First Tatting Project


“Small Flower Motif” from Tomoko Morimoto’s New Tatting: Modern Lace Motifs and Projects. I used Artiste thread (Size 10) in Spearmint and Ivory.

This would make an awesome doily/table runner if I can find a good way to arrange the motifs together.

WIP Wednesday: “Weekend” Edition

 Happy WIP Wednesday!
Today’s weather is glorious! It’s shockingly not hot, and there’s a gorgeous breeze coming along. If this won’t make me pine for Fall, I don’t know what will! 
I’m almost 50% done with “Knee High”! I need to stop my roving eye looking at new patterns though, because I have all of these Christmas ornaments to start (AND finish).

I’ve completed all the detail on the cornstalks, and as you can see in this closeup, the Dog Hair Stitchery is an appropriate name for my blog. 🙂 It would be atrocious if I didn’t love my dog so much. Think of it as the old Victorian hair souvenir art. 😛

Tatting is going along great! I’m learning so much so fast and I couldn’t be happier to find this craft. Shuttle tatting apparently runs in my family, so I can’t wait to find out more about those family members and write about it. The picture above is my practicing of ring joins.

He knows I’m about to go to work.

I’m slowly getting used to my new schedule of working 2nd shift (nights and weekends) at the library. Today is actually my “Friday”, but bear in mind that my Saturday is also my “Monday.” So I’m looking forward to resting and some cross stitching this “weekend”—if catching up on housework doesn’t beat me. 🙂

Happy stitching!

My New Crafting Love

Dear xstitchers,

Don’t despise me,  but I’ve fallen completely head-over-heels in love with shuttle tatting! I’m taking an online shuttle tatting class from Craftsy with Marilee Rockley. I’m still in the beginning stages of learning so I’m not going to post many pictures until my big order of Lizbeth thread gets here. Then I’m going to go crazy! All of those antique patterns to make! Dreamy!

Here are some pictures of my practice pieces:  
I used to think cross stitcher were few and far between, but then I found you all! However, I’m discovering the majority of people around me haven’t even heard of tatting at all! It’s relatively new- Victorian era, I believe. But this craft is just beautiful! I CANNOT wait to figure out how to incorporate tatting pieces into my cross stitch projects!

 And (finally) speaking of cross stitch- it’s coming along. I have a glorious feeling that I will finish “Knee High” within a week or two. I haven’t started any Christmas ornaments,  but I hope to remedy that soon!

 My knitting has also been getting better! Better enough that I went crazy buying more yarn! That new pattern from my grandma is easy peasy! …Thanks to several times of ripping everything out, even when I’d gotten to the end! Happily, knitting is becoming less and less intimidating

Bilbo even likes knitting! He loves getting tangled up and chewing. Again, we seriously believe he was raised by cats….

I hope everyone has time to stitch and craft during this wonderful weekend!
Happy stitching!

And now for something completely different…

Hello, lovely stitchers! I can’t believe we’re almost half through August already! I’ve been working hard on my stitching this past week. I’m happy with my progress.  And now for something completely different…. Last weekend had an unexpected turn in crafting events: I picked up my knitting needles again. I’m trying to finish one of my grandma’s favorite dishcloth patterns. Here’s a picture of it just before I had to tear it all out because I royally messed up (keep in mind that this was already my third+ try): Needless to say, I can’t look at that yarn color anymore…so I switched (to “Desert Rising”)! This color is going better- PRACTICE. Knitting has always been therapeutic for me even though I only know about three patterns. The repetitiveness of it is lovely and what I need sometimes.
  This past week has been very trying (and unfortunately the beginning of this week hasn’t looked too rosy either). I luckily ran across this devotional that I’ve been trying to keep in my head and thought I’d share:  I hope everyone has a great week and happy stitching!

Weekend WIP and Christmas Shopping

Oh, weekend, how fast thou doth flee! After working seven days straight (mostly 2nd shift), I was in need of some serious rest. I spent Saturday vegging out binge watching Mountain Men and cross stitching…and had about a five hour “nap.” Today I binged Keeping Up With Appearances and NCIS- all of course while cross stitching.    Dad’s present is coming along, but I’m beginning to think that this will be more of a Christmas present. These colors are making me daydream of Fall weather! Sweaters! Hot tea! The smell of falling leaves! …BUT speaking of Christmas, I bought all my Christmas presents today (well all but one)! I just need to make them; almost everyone is getting a Mill Hill ornament this year. YAY, homemade Christmas! Very proud of myself that I will most definitely get all my presents finished in time.

And speaking of presents, my mom bought me a lovely pair of Gingher scissors as a “Happy Employment” gift. 🙂 I’m in love with them.

Also to brighten any impending Monday blues, here is an angry Bilbo picture. This was taken by my boyfriend after he gave Bilbo a bath. He said that no matter what he said or did Bilbo refused to look at him! We swear he’s part cat or was raised by them before we adopted him!

 Happy stitching!