Friday, February 20, 2009

Motif # 25

Just in time for St. Patrick's gifts ~ and finishing the Second 25-Challenge

FROM Designer Karey Solomon's, "Tatting Times" a wonderful little Cloverleaf Bookmark. I did this in Valdini size 8 ~ not my favorite thread (I like firmer threads) and this piece was just placed on scanner ~ not blocked. My blocking boards are FULL...:>(
However, I tucked it in a thread exchange padded envelope anyway...I always like receiving motifs from other tatters ~ treasures, really. Because we who tat, realize that time was taken, and each piece is a practice in basics for the future pieces. I thank those who have commented on the progression of my tatting.
I shall have to put my thinking cap on for another 25 ~ I have so many pattern books to choose from, should be an easy task ~ but somehow the decision is just more difficult. I have new books from both Rosemarie Peel (2009) and one from Judith Conners (2000). I might do pieces from those because IMHO they are both great little books for beginners and experienced beginners.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Motif # 24 Heartfelt

Motif # 24 Design by Karey Solomon in her book, "Make Many Merrily."

This pattern is called "Heartfelt" and was done with DMC size 30 multicolored thread in dark, to medium, to light pink hues. I had not blocked this one as it was going as a gift, and there was a deadline to meet! It has a few mistakes because I couldn't figure out the end of the pattern. My fault ~ not designer's. It says to finish the second side as the first and my mind will never wrap around that sentance. I guess it means to work back up the pattern. But when I arrived back at the top, I lost my place...aghhhh I'm missing a picot and possibly a bit of chain at the top. However, it's hard to see at a glance because of the color shift. Which is why I didn't catch it when I was working on it; but, saw it only after it was scanned! Yikes.


MOTIF # 23 Designer: Janette Baker

This heart is from Janette Baker's first book,
"Learn to Tat." Tatted with
Yarnplayer's Lavender Orchid HDT.

DH starched the piece and I blocked it on my handy dandy foam board (suggested last year by Sharon

I think this may be one of the bettert pieces I have tatted and it is for an, as yet, unnamed receipient!