Wednesday, May 25, 2011

♥ Lizbeth® is here ♥ - Part 2

Or how the UTJ Flair Button was born.
(Just joking. You ladies crack me up.)

Lizbeth® Purple Iris Dk #647, Purple Iris Lt #646
and Purple Iris Fusion #162

This photo shows off the crystal better than the thread, but it still gets the job done. I am in a purple rapture over this combination.

Lizbeth® Purple Iris Dk #647, Purple Iris Lt #646
and Purple Iris Fusion #162

This photo gives you a much better idea of the colors.

At the risk of unrecoverable blasphemy, these purples give me that "lift me up to meet Jesus" feeling. (Oh Lord, I apologize.)

Lizbeth® Magenta Dk. #618 , Magenta Med. #617
and Raspberry Frappe #157

Wait, there are more! I am not a "pink person." But Barbara Foster had me drooling with her description of Raspberry Frappe before I ever saw a color sample. So let me hold up my head proudly and say THIS is thread even a pink-hater can love.

Because I really do.

Leps may be mischievous, even masters of misdirection, but they don't lie. Ciarrán "leapt" right in to the thread pool. And you?

One last photo -- but you have to scroll down to yesterday's post to see it. The image of the "blues trio" needed to be shared, so I grabbed a snippet of tatted lace that I "rescued" from a flea market and took another photo so you could see how great these "blues brothers" look together.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

♥ Lizbeth® is here ♥

Feast your eyes on the new Lizbeth colors. My order arrived yesterday in the afternoon post.

Were they worth the wait? Oh yeah!

Honest and sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to every person who submitted color suggestions and/or names for this latest batch of threads. Whether or not your suggestion(s) were chosen, you have helped shape some of the most desirable (IMHO) color mixes in the Lizbeth® line.

And the best part? You get the colors that you want!

Disclaimer: I do not get any compensation from Handy Hands whatsoever. I am just a happy customer (& self-professed UTJ *) caught up in thread-induced euphoria.

* Unrepentant Thread Junkie

Lizbeth® Sea Island Citrus

Light, idyllic Sea Island Citrus (#161) goes so beautifully with my favorite Pashmina wrap. Aren't the colors a perfect match?

You'll dream of balmy skies and ocean breezes while you tat. (OK, it's me doing the dreaming...but why not you too?)

Lizbeth® Niagara Falls and Lizbeth® Sea Island Citrus
with Ciarrán and a cool canine companion

Ciarrán begged to bring this crazy salt shaker into the picture saying it added perspective. I think he just wanted face time.

Lizbeth® Easter Eggs and Lizbeth® Country Kitchen

These next two are medleys of muted pastel perfection. On the left is Lizbeth® Easter Eggs and on the right, Lizbeth® Country Kitchen. Mine is just one humble opinion, but I think these are well suited for Easter tatting, baby items, friendship gifts, handkerchief edgings and more.

The handkerchief was given to my grandmother (may she rest in peace) in 2001 by Shirley Carmona from Galt, CA. She kept it with her until the day she died and then it was passed on to me.

Lizbeth® Easter Eggs, Lizbeth® Country Kitchen
and Lizbeth® Niagara Falls

Much like its namesake, Niagara Falls thread neatly straddles the divide between two of my favorite blue variegated threads: Peacock Blues #149 and Turquoise Twist #142. If you are a "blues" lover, Niagara Falls rounds out the pair, making a pretty trio.

The "blues brothers"

Six more juicy, sun-drenched shades are waiting in the wings, so come back tomorrow for more thread euphoria!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday Sweets

As a new class of students embarks on their Design-Tat journeys, I can't help reflecting on my own discoveries.

One of the revelations was that you never know from whence the spark will come. Once you start seeing the world through design eyes, inspiration can come from anywhere.

Image reprinted with permission
Copyright © 2011 Carol Gillott

A delectable dessert photo, for example.

Everyone else (maybe you included) salivates over the scrumptious-looking petits fours, but I see the box.

'Can the lacy border can be tatted?' I wonder.

This sketch came to a screeching halt because of the "tassel effect." It is a principle element on the box. (Click on the Paris Breakfast photo for a close-up view.)

Another revelation is that once inspiration strikes you never know where it may lead. The "tassel effect" section I also "see" a ribbon bow with a tassel hanging from it. So the Clunies may morph into bows.

Nothing is certain, except for one thing - getting there is half the fun!

Do go over to Paris Breakfasts for more mouth-watering images of sweet treats and the incredible water-color paintings pastry artist Carol Gillott creates from them. Just don't go hungry...

Tell her IsDihara sent you.