More paperclips and a box of thread

It’s Tatting Tea Tuesday again! That day of the week when you make yourself a nice cup of tea, put your feet up, pick up your shuttles and take a little “me” time.

This week I did have a cup of tea instead of coffee. I picked up my shuttles and tried making one of my butterflies with two colors so I could maybe write down the pattern. It ended up being a little loosey-goosey from my stopping, checking what and where I was and chasing the cat off my lap, where she insisted she should be. Oh, well, I need bookmarks, too.

These paperclip bookmarks are some of what I accomplished this week. The handy thing about this kind of bookmark is they are small and don’t take long to make. I don’t do a lot with beads but I thought I’d give it a try on one, and will probably do a few more as well. I’m not sure about the hearts because they loose their shape pretty easily. Hmm, they need a little work. The horse heads are getting to be pretty easy though. I like them.

These bookmarks are great for taking out when you only have a few minutes to tat. In fact my husband needed new work shoes this week and I was tatting while he tried on shoes. The sales lady was very curious as to what I was doing – she’d never seen or heard of tatting before. She thought it was very pretty. Tatting in public, a great way to introduce people to a great art.

I received a package in the mail yesterday from Handy Hands. A few days ago I decided I needed more thread (who doesn’t??) And HH had sent out an email coupon so I had to buy something, right? I’ve noticed that I usually use solid threads, mostly blues, white and ecru, so I thought I would get some variegated threads. And a few in colors I don’t usually think of, expand my horizons so to speak. They are all Lizbeth size 20.

The colors, reading across from top left to top right, are:

Mocha Swirl, Black, Golden Yellow Med; 2nd row, Denim Whisper, Marble, Jewels, Jewels (I’ve seen a lot of people use this and just had to have some) ; 3rd row, Caribbean, Caribbean (I really like this color!), Sea Shell, Springtime; 4th row, Grape Pizzaz, Red Burst, Christmas Delight, and Country Side.

A color chart was included in the box, so now when I need a new color I have a great place to start. They have started making Lizbeth in size 40 but I am very comfortable with 20 so this is where I’ve started. Maybe next time it will be the smaller thread. Another good excuse to buy more thread don’t you think?

7 thoughts on “More paperclips and a box of thread”

  1. Hi Wanda 🙂

    I really like those bookmarks – especially that horse! Now you've got me dreaming of more thread too – I think I "need" some of that mocha swirl and the caribbean too. LOL.

    As far as tatting in public – that could be a fun social experiment!

  2. Thanks, Fox. I can't hardly wait to get started using my new thread!

    LOL! TattingChic I'll take it any way it comes.

    These paperclip bookmarks don't take very long Diane, I think they would make nice teacher gifts.

    Oh, Cindy, I love the Carribean! Haven't tried the mocha swirl yet now I have so many to choose from. I have to empty a few shuttles to start using them! Tatting in public – if you haven't done it yet you should give it try. You get a lot of looks if nothing else!

  3. Hi, I felt the same way, but now a while ago about threads. I to purchased the Lizbeth thread size 20 and now have the size 40 also. I tend to like finer thread a bit better. The bookmarks were a clever idea.

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