Tuesday, July 28, 2009

School has started!!!!

Yea! The house is empty. At least during the day. The girls started school this week and the boys are off at summer camp for a couple of weeks. Is it horrible that I am excited to have the house mostly (hubby home, too) to myself? That I am NOT upset that my youngest has gone to school? I always hear of parents, especially moms, that are sooo very upset that the youngest has started in school and is growing up. I'm not. I'm quite excited! I find it amazing what all I can get done before lunch now. Laundry, dishes, bathrooms, more laundry, floors, dog cages, laundry again, getting rid of junk, etc. Amazing!!!


Anyhoo, have had an incredibly busy and full summer. Did not get to do as much tatting as I would have liked, but had fun anyway. Have started on a project, though. Instead of attaching the motifs together, I am just tatting up a bunch of them first. Here's a sneak peak.
They are tatting up alot faster than I had thought they would. I don't think it is going to take me the years that I thought it might. But then again, with the hit and miss tatting schedule I have, it just might take that long to complete.
I tried my first attempt at hiding the ends. Didn't turn out so well. I was trying to "sew" the ends in with a needle. Maybe my needle was just too big? I had a hard time getting it into the stitches/knots and even threading the needle. I am using size 60 (my favorite) thread. I used my smallest needle in my sewing/quilting stash. Any other suggestions?

3 comments:

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

I hated hiding ends until I found the appropriate sized needle. I use embroidery and quilting needles for size 20 and size 80 respectively.
I haven't tried size 60, so you'll need to experiment and find the needle that smoothly slips through the tops of your double stitches. There shouldn't be any distorting of the tatting as you hide the ends.

Once you find your perfect size needle hiding ends becomes a breeze. Let us know what you find.

Valerie said...

the motifs look good joined up. i'm pretty sure the overall results will just be fantastic. can't wait to see it.

TattingChic said...

Your motifs are very pretty! I like how you have them on the green background. :)