Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lace Day in L.A.!

Saturday, November 1, 2008 was a great day for lacers in the Southern California area. It was the 24th Annual Lace Day in L.A.! Let me show you some of the highlights.


It was put on by the
There was BEADS GALORE!!!
Yarnplayer, I thought of you when I took this photo!

Look at the
Tatter's CANDY!
Presented by "Loopy Lacer"
Lily Morales.
She has a link at
that is having trouble at the time of this posting.

She's my favorite tatting angel.
This is her secret box o'tatting stash
(kits that go with the "Victorian Christmas"
tatting books).
As I walked away from her booth I said,
"Thanks, Lily, you're my tatting Angel!"
She said with a wink,
"NO! I'm your tatting enabler!"

Truer words were never spoken.
We had a good laugh at that.

Aside from Lily's booth
there were also booths with tatting supplies from

Village Spinning and Weaving


Provo Enterprises (Lace Making Supplies)
no link available

Yes, I got tatting goods from them all.
(shaking head at self and shrugging shoulders)

Here's a tatting board display.

A beautiful hand tatted beaded pendant
by Patsy Goodman.

I HAD to show you a closeup of the main motif.
Isn't it beautiful?

Check out this gorgeous chain of the pendant.
look at the way she added the beads.
Good job, Patsy.
She said about the pattern's origin,
"Oh, I got it out of one of the Japanese books."
See, I'm not the only one who tats in foreign languages, LOL!


Since this is a Lace Show it celebrates handmade lace of all types.
Check out these
beautiful works of art!
A bobbin lacer's WIP (work in progress)
on a roller pillow.

A 12 year old girl shows us her bobbin lace
on a flat pillow.
This girl's pillow is a boogie board
covered with fabric!
Yup a boogie board,
the same that you take out in the ocean.
Insiders say this is much better and less
expensive than buying a flat pillow from a dealer...
just FYI!!!

This is a GORGEOUS piece of
handmade tape lace
displayed beautifully in a tray.WOW!

Here's a beautiful hand knitted lace shawl.
Isn't it lovely?
It's a famous norwegian pattern that
many hand knit lacers may recognize.

Here's a woman learning needle lace
in a class taught by Nancy Evans from Seattle, WA.

This is an exquisite piece of
advanced handmade needlelace
by Nancy Evans.
Isn't it gorgeous?


Thanks for going to Lace Day in L.A. with me! I was exhausted after, LOL! How about you? That was another long one, wasn't it! The vendors were fabulous and it was fun. There were drawings and a lecture on the history of lace through the ages. Did you know that back in the 1400's that handmade lace was a form of currency? Gosh, I wish it was now, I'd be RICH! LOL! :)
It was so much fun to see friends from my lace guild and meet new people. I even met a "friend" from eTatters that we have left messages for online about each other's tatting and we met by happenstance at the Lace Show! Hi Nita! ;)
It was a fun day...wish you could've come with me! No, really, I do!
Feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you. Visitors and comments are always welcome.

78 absolutely fabulous things were said:

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

WOWZERS! What an awesome day! I wish I were there. I can feel the excitement through your post. I love Lily too, she has some great stuff!
Thanks for sharing!

Pardon the drool.....

Bonnie said...

Thanks for sharing Lace Day with me, it looks like it was alot of fun.

snowy said...

Oh, how I envy you! The pictures weren't enough...I want to be there.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Wow! So much to see! It looks like you had a fabulous day! Thanks for sharing the pics!

Susanne said...

Looks like it must have been an expensive day with all those vendors around ;-) , roflol. Am I green with envy??? - yes I am, lol.
So much lovely lace to look at too, must be wonderful being able to go to one of those days. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

Kathy said...

Oh my, how exciting to look at all those goodies. I sure wish I could have been there. Never attended a lace show. I guess I will have to do some research.

Kathy said...

Just found out that in October Mark Meyers was within about an hour and a half drive away giving a class on tatting an angel. I am not expierenced enought yet but it sure would have been nice to at least watch.

TattingChic said...

Hi Lady Shuttle Maker, Lily is a doll, isn't she? It was nice to be able to go.

Hi Bonnie, thanks for letting me share with you!

You would've enjoyed it, Snowy. There were lot's of bobbins of all kinds and plenty of beads for the spangling kind!

Thanks, Diane. Glad you like the pics. It was a nice day.

Hi Susanne...well...maybe it was an expensive day and maybe it wasn't...LOL! ;) Thank you for letting me share with you. It was nice to be able to go. I almost didn't, but I'm glad I did!

Oh, WOW, Kathy, that would've been nice to go and meet other tatters. I don't know Mark Myers or how he teaches, but I'm sure it would've been a very nice time.

Bella Sinclair said...

Ah! My eyes are dancing at all the colors and lace. Looks like it was a very fun day. Thanks for taking us along.

And DOH! I wish I had visited earlier. How I would have loved to try for your giveaway punkin! That was incredibly adorable.

I so enjoyed your creeeeeeepy trip story, too. That would definitely have given me the heeby-jeebies.

Thanks so much for stopping by. It was good to see a friendly face in my inbox. I've been swamped lately, but I do want you to know that I've missed coming here. :)

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Oh how neat is that~~ glad you had the pics and the beautiful LACE(:) I Love lace~~
Yes that Purity ball show was really amazing.. (:)
...have a great tatting day ~!! Hugs, Patty

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What incredible work!
Looks like you had an amazing time! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Glaucia said...

So many amazing laces! thanks for sharing :)

CrazyKwilter said...

What a fabulous event. That must have been great fun!


TattingChic said...

Hi Bella Sinclair! It's good to see you! You've been missed. Thanks for stopping by.

Patty, thanks for stopping by to go to the lace day with me, LOL! ;)

Hi Becky, thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoyed the lace.

Thank you for stopping by, Glaucia! Hope you stop by again sometime soon! :)

Hi Patricia! It was a good day! Thanks for visiting!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Wow, I am exhausted and broke after attending the lace day with you! We really need to do that again :). Everything is so beautiful, I just can't imagine making can anyone sell their work and how can you put a price on such items? Thanks for sharing such priceless work.

Kathi :)

Barb said...

Hi Tattingchic,

Incredible. To have that kind of talent, WOW!!!

It looks like you had a marvelous time. Thank you for sharing your adventure.


Gina said...

Really wish I coulda been there!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow! Thanks for taking me with you to lace day. Those were just beautiful!

adrienne said...

Handmade lace should be a form of currency! What gorgeous things. I would drool all over those beads.

TattingChic said...

Excellent point, Kathi! That is a subject of many a debate on the online tatting groups. It is something that is very rare, painstakingly slow and and unappreciated by the masses when they can have inexpensive, cheap looking, machine made lace so readily! It's very hard to put a price on it.

Hi Barb, aren't some of these lacers amazing? I'd love to learn more of it, myself. I do love tatting, tho'!

Hi Gina! It would've been nice to see you there! We coulda done lunch or somethin'! :)

Thanks for coming to lace day with me, Penny! ;) You can come and visit anytime.

Hi Adrienne! Welcome and do come again. Thanks for the comment.

Clyde said...

What a great opportunity to enjoy a great sampling of lace. Once again thank you for the great tour.

Tattycat said...

Thanks for sharing Lace Days with us. It looks like you had an incredible day. I am happy for you!

Fete et Fleur said...

I love that these amazing lace arts are still being preserved. All your photos were amazing and beautiful.


Nermal and Kitty said...

Now, now, Tatting Chic, are you sure it was wise for you to go to that lace show? You know with your addiction problem and all. Some of those pieces were so beautiful-hard to believe they were hand made. Thanks for sharing. Nerm

TattingChic said...

Thank you for going on the tour with me, Clyde! Glad you like it.

Hi Tattycat! It was a nice day and I'm glad I have fabulous people like you (and others) to share it with.

Yes, Nancy, that is what these lace guilds are all help preserve and pass on the beautiful art of hand made laces. They are an important part of history.

Here, here, Nerm! Was it wise??? ummmm....nope! Was it fun??? YUP!
It was purely educational, purely educational! ;)

our shabby cottage said...

All I can say is "W.O.W"! What a day out it must have been.

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh wow, just beautiful!!! I just posted some snowmen...come back and take a peek. Laurie

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

wow! seriously, is it slightly overwhelming? i get overwhelmed with so many goodies around me. ;)

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, I'm drooling......must be something to do with age!

Jen r. said...

Wow, how cool and what great stuff!

TattingChic said...

Thanks, Our Shabby Cottage. It was a nice day out! Thanks for visiting. :)

Hi Laurie! Glad that you could stop by. I popped over to see your cute snowmen cute! Left a comment there, as well.

LOL! Funny you should say that, Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! The first year I went to the Lace Show it was very overwhelming. It is a very unusual sight to see so many tatting supplies together (live and in person~so to speak). I've learned to go with a plan in mind of what I want to get and I keep a bibliography of tatting books (so many...I forget what I have). ROFLOL, it NEVER works...I get so excited and overwhelmed I STILL overspend....shhhhhhhh!

Hi Virtual Quilter! Naw, drooling has nothing to do with age; just ask the youthful Lady Shuttle Maker! (First comment on this post).

Hi Jen, thanks for the comment. Always so nice to have you stop for a visit.

Daisys Little Cottage said...

Unbelievable laces ! Just stunning and that beaded necklace is a jaw dropper. Great photos too...

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that there was this fabulous 'Lace' world out there. What a fantactic day to be a part of.

Rosemary said...

Lots of fun stuff! So colorful and pretty.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, that looks like an amazing skill. I love lace, and what an intriguing craft. Your post is filled with wonderful eye candy, but I really love that little machine that helps design the lace.

Suzie said...

That is some amazing lace

Mermaid Queen said...

wow what amazing work, just gorgeous creations of lace.

TattingChic said...

Hi Darly, yes, I thought that the beauty of the beaded hand tatted necklace was undeniable! Thanks for your comment.

Hi Stacey Steimle, welcome and thanks for visiting! Come again!

No, no Rosemary! Thank YOU!!! LOL! ;)

Hi Karen, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the lace day post. I believe when you say "machine" you mean the roller pillow. It's not a machine at all! It's just a place to set the pins which the lacemaker wraps thread around from her many wooden bobbins hanging down from the lace in progress...HEY! Lace In Progress would be LIP...LOL! I just came up with a new term...Whoo HOOOOOOO!

Hi Suzie! You weren't multitasking while making that comment, were YOU? ;)

Welcome back, Martha! THanks for commenting. Hope to see ya again, soon.

CIELO said...

Absolutely beautiful! I too love lace!


Thistledew Farm said...

oooo, so pretty! I am facinated by lace making....what a treat to see all those lovely things.

jillian said...

I've never been to a lace show, thanks for taking me along!!! Wow, there are some beautiful things there and some very talented ladies. What fun!!

Lace hearts said...

Lace Day sounds as if it was a blast. I love the beaded tatted necklace. And the bobbin lace from the 12 year old. Thanks for all those lovely pictures.

Shabby Addict said...

Hey, why didn't I know about this! I am so out of the southern cal loop! Looks like you had a blast though!

Thimbleanna said...

Tatting Chic! You should be ashamed of all the beautiful things you post here -- you're promoting lust and envy LOL! I've had a good time catching up on all your posts I missed. Oh boohoo -- I missed your giveaway and those FABULOUS pumpkins. Are they ever cute! And all the beautiful threads. Swoon!!!

Charmingdesigns said...

I got my pumpkins today...they are so gorgeous!! But...You sent so many other wonderful goodies!!! Thank you so much for the book!!! Now I dont have any excuses (except for time) I really am excited to give this a try!!! Thank you Thank you. I'll be showing it on my blog in the near future!! Laurie

Anonymous said...

WOW, I am adding this to my bookmarks for a reminder for my daughter's wedding! THANKS!!

NeereAnDear said...

I think this has to be one of the most beautiful lost arts that is coming back to life thanks to talented ladies like you...

I had no idea there is such a thing as needle lace.... but from what I see would be something I would love to learn

I also could not imagine walking away from those booths without spending a huge amount of money... even if you dont tat ... the laces themselves are a collectors/sewers dream ....

Thank you for the tour... I am finding your venue to be one of major interest...

Isnt my PJ silly... trust me that photo shoot with her was not set up... I had absoluetly nothing to do with it...I turned around to find her looking at me like that and just cracked up was all I could do to snap the pics as I was laughing so hard... she is my little nut



Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

I bet this was a lot of fun. Such amazing talent and patience!

I looked up the tatting fern, it is pretty!!

singtatter said...

Wow, what a day! Thanks for posting all the photos for us!

TattingChic said...

Thanks for stopping by, Cielo!

Hi Thistledew Farm! Glad you enjoyed the lace photos! Welcome back!

Hi Jillian, thank you for coming along with me! Glad you enjoyed it!

Hi Lace Hearts, something told me you would like the post, LOL! Hmmmm...what could it be about you? Your "name", perhaps???

Shabby Addict, I never heard of lace day until I joined a lace guild, that may be why. For some reason they do not have a very big advertising venue. It may be limited resources.

LOL! Thimbleanna, you are too funny! Well, see, now that's what you get for flying off to Ireland and Cat-sitting!

Good, Laurie! I'm glad you got the giveaway package! Enjoy! I will check back for your post about your goodies! :)

Wow! Meredith Teagarden! I am honored that you would bookmark this post! Thanks! Welcome back! Come again anytime.

Hi Jo! Needlelace is actually one of the oldest forms of lace there is! If not THE oldest...from many centuries ago. It is what many machine laces are based on. Glad you enjoyed the photos and yes, your doggie is adorable!

Hi Nikki! Thanks for stopping by! I want a tatting fern...I have an urn waiting for it, LOL!

Hi Singtatter! You are most welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to enjoy Lace Day with me, LOL! :)

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I agree...WOW! Stunning lacework.

Tracy said...

What a day...lace heaven...ah...Such wonderful displays--love all those thread balls in the candy bins! Such fun to see all the variety and handicrafts...Beads too...Excuse me while I do a happy dance--LOL! Thanks for taking us along! Happy weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

Denise said...

Wow, such wonderful photos. It looks like a great time.

I wish we had something like that here in Western NY.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I bet it's sunny there today! :) Enjoy your day...everything is still amazingly beautiful over here :).

Kathi :)

Charmingdesigns said...

I took the tatting book with me to Portland today. So I had a little time to look it steps! lol. laurie

Jen r. said...

That shawl is amazing!

TattingChic said...

Hi Cathy! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the lacework.

LOL! You are so cute, Tracy~ Thanks for coming along to Lace Day with me~ :)
((Hugs)) back to you!

Hi Denise! Thanks for visiting! I believe there is a day for tatting in Hector...isn't that somewhere in New York? Why don't you visit Gina-from the Blog: Threads of a Tatting Goddess and she may know more tatting/lace events closer to your area.

Kathi, you are right! It has been lovely here, today! Glad to hear you are having lovely weather as well.

Hi Laurie! Yes, good point, "baby steps"! You are right! Tatting takes a bit of time to learn. I hope the book helps, I'd never looked at it before. You'll have to tell me if it helps or not.

Hi Jen, Glad you like the shawl. I thought the gal who did it had done lovely work, too!

Joanne Kennedy said...

How fun! I am a huge fan of lace and anything that has lace. I so wish I knew how to do tatting. Is it hard to learn? I would kill to be able to make something lovely like you do.

Looks like you had a dream day!


Nuts To You! said...

Thanks for commenting! Aren't the heart-shaped pans fun?! I think my MIL got them at Target.

Your tatting is beautiful! I would like to learn to do is on my list of things to do:)

rosechicfriends said...

OH MY..tatting is not one of those things I can do (I can crochet and knit) and I just love seeing your blog with all its lovelies! Amazing is all I can say.

Thanks so much for advertising my giveaway and so glad one of your friends won!

You have a great bless weekend!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Just dropping by to tell you to have an awesome weekend! :). I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments! I'm still amazed at the beautiful handmade lace :).

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you! I had a fun Birthday. Now it's on to Christmas!

Marie Antionette said...

Hey sweetie,i don't tat ,but all this gorgeous lace and bead work,made me drool.Just so so fab,but then you always have the koolest prettie.Hugs,You feel my arms around you? Marie Antionette

Miss Rhea said...

Wow, what Fun, I would LOVE to go there. The tatting with the tiny pearls is out of this world pretty. You make me want to learn how to do this art :)

Draffin Bears said...

What a wonderful day you must have had, so much equisite work.
I would have loved to join you to have a look.

Thanks for sharing.


Rue said...

Everything was so beautiful! I can tell you had a great time :)


Kathleen Grace said...

These are so amazing! I love handmade lace and tatting. I was wondering if you ever sell any of your tatting?

TattingChic said...

Hi Joanne,
That is so cool that you are a fan of tatting! Tatting is a bit of a challenge to learn at the very first and then once you get the switch of the threads (or the "flip") down then the rest is relatively easy! Really! It's just the same stitch over and over. It's kind of addicting in a way.

Hi Nuts to You! I think I have some of those heart shaped pans only mine are red silicone. I think I got mine at target, too! LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for stopping by, Lorena. Glad you like tatting! Come back any time. Yes, it's cool that Tattrldy won your giveaway!

Hi Kathi, hope you've been having a fabulous weekend. I've been taking it easy. Come visit anytime!

Thank you, Lindsey. Glad you came for a visit.

Awww...thanks Marie Antoinette! You're a sweetie!

Hi Miss Rhea! Thanks for your comment. That would be so neat if you learned to tat. I hope you do learn. There are lots of great resources to help you learn on the internet!

Well, thank you for joining me for looking around at Lace Day, Carolyn! I'm glad you enjoyed the event with me...LOL! It's nice to share with people such as yourself.

Thank you, Rue. I did have a nice time. It was great!

Thank you Kathleen Grace, that is huge compliment to be asked if I sell my tatting. At present, I do not. I've been asked that before. The thing is, it's hard to put a price on it because of the amount of time it takes to do it in.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous place!! Who doesnt adore lace? Thank you for sharing!


TattingChic said...

Thank you, Amy! So glad you stopped by to enjoy the lace with me. :)

CakesMix said...

I LOVE lace day events! Thanks for sharing the pics- I just bought one of those large TATSY shuttles at our local lace day event last weekend. Can't wait to try it out!

TattingChic said...

Very Cool, Cakes Mix! I look forward to seeing what you do with your huge Tatsy shuttle!

yarnplayer said...

What a lot of fabulous things to see, and great people to meet. I'm glad you were able to go, and thanks for thinking of me! That is interesting that they had so many beads there - I don't recall there being much in the way of beads at the I.O.L.I. convention in August.

TattingChic said...

Yarnplayer, they've never had beads like that before. I wish I would've known I would've planned better! I didn't get one bead! Can you believe it?

Martha said...

What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing all the pictures

TattingChic said...

Hi Martha! Thank you for stopping by! Glad to share the photos, always! :)

laura_rose said...

Thanks for sharing. All the pics are great and I hope my letters work as well as in the display. Great range of tatting threads...WOW and if only (sigh)!!


TattingChic said...

Hi Laura Rose! I hope the letters were helpful! Oh, yes, there were so many threads there, so little time, LOL! :)