Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Original Tatted Cross (almost) Done in time for Easter

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I just finished the tatting of this cross this morning. 

The ‘almost’ done part of this project is all the ends (2 ends X  20 motifs = 40 thread ends) to complete. 

I have a train trip planned in about two weeks that this project is perfect for! 

This cross has 3 of my favorite colors in it.  It is a bold color choice….but it is MY color choice.

4 New Glass/Enamel Tatting Shuttles

Turquoise nugget.

Chartreuse Base with dark green & 2 colors of purple accents

Spruce Green base color with Dark Blue 'polka-dots'

Various shades of purple/pink--The 'Purple-Nurple' shuttle


I just added 4 new Glass Enamel Tatting Shuttles to my Etsy store:   TheShuttleSmith

Coming Soon:  Custom enameled shuttles with your monogram/initial(s)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

My New Jewelry

     
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#1: Carnelian beads coordinated with an orange focal (Jasper?) drop. #2: Flourite & amethyst beads with a flourite focal bead. #3: Sugilite and metal beads. #4: Jade & garnet beads with a jasper focal bead. #5&6: handmade (by me) enameled pendant drop & earrings sets


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My handmade enameled jewelry sets


I have been determined to stay away from engaging in 3 things:  bobbin lace, quilting, & beading.  I KNOW I would enjoy doing all three.  BUT I know that all three of these artforms require a considerable outlay of time and money for supplies/materials.  In otherwords, these artforms can ‘consume’ a person such as myself.  Thus, I have stayed focused first on tatting (and other things relating to tatting: designing, publishing, shuttle-making–sterling silver & enameling) and specialty needlework techniques including needlelaces.

However, once a year I go to the local rock club’s (which I just joined this year!) Rock, Gem & Mineral Show with a good friend.  Once there, I am tempted and do buy some strands of natural beads.  This same friend (Thanks Lisa L.S.!) also taught me how to turn my bead strands into jewelry using stringing/finishing techniques.

Just recently, I pulled out all the beads that I had strung and finished them into necklaces–the four from L to R.

The bottom photo is of my handmade enameled jewelry.  I have a cobalt blue blouse I wear the right set with.  I still need to find the perfect outfit for the purple jewelry set.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My tatting shuttle collection

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The photos shows what my tatting shuttle collection looks like.  This is the glass case that I have and the reason why I didn’t buy any of the metal/glass boxes I found recently in The Pottery Barn store.
I have had this glass/metal box for several years now.  I prompted my husband to buy it for me as a Mother’s Day present from this kids about 10-15 years ago.  It was for sale in a Hallmark store.  I actually got something that I wanted and liked that year for Mother’s Day!

I don’t consider myself a true tatting shuttle collector.  I first started looking for shuttles about 30 years ago in antique stores while my husband I were traveling.  I seemed always be there ‘the day after’ a really beautiful/unique one had sold previously.  Later, I found out that my tatting friend Cindy Costantinou was probably the one who had gotten them! But I kept looking in the late 80’s and as the years progressed started seeing the prices of antique tatting shuttles rise quite dramatically. At one point when I had found a rather beautiful, but pricey, tatting shuttle and was contemplating its purchase, my husband told me that I needed to decide whether I was a ‘collector’ or not.  I walked away from the purchase of that shuttle with the realization that I was a ‘Tatter’ not a ‘collector’. That decision saved me from spending a lot of money on a true tatting shuttle collection.  However, I still enjoyed (and still do today) the hunt for tatting shuttles and will occasionally buy one IF the price is reasonable.

I am fairly pleased still today that I am not a true shuttle collector.  The high prices that antique tatting shuttles (and other needlework tools) were going for in the late 80’s/early 90’s is not being realized today.  The other issue I see with collecting antique tatting shuttles from an investment perspective is that there doesn’t seem to be a reference guide with prices that antique dealers and collectors can use (at least with my knowledge of the industry about 10-15 years ago).  Sadly my friend, Cindy C. has passed away. Her brother has her collection.  I am sure that he is not able to get the value that she paid for each piece.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Shuttle Collection Boxes

I was having coffee with the neighborhood women this morning and decided afterward to pop into some of the stores of the shopping mall. 
I wandered into Pottery Barn mostly to look at colors (for my enameling work–can’t really justify their prices + I really don’t need anything!) and found these wonderful glass and metal boxes.  They were being marketed as ‘jewelry’ boxes….but I saw their beauty as beingtatting shuttle collection’ boxes.

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I actually already have a glass/metal Tatting Shuttle Collection Box.  I had seen this years ago and told my husband, who bought it and let the kids give it to me for Mother’s Day.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fun with Polka Dots Enameled Tatting Shuttle

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I just added a new enameled tatting shuttle to my Etsy store. 

It features multi-colored polka dots on a rich, dark blue base color

www.etsy.com/shop/TheShuttleSmith