Monday, 23 January 2017


Flicking through my books for inspiration tonight, I decided to tat this diamond motif by Susanne Schwenke from her book "Spitzen-Kreationen".  It could be a square too of course but in the book, it is shown as a diamond.

I was thinking of tackling a larger piece made with some of those and slightly smaller ones (as shown in the book) but after tatting this one, I'm not so sure.  

It feels a little crowded around the tips and there's a bit of tension in places and I'm not completely happy with it.  I also think it would be one of those designs where I'd need to constantly refer to the diagram... 

Oh well.  I think I'll try something else.

Best wishes,

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Owl Necklace

I came up with this design back in 2012.  I had some lovely paua shell beads and they inspired me to make a tatted frame for them and this is how this necklace came about.  The "frame" can be used to feature different things as you can see in these examples.  Recently I found some little owl beads and thought they would look pretty in this necklace.

Below are the first versions of a few years ago with paua shell beads:

I've also made it in red with a little apple pendant:

And lastly, I decided to remake the owl necklace using the owl
like a bead, but it was too short.  So I added two 4mm pearl
beads either side to get the right length.
Doing this will let you adapt different size ornaments to fit the design.

I finally got around to writing a proper pattern for it.  I called it "Cameo" as it reminded me of pretty framed cameo necklaces.  

Best wishes,

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Gifts from Afar

Ooh, I'm a bit slow to get going this January!  Still no tatting at all but I'm enjoying knitting.

For this post, I just wanted to share a culinary delight:  not only beautiful to look at but tasty too!  I don't know if you remember my attempts at making springerle type biscuits?  I had never actually tried the real thing but a kind friend sent me some from Germany (amongst other lovely items too like the pretty crochet doily that the biscuits are on).

Here are a few of them...
several were eaten before I thought to take a photo!

I particularly like the star one
with the very intricate decorations...
so pretty!

The little brown spot is a seed
that was coming through the top of the biscuit.

I thought I didn't like the taste of aniseed but I have to say I enjoyed these very much.  I have a few left... but they're so beautiful, it's nearly a shame to eat them!

Thank you so much J. for the generous gifts.  I'm a lucky lady.  :-)

Best wishes,

Sunday, 1 January 2017

A New Year

Here we are:  it's the 1st of January 2017.  Another year begins.  I wish you all a great New Year filled with exciting projects, happiness and creativity.

My first completed project is a pair of socks for my daughter - they are "Moose Parade", a free pattern by Drops Design.  They were meant to be for Christmas but I didn't quite manage to finish them on time.  I did complete another pair of red ones with nice cabling which made it under the Christmas tree but this pair took a little longer to knit.

I'm pleased with them and would make them again.  The colour is dark grey-green with a lighter contrasting grey (not really obvious from the photo).  The nice thing about colour work on these socks is that it makes for a thicker, warmer sock although it's knitted in fine wool:  carrying the wool behind give it double thickness.  And the moose were just too cute!

How about you, is your new year off to a good start?  What are your January projects?

Best wishes,

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snowflake Gingerbread & Best Wishes

I love snowflakes.  Whether they are tatted, painted... or baked!  Making and decorating gingerbread is one of my favourite Christmas time activity and a lovely little gift for family and friends.  This Scandinavian recipe is particularly delicious, flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and orange zest.  I found it many years ago in a magazine and it's the one I re-make every year.

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a lovely holiday
and I wish you a wonderful and creative New Year 2017.

Best wishes,

Monday, 5 December 2016

Glasses Case

I'm still on my gift production line!  Here is a glasses case in crochet.  I used the star stitch I had previously used to make bags as I liked the texture.  This was a special request so I hope it will fit the bill!

Best wishes,

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Pudding....

.... earrings!  My daughter and I had fun making these yesterday.

And I finished two more hats.

Can't stop long,
so much more I want to make.

I bet you are all really busy too now that December is just a couple of days away!

Best wishes,