Long time, no posts!
I have continued to work on the Maple Leaf Doily, albeit slowly; I’m almost done with motif number four. However, I now have a brand-new space heater for my desk area, so I am able to sit and craft without my hands getting stiff from the cold.
I came to the realization that I still have other Christmas gifts to make besides the doily and time is quickly running out, so I did what I’ve never done before: I started a simultaneous second project.
This is a modified version of Jon’s Foldover Bookmark, modified in that I am doing some repeats of the middle part to make it longer and omitting the foldover portion . The thread is one of the very first hanks of thread that I dyed, some size 30 DMC Cebelia. Even though I started dying thread something like 7 years ago (I think, but it might be longer than that!), I’ve never tatted with anything I’ve dyed myself. The first couple hanks I made I kept stashed away, though, and when I pulled this one out I knew it was the one I wanted to use.
This thread has been a nice change, because it has a much firmer hand than the Perfect Quilter I’m using for the doily. I am also having issues with the Perfect Quilter behaving as though it’s twisted, but when I let the shuttle drop it doesn’t untwist. It’s not made for tatting so I can’t expect much from it, I know, but that colorway was so perfect for the doily that I will suffer the consequences!
I finished the third motif yesterday. I haven’t been working on this much, partially because the cold has only continued to get worse, and I haven’t purchased a space heater for my space yet.
It’s looking like eight or nine leaves instead of five now, with the join point I selected, but we’ll see what happens.
After some trouble with USPS due to Registered Mail regulations (completely on USPS’s end), I received my fifth and final exchange sample yesterday!
Yoyaespi sent some lovely threads that look like HTD and, if I’m understanding the Spanish correctly, a shuttle that her husband made. I’ve never tried a slotted shuttle like that, so it will be interesting to see how I like it!
I received my third and fourth exchange samples yesterday!
Swissgirl sent me a lovely postcard featuring photos of Switzerland (I think I may have to put a trip there on my bucket list) sand samples of Finca #8 in color 9060, a yellow-white variegate, and Altin Basak #50 (US size 30) in color 319. The Finca looks like a pearl cotton, and Altin Basak is something I’m familiar with though I have some sort of fear of pinks so I never would’ve purchased this color myself.
Marie N sent me a card with an adorable baby seal on the front, some ephemera (which I can actually add to my small collection used for crafts), and samples of size 70 Coats & Clark tatting and crochet thread in color 15, a pink-white variegate, and size 60 J&P Coats tatting and crochet thread in color 123, a dusty peach. I’m excited to try both of these; they’re vintage and pretty hard to find, I think, plus they’re in my size range (I stick between 30 and 70 US with a preference for 40-60).
I received my second sample this past weekend, from Judy!
She sent me two thread samples (the requirement is 10 yards of one thread, but I sent two 10-yard samples to each of my partners); one is Lizbeth size 20 cotton in color 142 (Turquoise Twist), and the other is a thread called Sissy 20 in color 317. Judy tells me it is an Austrian thread, which explains why I’ve never heard of it!