Friday, December 30, 2011

A Challenge

Challenge yourself to tat 25 motifs in a year - and
showcase your progress.

A motif can be a medallion, snowflake, heart,
bookmark, butterfly, earrings or any small tatted piece.

blog for details.

pattern in photograph:   the book Easy Tatting by Rozella F. Linden

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pattern Library

has a large inventory of vintage pattern books.

An example:

Priscilla Manual (photo above)
has patterns for battenberg, point, net,
applique lace, needlelace + hardanger 
which include photos, instructions, stitches. 

Should you be interested in a particular
topic, use the 'control' 'f' keys
and a pop up seach window appears.

Their catalog is loaded with
tatting, crochet, knitting, bobbin lace, 
needlework publications.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Annual Winter Lace Conference

Link to Flyer Here:

Comments?  Questions?   contact ....  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tatted Kokopelli

Sally made this charming Kokopelli for her Mom.  

Thx for sharing Sally!


© Copyright 2010 by Nancy Tracy, All Rights Reserved. This pattern is for personal use. Please do not resell this pattern or post it on the internet. You may tat this design, sell the tatted pieces, and post photos or scans of the tatted pieces on the internet. If you post your completed tatting, please include a link to Be-stitched. Pattern originally found at Be-stitched:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

TPC: Tatting Pattern Central

Tatting Pattern Central is a new on-line site
which has nearly 2,000 free patterns, links, tutorials
for shuttle, needle, cro-tatting.

They are partners of

Tatted Bell (in photograph) pattern
is from Mini Tats, tatted by Lelia

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fine Art

Interested in poems and paintings?
Here are a couple links to view:

and beautiful paintings

Monday, November 28, 2011

Current Lace News

Lace News as described, per the blog administrator:  
is a resource for handmade lace researchers, collectors, makers, and other enthusiasts.  The primary emphasis is on bobbin and needle laces with other techniques examined, but less frequently

You will also find, a Calendar of Lace Events in the USA + Canada, AND link to an ongoing collection of lace videos at the Lace Video Channel.

Enjoy visiting this blog + links!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tatted lace samples

Special thx to Sheron who compiled a spreadsheet with links to doodles ...
She encourages us to share this information.   Job well done Sheron!

Sheron defines a doodle as:
What is a doodle?   To me a doodle is something that takes just
a few yards of thread, something you can make to finish off the
thread left on a shuttle after you finish a project, something that
takes 30 minutes or less for most tatters, something that can be
recognized when a stranger looks at it, something you give away.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Needle Lace

There is an interesting Needle Lace Bookmark Project
that I started ..... 

The instructions are detailed with pictures
and  I thought some of the fabulous
lacemakers I know, would enjoy the complimentary instructions!

I should unearth this project and finish it.

---------------------------- Edited

Forgot to add this link:
Visit the site:  Reticella Needle Lace, you will find wonderful diagrams, photographs!  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nov 25th

November 25th is 
St. Catherine's Day
(Patron Saint of Lacemakers)

A calender
for more information 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mary Corbet

site will inspire you to
grab your needle and thread
with joy!

Visit the home page, or for lace
makers - check out her posts on

Friday, November 18, 2011

Poole Bobbin Lace Circle

Enjoy the site of 
with links to patterns, "lacey bits" 
and lace making in Spain.

Don't miss the 
Christmas bobbin lace pattern
found on

Enjoy the beautiful

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Comfort Doll Project

is an ongoing program
coordinated by
in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Hand made dolls
are collected and sent to
women's shelters
with card attached:

The Comfort Doll Project was started
in September of 2007, 
and coordinated by Pat Winter 
until 12/2009 when Brenda took over.

You may have read about the project
on-line, or in magazine articles.
Should you be interested in participating,


Monday, November 14, 2011


What fun to sew a block together, 
with an assortment of fabrics.

Add trims + laces.

Use your stash of  hand dyed ribbons, fibers,
beads + buttons ...

Embellish until you 
are happy with the results!


Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy browsing
 links to some of the 
creative Embellishing / Crazy Quilting experts:

Pin Tangle

Plays with Needles

Kitty + Me

Older Rose

Shaw k l


Saturday, November 12, 2011

2012 Lace Contest

Information on  
is available.

The Theme is "STAR".  
There is a category for Teachers and Professional Lacemakers
and two categories for non-professional Lacemakers.  
Three categories and several prizes!

Visit the
I.O.L.I. web site to
download the Contest details, rules, 
and entry form.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Donations of stars requested ....

is hosting the

59th Annual I.O.L.I. Convention
August 5-11, 2012
St. Paul, MN

They are requesting hand made lace Stars ...

Stars have five points
Size 2-3" in diameter
Any Lace Techinique
White or Silver Color
Size 20 or finer fibers

Questions?   Comments? 

--------------------Edited to add:
designed for the convention

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lacemaker and Shuttle Decorator ...

Head on over to the blog of

Diane "loves lace"
and her blog is a diary
of beautiful projects.

She also decorates tatting
shuttles and hosts a give away
now and again!

Don't miss her Lace Day
post and photographs!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Butterfly Project

The Holocaust Museum, (Houston:)
is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies
in an effort to remember the 1,500,000 children
who died in the Holocaust.

The museum will exhibit the butterflies
in the Spring of 2014.

Should you be interested in participating:
The size should be no larger than 8x10", made in
any medium the artist chooses - two-dimensional submissions preferred.
Glitter should not be used.   They would also like to have digital photographs.

Butterflies should be sent by December 31, 2012 to:

Holocaust Museum, Houston
Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

Comments? Questions?
Please contact them via e-mail, or visit their web site

Butterfly Pattern in Photograph:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ornament Class for November

Edited:  Photographs added

Please visit

Gina's blog:
October 27th post
for photos of the Bobbin Lace
ornament in progress.

In addition to bobbin lace ...

Carolyn has created a
Tatted Spiral Ornament
The tatted ornaments will 
be on display at the November meeting.

Members:   Make sure to check your e-mail
 for class updates 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pincushion Contest

has announced
guidelines for the

There are five categories ...
follow the link
for details.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lace event in the area ....

has three classes scheduled
on November 12th.

The teachers are Merie Lettieri, Jennifer Titus,
 and Kaye Judt.

for more details !!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlers ...........

Enjoy visiting
and you'll
be charmed
by the tatting 
you find here!

An experienced
tatter of 20+ years!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dorset Buttons

I was not able to attend the September class
(after Lafayette Lacemaker's  meeting)
when Dorset Buttons were instructed.

I have the rings + some fibers.

I am grateful Gina has a wonderful post on

Just look at this link --- look what  has been done:

Here are some Instructions
if you want to try making your own.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On-Line Tatting Groups

I have enjoyed logging in
to both of the weekly

Recently, class participants have been tatting motifs

What I enjoy is logging in to class &
find a modern diagram + a class participant
photo of the tatted motif.  Plus,
when I hit a snag, there are plenty
on-line to lend a hand ; )

The patterns in the book need
translation - and with the on-line group
gathering together, we are all benefiting
from collective expertise!

If interested, follow along by the
and consider logging in to the weekly group!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Digital Lace Collection

Lace, Lace, Lace!

Here is a web site 
with a digital collection,

check out:

Beautiful photographs and information.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yes, a Halloween Cat!

has a wonderful web site

Currently, she 

has the most interesting
bobbin lace

pattern on her website ---

check it out ; )

Creative space on-line ....

Button Floozies is one of
my daily blog stops.

This area is creative and visuals inspire!
The use of buttons (+ occasional lace)
are so much fun ...
never mind another excuse for
me to get my buttons out!

And, did you scroll down 
to see the post with
lovely lace added?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

November's Program

Spiral Bobbin Lace Ornament

Ornament model and Sign-up sheet (for kits)
available at the October meeting.

Kits will be given to participants ahead of time (before the meeting)
so you can wind your bobbins and prick your pattern before November's class.

Details in the Newsletter

Monday, September 26, 2011

Change in October's Program


The Hedgehog is the traditional mascot
of lacemakers and embroiderers,
because of the "pins" in it.   

The October program, 
Romanian Point Lace Hedgehog,
will be taught
in the Spring. 

October's program will be a lace-in.
Please bring one or more lacemaking items to work on.

You may want to continue making a 10-12" RPL cord.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Feast of the Hunter's Moon

is being held on

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

at Fort Ouiatenon
3129 South River Road, 
West Lafayette, IN

Demonstrations by Lafayette Lacemakers
will be on-going Saturday and Sunday.

Link to

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Global Fest

What a beautiful set up!!

Job Well Done

These are photos of  the Lace Area at Global Fest
September 3, 2011

 Kelli has more photos
on her blog post Global Fest 2011

 Photos by Kelli