Chair caning

Chair caning
Examples of my work

Friday, November 30, 2012

This is a 'dazzler' I made with 30 4mm bicone Swarovski beads.  It has been a hit with all the girls in my family and friends, too.  I believe the directions are online.  My tatting teacher taught us how to put the beads together to make this beauty!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OK, my second try on this tatted edging on the hankie...still in the learning stage!

Monday, November 5, 2012

OK..still not perfect but a lot better than the one I posted earlier.  It's the Santa Fe Cross by Pam McCormack.  We got this in our tatting class back in the Spring but with two pages of directions, I was hesitant to try it!  Will keep at it until I feel I have it mastered!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hi, Fellow bloggers...this is my first attempt, poorly done, of the Santa Fe Cross....It is two pages of directions and some where, right at the start, I erred!!  Will try again one day.  However, this Tuesday is our last day of classes, Show and Tell, at ELM, First Methodist Church, Marietta, GA.  I had hoped to put this in but no, will wait until classes start again in January and perhaps will have this mastered!  Will share my wreaths and the stool that I finished this time.  Also, pictures from my Photography class will be shared.  (Not sure the REAL photographers will approve.  :)  However, taking a picture of a red tail hawk on my deck was a real feat, I think!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My stool with rush caning...started this in April and finished all but about 2 inches so shamed myself into finishing it Sunday afternoon.  Richard, one of the caning instructors, put the final tack in to hold the cane in place and mixed up shellac and alcohol, equal parts, and I painted that on, carefully dabbing the brush in all the holes to make sure all cane was covered underneath and on top!  Finished this today at ELM and in time too, to make my Photography class! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

My most recent caning job...done for my best childhood friend, Kay, in Spartanburg, S.C.  This is my favorite caning work...I also do herringbone, as seen in Brumby rockers, and find that much easier and  quicker, but French caning is the one of which I feel most proud.  My uncle, after retiring, worked to restore furniture  but would have to take the chairs to be caned 70 miles from home to have that done.  After I retired I decided to learn to French cane and have done many.  I have caned chairs for all our kids, grandkids, and my husband's sisters and brothers, too, and great nieces and nephews.  A legacy of sorts!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

My newest tatting project...a pattern given us at ELM tatting class.  It is named Peggy...not hard but tedious for me!  Finally, I'm ALMOST pleased with this one!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Variations of the wreath I finally feel good about!  Show and Tell at Elm is the last Tuesday in October so will take one of these to share!

Monday, October 1, 2012

OK, got my order of Christmas green from so was able to make this in the color is was supposed to be.  Fun to make.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aha!!  Feel I finally conquered this angel tatting pattern...Lil Angel is the name.  Directions to tatting are difficult, I feel.  I presume the pattern writer thinks the tatter knows where and when to connect.  So, here it is!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Aah, some better...practice does make perfect!  This pattern bamboozled me and a fellow tatter but our tatting teacher, who wrote a book on tatting, got it straightened out for us!  The first one I made was the red one, just before this one.  This one is much preferred!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello Fellow Bloggers...have been off doing other things when I should have been practicing my tatting...this is a new pattern with Josephine knots but my first so not TOO bad!!  Have started classes back at ELM, First Methodist Church, Marietta, GA.  So, back to tatting!  I do enjoy it!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hello, Fellow Bloggers...back from the Northwest:  Oregon, Orcas Island, WA., British Columbia and back to work!  This is one of four stools I'm weaving for a friend at my church.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My 'cat and mouse' tatting piece.  This was a learning experience.  Now, to attach it to something...maybe a cat lover's handkerchief!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Alright!  Getting a little better with each one I tat!  Happy 4th, fellow bloggers!  We, Americans,  are the luckiest people in the world!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Step 5!  Got the cane earlier in  the week and with the temp. up to 103 where we live, stayed in this afternoon and finished this 'mule ear' chair.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

OK...for all my tatting friends...this is not hard, as you know, but my friend will appreciate the time it took!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Step 4..started caning tonight and ran out of cane.  Monday I'll contact N. C. Basketworks and order more.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Step 3!!  Got the cane and will start on this chair asap.  Found out from fellow blogger that it is called a 'mule ear' chair.  I use the herringbone pattern on this type chair and it goes pretty fast.  When caning a Brumby Rocker, Marietta, GA. chair nationally known, I use the same thing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My latest creation...a hairpin lace scarf for my dear Aunt Sarah, 96, in Oregon!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Took my leftover material from the scarf I made and made this flower pin.  Cut out a paper pattern, then cut out nine flowers from the tee shirt.  See Youtube for directions.  Fun to make.  Got company coming soon so am thinking of making these next week with my company. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Step 2!!  Had posted the original and finally got around to removing old cane and staining it.  It's not level so will ask 'good neighbor' to cut off the legs to get it even.  THEN, the caning!
O.K!  Another idea from ELM.  My neighbor had made this scarf in her class there and showed me how.  Buy an extra large tee shirt, this one came from thrift store, lay a dinner plate on top, draw around it.  Cut out the circle and then, like you peel an apple, just keep cutting until the circle you cut out is gone.  Then stretch each one!  Voila!  A scarf!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another 'dazzler' made for my special 96 year old aunt who lives in Oregon!  She loves my tatting and I think will appreciate this.
My latest tatting attempt!  I'll think I'm a 'real' tatter when I can pick up a pattern and do it right the first time!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I missed three out of eight of my classes at ELM, classes for people 50 and over at First Methodist in Marietta, GA. but will finish my rush caning at home.  I really prefer french caning or herringbone!

Monday, May 28, 2012

I finished french caning the chair for my childhood friend! It doesn't usually take me so long but had the wrong size cane, had to get next size, went to Arkansas for our daughter's birthday and is done!
Just a little more to go and I'll be finished!  Last class at ELM is tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My first attempt at rush caning.  Trying times!  I love to French cane and Herringbone but this has about made me want to cuss!!  1/2 way through, hooray!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

At the suggestion of my tatting teacher, I took two knitting needles, asked my neighbor to drill holes in a dowel rod and made a loom!  The copper one that I had used, belonging to a tatting friend, was great but why buy one when you can make one with supplies at home?
This is another hairpin lace scarf.  Lion Brand ribbon yarn is what I'm using.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A little edging I'm mastering inbetween learning rush caning and keeping all my plates up in the air!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Voila!!  I finished my hairpin lace scarf!!  This is made of ribbon yarn ordered from  I can make two of these as I use 60 yards for each and it was 120 yard skein.  They cut it for me so it was divided into two skeins.

My iris are blooming and I wanted to put a picture of our yard on my blog!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My next project!!  A friend from church found this chair for me!!  I told her I'd clean it up, stain it and cane it for her grandson...she just has to pay for the cane!
This is a hairpin lace scarf that I'm learning to make at ELM  at First Methodist, Marietta, GA. for people 50 and over.  We meet on Tuesday in Jan., Feb., April, May, Sept. and October.  My tatting friends had taken the class and since I couldn't make that they showed me in tatting class today!  Plan to make a few!!
I learned to French cane and cane Herringbone here.  Spring quarter, now, I'm taking rush caning.

Monday, April 16, 2012

OK, got this to order more cane from N. C. Basketworks!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My next caning project!  This chair belongs to my best friend since third grade at Magnolia Elementary School!  While visiting her in Spartanburg, recently, she asked me to cane it for her!  Glad to!  $1.50 a hole for French caning plus the cost of the cane.
Nick was finishing his breakfast and called me to come look at this beautiful bird on our feeder.  We think it is an indigo bunting...first one seen here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Craft Day at St. Andrews Methodist Church!!  Now in my yard!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My latest caning project!  This little rocker I found at an antique shop in Andalusia, Ala. while visiting friend, Judy.  Caned it and finished it yesterday!!  Yippee!!  My old pc is on the blink so it's taken me a while to learn to load pics on this laptop.  Started classes back at ELM, first Methodist Church Marietta, GA, Am learning rush caning on a stool and of course, enjoying my tatting class and friends!  This is my honey, Hurston, holding the finished project!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

March 31, 2012 ...our arbor covered with Jekyll Crossvine looks like the wild trumpet flower that you see across the South .  BEAUTIFUL!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Voila....I finished it!!  Worked off and on for a week and a half and now it is done!  This is the herringbone pattern seen on Brumby Rockers in Marietta, GA.
I attended a craft class today at St. Andrew's Methodist Church.  Met my tatting friends there and we rotated through six different crafts.  This is the scarf  I made with eyelash yarn and others.  More to come!

Monday, March 19, 2012

My latest tatting project!  Will send to my Aunt Sarah who was 96 in January and still lives in her own home in Sweet Home, Oregon.  She enjoys seeing the tatting.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My new project...caning a rocking chair, Herringbone pattern, for a friend.  Caning the seat takes longer than the back.  Have 'fillers' to put in on the sides.  I started it on Monday and work on it off and on.  Think I'll have it ready by the first of the week!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My new latest project!  This is called The Dazzler.  It is made with 30, 4mm bicone crystals.  The first time I tried it was very frustrating!  Directions call for filament, 25 in. long, one end of filament painted with red fingernail polish.  Then the crystals are laid out in a line as you need them.  5,4,3,3,3,2,3,2,2,2,1.  Each time you put the crystals on, you check to see if there is a star design in the middle, formed by the crystals.  Sometime the beads are started on the red end, sometime the clear end.  Took a little practice!  Someone said you could find the pattern on 'youtube.' I was very pleased with this one, my second!

Friday, March 2, 2012

My latest project!  Our tatting instructor had learned to make these bracelets using crystals.  Crystazzi is the brand name.  It takes three sets of 4 mm, bicone crystals, 34 in each pack.  Needed, too, are two collapsible needles. Fun to make and not that difficult.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Next Tuesday is the last class for this winter quarter at ELM, Marietta First Methodist Church.  I've got my program ready for my Storytelling class.  'The Tater Club," featuring Miss Dictater, Miss Emmy Tater, Miss Po Tater, Sister Aggie Tater,Miss Common Tater, Miss Spec Tater, and finally, Miss Sweet Tater.  This is such a well received program as it fits any group!

Monday, February 20, 2012

My latest tatting!  Not much of an artist but saw this done and gave it a try!  Will use as a mailing label or on gifts!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My latest tatting project...edging on a new hankie!  Direction for tatters....  3ds p 3ds p, attach to hankie, 3 ds p. Chain 5 picot chain 5.  Enjoy!