Motifs, TIAS and Tea

I am in the current Design-Tat class that Sharon is doing. We've designed our motifs and are learning how to write them out, both in text and with diagrams. We are also supposed
to test tat some of our classmate's motifs, both to help them write better and for us to learn
to write better as well. This is the second one I've successfully done.

Design by Barbara Barney, 2011

We all started with the same basic center and had to design a second round. Didn't Barbara do a great job on coming up with something totally different? This was fun to do and I can think of several places to put a motif like this. I was trying to empty a couple of shuttles so the threads aren't exactly the greatest match but they still aren't too bad. The center is Lizbeth #114 Sea Shell and the outside is Lizbeth #641 Lilac Dark, both in size 20. And I got to use my new shuttle that I got from a swap partner for Christmas. It handles nice but it's going to take a little bit to get used to it.


My day 3 of Jane Eborall's TIAS

This year I've joined in on Jane's TIAS. I started the one last year and life got in the way so I didn't finish it. I'm hoping to do better this year. So far, so good! I'm using Lizbeth size 20 thread in #657 Ocean Turquoise Dk and # 662 Turquoise Lt. I have no idea what this is going to end up.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, TIAS stands for "tat it and see" - Jane's idea of how to have fun in the winter. She gives just a little of the pattern every few days without telling us what it's supposed to be. We try and follow along and make guesses as to what we think it will be. It's fun because there are people from all over the world doing this together. Not quite like being in the same room with other tatters but kinda close. If you'd like to try it there's no time limit to start or to finish so you would have plenty of time to join us. Here's a link to Jane's blog and a link to the TIAS blog, where she posts the updates.

Did you know that this is National Hot Tea month? Over at they have several tea-related crafts in honor of Hot Tea Month. So today for Tatting Tea Tuesday I'd thought I'd share one of them with you.

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They call this an Upcycled Tea Box, made from an old book (sorry, Diane, it wasn't my idea!). They even have a video to help teach you how to do this. They suggest it as a gift for Mother's Day. Do they think Mom has to hide her stash of tea?

It's taken me almost all day again to get this posted! I have to figure a way to get done a little earlier than this. But I am happy with what I have achieved this week, and that I did actually get this posted on Tuesday!

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort
Franklin D Roosevelt