Saturday, January 24, 2009

Motif 21 & Motif 22

Adaptation of a pattern by Karey Solomon; "Baskets Full of Posies"

An adaptation occurs in my tatting when I make a mistake! WicketTat, Aileeen, sent me the little book, Make Mine Merrily, and I set about these two patterns. I used up bits and pieces of thread, some Rubi and some HDT (RB, Pamela's bright lot) and Valdini 12, color 8102 for the basket. These are fantasy color flowers...I made an error on the second ring, and I omitted a ring'; which of course, left a negative space that wasn't suppose to be there!

I had experienced a very stressful Thursday, and I decided ~ THIS is for fun, I'm not having any angst! So I kept tatting the pattern and ended up free tatting across the bottom back to the open space, I added a missing ring and continued up the basket's handle. Because I used 3 flowers and not two, my basket had to be larger; consequently, the handle has additional split rings. And that is how I ended up with an Adaptation of Karey's sweet basket of posies. I really like this little book BTW. I'm becoming rather fond of quick motifs which give almost instant gratification.

Motif 22 is from the same source as #21.

While I'm not overly fond of pinks, this Flora size 20 makes up a very fresh-looking heart, aptly named, "Heartfelt" Please do not look too closely, there is at least one mistake. I have difficulty when instructions read "Complete the second side of heart to match the first." I became weary and probably should have stopped tatting; but, I was so close to being done!
I'm posting it anyway in case a new tatter feels bad about their own mistakes; life happens!

Ordinarily, I would have cut out the offensive bit and retro tatted ~ but I was over taken by sleepiness. That is okay. Always give yourself a bit of a break on a practice piece.. Not everything turns out perfect. Besides, the person who is getting this will never notice a missing ring (what is it with me and missing rings on these two motifs?) I made the heart first and then the baskets of posies....This is such an easy, fast, heart that I'm going to do it again ~ for the corner of a hankie. I've become rather fond of peppermint.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Motif # 20

Designer: Martha Ess' Mini Rose Heart
From Martha's book, "Tat's Amore" a lovely red heart with a Victorian look. Done with Red Altin Basak (sp?) size 30 thread. The point is not given as an SCMR in the pattern; but I was on a 'roll' with SCMRs. . .there you go! It is 1 1/8' x 1 1/8" in size 30 thread. The center is a traditional rose used in many old patterns. After blocking, I'll add a jump ring and a red ribbon; making it into a choker as a gift.

Motif # 19

Sharon Briggs (goblet); Lindsay Rogers (cross); Martha Ess (bread)

These are the tatting elements that will be used to make a 2-part scene on cream, ultra suede; for my pastor, Rev. Joe Pelligrino. It will be similar to a triptych; but, only two frames. The left side will be a vintage woodcut of Luther's debate with Zwingli over the Holy Eucharist. The other panel will be the goblet, wafer and cross. The ultra suede was gifted to me by my friend, Norma Harris. I may re tat the goblet in a smaller thread with a better color for the wine for proportional size compared to the cross. Sharon's goblet is much easier than it looks, and I'm still working on block tatting. I was trying to approximate a Shepard's loaf... The white thread is DMC 30, the wine is DMC Cebelia 30; and the block tatted bread in ecru is vintage Coats Best six-cord 20.

Motif # 18 TAH DAH!

Design by: Martha Ess' "Teensy Forsythia Heart"
Tah Dah because I have finally managed to get around to and learn how to do the SCMR technique repeatedly~ It is the point of the bottom of the heart. And, I know I should have blocked this piece before trotting it out; but, I was so flushed with success ~ could not contain myself! Apologies all 'round. Tatted in vintage Clarke's Big Ball soft green, and yellow; size 30.
I love Martha's book, "Tats Amore" and two of the patterns I really want to do have ~
split chains! On my list for 2009 was "learn SCMR" and 'Split Chains". One down and one at which to become consistent. (SChains).

Motif # 17

Celtic Badge designed by: Rosemarie Peel
This is a proto type for a Celtic Badge I'm making in the MacKay ( I'm told, it's pronounced Mc eye) plaid. The plaid I liked from this sett was bright blue, and a darker green, with a thin black line. The finished piece will be in size 80 threads (this experiment is in size 20) and, hopefully, will be put in a lovely brooch (on order). It is for my friend, Pearle, who turned 90 last year; and has now relocated to a lovely home in Evanston, Illinois. I shall miss this lady of grace, wit and independent spirit. Certainly a woman to have as one's mature role model. Would that I can mature with such grace. She is certainly missed at our church.

Motif # 16

This heart is a Patti Duff design from: "Mini Tats"

I decided to make it into a bookmark with victorian sets at the bottom. The Thread is Red size 50 ~ DMC It is in an unblocked state!