Tuesday, June 18, 2013

♥ from Postie ♥

Ooh, it has been a good week for post. An unexpected parcel arrived from a northern cousin, she of the flying shuttles, the magnificent Fox! To what do I owe this good fortune?

Goodies from Fox

The note card caused a brief pause, as I didn't recall doing anything requiring a thank you note...

Fox was thanking me again for sending her a Pansy shuttle from La Cossette many moons ago. (Tat-ology 2011: So Blessed)

...enclosed was a pretty wisteria shuttle from La Cossette to add to my collection. Yippee!
That is not all. Cindy from A Happy Bluebird made a terrific felt needle book to pass along.

Fox's timing couldn't be better, as I am stitching my fingers raw with applique work on the Palmetto Tat Days fund-raiser wall hanging. Applique needles are sharp and having a case to keep them in is a life-saver.

Fox and Cindy, THANK YOU so much my friends!

Blue-eyed penguins for Tat Days charity fund raiser

Gettin' Grape-y with a Pineapple
When my stitching fingers need a break, I ply my shuttles toward a promised heart for JB.  Here is a sneak peek of her heart so far.

In progress:
Pineapple Split Ring Heart © 2004 Sherry Matthews
Tatting by IsDihara

Pineapple Split Ring Heart pattern can be found online at Needle Tatting Forum (registration required). It is also linked from Tatting Pattern Central.  (Registration is still required at Needle Tatting Forum to access the pattern, but once logged in, the link at Tatting Pattern Central opens right up.)

Arlene shared a photo of her two completed hearts back in 2008 on her blog: Arlene Tats and Knits: Sending out Hearts  Check out her blog to see a photo of her lovely hearts.

Time to confess...I improvised the pattern, substituting two joined rings for the clover at the bottom.

Red is de rigueur, but the soft purple shades of Lizbeth® 40 #165 Grape Splash add charm, n'est-ce pas? Once completed, this heart will be a milestone - my first pineapple pattern.

Hoping you have time to indulge in lace-making endeavors today and can also enjoy a summer cuppa.  See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!


Ladytats said...

that is a wonderful labor of love for the wall hanging. and I like the heart in grape splash.

Jane McLellan said...

Pretty thread, I look forward to seeing the completed heart.

IsDihara said...

Thank you, Ladytats and Jane McLellan. I want to make a second heart in Lizbeth #177 Elderberry Jam!

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely surprise and beautiful shuttle,
Going to look a lovely heart and lovely colour

Michelle said...

I love Grape Splash. Not much on the ball but tats up so beautifully! I'm interested to see where that heart goes!

IsDihara said...

Michelle, I had to chuckle at my own failure to understand. At first I thought you meant that you had a ball of Grape Splash in your possession that was almost all used up. It took me a moment to realize your true meaning (if I have indeed fathomed it?): Grape Splash isn't as pretty-looking a colorway "on the ball" as some others, but it sure does make pretty lace. LOL!

Crazy Mom! said...

Fox is a real sweetie!

Love the heart - looks great in that colorway. Keep tatting!

God's Kid said...

I love your penguins!! :)
And your heart is already gorgeous!!! :)

tattrldy said...

LOL, I'm glad you clarified Michelle's comment, I didn't get it at first, either! I think the heart will look lovely in that color ☺ What a wonderful surprise in the mail! Lucky girl.
Your penguins are looking mighty fine surrounded by that tatting. Looking forward to seeing the completed wall hanging.

JB said...

I love the color and design. Thank you for the nice sneak peek. Exciting!
Your tatted edge looks great showcasing the penguins.
Lovely shuttle and needlecase.