I finished my header for the site. It’s made of DMC thread (whose color names I have misplaced). I tried different ways of stitching, like back and forth, up and down, traditional x vs. half stitch then halfstitch, I even went in circles. I love variegated colors! The black is DMC metallics in, well, black. Thread Heaven helps keep it from fraying with stitching.
The alphabet is from 2001 Cross Stitch Designs from Better Homes and Gardens.

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I finished my epic Batman sampler with all of the Wee Little Stitches bat-patterns!

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There are of course a few changes here and there and some mistakes I won’t point out (because they don’t matter): I used gold for the Riddler’s cane head and I added chest hair to Bane on Penny’s suggestion because it’s hilarious and I would think Bane has lots of hair. Clayface and Two-Face were the most  difficult, and Joker has the most colors at something like 15. Commissioner Gordon might be my favorite here, because he just looks exactly like the animated series Gordon, and the colors are spot on. The crooked tie and glasses! Each one took about an hour on average, give or take. Clayface took the longest and Dr Strange was probably the fastest, or Catwoman.

Anyway, here’s the line-up, starting from the top left and going left to right, and top to bottom:
Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, Riddler
Alfred, Robin, Nightwing, Batman, Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman
Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Raz Al Ghul, Dr. Strange, Clayface

I will have it framed soon and probably put it in the boy’s room. :-) One of these days I’ll frame them myself, but I get some great coupons at Michaels now and then, and that’s just easier.

So I’m head over heels into this tatting gig. I’ve made a few bookmarks, played with different thicknesses of thread, and bought a ton of stuff to play with! Whee! I have five shuttles already (oh boy) and lots of thread (not counting the size 10 DMC Cebelia doily stuff I already have) and even a tiny hook for joining picots (the little loops). Hobby Lobby has some tatting stuff, like books, thread, etc, while most craft stores only had the Clover shuttles, if anything. Handy Hands and Be-Stitched are the nicest sites that I found so far. HH is by far my new favorite site and I need to stay away for awhile, lol.

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Shuttles are plastic Clover (used together), bone (what kind of bone?? This keeps me up at night…I like to pretend it’s dragon or chupacabra, but let’s be honest it’s probably pig or cow), plastic Moonlit (HH) with a tiny hook (fantastic idea), and my Dymondwood shuttle (also from HH). I splurged on that one…just look at those stripes! (heart) I even have a couple thread holders. They’re awesome. I can knock them off the table and they keep everything neat and clean and wound. You can really see the difference in thread weight here too. The size 20 threads are in the top left corner and the green edging. My favorite size 10 is the one on the right (that’s half of a heart right now), and the massive size 3 is on the bottom, soon to be a bookmark. I’m using the sample HH sent so I hope I have enough! I’ll improvise if not. ;-)

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I’m making more bookmarks and a couple edgings for hankerchiefs. My friend bought me the bone shuttle and the green holder, so she gets a green edged hanky. Everyone needs hankies, in my opinion. I’ve embroidered them before and now, by gum, I can put pretty edges on them!!

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Most of the thread is Lizbeth from HH, those variegations are so very cool. If I know you, and you read this blog, I will make you a bookmark! Whee! Just comment about it and I’ll get one for you (eventually). This is a neat hobby because it doesn’t pretend to be useful. It’s just relaxing and pretty. I did some more research and learned how to fix mistakes by just cutting them out, and how to add more thread withouthaving the ends show. It’s so much like crochet, but not. Easier, really. And the cutting the mistakes out? Not near as scary as I thought they would be, in fact, much easier than trying to pick the knots out.
These books have been really helpful to teach myself how to tat. I’m going to learn split rings eventually, but I’m having a lot of fun with the basics now and don’t want to do too much. *cough*notlikewhenilearnedtoknitandcrochet*cough* I haven’t seen anything harder than split rings yet. Whew!
I’m still knitting stuff while watching shows with B. The Hitchhiker scarf for Game of Thrones and a new one, Leila’s Shrug Driftwood Tee, for House of Cards (and everything else). I’ve been crocheting too but it’s for birthday presents, so I’ll post those after I finally send them in the mail. Better late and hand-made than never! ;-)
I totally considered how to attach a thread holder to my purse so that I can bring it with me everywhere. I decided against it.
I just put a rubber band around the holder to keep the shuttle in place, and put it directly in my purse instead. ;-)

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Ha, I get some weird looks with this guy. Kids love it! B says I look like a spider weaving webs. (cool!)