Monday, September 1, 2008

The Fruit of My Labor ~ Day

What to do for Labor Day weekend... didn't think I could resist that B-day stash?

I started digging into my stash with this book.
It's called Spitzen - Kreationen
by Susanne Schwenke.
It's in German
(and no, I do not read German).

It does have some
pretty snowflake patterns
in it, though.
Like this one.
See how it's done in a graphic with numbers?
(click on the photo to enlarge it)

It's from the chapter
called Sternenhimmel.
I'm pretty sure that means
"stars" or "constellation" in German.
Anybody know for sure?
(Dantatter tells me it means "stars in the sky"
or "starry sky" to be most accurate.)
I'm including it in my
25 motif challenge.
Motif #11 Sternenhimmel
I tatted it in this.

It's a size 20 variegated blue crochet thread

in cordonnet mercer cotton.

It's called Glanzhakelgarn Uncinetto.

(at least it says that on the!)

This concludes my Labor Day show and tell. If you are in the USA I hope you have happy and safe Labor Day weekend. If you are one of my international blogging friends, I wish you a happy and safe weekend, wherever you are.

Thank you for visiting. As always, boomerangers and newcomers are always welcome. Comments are also welcome. They are always fun to read and I cherish each and every one of them.

Now, I must go attend to real life things... unpacking...


Can you feel the excitement?


24 absolutely fabulous things were said:

celestina marie said...

Hope you had a great birthday. Happy Belated wishes as I am so sorry I missed saying this sooner.
Your gifts of tatting stuff look wonderful. Great colors of thread too.
Happy Labor Day.
Hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What gorgeous work you do!
And happy b-day!!! I'm sending you a great big cyber hug!

Tracy said...

Hi, TattingChic! LOVELY...I just love that blue varigate thread...What your working on looks like snowflake...great with changing seasons ahead. Glad you're indulging in your birthday treats between all the sorting out of new home! Thanks so much for stopping by! We leave for the US on Wednedsday...Laptop comes along, so I will post and share photos while away! Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

Tatskool said...

Gorgeous snowflake looks to be a super book and yup we can feel the's making me excited too!!

Obe's said...

Yes I can feel your excitement!!!
You do such wonderful work, what I wouldn't give to tat like you.
I am sure you don't need the German directions ,you probably need only to look at the picture and follow with your eyes to copy the pattern.Am I right???
Have fun with your goodies!!

TattingChic said...

Thank you for the nice B-day wishes, Celestina la rea rose! I'm so glad you stopped by. It's okay that you missed saying it sooner; I didn't post about it until after it had past. So glad you stopped by!

Hi Becky, thank you for the happy B-day wish and the big cyber hug! (((hugs))) right back to you, friend!

Hi Tracy, thanks for stopping by! It's always good to see you! The book has a lot of great snowflakes in it. Have fun on your trip to the US. I look forward to your posts. I sure wish you were visiting a little closer to me! ((hugs)) back!

Hello Tatskool, I'm glad it makes you excited, too! Tatting has a way of doing that to us crazy-about-tatting-folks like you and me, huh?

Hi Obe, you are are right, I don't need the directions written out. I do look at the picture! This book has a graphic drawn of the design with the numbers of stitches written on the graphic so it is very easy to follow along. Thank you for stopping by again!

Barb said...

Happy belated BD! Love your tat's. That doesn't sound right-lol. You know what I mean.

Happy unpacking- I am sending you hugs as you work.


Gina said...

LOL! Love your comment blurb here and on the blog! Makes me giggle. Birthdays become you. Happy Birthday!
:-) Gina

TattingChic said...

Hi Barb, LOL! You make me laugh! No, I'm not offended that you like my tats at all!

Hi Gina, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad to make you giggle. If laughter is the best medicine then, giggling is a good little drug. :O

Dantatter said...

I checked my dictionary and Sternenhimmel is the same as "starry sky", it is more correct than what I first told you.
Those German books look very promising, I look forard to hear your opinion.
You know have a huge lot of lovely new threads too so I hope we can expect to see some of your pretty tatting done in those in the future.
Yes it sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Labour Day or just an ordinary weekend. And unpacking ones tatting stuff is some of the important things, it sure defines a tatter's home (hope you know what I mean).

TattingChic said...

Hi Dantatter, so "starry sky" it is. So far I really like the German books. It seems that every pattern in them is very pretty and I like how the author has made the graphic and pattern easy to read in almost any language. I wouldn't recommend them for beginners of course, but if you have a good grasp of tatting and can look at a graphic and know when you would use 2 shuttles then you would be fine with them. I seem to like every German tatting designer's work that I have seen so far (Tina Frauburger, Emmy Liebert, and Susanne Schwenke). Happy Tatting!

Bonnie said...

Happy Belated B-day. Very nice work!

Marie Antionette said...

First off,Happy Birtday to you.i would sing to you ,but you would run away real fast. LOL.I want to thank you for your prayers.We are Ok.Alexia is still without power,but somehow ,I was only out a few hours.Still windy and raining.Two trees fell on the end of my roof ,but not to much dammage.I'm very tired.i just wanted to thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers.Love ya Young person...Marie Antionette

TattingChic said...

Thank you Bonnie, it's always good to see you here!

Marie Antoinette, thank you for letting me know you are okay. I'm so glad you are safe. You've been through enough hurricane stress to last 20 lifetimes to be sure! Thanks for the thoughtful comment and birthday wishes!

Jen r. said...


Jeff Hamilton said...

Your snowflake looks awesome in that thread, Chiclet. I love the colour. Since you asked, the French book I was referring to is called Frivolite by Bernadette Baldelli. It was available from Handy Hands, but it is showing up as unavailable. I'll have to find another source. BTW, we have Labour Day here is Canada as well. That's why I was happy to work, since we would get double time. Can't wait to see what else you make with the threads and from the books.

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday Tatting Chic! Your snowflake is beautiful!

CIELO said...

Very lovely!

ps: the House in the Roses is having a Window Party this Friday, and wish you could participate.... only thing you need to do is show us your favorite window of your home.... it promises to be fun! come see!


TattingChic said...

Thank you, Jen R!

Hi Jeff, thanks for your nice comment about the tatted snowflake. That French tatting book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the title. I hope you enjoyed your labor day as well!

Thank you, Thimbleanna! I appreciate both the birthday wishes and the lovely comment about the tatting.

Hello, Cielo! So glad you stopped by! I would love love love to be involved in the window party on Friday. Unfortunately, I work all week and I get home when it is not a good time to take photos. I am very flattered that you would invite me, tho'!

Bebe said...

Thanks for coming by and visiting my blog ~ you are very sweet to leave such a nice comment!! WOW! You do such beautiful lacework!! I am in awe of your talent and your patience for the lovely skill. I tried tatting once, but couldn't figure out how to do it so well. Your blog has re-inspired me, so perhaps I will try again soon!! :)
Lots of smiles, Bebe :)

TattingChic said...

Oh, Hello, Bebe! I'm so glad we found each other! Thank YOU for such a nice comment on my blog! I do hope you start tatting again! That would be FABULOUS! Keep me posted AND let me know if I can be of any help. There are lot's of supportive tatters of all skill levels online!

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

The little snowflake is beautiful! I love the icy colors of the thread!

Daisys Little Cottage said...

Wow that is really gorgeous! Like a delicate snowflake.

TattingChic said...

Thank you for the nice comment, Grizzly Mountain Arts!

Hi Darly, from Daisy's Little Cottage. Your comment is very much appreciated.