Still crazy for tatting. Here are some bookmarks I finished (finally!). That orange one is Clover Bookmark by Kelly Luljak and it was tough! The pattern is fine but I learned a lot by making a bunch of newbie mistakes, then fixing them. I added one too many clovers to one end but I like the effect. I gave this one to Penny because she reads a lot (like even those massive 1000+/multiple volumes tomes) and she liked the colorway. It is Orange Crush from Lizbeth, size 10. It came out pretty big (hey! it’ll fit those tomes) so I’m making another one with size 20 thread for myself (see WIP pic below). It blocked out really well and you can’t even tell where I made newbie mistakes. Love it!

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The other flowery bookmark is Flower Bookmark by . I used size 10 in two colors (Confetti and Mint). This was my first shot at using two different threads and I think it worked out beautifully! I already have like 3 more of these in different colors planned out. It was super quick to tat.

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I branched out to try motifs next, which are mostly in the round, with several rounds/layers. I am working on the Tatted Rose Medallion by the extremely talented Nancy Tracy at www.be-stitched.com. She has the best patterns and diagrams. I’m using Honey Drizzle (size 10, again Lizbeth, yup, I have a lot of Lizbeth). It’s night time, so the colors won’t pop in the pic like they do in person but I am really pleased with it so far!

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That's an Aerlit shuttle on the left and a Dymondwood shuttle on the right. It's a little pricy but super nice. Both are from, oh you can guess, Handy Hands.

I made myself a little to-go box for my tatts. I just love it when the shuttle/needles/hook matches the yarn/thread. The clover bookmark will be done in Patriotic Twirlz Lizbeth thread. It only comes size 20 for now but you just wait, I’ll have more when it’s released. It is made of three separate strands of colored thread that are then spun together so it has a unique blended look to it…”twirly” I guess. I’ve seen other reviews that claim it twists more than other threads…but I haven’t noticed. Thread gets twisty by it’s nature, no biggie. I like how my hand looks when the shuttle is spinning out, like some kind of spider woman’s hand.
Last but not least I also made these fun lego travel boxes for the boys:

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Dance party! Everything is awesome!

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.

I thought I’d share how to frame a cute little stitch. As you know, I’m hooked on Wee little Stitches, and most of their stuff is small. Hence, easy to carry around, finish in a decent amount of time, etc. But what do I do with all those stitches I’ve done? Framing those things professionally would be way too expensive. I found the hoop section at the craft store and brought along my stitches to frame. I picked out the ones that looked nice. Each frame is anywhere from $1-4. I chose some bright plastic ones because these projects are going in my sons’ room, but the wood ones look nice too.
Anyway, here are the supplies you’ll need:
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The finished, ironed piece, scissors, good thread, and a hoop. I also use a scrap piece of fabric but you’ll see that in a minute.
Take the hoop apart and line up the back piece behind the stitching-a window helps here. You can adjust it later so right now just get it mostly in place.

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Now place it on a clean surface, or that cloth, and out the top piece on. I love the plastic hoops for framing because they really hug the fabric and hold it in place. Get the piece about where it needs to be, tighten the top hoop a little, then gently tug the fabric around until it is centered.
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This takes a while sometimes, but be patient. No worries. Don’t get too OCD about it or you’ll throw something. Not that I….throw things…ahem.
Now here is the finishing part. Make sure that hoop is on tight as you can (don’t resort to pliers or anything just use your mad sewing finger strength or the plastic may break and things will get thrown) and flip the piece over. I use a scrap from an old t-shirt.
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Pull off a fair length of thread, thread the needle, and pull both end of the thread together and knot the end. Knots are your friend here; the back will face the wall anyway so do not fear the knots!
Gently fold the fabric towards the center of the hoop and start sewing the opposite ends together. Pull fairly tightly, but don’t break the thread. Tone down your mad sewing finger strength for this. You can tighten it later. Go in a zig zag fashion across the back. (I re-threaded two or three times and only broke the thread once-no problem) You may have to trim the fabric a bit to make it easier.

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You end up with a Frankenstein monster type stitching that will keep the fabric taught and secure.

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Ta-da! A work suitable for your wall. :-) This is the free Avengers patterns from the Wee Little Stitches blog. I used DMC glow in the dark tfloss for Iron Man’s eyes and chest. I used silver rayon DMC thread for Thor’s helmet and added a hammer for him (the original doesn’t have one). I also changed Wasp’s   outfit colors to match the cartoon version we like.
I have three more to finish today, plus two that need more attention because they don’t quite fit in the hoops. I’ll go over that hack later.
Have fun! Display those stitches!
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(French knots is from sublime Stitching, also how I overcame my fear of French knots! The other two are also WLS Ferris Beuller and Mystery Inc)