I decided to make myself a lanyard for Tat Days. It should be in a color that looks good with shirts I may be taking with me. It’s amazing how that one requirement limits color choices for me. I have a lot of thread, most of which are colors that I like – who wants to tat with colors they don’t like?? – but inevitably a lot of my clothes are those colors, too. But not always the same shade.
With much comparing and mind changing I finally settled on DMC Cebelia Lavender. For some reason I’ve had a ball of this in size 10 for quite some time. A lanyard made of size 10 would tat up fast and be quite durable. So far, so good.
In the beginning, I planned to make Patti Duff’s Beaded Lanyard (you can find it on Craftree). I got a bit ahead of myself while trying to find beads that would work with the thread. I started playing without having Patti’s pattern printed.
I went for a while before admitting I didn’t like the looks of my efforts for the lanyard. Not one to throw tatting out just because it didn’t turn out as expected, I put it on my hat as a hatband. I like it better as a hatband than as a lanyard.
I started again, and again I was impatient. This time I didn’t want to string the beads. The black beads weren’t the right size anyway. With no pattern but an idea, I started once more, this time without beads as well. I know I’ve seen something akin to this out there on the Internet but I made it without referring to a pattern.
I like it this version much better. It went fast and was easy to do while a passenger in the car. I did get a bit carried away – it’s a bit long. Oh, well! Better than too short. I added a couple of clips to the ends that can be clipped together or to a name tag or some such. Done!
I’m ecstatic about going to Tat Days. I’m counting down the days! I keep checking the Palmetto Tatters Guild page for updates. I’m planning what clothes to pack and what to wear. I’ve traveled before but not anywhere like this, not with tatting as the destination. **happy dance** Anyone else getting excited about going?
“Over prepare, then go with the flow” – found in a fortune cookie