Monday, September 30, 2013

Free SRT Pattern of the Week

Here is a Bookmark/Edging Pattern

My theory is that if you make 5 inches of a repetitive pattern, you call it a 'bookmark'.

It's an 'edging' if you make it whatever size you need, for what every you want to use it for.


The pattern is at:

The actual pattern is a PDF file.






Friday, September 27, 2013

More Lace from Prague




About 24 inches across


About 36 inches across--stunning!

Not sure if this one is Knitted or Bobbin Lace--Very interesting!

My first thought was Knitted....but now I think it is Bobbin Lace


My Wedding Lace Gifts

 My very sweet, wonderful friend Jennifer Bartling from Fremont, NE made me a bridal nosegay for my August 2nd wedding.  When I told her the details of my wedding (there weren't many!) and that I wasn't going to have any flowers, she decided that that couldn't be!  So she asked what my colors were.  I told her that I had bought yellow and teal blue plastic table coverings and that I guess those would be my colors.  She made this darling nosegay.  Jennifer's neice helped with reception details and came early so Jennifer sent it with her.  The last few minutes before it was time to go to the church for the ceremony were a bit chaotic with getting kids ready (and they were mostly grown) and lost uncles rounded up...I almost forgot to get the nosegay.  I'm sure glad I remembered to ask for it at the last minute! 
I features tatted flowers in 3 colors:  blue, yellow, and coral (Jennifer knows I'm partial to yellow and orange).  It also had chiffon & pearl tufts and leaves.  It was finished with a lace base and covered in white tape.  Not pictured is the penny hanging in a darling crocheted pouch.
I tried my best to photograph it but my pictures don't really do it justice.  The first photo shows it in a glass vase. 

Another lace wedding gift came from my friend Cher Camacho who created a beautiful bobbin lace flower in my favorite color, yellow.   This was a real surprise/honor because Cher was in the process of pulling together a large wedding for her youngest daughter with only about 3-4 months to prepare!
I was unable to attend that wedding because I was on my honeymoon trip to Europe.

Again the photography does not do the piece its justice.

Lace Finds on Recent Trip to Prague, Czech Republic

Om my recent honeymoon trip to Prague, I was looking for lace.  I finally found an antique store with a basement full of lace, textiles, and Czech costumes.  I was in heaven!   It was later pointed out to me (gently) by my new husband that we had spent 2 hours there.  YIKES!  I thought it was only about a half hour.  Jerry scored points for patience that day.

I did NOT find any Tatting in any of the cities I visited. (Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest)

I did find three examples of Teneriffe Lace.  One was in another antique store (It was not for sale).

I found several pieces of bobbin lace




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New/Free Split Ring Tatting Pattern available

Go to the following address for my latest SRT pattern posted:

Click on the PDF at the bottom of the page for the illustrated pattern

I'm Back!

I'm Reality from now on!

The last couple of months has been a whirlwind.  On August 2nd I got married (second time around).  It was a simple wedding but a BIG party in my backyard.  I tried to keep the stress down by having all the food catered, not doing too much in terms of decorations, etc. but the stress was still there.  Even though I thought I was doing OK, my body said otherwise because I started breaking out on my face and extremities!   Of course leading up the party for several months was cleaning.  I cleaned my house and especially my garage.  This meant 'tucking away' many day-to-day items that I had to later, after the wedding, find and bring out.  After the wedding, we were in an 'adjustment' phase as Jerry moved into my house.  He has a small condo that would not fit all my tatting a lace materials, so he moved into my house.  The garage and basement were an enticement to him.  Then came the honeymoon a month later, which we just got back from.  We spent two weeks traveling to Berlin & Dresden, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary.  We walked everywhere or took the metro transit system and traveled between cities via train.  During the airplane and train travel, I got some tatting done....of course Split Ring designs for future books!  We walked 10-12 miles a day on the days we didn't travel between cities!  I will fill you in on the lace-related/textile items I found on my travels....but I will warn you, I did NOT see any tatting!!!!!

I am attempting to finish my second SRTatting book right now.   Barbara Foster of Handy Hands inquired about how it was going and I made the decision that I could possibly have it done by the end of October.  That is the deadline that I am shooting for.  Now that it is 'in print' here, hopefully I will have the incentive to work towards that deadline.  

My goal is also to be a better blogger!

I shall try to put out a new SRT pattern on my website:  every week.

I will also show you some of the new patterns I am working on.

I will also share with you my lace/textile finds in Europe.

Karen Bovard Sayre
The ShuttleSmith
Omaha, NE