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?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Christmas 2011 Dragons

     One of my youngest son's Christmas presents in 2011 was a black hooded jacket with a green dragon on the left side.  He came back a week later and asked for another dragon for the right side.  The red dragon, (sorry, no close-up picture) I sewed on "backwards" to give it a slightly different texture than the green.  The green dragon was done in DMC 5 color 4050.  The red dragon was done in DMC 5  color 498.  The fire for both was made out of Lizbeth size 20 color 100, Falling Leaves.  The thread was looped through the "mouth" and then I picked apart the strands of the thread and cut it into the shape I wanted.  Then I applied Fray Check, after it dried, I glued it to the jacket with fabric glue.  The patten for the dragons is by Anne Bruvold and can be found here  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Christmas 2011 Part 2

My son requested this one, he has a black tree, decorated with Star Trek and Star Wars paraphenalia.

I don't want to bore you with all the Christmas ornaments I made last year (I made a total of 24 of them) but I did want to show you a few more They were all made with Lizbeth thread, and all the beads came from Hobby Lobby.  They were all adapted from a pattern by Nancy Tracy.  The pattern is available at www.be-stitched:com/pattern0907ornament.asp 

Thursday, February 16, 2012


When I discovered tatting on the internet, I found three people who changed the craft for me.  They were Georgia Seitz, Jane Eborall and Gina Brummett.  Gina was known to the online tatting community as Tattinggoddess.  She was a gifted and prolific tatter.  She also designed patterns and shared them willingly.  Her blog was an inspiration to me.  Sadly, Gina passed away this week.  I encourage you to have a look at the beautiful things she created with a shuttle and thread, her work can be seen at

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Christmas Ornaments 2011 Part 1

Any one know how to get my text farther up the screen than this?

My mother was a very artistic, creative and "crafty" lady.  One of the many things she did was make beaded necklaces using traditional Native American bead patterns.  She passed away in 1979 and I have had a box of her beads in storage for over 30 years....every time I thought of them, I felt guilty--they should be being used.  So this year I got them out of storage and pulled out beads that I thought I would be able to use, then took the rest to an Oklahoma Lacemakers Guild meeting and put a "free, if you will actually use them" sign on them.  They were all gone by the end of the meeting.

These three ornaments were made from Momma's beads.  The purple one I made for myself.  The red, white, and black ornaments are in Bacone College (now University) colors--where my father taught for 33 years.  I gave those two to my father and sister.

These are adapted from a pattern by Nancy Tracy.  The pattern is available at www.be-stitched:com/pattern0907ornament.asp  My ornament's thread is Lizbeth 20, #633 Purple Dark.  The other two ornaments are Lizbeth 20, #601 Snow White and #604 Black. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Siobhan Doily

     I started this doily in May...got tired of working on it in August and put it in my UFO (Unfinished Objects) drawer.  I started working on Christmas Ornaments in September and in late October, I needed a break from them and pulled this out to work on, I finally finished it the first week in November.  I liked it so much when it was done that I have another one started and it is my stand-by project to work on when I'm between projects or need to work on "something different" for awhile.  This next one will have beads instead of the decorative picots.
     The pattern, Siobhan, is Judith Connor's.  It can be found in her book, Tatting Adventures with beads, shuttle and needle.  The thread is Lizbeth, size 20.  The thread color is #644, Boysenberry Dark. The doily measures 17 inches across.
      The doily took 2 full balls of thread, plus a little off of a third ball.  I think it would have taken less, if I had figured out earlier how much thread it takes for the individual motifs.