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Sunday, February 27, 2011

No More Snow....

OK. I finished the rug. It isn't perfect, but then it's the first one I have done on that loom. I may have to dig out my large beading loom. Better tension and more room to play.

Please don't say anything to Tessie about a larger loom. she will want wall to wall carpeting!

I blocked this one with the steam iron and she grabbed it. She refuses to put shoes and socks on, so a rug is just the thing for her cold feet.

She put it under the loom, where her feet are when she's weaving. I made her drag it back out so that you could have a look at it.

At one point this morning, I found her sitting on the bench of the loom with her feet snuggled down in the roving basket. Anything to keep warm.

She slept through the snow and if I hadn't shown her the photos she would not have believed it happened.

After I finished the rug, I went to put things away and found her sitting in the tatting box.

She found my great grandmother's tatting shuttle and wouldn't let it go. It is mother of pearl and she likes the puce in the coloration.

It has been a long time since I did any tatting. Whilst I had the box out, I had to show Tessie how the shuttle worked.

Then the needles. She likes that better.

Her hands are too small to use a shuttle, but the needle version is easy and all of the knot tying is done right on the needle itself.

It is actually a bit faster to do also. If you are interested in seeing someone doing it, there is a YouTube video that shows a woman doing it close up. She is really good at it. There are other realted videos on the same page.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtMR_XtTvTk

The piece that Tessie is holding, she didn't make. I did. She is trying to pass it off as her own.

It took me about half an hour to make it, because I didn't have a pattern. I was just fooling around. I am not sure if it will turn into anything or not. It's just fun to play with. Besides, if I finish it, I would have to clean up and put things away. Even playing with needles is more fun than clean up!

I am going to go play some more now. If anything comes of it, Tessie will be sure to show you and tell you that she made it with her own two little hands. Just humor her.....It's better that way.

See you tomorrow.

13 comments:

Susanne said...

That was a quick incident of snow, Casey. I have to get back to that thatting some day, I will..
Love, Susanne

Andrea Thieck Miniatures said...

Thanks for the link! Have a wonderful week Andrea

Rietje said...

Wow!! Never heard of tatting with a needle. I always use a shuttle. I love the video on youtube. Thank you for the link and have fun playing!!

Thmini2 said...

Love the rug. My favorite colors. It turned out great. Of course Tessie needs some thing to rest her feet on. I would be cold also if I were running around barefoot. LOL. Silly little witch doesn't know how to keep warm.
I liked the needle tatting. Man that lady goes fast in that video! It looks interesting. It took me a minute to realize that she alternates her casting on the needle. Also not sure where she is joining the rings. I'll have to watch it again...probably a few times. LOL. Thanks for the link. Have a great day.

Kathi said...

Amazed. As usual. :D

Caseymini said...

The same lady has a couple more videos on there about how to join the rings and how to do the chain. Just put "needle tatting instructions" in your search and you will get other sites. Some are just writing(which I can't follow) and some have photos. It is really easy to learn, especially if you already know how to tat. If not, it is still easier than a shuttle. I have gone over to the dark side and use the needles more than I do the shuttle. BTW, several of the sites sell the needles, it doesn't work well to use a regular needle. You need the length and the blunt point.

cockerina said...

dear Casey, if I can help you, I send an email with instructions how to install Google Translator to your blog, OK? thanks!
Caterina

Merri said...

Tessie...hm...actually I think Tessie is the six-year-old. You are her conscience, LOL. Don't tell her I said that, she'll throw a tantrum. The truth hurts, heehee.

I tatted a bit before my hands gave up on me. I suspect it's a dying art. So is lace-making, with it's little pillow and bobbins. Have you ever attempted that?

Still voting furiously! Hugs!

Cheryl said...

It turned out wonderfully. I love the colors.

Caseymini said...

Caterina, thank you. I will try it tomorrow and let you know how it works.

Elga said...

Oh Boy, why have I never even heard of needle tatting, this looks so easy and fun, I will definitely try this somewhere in the future. Thank you so much Casey

Drora's minimundo said...

Again I learn something new. Never knew about tatting, I once received a needle made mini table cloth. The lady who gave it to me was born in Egypt and said girls, at the beginning of last century, were taught to do this work in craft lessons at school there. It is very delicate. I'll try to take a photo and show it in one of my posts.

Patty said...

The rug came out so wonderful! I love the colors that you have used!!