Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Books In Hand

Okay, even though it was really cold for this southern girl to venture outside today, I did. I wanted to take a trip to Hobby Lobby to find the books I would need to start back tatting with. I found two that I purchased: Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step  written by Barbara Foster, which included inside the book a pack of 4 needles and a threader, and Learn To Tat by Janette Baker, which came with an instructional DVD.
So now I have no excuse not to relearn this beautiful art form! Well unless we discuss making time a major issue, so we aren't going to discuss that!

After returning home and finishing some daily chores that were put off this morning, I took some time to show my daughter-in-law how to make a basic granny square. She is learning to Crochet for the baby on the way. Time to sit down and watch my new DVD, yay. Oooops not yet. It seems that my computer and the DVD had a problem mixing together. I had to resort to getting my son to check why my computer would not allow me to view DVD's. It was something simple (some file missing) and he fixed it in a few minutes. I watched the DVD all the way through without trying to follow along first. I want to absorb a little education before I attempt anything! I glanced through both books. I read through the introductions and abbreviates associated with Tatting. I am determined to reteach myself how to Tat. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

                                  Happy New Year!

I created this blog so that I can share things that I enjoy. I started learning about needle crafts when I was in my early teens. My Mom sat across from me and patiently taught me how to Crochet. You see, she was right handed and I was left handed. Back in those days I used to think that Mom's favorite words were "rip it out".  I finally got the hang of it and enjoyed many years of Crocheting with my Mom. We made blankets, poncho's, potholders, and hats of all sizes. I recently lost my Mom and I sure am going to miss those days we shared with hook in hand.

As I grew up I taught myself the basics of cross stitch, quilting, and a little bit of tatting. I find the needle work relaxing, even when it causes my fingers to cramp.
It's been a while since I tatted anything and I have forgotten how to tat. So this year I am going to treat myself to learning all over again. I have bought a couple of shuttles (it was a two pack), and a #5 needle. I always have yarn on hand so now all I need to do is pick up a couple of new how to books for beginners.

I hope that you will join me along this journey as I get back to some basics of simple enjoyment. 

Oh! Did I mention this is also my first blog? Lots of learning to do this year.