Round three (3) is complete and thankfully it went smoothly, though it is beginning to ruffle. Sharon Briggs' blocking method worked like a charm on the ruffle.
Round four (4) is made up of split rings, which I really enjoy. I am looking forward to working them in two colors.
Kickin' It Up a Notch
It is time to really shift things into high gear. I want to tat an Easter egg this week, plus tat the first of several entwined hearts for a wedding project on which I have volunteered to assist.
AND a lucky winner must be choosen for the International Tatting Day - Pamper Yourself Giveaway on April 1st! Who will it be?
It could be you! But only if you enter.
Last week I won an eBay auction and scored a Milward tatting shuttle from a seller in the UK. It didn't come with a hook, but I am still over the moon with excitement to be its proud new owner.
Milward stopped producing these shuttles in the 1980s so they are increasingly hard to find.
In October 2009 Fox wrote of her eBay auction win of a Milward shuttle and an English Aero. It's true, my longing quadrupled after reading her post. My English Aero quest continues with a broad, "I got a Milward" grin!
ISO Manuela Thread
The English Aero is not the only thing I am in search of. Recently I took a thread inventory and realized that some color planning and organizing was in order. One thread I was not able to buy was size 20 Manuela "Vanilla" color #055.
The incredible family of tatters on the Here_Be_Tatters list have graciously helped me in my search.
- Jeff (Bridge City Tatting) helped me find the correct color number for Manuela Vanilla.
- Elesa Hurley looked through her thread stash and offered me her ball of Manuela "Natural" color #002.
Thanks to you both, and anyone else who checked their stash for Manuela "Vanilla." The quest continues, so if you stumble upon a source, please let me know!
Last but not least, here is how I have organized my "ball" cottons. A 50% off Michaels A&C coupon came in handy to purchase this three-drawer cabinet. Now I have a separate drawer for size 20, 40 and size 50 - 80 threads. A narrow basket in each drawer will hold hand-dyed threads (HDT).
Off to tat hearts and eggs and split rings.
Hope to see you for Tatting Tea Tuesday!