December 24, 2013

Tatted Christmas Decorations

Tatted Ornaments
Hi All - Here is a photo of last year's 4 Tatted decoration that I made - Tatting, sequins and beads mounted on craft felt and buttonhole stitched around with metallic thread - Top row L>R Mine, Daughters, bottom row L>R - son's Girlfriends and sons :) Hmmm....must remember to take a photo when I take the new (this year's) ones off the tree in early January :)

December 20, 2013

Handmade Christmas Decorations larger photo

Larger photo when you click on it

Close up of the 2 peacocks 

Hi - Just popping the photo of the Embroidered/Textile decorations on here again - this time if you click on it you should get a larger view (I post the photo's smaller usually so they don't take ages to load) This is especially for you Madtatter80 :)
Tiger C - I found an additional photo of the 2 peacock "tassels" I designed and made last year made for my Embroidery Kris Kringle Swap - I was a smart bunny and made 2 so if they came out really good I could keep one LOL - the photo shows one from the back and the other front side :) The one I kept is on the right :D (slightly lighter gold thread and I think I put a couple of extra tatted ring "feathers" in the tail)

December 18, 2013

Bobbin and Tatted Lace, Embroidered and Textile Christmas Decorations part 2

Decorations from Lace friends

Embroidered and Textile Decoration by me  
Here are some more of the Handmade Christmas Decorations that are on my tree - the first photo show decorations given to me by other Lace making friends.... Those of you in the Online Gumlace Group ....Do you recognise any? Unfortunately I never thought to keep a note of who sent what ....I know Barb S sent me one of the stars in a bangle one year though as I have 3 I don't know which one it is ...- and the (Crochet) white on navy felt with the dangly turquoise beads in the centre was from a friend at my Lace Group - Michelle B.
The little "diamond" shaped bauble at bottom right was from Noelene L (Gumlace Group)and the long bobbin lace decoration at the very bottom right is a bit special as it was made by a lady from my lace group who was killed in a car accident in 2000 - I bought it at the West Australian Cattern's Day Fair in 1992 - I remember because our group hosted it that year and my son was a teensy baby of 3 weeks!
The decoration 3rd from the left in the top row was a Kris Kringle gift many years ago ... I have to hang it on the tree near a light as the light gets pushed up into the white plastic bit at it's base and then the hologram foil in the background shines and flare and is all pretty :)

The bottom photo has Embroidered and Textile Decorations made by me:
Top row L>R:
polystyrene ball covered with sequins and bugle beads (we all made these at my Lace group one year), Large white polystyrene bauble covered with stretchy (sock!) embroidered with my son's 1st Xmas and next to it my daughters 1st bauble which was white jersey fabric.
Next row L>R:
a little Angel made with Safety pins (!) and Pearl beads (again one we made at the lace group) purple so this one is my daughter's, A white and red seed beaded motif with red tassel (sons), a small blue "Dottee" doll - as it's blue it's my sons!... A blue crazy patch heart (my sons) a white Xmas holly fabric "Dottee" doll (mine) a cross stitched "Rudolph" head (done on plastic canvas, my white felt "tassel" peacock has tatted loops on its tail (made last year, 2012) Daughters Purple "Dottee" doll, Daughter's purple crazy patch heart, beaded bell angel (done from a kit)
Next row L>R:
Cross stitch Poinsettia (mine) 2 hand painted large Gumnuts (we all have a couple of these in different colours with different pictures that I painted on them- they do have our initials but here they are too small to see), Orange felted heart with sequins (mine) , Purple seed beaded angel (again a Lace group project one year) purple so it's my Daughters, cross stitch holly leaves (daughters), red and gold seed beaded angel (mine) pale pink pearl bead angel (mine), Cross stitch on plastic canvas, Snowman - (sons), (jump to far right)small white Broderie Anglais lace angel (mine)
Next row L>R:
3 beaded baubles (Lace group project) top one is mine and is purpley/blue and silver beads, bottom left, blue beads (sons) and purple (Daughters), Orange felted heart (pink sequin so sons girlfriend's) blue pearl beaded angel (sons) 2 small beaded angel (large red "crystal" bead as skirt (lace group project) identical except bead above it's head one is blue/green (mine) the other purple (daughters), red "Dorset button" with tassel (mine), small white felt naive bird (mine) blue sead beaded angel (sons) small beaded/crystal angel (sons) and a white and red seed beaded motif with white tassel (daughters)
Bottom Row L>R:
2 painted Gumnuts, orange felted heart (sons), white circular decoration (made by wrapping thread over a childs' bangle then a small disc of felt sewn in the centre with gold sequins and beads then covering it, clip the thread and take off the bangle), Hardanger decoration (Mine) and orange felted heart (daughters)

December 15, 2013

Bobbin and Tatted Lace, Embroidered and Textile Christmas Decorations

Lace Decorations I have made over the years

Close up

Hi All - Here are some of the Christmas Decorations which I hang on our Christmas Tree.
Each year since my 2 children were born I make them a decoration. The theory was that when they moved out they would then be able to take theirs and would have a good start on collecting decorations for their own trees. Well - though not initially - I decided early on that I should really make one each year for myself so that my tree wouldn't be too "Naked" when theirs went...LOL! Also it's a good way to try a new lace or embroidery technique.
The first photo shows lace decorations that I have made over the last 24 years.... from top left to right:
A bobbin lace Christine Springett Kit (Diamond shaped) decoration, "Halas" Needle Lace Angel decoration - my design, Tatted Motif (Lindsay Rogers "Tatting Collage" #D12) mounted on felt and blue "Angelina Fibres", Wire Bobbin Lace "Star" (Jana Novak's "Julekniplinger Bk 5" B0480).
Next row L>R, Red and Green "Tassel" decoration - made with Needle lace "Couronnes" (My design), One of my early tatted pieces based on a bookmark with a bell on the bottom and blue ribbon (Means this one is my sons!) and berries at the top, A Needle lace Tree on a hand painted background mounted in a bangle - blue sequin on pot means it's my sons! (My Design), Round bobbin lace Christine Springett kit decoration, Tree decoration as before but Purple sequin means it's my daughters!, Dark Purple (yes - daughter's ...can you sense a theme? LOL) felt decoration with Tatted motif (Patti Duff #4) with a sequin and bead in the centre -these were last year's (2012) ones.
Next row L>R, Tatted dec as before but my daughter's, the next 4 are different Christine Springett bangle decoration Kits , 
Net Row L>R, Pink Felt (Son's Girlfriend's... also a theme as she loves pink!) Tatted Motif (Patti Duff #1), My lighter purple felt Tatted motif dec (Patti Duff # 7), Blue felt Tatted Motif (My son's) (Patti Duff # 10) and a heart-shaped Chritine Springett Kit dec.
Bottom row L>R, Needle lace tree as before but in Pink for Son's Girlfriend and my own Needle lace tree dec.

Next photo show a close up of some of them.

I have lots more hand made decorations to show - you - in my next entry - stay tuned :)

December 7, 2013

Tatted and Kumihimo necklace being worn

And here is the lovely Jane Atkinson wearing the Tatted/Kumihimo Necklace and Earrings which I made for her... :)

December 6, 2013

Tatting and Kumihimo Floral Necklace

Hi All - yes - I am still around - I have been very busy in the studio - especially with the run into Christmas.
At the Beginning of November I attended a 3 day workshop with Jane Atkinson from Dorset, UK - It was great fun. Jane had been tutoring around Australia - I had met her 4 weeks previously at the National Australian Lace Guild AGM week in Sydney, where she was teaching - I couldn't attend her class there as I was a teacher too! but I took the opportunity when she was here in Perth. During the weeks between Sydney and her arrival in Perth - I made her a set of Jewellery which matched her clothing that she had been wearing during the conference week - It comprises of a Kumihimo braid and Tatted leaves and Flowers and of course some beads! :)
I had made myself a set in Greens and oranges which matched one of my outfits that I wore during the conference week - and Jane had commented on it.
I hope she enjoys wearing her own set :)