Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Friendly Exchange

I may have mentioned a time or two before that I love tatting exchanges. Recently, I participated in a spontaneous tatting exchange of a different sort.

The typical tatting exchange takes place when one tatter takes another tatter's tittle of tatting in exchange for a tidbit of the other tatter's tatting
(say that 5 times fast!~I think I just made up a new tongue twister, LOL).

Did you get all that??? This exchange was an atypical tatting exchange...I tatted for nontatted items...although they are tatting related.


Let me explain...
I have had the honor of
befriending through blogging a blogging buddy
(see, there I go again with the tongue twisters)
who not only tats,
she paints, carves wood, does woodburning art... name it!
She is one fabulously talented lady.
You may have heard of her;
she is Tattycat
Not only is she talented,
she has been a warmhearted, supportive
friend through emails and blogging.
We decided to exchange some goodies one day.
for these fabulous threadwinders!
What are threadwinders, you ask?
They are what you wind skeins of
HDT (hand dyed thread)
onto so you can tat with it.
She handpainted and/or woodburned them.
Aren't they beautiful?

Here is a darling butterfly and pretty bow that she painted.

Here are some beautiful handpainted and woodburned
daisy threadwinders that she did.

These next ones are beautiful butterflies with
artistically woodburned trees on them.
I call them
They are exquisite!

She sent a hanky to sweeten the deal.
I can tat a sweet edging to go around it.

We calculated the time it took for our projects and

exchanged accordingly.


Thanks for letting me show off my new goodies! They are sweet and sentimental items that I will not only cherish but be able to use with my most favorite hobby of tatting!

If you would like to see Laura's post on our exchange you can click here to read that, but don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think about these beautiful threadwinders she sent before you're off to visit her. I'd love to know what you have to say!


58 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Charmingdesigns said...

Those are really neat...but how do you use them...? That "thing" I think is a really old trailer hitch, isn't it great.LOL. Come back and take a look, I just added two more. Laurie

Anonymous said...

Wow, you certainly have a talented friend there! The but-tree-flies are wonderful.

TattingChic said...

Hi Laurie, the threadwinders hold thread. There are two photos in my post just prior to this one that show a threadwinder with thread wound around it. When you order HDT they come in skeins that need to be unwound and rewound in a ball or on a threadwinder or you get unwanted knots in the thread and it's BAD, real BAD!!!

Welcome, Virtual Quilter! Yes, my friend is talented, thank you for your sweet comment!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Wow! Your really scored big time!
Laura is sweet and it is so nice to have a those artistic reminders to use and cherish!

Lace hearts said...

That is such a lovely thing to do. Hmmm, you've got me thinking... an exchange of time. I'd love to do something like this at some point.
I think the butterflies are exquisite too, but all her work is gorgeous.

Maureen said...

this was a wonderful exchange for both of you! I scuttled across to Laura's blog to look at the snowflakes you sent her, and I think you both have given and received some treasures! The thread winders are great! - and I love the hanky, almost my favourite thing to tat is hanky edges.

Clyde said...

The thread winders are beautiful. Laura is very talented.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Laura is a very talented lady... congratulations on your new thread winders! They are all beautiful! I'm afraid you be a big time loser if we exchanged based on time... I have to be the slowest tatter I've ever met!

Jen r. said...

Those are fabulous goodies~!

Tattycat said...

What lovely things you have said! Thank you so much. I'm so glad that you like the things I sent you. We both have treasures to keep forever. The pictures are so pretty. I need to start going outside to photograph instead of using this scanner! I think I will take your snowflakes outside today and see if I can do better! Big hugs!

Tracy said...

Lovely...exchanges and swaps are such fun! Those wood-burned butterflies are so beautiful! Happy weekend, TattingChic :o) ((HUGS))

TattingChic said...

Hi Lady Shuttle Maker! Thanks for your comment and yes, Laura is sweet!

Hi Lace Hearts! Yes, exchanges are fun. I only do them when I know I can be committed time-wise and money-wise (shipping). It sure is worth it when I can do it!

Hi Maureen! Thank you for you kind comment about both our ends of the exchange...personally, I think I got the better end of the deal because Laura's thread winders are so beautiful!

Thank you, Clyde. I'm glad you came to visit.

LOL, Diane, not to worry; your speed will increase with time.

Thank for visiting, Jen R!

Hi Tattycat! Glad you liked the post! Yes, I like natural sunlight the best for tatting pics and stuff like that. A fellow blogger gave me that tip when I started this blog and I've found it works best, too!

Hi Tracy, thanks for visiting! I appreciate your sweet comment and you have a fabulous weekend yourself!

Rosemary said...

Really pretty!
I'm glad you all have such fun with your exchanges. I have done a few swaps and they are great!!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What beautiful treasures! I have tried woodburning and it is Not that easy! I can't wait to get my birthday card from the president;), wonder who it will be? Twyla

Donna said...

What lovely items!! Thank you for stopping by my 'storage basket' post... I just noticed one of your favorite books is "The Time Traveler's Wife." My daughter is in the middle of it now and says it is her all time favorite book. I'll definitely have to borrow it when she's done now that I've heard two people say that!... Donna

Fete et Fleur said...

I love the idea of an exchange like this. Your goodies are lovely!


Anonymous said...

Pretty creative! surprise pleas come by and pick up your Marie Award..Thank you for all your support!

Betzie said...

Oh how neat! I never knew about such things...very cute!
I will go visit your friend now to see what yous sent to her.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What pretty work! Y'all make quite the talented pair!

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Rosemary! Swaps are fun, aren't they? I'm sure you've swapped some lovely things yourself!

LOL! I have tried woodburning too, Twyla! My projects look like 3rd grader with special needs drew them, LOL!

Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by! The Time Traveler's Wife is definately a different sort of story. Intriguing, you know?

Hi Nancy, it was so fun to do the exchange and I will always treasure these threadwinders!

Thank you for the award, Couture de Papier! I am so glad you stopped by to visit!

Hi Betzie, thanks for stopping by and enjoy your visit at Tattycats! :)

Thank you, Becky! Ya'll are sweet, ya hear? ;)

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I always have to click on the pictures to see them large and in my face, no detail goes missed. They are beautiful, I hope you show them with your thread wound on them :). Now I must go and check out your exchange with Laura :).

Have a wonderful weekend!
Kathi :)

MelMel said...

Hi hun!
Thank you for the super comment....i'm so pleased with my things!

I just love the photos of the makes...wonderful!xx

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Lovely treats!

Draffin Bears said...

I like your tounge twister and yes a new one to add to the many!

I love your new thread winders and your friend is very talented.

Look forward to seeing the hanky with
tatting around the edge.


rochambeau said...

Tattycat has done you right Tattingchic! You're a lucky girl!
Happy Thanksgiving to you friend.

TattingChic said...

Hi Kathi, thanks for visiting. Glad you like the photos closeup. Hope you enjoyed Laura's blog, too!

Hi Melmel! Thank you for YOUR super comment! I'm glad you came to visit.

Thank you, Cathy!

At last, Carolyn! Someone to appreciate me silly tongue twister, thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Constance! Thanks for coming to visit.

Linda said...

You are now the queen of tongue twisters. I think I had to read each one twice to get it. I think you did well with the exchange, I love the threadwinders.
Cheers Linda

Marie Antionette said...

They are just beautiful.I love the butterflies.I bet you tat a beauitful edging on the hanky too.I found an old hanky that had tating on it.i guess its old,you never can tell unless you are a tatter yourself.I should show you a picture of it.Maybe you can tell if i did good on buying it.It sure is pretty regardless.i guess thats what counts in the end.Hugs And thanks for coming buy.I have not been a very good blogger of late. Marie Antionette

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That is very cool! I love to crochet with thread, but I never could get the knack of tatting. Something to do with the twist of the wrist? It would be fun to do a crochet for tatting exchange sometime.

TattingChic said...

I'm glad you like the silly tongue twisters, Linda. :) Thanks for visiting.

Hello, Marie Antoinette! I would love to see the hanky you purchased. I'm sure you did fine. I collect vintage hankies with tatted edgings every chance I can get...which isn't to often, but nonethless, every chance I can get.

Yes, Karla, the switch of the threads does take a bit of practise, but it is doable. Thank you for stopping by! :)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a lovely blog you have here and your tatting work is beautiful! My sister-in-law who has since passed loved to tatt! I was amazed as she sat and tattedaway. She was so content doing it. I am sure you are to. What a rare and talent you have! Happy Thanksgiving.


Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Happy Monday TattingChic! A wonderful day to you! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

These are fabulous!!! It's so great to have little things that make you smile while you work away. And the snowflakes you exchanged....Oh! I'm so jealous! They're absolute beauties.

Victoria Lynn said...

Just stopping by to wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Victoria Lynn

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Hi Laurie,
I just wanted to stop by to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Love to you

Tattycat said...

What lovely comments Tattingchic. I promise as soon as I get home, I will go outside and make new photographs of your snowflakes so everyone can see how lovely they are!

celestina marie said...

Oh my goodness what wonderful treasures from your talent friend exchange. I love those butterflies and that hankie is really pretty. I can just imagine the pretty edging you will tat on it. Such talent you both have for the details.

Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment. Yes, I have missed getting around to visit with work and my sick eye limiting me, but with God's grace I will be better soon.
Happy Thanksgiving!
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Just Between Us Girls said...

Your blog is so interesting. I did not know all that about tatting and speaking of talent...yours is remarkable. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for the kind words about my work. It is truly music to my ears.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

What creative thread winders. Your tongue twister is pretty cute. I had to read it twice. Thanks for missing me and have a great Thanksgiving.

cherished*vintage said...

Swaps/exchanges are so fun! What wonderful tools you received for your art. Please show us the hanky once you've added the edge. Thanks for your vist, the jello works wonderfully and looks beautiful in any dish you want to use. My mom always used to put it in a ring mold... Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi! I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you for your comment. I really enjoy my pink tree. It's lights are so bright I can lay in my beed and read by the light from it!
You recieved such beautiful gifts!
Happy Thanksgiving, Lindsey

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo Lidy

talia said...

um wow!? those are just absolutely fantastic Laurie! I mean really beautiful! Talented is the understatement! I'm going to peek around more here ;) I love your work!

Laurie said...

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! laurie

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

Oh so pretty. What wonderful craftsmanship! I'm loving the hanky, and I can't wait to see how you tat around it. ;)
Thank you for coming to visit... I feel like I'm boring my readers with post after post about buttons. I think you're on to me... I can't last without a button-related post. haha. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well. Many hugs!
Oh, I am holding my breath waiting for you to tat something in the red and aqua color-scheme. :)

Linda said...

Happy Thanksgiving...have a wonderful day. Hugs, Linda

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweetie!!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! HOpe you and your family enjoy and restful and blessed day.

Congrats on all the goodies you got, they are amazing! Dontcha just love getting mail like that?


Barb said...

Hi Miss tattingchic,

Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Every day is a gift and I'm just sitting here counting the blessings. You are one of them my dear.


Kathleen Grace said...

What a lovely exchange! I think you both got beautiful things. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful:>)

Vintage Tea said...

Hello again, thanks for your kind message about my new nephew! So strange you had a dream about a baby boy!!!

Victoria xx

Bumpkin Bears said...

I just came across your blog :) These were beautiful treasures that you got :) Catherine x

Just Between Us Girls said...

Thank you for the sweet comments and the attenion you wish to shower on Tom. He will bask in it and want more. Have a lovely weekend.

sally said...

What lovely stuff you made and even lovelier friends who trade! Wonder can I join you lovelies to exchange?...

MelMel said...

Hi there, swaps are super fun, i'm so touched at how lovely blogging many wonderful ppl...yourself included!
Happy weekend!xxx

kari and kijsa said...

Amazing!! love these!! Congratulations on a wonderful load of goodies!! Hope you had the most blessed Thanksgiving!! Thank you so much for your sweet words!

kari & kijsa

Shabby Addict said...

Wow! Your friend is so talented! Those are so cute! An exchange is such a good idea. You two make such a talented duo ; )

TattingChic said...

Thank you everyone for you lovely comments about TattyCat's beautiful threadwinders. I'm afraid I got "lost" in Thanksgiving and didn't get to commenting back, but each comment has been read and I cherish each one of them...I know, it sounds so corny, but it's true! :)
BIG (((hugs))) to all of you!