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
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!
Now -- bragging today on something I have done. These are
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/
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!!