Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's official, I have gone completely crazy!!!

In other words, (and alphabetically because I'm a few donuts short of a dozen)...absurd, baked, balmy, bananas, batty, bonkers, cracked, crazed, daft, demented, deranged, dippy, dizzy, flaky, flipped out, foolish, goofy, hair-brained, idiotic, insane, irrational, kooky, loco, loony, mad, maniacal, mental, nonsensical, nuts, potty, screwy, stupid, unbalanced, unhinged, wacky, zany.
I'm not sure this even encompasses what I am trying to convey....
Everytime I work on new tatting shuttles I ask myself, "Why on earth am I doing this to myself?" It is absolutely one of the most difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating feats I have ever undertaken. As tatting shuttle after shuttle breaks in my hands and steam starts pouring out my ears, I have to remind myself what keeps me going. After all of the work and all of the losses, the shuttles that litterally make it through the fire are worth it. I have a pile of failures on one side and usually a smaller pile of successes on the other. Thank heavens that the joy of the completed product outweighs the torture of the process. These shuttles have blood and sweat put into them...but no tears this time...not yet...I'm too irritated for that. In addition, I am just a teeny bit stubborn and do not like to be defeated.

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I've added some new sizes. The plastic clover tatting shuttle is thrown in there for size reference. The largest is similar to a Tatsy sized shuttle. Also, I engineered a tiny little signature stamp. These shuttles have the permanent signature stamped inside, which sets them apart from last years shuttles.
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Here is a broken shuttle so you can get a peak at the new stamp.

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And here is a new shuttle you can keep an eye out for...it's the double decker. I will have these in large and small sizes. I have much work to get back to, so I will leave you with this for now. A few shuttles should be listed in the Etsy Shop by the end of the week! ....(fingers crossed).

**If you are interested in seeing the shuttle making process there is a slide show at the bottom of this page**

5 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

A double decker, a Tatsy-sized, and everything in between... wow! I'm amazed! I'm not sure I could deal with the frustration of broken shuttles, but I'm glad you've been able to so far. I'll be checking out your shop!

Tattycat said...

I am sorry that you are having such a difficult time with the shuttles, but the results are magnificent! I must have one of the double ones at least. I'll go start working on your "adopted dad" right now! Maybe I'll get one of the first ones!

Clyde said...

Your hard work has payed off sherry the shuttles are beautiful.

Bonnie said...

I just watched your slide show, I didn't realize so many of your works of art are lost. Sad.

TattingChic said...

Thank you for being so absurd, baked, balmy, bananas, batty, bonkers, cracked, crazed, daft, demented, deranged, dippy, dizzy, flaky, flipped out, foolish, goofy, hair-brained, idiotic, insane, irrational, kooky, loco, loony, mad, maniacal, mental, nonsensical, nuts, potty, screwy, stupid, unbalanced, unhinged, wacky, zany.
Cuz I love your shuttles and I collect tatting shuttles. As soon as I am back to work I intend to treat myself to one!