Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shuttle heaven.....

Today has been a FANTASTIC day.
The mailman was good to me for a change and I received not one but TWO surprises in the mail.

First a little bit of history so you know just HOW special this mail is.........

A couple of years ago Dantatter sent me some photos of a tatting exhibition in Germany. One of the vendors there sold the most wonderful looking wooden inlay tatting shuttles. Of course I fell in love with them straight away and they got added to my.. I REEALLLLY REEAALLLLY WANT THESE list. (one that is WAY too long!)

 Easier said than done. I tried everything I could to find the maker and contact details and thought I had it there for a while but alas it was not to be.... language barriers and trying to get the money over there was just going to make it too hard.


A few weeks ago I was chatting with someone from InTatters who lives in Switzerland and so I asked her about the shuttles. Yep  - she knew of them and not only that -  knew how to get hold of some!!  WHAT????? How cool is that!

So to save having to mess about with exchange rates and the like -  we are doing a shuttle swap. 2 Swiss handmade Edith Roesti wooden shuttles for 2 Australian handmade wooden shuttles from Neil Keats.

Back to today .....  when I got out to the mailbox (trying not to melt in the process -  40 plus celcius up here today) there were two packages - one from Sonja in Switzerland and one from Neil Keats. Talk about good timing...

Here's what was inside.....

ok - first go get a towel cos you ARE going to drool over these and I would hate to be responsible for any computer damage.......

The two top ones are 72mm x 20mm and are for Sonja and the bottom two are 66mm x 16mm  for ME!! Handmade, beautifully finished, wooden shuttles from our very own Aussie shuttlemaker - Neil Keats.
I have several of these now and have had him make some as show prizes and also some for when Susanne and Ginny visited in 2006.
LOVE them. They are always beautifully finished and are lovely to tat with.

And in the second package we have.........
This is one of the Edith Roesti shuttles from Sonja.

And this is the OTHER one!!

These shuttle are gorgeous and so light to use. I am really rapt with them and can't wait to play with them a bit more.

They say good things come to those who wait!!! Just sometimes it takes longer than you expect!

Thanks Sonja for making this possible.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Challenges and show successes

Hmmm... where to start.

Sometimes you can be challenged to do something you REALLY do not feel you can do. But it was your best friend who asked and you can't say no - after all it IS tatting......

So this is the way it went down:

Dantatter and I have, for over 5 years now, been regular chatting buddies on MSN. We have had many hours of chatting and tatting and nutting out patterns online. With the exception of one (way too) brief time when she was in Australia - we haven't really had the luxury of sitting together in a space to tat so we created our own little room online instead! (comfy chairs and mile high stacks of chocolate abound..........hey it's OUR fantasy space ok?? )

Often we find we are tatting the same patterns and our taste in patterns is quite similar. Neither of us had ever tackled a big doily. So what better idea than to do a BIG doily at the same time????? Great idea???- come the hard part - choose the pattern.........(groan).

After looking and discussing and looking some more, then arguing good naturedly about it and looking again - we decided on a pattern from the Danish Tatting Association Orkis Bladet -( their newsletter.)

Lo and behold - it turned out to be a pattern I have so studiously avoided that I thought I had got away with NEVER having to do it. Ewwwwww - it had LOTS of picots. But in the spirit of challenge and friendship I said yes. After all Dantatter would have to do them all as well!!!!  Hehehehehe (pathetic maniacal laugh)

It took a while and it had a few challenges to it but all in all it was a rather nice one to tat - sat well, looked ok and I managed to get rid of most of the picots!

Finished - scanned, shown to Dantatter and put away. UNTIL........OH NO - Whittlesea Show deadline looming and I did not have a real contender.....and I bet you know it from here eh?

Yep - in the spirit of "it's always the one you hate the most" it won a second prize!!!

A bit of a start from a long way behind..

Ok this has taken some time and I am lightyears behind (nothing new there!!) but finally decided to take the plunge and document my tatting somewhere I hopefully won't lose it....
I doubt this will become anything more than a few disjointed ideas from time to time..but who knows?????
So here I go, deep breath ........