Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pins and Shuttles

    The Pop-A Bobbin shuttles I have been using come with a pin in it and an extra pin in case you lose one. I got to wondering what would I do if I lost both. Then I looked at the 3D printer. I opened Rhino 3D. I drew a pin. I printed 2. They work! And they only take 10 minutes to make. I just keep finding things to print, and for the most part, they are useful.

Now, can I print a bobbin?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Purple Dragon

    I had some purple thread and wanted to make something with it, so I made another dragon. I am starting to like making these. They take maybe 3 hours and are not too hard to do. I think the purple came out nice. Tomorrow I am going to a guild event and will take these with me. I may make a couple while I am there. I'll bet the children there will like them.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hope This Helps

    I made one more batch of shuttles. These will go, as marked, to Spokane, Washington, today. They should arrive in a couple of days. I made about 200 for this batch. It did not take long.

I did, though, burn up my tool while smoothing edges. I use a Dremel tool with a flex extension to make it easier. I built a box from light pine, then added rubber glove sleeves and mounted the tool to the side with the flex attachment inside. Finally, I hinged a piece of clear Lexan for a top. I can grind away and keep the shrapnel inside the box. I think I must have tried to curve the flex tool too tightly. It melted the rubber covering and about a half dozen shuttles, then the cable inside snapped.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Carousel Ring Round 3

    Just another photo to keep me going. I got the third round of rings in the gold color done. Doing the rings over and over gets a bit repetitive so, to break the boredom of it, I also do other items. I always come back to it though. I think there are 2 more of these rounds to finish the bottom. Then I can start designing the support. You might notice the rings are more relaxed in this round. I did not have to beat them up. They are laying like they should. Now on to the next round.
    Today I think I will work on the TAT program. I need to get that done.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

More Shuttles

    I am making more shuttles to send to the Shuttlebirds. I thought I would try a new color of plastic this time. I really did not know how they would turn out. I think I really like the pink. It is not usually my favorite color (green is) but this really works well. I am going to make a rack of them for myself as well. I suppose I need to add some to the bag I did for the Palmetto Tatters also.

Friday, April 14, 2017


    I knew I should have just stayed home and tatted. I have the day off work and I decided to take a break from tatting. I am working on finishing the next round of the carousel doily. I headed to Walmart to pick up a few of the weekly staples. I usually go through a neighborhood so I can avoid traffic. I was coming up to the corner where I get back on the highway and someone in a mini-van turned in. I stopped, as they were swinging wide across the street. It did not matter. They stayed on my side and hit my car (the blue Prius).
    Yep, I should have just stayed home tatting. I have worked on it this afternoon though and should have it ready to post tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Minor Norwegian Dragon

    Someone on Craftree was having trouble with a pattern for a Minor Norwegian Dragon. I checked out the pattern and decided I wanted one, so here he is. A golden dragon. That is the name of the Chinese restaurant here. Maybe he is their mascot. Cute little fellow, though. Need to do the dimpled ring better. (I hate dimpled rings, in case you haven't heard.)

    Dues for the Palmetto Tatters is one butterfly a year. Would this "butterfly" count? (Just kidding.)