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?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Tiny Wedding Gift

Wow!  I had a dr. look at me today and tell me I haven't looked this good in several years!

I am now on 4 liters of oxygen 24/7.  Enlarged lymph nodes in my lung and a hiatel henia are pressing on my airway. COPD + CHF = the worst of the bad news.  The great news is I have had some GI bleeders cauterized (6 unit of blood since November of  '20), both knees have been replaced (the right in November '20 and the left in April of '21 and I've had a port inserted (blood draws are difficult, IV starts are almost impossible) and I am getting infusions of gamaglobulin to help my ailing immune system    I am a walking symptom and have had 17 covid tests (if they are testing for brain cells -- I lost those a long time ago!) and 2 antibody tests--all negative!!  I have stayed as isolated as possible (but my husband is a public school teacher and is in and out of the house multiple times daily) and I have had both my immunizations. Now that I am mobile--it is time to quit being "one with my recliner" and get healthier!!  (The only thing good about over 100 days in the hospital in less than four years is the change of scenery!)  

Some friends have decided they are going to get married--after being together for at least ten years... They don't want a bunch of fuss--are not even inviting family...they just have reached a time in their lives where they want to make things "legal."  My husband is to do the non-ceremony...

Well, I wanted her to have something "bride-like" and remembered something I had seen from a company "Better Than Buttons".  They make a long safety pin  with dips in it which holds four charms for a bride.

I decided to throw something similar together.  I put these all on a lobster claw hook so it can be hooked onto her bra, or onto a necklace or buttonhole.....   There is a silver dime (another wedding tradition) for something OLD, my tatted dime holder for something NEW, a nice blue bead for something BLUE, and a red rose bead that was my mother's for something BORROWED (I will GIVE her this after the wedding in case she wishes to pass it on some day).  

The thread was Iridescent one of the Lizbeth metallic threads.  I have not used these a lot but they are so very, very pretty.  They come in 18 beautiful colors!.   Link to the Lizbeth metallic threads at Tatting Corner    https://tattingcorner.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12_88&referrer=CNWR_30711492117529 

Yellow picots are tiny joining picots.

Red picots are larger picots

Empty blue picot is a temporary picot made with the core thread to aid in closing the ring.  I usually stick a safely pin on these to hold them open until I intentionally close the ring.  I use the method that Jane Eborall has so fantastically taught/described and illustrated here  

http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/DimpleRing.pdf

 



Monday, November 16, 2020

Wow! Have you seen these?

I was poking around Ruth Perry's site today and discovered where she has demonstrated something that I thought was impossible!!  She shows how to do a) a single color 6 ring motif thrown off of a chain and then b)  using two colors, a 6 ring motif thrown off of a chain!!  Here is the link to her awesome tutorial

https://rozellalinden.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Six-Ring-Motif-Thrown-Off-from-a-Chain-1.pdf

Ruth is one of the many people I have to thank for so freely sharing of their talent.  I don't know where my tatting would be without Jane Eborall, Georgia Seitz, Kerry Solomon, Marilee Rockley, Mark Myers, Bina Madden, Martha Ess, to name just a very very few of those that teach, design, share of their talent--helping this craft we all love to not just survive but to thrive!

Speaking of our craft....Somewhere back in grade school we learned about the Library of Congress.  I have always wondered how in the world they had storage for their copy of every magazine and book professionally published for sale here in the United States of America.  THEY DON'T (I don't know about the storage part) have a copy of every magazine and book......  It seems craft type magazines and books are not important enough to archive or even keep a list of!!  There is a lovely lady who has made it her passion to take care of that for Tatting books and a few other crafts.  She has a list of over 1,300 tatting books!  I'll let her tell her own story of how she decided to tackle this daunting task.  Check out the list at http://www.somethingunderthebed.com/index.html  If you have any tatting publications not on her list, please contact her!


Someone else trying to help keep tatting going and growing is Brynn at Tatting Digest.  She is publicizing some of the free tatting patterns that she has found on the web.  She would love for you to find a new pattern on her site or to share a pattern with her!    https://tattingdigest.com/

Now -- bragging today on something I have done.  These are
some Dreamlit shuttles that I've decorated.  I really like these mix and match shuttles.  Don't you hate when one of a pair of shuttles is busy and so you don't feel right using the second shuttle?  Well, here I have two big turtles, two small turtles, two pink turtles and two blue turtles.....I think I can have one or more shuttles busy and still find a match! 

In August of 2019, I asked my primary doctor for a referral to an orthopedist because my right knee had been giving me fits on and off for several years.  That very night, I tore the cartilage in the left knee.  Both are bone on bone and need total replacements.  Because of the over 60 days in the last three years that I have spent in the hospital for pneumonia, it took a few tries to find a surgeon who would actually accept me as a patient.  The one that I found is one of the best in the state...he uses a surgery center that the operating rooms are built to his specifications....am I going to his surgery center--no, my pulmonologist and cardiologist both are requiring a full operating room at a larger hospital.  This doctor does operate in a hospital about four times a year.  In  January 2020 I was told that my surgery would be in April.  Enter covid--all elective surgeries are canceled.  In late June, I was told it would be the second week in August--I spent the last week of July and the first week of August in the hospital with pneumonia--missed all the pre-op appointments and lost my clearances from the pulmonologist and cardiologist.  Come join me in an adventure some day--called walking on crutches with an oxygen cord.  If that was boring we can give you a bonus round during the winter--it is called "walking on crutches with an oxygen cord & keep the cord off of the floor furnace so that you don't melt a hole in it!  Well, I am tired of the game, my right shoulder is giving out because of the crutches so.....   I am supposed to be admitted Wednesday, for some respiratory procedures and then Thursday have my first knee replacement. I have no idea how they will rehab when I still have a bad knee!  So please pray for my surgeon, me, the operated knee, the unoperated knee (If I can stay out of the hospital, they will do the second knee in 3-6 months.  Now to get my lungs healthy and lose the O2 cord!!

Huge Thread Selection at TattingCorner.com


 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

INK PENS make great NEEDLE HOLDERS!

 

INK PENS make great NEEDLE HOLDERS!

Tutorial

For a printable pdf copy of this tutorial- click here
 

Two posts within one month!!

 

I tend to go through needles at an insane pace.  Apparently the chemicals in my hands eat away at the finish on needles…next thing I know I have a needle that won’t glide through the fabric.   When machine sewing, I will be sewing merrily along when snap, “another one bites the dust."

 We are not discussing the needles I’ve lost in my recliner or on the living room carpet.  Someone almost always finds them eventually with their bare feet

 

 

I  can’t remember what my family did with broken needles, pins etc…My husband’s family had one of those nifty holes in the back wall of their medicine cabinet so that you can save your old razor blades somewhere in the innards of your home between a couple of the studs (I guess in case you ever need them again?)  This is my solution. 


  

The cap has a hole in the lid made with a red-hot ice pick.  The cap was then glued on (attention Grandboys—What is inside should stay inside!)  When it is full, I can throw the whole thing away.  No one going through my trash (nosey neighbors, the FBI, hungry dogs etc.)  They will not get hurt.  And my trash man will also be safe! 

 

My sleeping disorder just kicked in, I typed four pages of “ddddd”s!!

 

Anyway, I seem to go through a lot of pins and needles, so I have tried to find some places where you can purchase in bulk and still get quality (I’m still looking).  I recently bought a bunch of twisted wire beading needles and some rigid  beading needles.  Both were too long to fit my needle case(s).  What was I to do?   My eyes fell on some non-working ink pens that I had laid aside as I organized drawers.

 

Many kinds of ink pens will work.  These were Z Grip pens by Zebra.

 

 

I took the inkpen apart—the clip and cap at the end came off way to easy to suit me, so I hit it with a drop of super glue—so that the tube would only have one working entrance/exit.


 I used hot
glue to fill the tip of the cap.  When you do this, make sure that the threads on the inside of the cap don’t get any glue on them.  You will want to be able to take the cap on and off! 


While you wait for the hot glue to “set”-take time an make sure you label the tubes if you are making more than one.  I am going to make a few more, I have some “gold” embroidery needles that I want to take out of “common circulation”                                                           
 


Last of all,

 insert your needles

and twist the cap back on.


Tip:  Do you have an extra salt and pepper shaker?  Stuff that cute thing with cotton and then add either your favorite perfume or essential oil.   Now stick your new sachet into your lingerie drawer – the smell will help start your day with a smile!

Happy Tatting!

Patricia Lyn Cobb 

9/30/20


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