Sympathy bookmark

Tatted cross bookmark to go inside a sympathy card on wandasknottythougths
Tatted cross with sympathy card

I had the occasion to use one of the cross bookmarks I tatted recently.  Sadly it was put in a sympathy card to a friend on the loss of their mother.  This is one reason I keep these bookmarks on hand, to send as a small token of my sympathy to let them know I am thinking of them during their time of grief.

“The people you have in your life grow and occupy space in the tapestry that makes up your life. When they are gone, it makes a hole where they used to be. The memories and love are still there and may always be there. So don’t look at your tapestry as filled with holes- look at it as your own unique lace pattern. The pattern isn’t over, but it is constantly changing. The pain of loss doesn’t ever really go away, but it does lessen over time.”   Unknown


I sent a card to my mother the other day just to let her know I was thinking of her.  I found this lovely card that expressed what I wanted to say beautifully.  When I send cards I like to personalize them with a bit of tatting.  My mother is very fond of dragonflies, so it seemed the perfect touch to add one.

Dragonfly tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Easter Eggs on wandasknottythoughts
Dragonfly tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Easter Eggs

I tried to remember where I had seen the dragonfly pattern I was thinking of.  Jane Eborall has an awesome pattern for one but it takes a lot of beads, which is no surprise.  Also no surprise I’m not wanting to use that many beads.  As I couldn’t remember where to find the pattern and didn’t have time to surf the ‘net for it, I doodled a bit and came up with a reasonable dragonfly.

Over a week after I sent the card I saw that Michelle, over at Tela Magistrae, had made dragonfly earrings. The pattern was pretty much what I was looking for.  Eliz Davis commented they looked like a pattern from Jon Yusoff.  Sure enough, that’s the pattern I was looking for.  I think it will be easier than the one I made.  Michelle’s earrings turned out so well!  I think I’ll be making a pair for my mother.  And maybe me, too.

Instead of tatting much this weekend my husband and I spent it with family.  We went to our oldest daughter’s house to spend the day Saturday.  Our daughter and family from Nebraska were able to come down, too.  We have tried to have a longer vacation together like we have done the last several years, but we just couldn’t get the timing to work.  We had a great day visiting, doing things together, and watching the kids play together.  Sunday we had all of them over to our house along with other family and a few friends.  It was a great weekend.

With the busy weekend I’m behind on reading all the tatting blogs I like.  But that’s okay! I knew all the blogs would be there when family had gone home.  Now that I have time I’m looking forward to seeing what all you’ve been up to.

“It’s not the amount of time you devote, but what you devote to the time that counts.”  Found in a fortune cookie