He knows my name!

My life verse: "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." (Isaiah 45:3). For me, "the treasures of darkness" has been the medically-treated depression that I have suffered off and on with for years. More than anything else in my life, I think this has made me realize how much my Savior loves me and has deepened my relationship with God. The "hidden riches of secret places" are my wonderful family and this fabulous craft--tatting! I thank God for both!
I think it is awesome that God knows my name! Did you know that He knows yours?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ShuttleSmith Doily

This is a catch-up post...things I have done that I haven't blogged about.

Last fall, a lady in from the Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma shared a free pattern with me that she had picked up at a Kansas retreat.  I have lost the pattern since--so I don't know the correct name for it, but the designer is Karen Bovard (the ShuttleSmith --  http://www.theshuttlesmith.com/   I used scraps of DMC size 5 to make it.  I wish I had "planned" my colors, instead of just playing "hit and miss."  I think it would have looked much better..

I understand Karen Bovard is coming to our guild next year to do a weekend workshop!!   


Nancy Tracy of Be-stitched (http://www.be-stitched.com) offers a free pattern each month.  For the last several years, some of the month's patterns have been the rows to a beautiful doily.  These are the first three rows of the Tatted 2016 Doily.  I am doing it in Lizbeth, size 20, #129, Purple Splendor and #642, Lilac, med.

My aunt, an excellent knitter,  has done so much over the years to encourage my tatting!   I made this to go around her name plate by her apartment door in the retirement home. The edging is from Tatting with Beads by Rosemarie Peel and was done in Lizbeth, Size 20, #638 Christmas Green.   It was sandwiched between two pieces of quilter's template plastic to help give it stability.

I taught my "Their Five Year Mission" pattern at guild on Saturday. I am really enjoying teaching tatting!  Thank you to my students who had a lot of patience with me!

It seems like I have had a health "step back" about once a week since the first week of June.  Every time that I think I am doing good, pneumonia sneaks back in to say, "HI!"--I wish it would say "Goodbye" for good!


  1. That first piece looks so fun and bright!!! :)
    Your doily is beautiful!!! :)
    And what a fabulous frame for the name!!! :)

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad someone thinks the colors of my "scrap" doily are okay.
      I am very impatiently waiting for Nancy Tracy to publish the next step of the doily!
      I was so pleased that my aunt liked the tatted frame.

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  3. Lovely tatting! I especially like the shuttlesmith one and think the colour combinations are fine, bright and cheerful.

  4. I love your colorful doily. I have to look, I might have a pattern like it.
    The name plate frame is lovely. How lucky your aunt is.

    1. Thank you! My aunt really surprised me-- when downsizing from her home to the apartment, she got rid of a lot of beautiful art work. However, she kept pieces of my tatting which she had framed I think I am the lucky one!!

  5. Love Karen's cheerful mat & a great scrap-buster !! I haven't yet made a single piece from her book :-(
    I really like the tatted frame & the idea (never seen or thought of that before)

  6. Your tatting looks great and wish they had this guild when I lived in OKC many moons ago :)

    1. Thank you! Technically....The Lace Guild of Oklahoma is in OKC. My guild, The Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma meets in Bartlesville. There is also the Oklahoma ShuttleBugs, I think they are the group that meets in Kingfisher. In my guild, the tatters are way outnumbered by the bobbinlacers, but it is still SO nice to be able to meet often with people who "speak your language. I think access to the internet has helped us to "find" each other much easier than a few years back :)


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