Sunday, May 3, 2009

shopping, wedding tatting, 25 motif challenge & Lucet cording

I thought that I would show you a bit of what I have been doing.

this is the tiny heart and flower pattern from Jon you can find the patterns here.
I too am making these for a wedding. our Daughter #4, Elizabeth, is getting married this fall.
And these make the end of my 25 Motif Challenge
This will be the 6th daughter to get married. What she has decided to do is pick a color palette from the paint store. Then give the bridesmaids the paint palette and ask them to get a dress that matches one of the 6 colors of blue that she picked. That way it is hoped they will like the dress and be able to wear it more then once. As an accent color, she has chosen a trio of reds. both of the threads above match the red choices The brighter one is an antique thread size 30 from my grandmother Eulalia that I wrote about before. The other is called Crescent Colours Hand Dyed Perles #8 in Cupid. I picked this up from Nordic Needle in Fargo ND. When I grabbed it, I thought it was a skein, as it said 10 yards. It is 10-1 yard pieces. It took 1 of the strands to make the small flower above, and I finger tatted the last ring so I could make it. I also picked up some beads and will experiment with them too, before sending the choices to Elizabeth for her decision. These small flowers or hearts, will go on one end of the ribbon streamers holding the brides maids bouquets together.

The other streamer end will be a tatted initial so each bridesmaid will have a personalized bouquet. I do have one more red thread, it is a Silk pearl that I also got from Nordic Needle, but I haven't done anything with that yet.
Also at Nordic Needle, I bought 2 pattern books.

I've been wanting one of Iris Niebach's books for a while, now I have one. and the Farm animals will go over well with the grandson's.

While in Fargo, I stopped at the Hobby Lobby. I found a very poor selection of Lizbeth, but did get one ball.

I also did some shopping online at Handy Hands. I bought some of the thread that they had on their Spring Thread Sale.

The pattern book will come in handy and I liked the look of the 3 Omega threads size 50. The yellow is a Manuela and I always enjoyed that brand of thread. The small purple is one of Handy Hands own Cordonnet. Being partial to purple, I decided to pick up a SewMate shuttle in that color. my normal choice for a tatting shuttle is the Silent tatters with a hook from Roseground. but in a pinch.... I wanted a couple more sizes of mini crochet hooks - these are size 14 & 15. I have a size 16 and some of the larger sizes, but occasionally I need one of these. The small spool of thread is a sample of Lizbeth in Magenta/white/teal. I just realized that I missed the second pattern book. Here Be Dragons by Karey Solomon. That will be an interesting challenge.

and I went shopping on ebay.
I have been thinking about Lucet cords off and on, wondering if there was a way to make a heading with picots to join too and maybe a substitute for Coronation cord. So I picked up a Lucet made of cow horn - I could have found one of wood or bone, but the horn appealed to me.
As you can see, I will need a lot more practice before I would use any of the cord with my tatting. The book that I also got gives directions for cords with gimp, picots, and a suggestion for how to make a cord that could sub for Coronation cord.
This post is long, so time to hang it up.


  1. Congrats on the coming wedding in the family! And what treasures you have found yourself! The Lucet, I have one, but yet to try it; not too sure if I can understand how it works.

  2. Congratulations on completing the 25 Motif Challenge! I love each of the books you purchased, but Iris Niebach's is my favorite!

    I have a Lucet, but haven't taken the time to figure out how to use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. very interesting post, Lots to think about. The ideas for the wedding are great. Iris's doileys are wonderful once you get the hang of doing them.

  4. Lots of tatting goodies to play with. I bought that color Lizbeth thread too!

    Nice Lucet! I bought one a few years ago and mess around with it here and there. I keep wanting to incorporate it with my tatting somehow.

    Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming marriage. And have fun tatting for her special day!

  5. Looks like you've had fun tatting! I just bought a bunch of Lizbeth thread, but haven't had a chance to use any of it yet.

  6. Thank you ladies,
    the Lucet will need much practice, I don't know how much I will do over summer, it may be a winter deal. but if any of you figure it out, let me know.

  7. Mom, I love the colors- they are going to look great! The initial examples on the cover of the books you picked up look great!
    Thank you for all the work you are putting in to help make our wedding special.


  8. If you are interested in learning how to make a lucet cord, I have a video on Just search for Lucet and mine is the first video. You also don't have to limit yourself to specific threads - I've used thread from size 80 to size 5. And you can get nice effects from using two colors at the same time, just be sure to watch your tension.

  9. Thank you anonymous, I will have to check it out.
    I do eventually want to combine tatting and lucet, which would entail using the different sizes of threads, one small step at a time, and oh yes, tension will be a big thing.


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