.

Three hours later I was in a warmer place.  Where might I be?

I’m here for the Attic’s annual Sampler Symposium.  Spent time at the Attic this morning admiring their models and oohing and aahing over the various linens available.  The Attic has wonderful linens to choose from.  I purchased some 46ct from Lakeside Linen which I am anxious to try.

Their walls are filled with so many stitched models of samplers.

The Christmas corner looked great too!

I love this red sampler - I think it's a design from Long Dog.  The multiplication table below it is from Kathy Barrick.

I really like the sample in the middle of this photo too (stitched with blue thread).

Wonderful collection of models from Carriage House, Blackbird Designs, Chessie and Me and more...

Of course, Houses of Hawk Run Hollow and Village of Hawk Run Hollow caught me eye.  It was kind of like playing "Eye Spy"!

My primary reason for visiting the Attic and attending their Sampler Symposium was to meet Nicola Parkman from Hands Across the Sea Samplers.  These are the two models of the Uffindal sisters.

More Hands Across the Sea models...

Nicola had also brought along some of the original samplers, as well as some of their upcoming Nashville releases!

Friday was a good day!  I spent about two hours or so mulling around the Attic.  The Sampler Symposium would start at 5pm on Friday evening and I was really looking forward to it!