This week has been very busy but I was still able to get some tatting done – amazing!
Ryan has finally shown herself. After hiding and being generally sneaky, she finally came out and introduced herself. She’s in DMC Cebelia size 30 in Christmas green and #797 blue with a single strand of gold metallic embroidery floss, which makes her a little bigger than Jarek. I was able to get her to hold still for a little while as we contemplated different colors to use in her new home. We haven’t yet come up with what either of us think will work, so we’ll have to keep trying.
I was a little apprehensive about using a strand of metallic floss in with the other thread as I’ve done it in the past and fought with it a lot. This time it worked great. I had very little trouble with it and the floss didn’t break at all, which is what I was most worried about. Somehow I also managed to put the right amount of thread on the shuttles. The first shuttle of blue made most of the body, then it was filled again for the rest. The last came off the shuttle while doing the last chain and I had to manage that last little bit loose. I almost asked for assistance holding it but made it all by my self. The shuttle of green did both wings with just a little bit left over. I guess I should mark that down for next time.
A friend of mine had a birthday last week – which I missed! I was trying to think of a little something to do for her while I cleaned out my tatting bag and found the start of “Angels in the Snow” by Miranda Rensberger that I had done to take step-by-step pictures for Tabatha. I suppose it was the angle I saw it, but it struck me that with a few additions it would make an interesting necklace. Then, of course, I was in a hurry to get it done and made all kinds of mistakes, like joining in the wrong place and adding too many stitches in a ring. It did come out well and the recipient liked it very much. It didn’t hurt that I made it in green, one of her favorite colors, Lizbeth size 20 in Seagreen Dk 688. I added black shell beads that I found at Wal-mart. They are textured not flat, and look much better than the picture. It actually came out just like I envisioned it.
I mentioned last week that a Kansas tatter had contacted me through my blog. Believe it or not, another Kansas tatter contacted me this last week. Wow! Two in two weeks! I’m hoping to get together with them in the next week or so but will have to play it by ear and see how things work out. Meeting them is really something to look forward to! A tat and chat – hehehehe! How fun!
Ralph Waldo Emerson