Monday, December 4, 2017

The winners!

The 4 winners of the hand dyed thread giveaway are: 
Karen Jensen, Silvie Sainsardos, Katie Verna, and Bridget Hefner. 

I will need mailing addresses from these winners, so please email me at 

Please continue to share on social media fundraiser for Rod's power chair and prayers for him and his family are very much appreciated!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In case you didn't notice this giveaway, ONLY IF YOU GIVE to help my friend get his wheelchair

This giveaway is different in that I have a requirement! To be entered, you must give a donation (any amount) to 

My friends Carol and Rod, at the gym. Rod has Rapid Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and needs a new power wheelchair.
Leave a comment below or on this previous post to let me know you donated and I'll choose the winner on the evening of December 4th, 

I'm not asking for anything big, folks. Every small donation helps!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Metallic thread experiment 2 = success!

This time I tatted my Atom in Simthread. It’s finer than size 20, so I added a few more double stitches. (6 instead of 5 in the center. 8 sets and 13 sets in the “orbits” instead of 7 and 12.)
The work in progress

 The Simthread from Rita Richmond at Shuttle By Design worked well! I was able to tat my split rings around beads and close them without problems. The thread also stood up to undoing mistakes.
 I still need to finish the ends of the necklace chain before listing this atom in my Etsy shop.
 This new colorway I call “Solar Flare”. Only a test batch, so just a few skeins listed in my Etsy shop

Want a chance to win some hand dyed thread AND help out one of my friends who is battling Multiple Sclerosis? Donate any amount at this Go Fund Me fundraiser and let me know about it in your comment below. I’ll choose a winner from those who helped.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Metallic thread experiment 1

I recently gave this Beadsmith metallic thread a try. It's a 2 ply with a thickness is similar to DMC size 30 crochet cotton. It worked okay to tat both rings and chains in a simple pattern (my "Dazzling Debut" earring design).

However, something more complex, such as my "Atom" with a split ring around a bead, didn't work, though. The Beadsmith thread isn't smooth enough for such a tricky maneuver!

Rita Richmond of "Shuttle By Design" sells a different brand of metallic thread that is 3 ply. I've placed an order for some! When it arrives, I'll test tat it!

In the meantime, I decided to tat an atom of Lizbeth thread (River Blue medium) and get more scientific (using the term VERY loosely) with particle theory by adding "neutrinos" and "quarks" simply by adding tiny beads :-D

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


A tatted pod, inspired by milkweed pods. I'm surprised this attempt at pod design actually worked!

I started with a center row of split rings. After that, I add each side separately. No pattern yet, but I plan on writing it up.

More split rings around the edges, and a pod shape starts to form. I used 2 shades of color so that I could remember what I did where. A final row of chains with joins produces the 3 dimensional shape.
Tatting friends posted lots of great ideas for filling the pod on my Facebook Page. For myself, though, I am taking on the challenge of mimicking the seeds. I don't have a picture of a newly opened pod with most of the seeds still inside, but that's what my plan is to try to do. All will be written and diagrammed out, eventually.
I've been busy with music (playing cello with WIO and at church) so that is taking up much of my time lately. Housework will have to wait! I will, however, be hand dyeing another batch of thread in a week or so.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


A new batch of the orange, yellow, green, purple and black colorway "Spooky" has been dyed, dried, and listed in my Etsy shop.

On Saturday, October 21st, the Tollway Tatters will be gathering at the Hinsdale Oasis on the Illinois Tollway. Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sugar Maple

New batch of "Sugar Maple" hand dyed is now listed in my Etsy shop!

I managed to get outside for a walk in the woods today; Havenwoods State Forest to be specific. It really did wonders to calm my spirit. While there, I spied this milkweed. Something about the design intrigues me. The color, not so much. I'll think about it, until something else grabs my attention.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mad scientist mode!

 Here I am all decked out in my "mad scientist" gear, mwahaha! 😉
I only wear the mask when working with the dye in powder form to avoid breathing it in. When the dry dye is put away and I'm working with the liquid dye solution, I take the mask off. But, the rubber gloves stay on!
 Not much variation to see in the picture showing the skeins of thread being painted with the dye. That's because the batch is "Grayscale" (only shades of gray) and the dye looks darker when wet.
The hand dyed thread all finished! The flower is in the picture to show that it's a color photo.