A short edging in Lizbeth #184 Rainbow Splash size 20
I have an aunt that is currently in assisted living while undergoing rehab after surgery. Outside of every room in the facility is a shadow box with glass shelves. The shadow boxes for those people that are there for long term care usually have quite a few things in them, from pictures to miniatures to postcards and such. My aunt is not expected to be there for a long term but it does look sad to have the shadow box empty. My mother has been finding cat miniatures at garage sales to put in my aunt’s box to give it a happier appearance.
I kept thinking her box needed a little tatting. While I was visiting the week before Easter I showed her what colors I had with me and offered to make an edging for her box. She chose Rainbow Splash.
I envisioned doing something quick and easy that would hang over the edge of a shelf. That is what developed but not quite as I saw it in my mind’s eye.
Then there was the problem of attaching it to the shelf. At first I thought I would use sewing thread to go around and around the shelf, attaching to the edging as I went. I thought it wouldn’t be too noticeable. But that didn’t work at all. My husband suggested gluing it to the glass. As I happened to have a glue stick with me I gave it a try. It worked great. As it’s just a regular glue stick the edging should come off easily when she goes home. The glass should clean off easily as well.
My aunt is very happy with the edging. She makes sure she mentions it to whom-ever is assisting her as they come and go to her room.
I wanted to get the edging done by Easter – which I did – so pretty much went with the original idea. There are a few things I want to change the next time which should make it hang nicer without twisting. I think the edging came out well for a ‘quickie’.
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”