Janice's Doings in Tübingen


Tatting Inspirations

Now that I'm getting going with tatting, I thought I should look around the web for some interesting projects.  There are LOTS to be found and so here's a quick highlight of a few of the ones that caught my eye.

From http://www.allcrafts.net/tatting.htm  -- this neat button spider...
... and the front and back of a Celtic Wreath.  This involves two pieces, one smaller piece in red and one green that are made up to a certain point, interwoven, and then finished off in green.  Cool.

From www.be-stitched.com, this super adorable hedgehog and lots of other free patterns AND a whole set of how-to info at http://www.be-stitched.com/tat.asp.  Is he adorable?!  I love him!
From Jane Eborall at  http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/,
these lovely beaded autumn leaves, a sequined bowl, this lovely pendant and plenty of other goodies.

From Jon at Tat-a-Renda patterns (http://tatsaway-patterns.blogspot.de/),
you'll find this sweet beaded daisy pin along with patterns for snowflakes, hearts, bookmarks, doilies and edgings.

From http://www.tattingpatterncentral.com/directory.php,

you'll find this AMAZING mini-teacup and saucer set under the category 'Decorations, Household & Tool.'  Look at how small these are!
I love these... almost as much as the hedgehog!

And last, but certainly far from least, these STUNNING tatted flower works by Linda at http://toptattyhead.blogspot.de
She even shows how she assembled this arrangement for her daughter-in-law's bathroom.  Wow!
Some truly beautiful and inspiring tatting work.  Now, back to my adventures with picots!

  Inspiration - Papercrafts from The Toymaker

As most of you know, I am a big fan of papercrafts.  Adding on to that my appreciation of nice colors and nifty designs, The Toymaker is a website that's bound to please me. 

From nice scrapbooking papers,

 to print-it-and-build-it toys of all shapes 
and very sweet boxes and baskets,

Marilyn Scott-Waters has lots of goodies for free and to purchase on her site. 

And as a published artist, she has a few nice books, not just her lovely papercrafting ones, but also 'Haunted Histories, Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons and Powerful Palaces' with J.H. Everett and is in the process of making 'Mysterious Math Carnival' which is a series of games to improve all sorts of basic math skills.

 She's one of those artists that I'd like to sit at her side for a day to see/learn how she works all of her magic.   Go check out her site and have a fun time there!

Autumn Inspirations

The trees are full of color, the air is brisk, the ground is full of fallen goodies - Autumn is a time of bounty and the internet is full of beautiful crafts and creations profiting from this wonderful season. Here are some of my favorites.

These adorable acorn scenes and pinecone animals can be found on

a pair of doggies and a triceratops!

This sweet hedgehog was made using a pinecone and some Sculpey.
Find it at:

A beautiful bouquet of roses made from maple leaves can be made by you, too. Although the website is in Russian, the excellent photo tutorial can be followed regardless of language and the results are stunning.
You'll find this at:

God's Eye Yarn Art: Eye Candy by Jay Mohler

The other day I found these and thought you'd all like to feast your eyes as well. These God's Eye artworks (in Spanish, Ojos de Dios) are made by Jay Mohler, owner of the Etsy store Jayfroggy.
His lovely wool weavings and interweavings of 8- or 12-point stars are stunning in their color combinations and geometrical beauty.

I like these front and side views so that you can see the overlapping of the yarns.

Again, a great side view and full-front view of the same piece.

Salley Mavor and her amazing embroidered felt fairies, doll and fabric relief pictures

Salley Mavor is the creator of weefolkstudio.com (her website), weefolk.wordpress.com (her blog) and several beautiful books, including 'Felt Wee Folk' (a how-to book so you can make some of the things above for starters), 'Pocketful of Posies', and 'The Hollyhock Wall' among others.

Salley's work is amazing in so many ways: the perfection of her embroidery, the exquisite detail everywhere and the warm colors, the rich textures she creates. I would love to sit and watch her as she works through the process of just one of her fabric relief pictures - sketching out the scene, gathering her materials: the felts, embroidery floss, buttons, beads, pieces of wood and other materials that capture the atmosphere and then patiently sewing all of those tiny stitches and adding the ornamentation, piecing together something beautiful and special. Truly awe-inspiring.

To get a real appreciation of her work, she has a whole series of close-ups that are stunning. Here are some links with a sneak peek here:


Have a lot of fun looking through Salley's website and blog! And her books will keep you fascinated, inspired and busy for days on end. Enjoy!

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