Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Day With the Lace Guild and My Blog is Loved!

Hello everybody! What a nice day this has been. I have lot's to show you. I spent the good part of the morning and afternoon with the ladies from my lace guild. It's always a pleasure to go there and see them and make lace together.
I've got so much to share so let's commence with the show and tell, shall we?

First of all, one of the ladies from our guild
won Best of Division for lacemaking!
She got it for this lovely bobbin lace fairy.
Congratulations lady-who-shall-remain-nameless-due-to-privacy-and-online-safety-reasons!!!
Isn't it pretty?

Next, is someone else's bobbin lace.
This is called a tape lace because it makes
a long strand like a tape!
It's on a pillow.
Bobbin lacer's make their lace on a
thingy called a pillow.
It's also known as a type of "pillow lace".
I do not make bobbin lace or
any kind of pillow lace.
It is pretty tho'.
Perhaps one day I'll learn.

Here's a closeup of her bobbin tape lace.
Isn't she doing a good job?

Here is another lacer's
bobbin lace on a pillow.
This is a flat lace.

This lacer is pricking her pattern so she
can stick all those pins where the holes are
on her pillow.
This just happens to be a beginner
bobbin lacer! We had three new
people at our lace guild today that were
learning how! One was a new tatter
and two were learning bobbin lacing.
I think that is so cool!
Congrats to our "new recruits"!!!

This bobbin lacer is just starting her tape lace.
All those wooden things hanging down that look
like short dowels are called bobbins.
That's why this particular pillow
lace is called bobbin lace.

Here's a fellow tatter just tatting away.
Her hands are moving so fast they
are just a blur in the foreground.
There is her tatting workbasket
in the background.
I thought her box of tatting was
kinda cool.

Here's my WIP.
WIP means Work In Progress.
It's another snowflake from the
Sternenhimmel chapter of
by Susanne Schwenke.


Here is my next snowflake for
my 25 Motif Challenge!

Motif # 13 Sternenhimmel 2

Feh! Not my best work,
but hey,
what can I say?
I was teaching someone
to tat at the same time that I
was trying to follow a
pattern in German!
I do not read German.
That was my day at the lace guild. Thank you for letting me share it with you!
Remember when I said I had a lot to show you? Oh, did you think I was finished!?!
No way! There's more.
It's just a little ol' award for little ol' me! This one is kinda cool because it's from some fellow tatters! It's the............
I Love Your Blog Award!

A big thank you goes to

Clyde from

Clyde the Mad Tatter


Tattycat from

Laura's Tatting Muse!

Thank you! I love your blogs too!

In fact, I love all my fellow tatter's blogs and many, many more blogs that are not tatting related! Now comes the dubious task of following the rules of the award and narrowing it down to passing it on to ONLY 7 blogs....sigh! This is not easy as I LOVE so MANY blogs!

Well, here's the rules first.

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog;
2. Link the person you received your award from;
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4. Put links of those blogs on yours; and
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you’ve nominated

Now for the winners I am giving this award to.

They are in no particular order.

1. Noreen of Hankering for Yarn.

2. Ele at A Bit of Pink Heaven.

3. Tara of Tatted Lace Treasures.

4. Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage.

5. Natasha of Aristic Creations by Natasha Burns.

6. Laurie of Laurie's Charming Designs.

7. Constance of Rochambeau.

WOW! Now I'm totally exhausted...that was hard work! LOL!

Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for stopping by. Comments and newcomer's are always welcome. I love bloggerlandia! I'm so glad to be a part of it with all of you!



48 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Edie Marie's Attic said...

What an exciting event! I can't imagine handling all those bobbins!! The lace they produce is so lovely. Your snowflake is so beautiful and looks perfect to me. Thank you for sharing such a great day with all of us!
Hugs, Sherry

Aim said...

Oooh, if you were close to me, I'd be the new recruit! Bobbin lace has always been fascinating to me, and I seem to want to learn every textile technique there is. That was a fun tour, thanks =)

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a gorgeous snowflake! You are so talented, I dont know how you do it!

Thank you so much for this wonderful award, I am so honored! Congratulations to you, you definitely deserve this!

I hope you are feeling much better now!
Big Hugs,

Victoria Lynn said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments! I love all the tatting, it's great to keep such an art going! I don't think I would ever have the patience to learn, but I sure LOVE the lace! Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Blessings, Victoria Lynn

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Wow! What interesting photos! Thanks for sharing them! The pillow lace looks soooo confusing! LOL

Thimbleanna said...

Not your best work? It's just beautiful! And those pictures with all the bobbins are amazing!

Margie said...

What absolutely lovely lace! I have a bobbin kit, but have never tried it yet, just one of those things I desire to learn, just like tatting! Your snowflake is beautiful!

Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving a kind comment! The Aunt Josie whose shuttle I have is the aunt who my blog is named after!

Please stop by anytime, I know I will definitely be exploring your blog further!


Lace Threads said...

What a gorgeous snowflake. I always love visiting your blog - you always have such lovely things to share. Congratulations on your lovely and well deserved award.

Tattycat said...

What a lot of beautiful pictures and explanations. I think bobbin lace is gorgeous and intriguing, but don't think I could ever do it. Your snowflake is lovely. Congratulations on your award!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Thanks for sharing all your photos! It looks like you had a wonderful day. I will try bobbin lace some day, but right now learning something new is not a priority!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Another great post! We all love your blog! Hope you are feeling better!

Natasha Burns said...

Thanks so much for the award!
I *heart* your tatting!

NeereAnDear said...

Oh how I simply adore your work ...its just gorgeous!! That snowflake? Not your best work??? I have found artists are their own worst critics....

Wanted to touch base as I will be having surgery on my foot FINALLY!!! WOO HOO!! I AM EXCITED.... I know most people dont say that when they are having I am catching up on all my blog friends so that if you dont hear from me for a while you wont think I have been ignoring you.... a lot has happened these past few months




Ais said...

I love your blog... really. Would you like me to copy that pic and send it to you to prove that I really do? :)
I didn't know about bobbin looks pretty ... and interesting. The Sternie(your motif) ( I will have to go back to copy the spellings:p) is beautiful!! I am so slow in tatting :(

TattingChic said...

Hi Sherry from Edie Marie's Attic! I love my lace guild. They meet monthly so it's nice to go when I'm feeling well.

Hi Aim. It would be great to have you as a new recruit. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a lace guild near you? I think it would be great if you could learn bobbin lace since it fascinates you.

Thank you for your nice comment about the snowflake Amy from Bunny Rose Cottage. I am feeling better, thank you!

Thank you for your nice comments, Victoria Lynn!

Thank you, Grizzly Mountain Arts. The bobbin lace does look confusig doesn't it? Somehow they always manage to make such pretty laces despite the utter confusion of it all, LOL!

Thank you, Thimbleanna. Always nice to have you stop by!

Hi Margie, it would be great to have you come back to visit! Your great aunt's pink tatting shuttle is so pretty! I hope you have the opportunity to learn bobbin lace since you are fortunate enough to have a kit!

Thank you, Lace Threads! I enjoy your blog as well!

Thank YOU for the award, Tattycat! Isn't bobbin lace interesting?

Hi Lace Lovin' Librarian, Diane. I hear you on the learning something new bit! Thanks for stopping by.

Aw, thanks, Lady Shuttle Maker! I love your blog, too! No, really! I do!

Thank you, Natasha Burns! I appreciate that really sweet comment.

Hi Jo from Neereandear. I hope your foot surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery! I am glad that you stopped by and thank you for the comment.

Ais, I love the nick name you've given the snowflake, the "sternie"! That's cute! Good to see you! Thank you for your sweet comment!

Barb said...

Wow Tattingchic, what a day and what a beautiful snowflake you have made.

Congrats to your friend. She must be so excited. I can't imagine working with all those bobbins.

As for the "I love your blog" award.
Everyone loves your blog. You ROCK my friend.


Dantatter said...

Thanks for the nice pictures. I think most bobbin lace people here use that pillow, at least I have seen it often used.
I am so green with envy that you have a possibility to go to Guild once a month, I would love meeting other tatters in real life.
Congratulations on the award.

rochambeau said...

Dear Tatting Queen,
So much to cheer & be happy about!
Your award, the Tatt~Fest and also....
thank you, thank you for the gift of my prize. You made my day!!!


La Belette Rouge said...

I absolutely understand why your blog got this award. You have such a passion for what you do and such a welcoming spirit.:-)

Marie Antionette said...

I think it all looks very hard and you ladies are the most talented.Congrats to you all.I love the snowflake..I think its quite grand.XOXO Marie Antionette

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

What a great post! It certainly makes me appreciate all the work that goes into making lace. It is an absolutely amazing skill!

I think I'll continue to "cheat" and buy the antique lace at Auction, LOL.

~ Karen

The Vintage Kitten said...

The lace work is beautiful!

TattingChic said...

Barb, thank you for your very sweet comment! I really appreciate it.

Hi Dantatter, I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to make you envious. I have to say that I've really enjoyed the guild, but I'm not always able to make it so it's so nice to have the internet community of tatters. So I can "meet" fabulous tatters like you!

Oh, Constance, I'm glad you like the award! Thanks for your sweetness and talent and beauty that you share in so many fabulous ways!

Awww...thank you, La Belette Rouge! That was sweet. Are you going to watch the movie on TV about Coco Chanel? I am, I thought of you and a friend of mine who used to manage the Chanel Boutique at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. That was SWEET! I just say that because I know you love fashion.

Thank you, Marie Antoinette! You always say the sweetest things. You are the embodiment of southern charm.

Hi Karen, from Cider Antiques! Some of my favorite lace has been "rescued" from antique stores. I got the MOST exquisite tatted doily that way! LOL! Not a thing wrong with "cheating" as you say! Still loving the beautiful things I won from you, BTW!

Thanks for stopping by Vintage Kitten!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Congratulations on your award. That lace work looks so intricate to do. Your lace is lovely. Karen

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Wow, that's pretty lace. It looks so, so complicated. I'm dumb-founded over here on how that's even made! I love your snowflake. :) So pretty...

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Karen Harvey Cox. I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit.

Hi Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! LOL, lucky for me my lace is NOT the kind with all those bobbins. I just use one to four tatting shuttles is all. That's a lot less complicated.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

You guys are amazing! How do you do that!!!!!!!!!

M ^..^

Barb said...

Hi there,

Thank you for your sweet words about "my ladies". They are growing up so fast. I keep asking if I can "move in" so I can have daily pool access-lol.


TattingChic said...

LOL! I do not quite know how those bobbin lacer's do it, yet, Tales from an OC Cottage! When I find out I'll tell you. The tatting on the other hand, I could tell you lot's about how it's done...LOL!

Hi Barb, Thanks for stopping by! Your grandbabies are adorable!

Bella Sinclair said...

Holy canoli, I just about hyperventilated when I saw all those bobbins! That's incredible! I never even considered that some people make them by hand. WAAAAAHHH, I'm stunned! Thanks for the eye-opener.

And hooray to you for the award!!! I love it, too. :) Your works, present snowflake included, are truly wondrous to behold.

Rosemary said...

That looks so complecated!!

Pat said...

This blog post was fascinating and the photos quite lovely! I admire the work tremendously. Thanks for visiting me today also! And, maybe someday you will give crazy quilting a try. Would be beautiful with some of your tatting on it! Pat

Marie de la Chaume said...

Lace is easy and fun... once you know it! But you cannot do it in the car, or waiting at the doctor's, takes much more volume!
I love doing lace!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sweetie! How are you feeling?

I just had to stop by and thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog about my little painting! It meant so much to me :)

Big Hugs,

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What amazing work. Tatting is a real wonder!
And congrats on the award. I love your blog too!

CIELO said...

You can make lace? Ahhhh, I'd be thrilled! The busy hustles and bustles of life would all be forgotten if I could make lace. My admiration to you and those talented ladies who can make such beautiful things with their hands…

Lovely, just lovely..


TattingChic said...

Hi Bella Sinclair, glad you like the lacemaking guild pics. It's nice to share with fab people such as yourself!

Hi Rosemary, thanks for stopping by. I think bobbin lace looks complicated, too. It sure makes for some pretty things, tho'.

Thank you, Pat. I'm glad you like the lace pics. I appreciate your comment. I'd love to try CQ sometime. I'm also itching to try SRE as well.

LOL! No, you are right, Marie De La Chaume, bobbin lace is not something that fits in the purse to take on the go! So glad to see you stopped by. I appreciate the comment.

Awww...thanks Amy. Your cupcake painting is so sweet. I hope you keep it up. You should paint more! I am feeling better, thank you!

Hi Rebecca Ramsey! Always a pleasure to see you stop by! Thanks for the sweet comment. I appreciate that you think tatting is a wonder. I've always thought that it was, I think that the bobbin lace is also a wonder. I would love to learn how to do it someday.

Oh, thank you so much, Cielo. You're comment is very sweet and very much appreciated. You have such talent yourself with your blog and lovely home that you keep.

Barbara Jacksier said...

Your lace motif looks perfect to me but I'm a knit lace maker not a tatter!

snowy said...

How lucky you were to get to a "couvige" (that's the french word for a gathering of lace makers, lol). I would love to go to one, I am fed up with trying to learn from books and the internet.
I like the challenge of foreign tatting books, too. ;)

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Barbara Jacksier, and welcome! Lace knitting is so lovely, as well. There was someone knitting lace at the guild as well and I forgot to get a picture.

Hi Snowy, Welcome! I'm glad you came by for a visit. Thank you for teaching me a new French word! Couvige. I hope you pop over again soon!

snowy said...

I actually look at your blog often but I never comment...because you always have so many comments already, more than five comments and I generally don't have anything new or sufficiently original to say.
Having said that, I would recommend learning bobbin lace on a 'cookie' pillow. I have a roller pillow which is great, but just a little more complicated. Christine Springett has some good books but most seem to be out of print now. If you would like advice...but hey you have the guild, I was forgetting!

TattingChic said...

Having said that you don't have anything original to say, Snowy...I will say that was probably one of the most original comments I've ever had! LOL! Yes, I do need a cookie pillow, thanks for the recommendation and reminder. No, no, anything you want to share is fabulous! I may have the guild, but they never told me that! LOL! I guess I would need a cookie pillow for the flat laces and if you know any resources for covering the wooden frame of my wooden pillow it would be gladly welcomed!

snowy said...

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, it's the site, really badly translated into english(LOL) of the shop where I bought my 'carreau', or roller pillow.

It's difficult without seeing a photo to know where your problem lies, and of course I am rather a long way away. Do keep us updated on how you get on...and I am happy to scan and e=mail patterns if that would help.
I'm sure you already know this site, but I can recommend them for economy price bobbins. If you buy Midland bobbins you can have fun spangling them yourself. (putting the beads on)
hope I'm not boring know how it is when one starts discussing a passion! ;)

Draffin Bears said...

What very beautiful work.

My fathers, brother and sister both used to make lace and do tatting.
It is so great to see that this fabulous art is still continuing.

Congratulations on your award.


Lil said...

Hi Tatting Chic! Thanks for your visit to my blog! I have to ask what is that book with the tatting diagrams on your blog???

TattingChic said...

Hi Snowy, thanks for all that fabulous information. I thought I had already replied because I was so excited to visit the link you had. We'll have to exchange email addresses sometime to exchange more lace info, for sure!

Thank you, Carolyn. I think that is neat that your family members tatted. Your bears are exquisite as is your blog. I enjoyed my visit there. I'm so glad you commented to I could find you and I've already added you to my google reader!

Hi Lil! The book is "Spitzen-Kreationen" by Susanne Schwenke. She has lovely snowflake and other beautiful tatting patterns as well. I think anyone with an appreciation for the beauty of traditional tatting would enjoy this book very much regardless of the language spoken.

Guzzisue said...

Thanks for posting the lace photos as its getting me in the mood to get out my pillow as I returned from Belgium last week armed with some new lace patterns,

TattingChic said...

Guzzisue, thanks for visiting and welcome! Enjoy your new lace patterns from Belgium! How exciting it must be to be able to go there and obtain such lace-making treasures!