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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tatting and Touches of the Heart

Autumn leaves in 'A Leaf Falls' inspired by the patterns of  To de Haan-van Beek in her book "New Dimensions in Tatting". 

Rather than using 2 needles as in her directions, I needle tatted each leaf in one round.

tatted in Lizbeth 'Falling Leaves' size 40
I like the look of the leaf skeleton, showing the leaf 'veins'.

I have discovered many wonderful and kind people in blogland-- people I probably would never have met without today's technology. Just recently, my heart was touched by their kindness.

New tatting thread from Anika. 
I can't wait to tat with these beauties!
I had hoped to purchase one of her colors, 'Purple-Magenta', in size 30 thread, but that size was not available.
Imagine my surprise and delight when my new thread order arrived and Anika had generously included a skein of the 'Purple-Magenta' in size 30!
She'd dyed it just for me! ( It's the second from the left. Isn't the color wonderful?) 
Now, that is just kindness and thoughtfulness in action!
Thank you so much!

Linda of Chalky's World blog sent me this surprise package all the way from the U.K.

Cute baby bibs she'd made.
We'd been chatting about grandbabies on the way. She'd shown a few pics of the bibs she'd made for her grandchild arriving in December, and I'd commented on how adorable they were. My DD is expecting a little girl next month, and I'd told Linda I was thinking of tatting edgings on some bibs.
 I was so moved to receive this unexpected surprise. Linda, you have touched my heart with your thoughtfulness. Thank you so much! The bibs are now on their way to DD in Australia. They should arrive at the same time as baby makes her appearance!

From 'gay Paree' to me....
Jillayne was in France for holiday, and, once home, sent me these lovely items!
a Giverny postcard, poppy bookmark, and French laces, with a very nice note.
I am spoiled! And I love it all!
Thank you Jillayne for thinking of me!

Last, a pic of Turtle Island rising through the fog on a September morning. It's a view that always touches my heart.

May you find kindness and caring hearts in your day.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. What a sensational photo!
    Fox : ))

  2. Hello from Michigan. Your Autumn tatted leaves are truly beautiful. Love them. Your pressie from friends are lovely and your island is awesome. Hugs Judy

  3. Suz Your tatted leaves are wonderful, you mentioned needle tatting...how is that different from using the shuttle.

    It is lovely that you received such touching surprises..I know how that feels.

    that view over your lake is amazing I would never get any work done if I had that view I would be sitting looking at it all the time.

  4. Wow! There are so many beautiful pictures to look at! I love the leaves. I love the threads. Such inspiration!

  5. Your autumn leaves are lovely, and the picture of the island is amazing.
    I love your threads, look forward to seeing what you do with them

  6. Mother Nature is a wonderful artist, Fox.

    Thank you Judy for such a nice comment! Hope you're having a lovely Michigan autumn.
    Ah, Shirley, now you know why some days I don't get much done at all! In the living room, we have a window seat, and it's lovely to sit there and watch the lake, the birds, and Turtle Island. Sometimes I do my stitching there, too.
    Needle tatting just uses a special long needle upon which the stitches are formed and then pulled through the tail thread. There are some joins that are easier to do with the needle. I never learned the shuttle, but a friend gave me one so I just might attempt to learn it this winter.

    Thanks, Diane! I'm not creating anything as large and lovely as your doily......but maybe someday.

    Hi Margaret. Anika's colors are beautiful, I think. I'm wondering what to make with them. Planning can be fun. Hope you're having a lovely day. Hugs

  7. wonderful view....please can I come and live with you?

  8. Yes, you can. Bring stitching. ;-D

  9. Lovely pictures, all! ISn't it fun to get something unexpected in the mail - SOOO much better than junk mail and bills.

  10. Too true! I was delighted with my mail. Hope you're having a good weekend.

  11. Wow, all those colours! I love leaves, you have tatted them in such pretty colours and shape!

  12. I had just received Lizbeth 'Falling Leaves' thread, and had to try it! The colors were perfect to depict the autumn leaves.
    Hugs, Singtatter!


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