Monday, August 18, 2014

More Lessons in Needle Tatting.

Written by Linda Chaney, Mother

As my desire to learn continues, I realized that I needed to try different patterns in a systematic order (must be the scientist in me).  So, I found a site with a collection of jewelry tatted items and have decided to try each of these from #1 to #33.  Unfortunately, the site is in Italian, but with English subtitles for the important information - such as needle size, thread size, bead size, and chain and ring patterns - I'm able to start my collection of jewelry patterns and learn something new with each item made.

So at breakfast, I watch a video from the YouTube channel for Le cose dello Anto, learning some Italian as well as writing the instructions for the pattern.  In the evening, I try my hand at tatting the sample of the day.

Needle Tatting, adding beads to a bracelet
Learning to add beads.


I don't necessarily make the jewelry item but aim to learn the technique used to make the sample that will be collected in my pattern book.  I have found this method to be very successful for me; I rewrite the pattern and include the sample and thread used to create it.

Needle Tatting, split chain with beads
Learning to do a split chain and add beads.


Lessons learned - how to write patterns, how to add beads on a picot, and how to create a split chain.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Quilt Stores-Quilting Tahoe.

Written by Laura Chaney Gerth, daughter

Now that I live in San Francisco I've had the opportunity to spend a few weekends up in South Lake Tahoe. It's a fun little town on the southern edge of Lake Tahoe with lots to do both indoors and outdoors. In my visits so far we've spent a lot of time just walking around enjoying the sunshine! 

One other thing we did was make a purposeful trip to the local quilt store, Quilting Tahoe

Quilting Tahoe


Although this definitely isn't the largest quilt store I've been in, they make use of every square inch of space for fabric, notions and patterns!

Quilting Tahoe

Quilting Tahoe

My boyfriend came along with me on this visit (I seem to have a knack for convincing non-quilting men to take me to fabric shops!!), and enjoyed standing out of the way while I perused all of the pretty fabrics and spoke with the shop owner about the possibility of classes. Although it's hard to do classes at the store at Lake Tahoe because of the ever changing tourist population, she did give me lots of useful information and connections related to hosting a sewing and quilting retreat in the area! Something to think about, for sure!

Quilting Tahoe

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tattling Lessons Continue.

The tatting lessons continue and I'm very thankful for the internet. Several YouTube channels have been extremely helpful; I can follow along with needle and thread in hand as I try to mimic what the on-line instructor is teaching.

Needle tatting


Two channels that I often use for needle tatting tutorials are RustiKate and TotusMel. Georgia Seitz also has lots of useful information on her website. As I continue to peruse the needle tatting internet sites and Pinterest sites containing tatting samples, I have a greater desire to do more. For example, I found some earrings and bracelet patterns by One Virtuous Woman.

Needle tatting, bracelet and earrings

Needle tatting, bracelet and earrings


I usually follow the YouTube video, writing the instructions as I watch, and then try to make the piece later in the evening.  If problems arise, I return to the video to see how it was done and make corrections. Remember, I'm still struggling to control my stitch tension, but it's slowly improving.

Lessons learned - the type of thread used in the project will determine the ease with which the piece is tatted and the finished size.  Just because a Size 10 thread is stated on the label does not necessarily mean another manufacturer's Size 10 thread will finish to the same size!

These bracelets were made using the same  pattern, but different threads!


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Quilt Stores-Eagle Creek Quilt Shop.

Written by Laura Chaney Gerth, daughter

Earlier this summer I went back to the Midwest to visit my good college friend, Brandon, who lives just outside of Minneapolis. While I was there, I convinced him that it would be a great idea to visit the Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in the town of Shakopee, Minnesota! 

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

The store is located in an old train depot, with lots of lovely green space outside and adorable initial of the quilt shop on either side of the main door. 

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

The main room is filled with bolts of fabric, quilts on the walls and a gorgeous wooden cutting table. Off to the side there's another room that they use for teaching classes. I spoke with the owner about the possibility of teaching a class there, so hopefully we can make that happen on a future trip! 

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

One thing I loved about this quilt store was all of their little cubbies and racks for holding notions, thread and fabric! 

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

To thank Brandon for indulging me in the quilt store visit I told him to pick out some fabric so that I can make him a container from our book! Green it is!

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#22.

Written by Laura Chaney Gerth, daughter

I've sure been on a hexagon kick lately. I'm working on building up my stash of basted 3/4" hexagons for making into Grandmother's Flower Garden box. Yesterday's color of the day... pink!


What have you been working on lately?