Enjoy some tatting time with a little chocolate if you have it!
I have been enjoying the Lanyard pattern so much I tried making earrings with it. I know there are other earring patterns that are very similar to this but I made these the same as the ends on the lanyard. Each of these have a couple of mistakes but I will wear them any way. The next pair will be better. Unlike with the bigger beads and bigger thread I had to use a floss threader to get the beads on the picots. It takes so much longer than using a crochet hook! These were made with Lizbeth #646 Purple Iris Lt in size 20, which is a very similar color to the DMC I used for the lanyard and the bracelet.
Speaking of which, I entered the bracelet in the county fair.
My bracelet was the only entry in its class. It’s great to see a blue ribbon on it as they do not have to give ribbons or top place to any entries even if they have no competition.
Doilies have to be mounted on cardboard to enter the fair. My ‘Harper’ Edging looks good on the black background, doesn’t it? It, too, was the only item in its class. I’m glad I decided to enter both bracelet and doily so they don’t eliminate the classes.
Now I’m back to practicing cluny tatting. I am taking one of Mimi Dillman’s classes at Tat Days in September and need to be a bit more comfortable with them. I’m not trying to be perfect yet, just able to do them well enough that I can understand and learn any tips she teaches in the class. Then I’ll practice what I learned 🙂
“To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut
I took some vacation days recently, not because we were taking a trip or anything but just to have some days off. I had all kinds of plans on what I was going to do, work on and get done. Yes, I had plans.
What’s that line – “the best laid plans of mice and men”? Like usual, most of my plans didn’t work out, though some did in a modified way.
The first day I had off I worked on a few miscellaneous things. I worked on the blog, fixing things that didn’t import correctly. There are a lot of posts to go through, many still to go. I went through a few boxes of items that need to find homes in my new kitchen. Laundry was washed and folded. Not a total loss of the day but less done than hoped.
In the evening I was ready to sit down, watch TV, and tat. Unfortunately, I was not in the middle of any projects that I could do and watch TV at the same time. I needed a new project but of course I couldn’t remember any of the several I’d been thinking of. To give myself some ideas I went through my craft room, picking out random items to ignite my imagination – or at least some enthusiasm. I spread them across the table to analyze for tatting inspiration.
Hmm, a round doily center. I’d purchased this quite some time ago but never was moved to make an edging for it. That day I was inspired by it. A review of several thread colors led to using Lizbeth size 20 in #159 Easter Eggs. I gave a little bit of thought to what I was going to tat and started, attaching to the doily as I went. I did not count the holes to determine the outcome at the finish, I just started.
Sometimes you just get lucky. I didn’t have to adjust where I attached to the doily by one hole.
I’ve made a lot of edgings for runners but rarely for anything else. I had never attached to a doily or runner in this manner, joining to it as I went. Normally I make the edging, make the runner to the same width, and attach to it as the last step. I can’t believe it worked so well!
Though I didn’t plan it as a challenge that is absolutely what it was. I’m calling this #13 in my current 25 Motif Challenge. Even if it’s not actually a motif.
I’m delighted how this edging came out and overjoyed at the finished doily. Sometimes you just get lucky.
“Give luck a chance to happen.” Tom Kite ww.brainyquote.com
I took the plunge – I changed from a Blogger hosted blog to hosting my own with WordPress and Bluehost. This change is an interesting experience. Difficulties started soon after I began the move though most were resolved with help from a friend. The solution to one problem will take a bit longer. Everything made the move from Blogger to WordPress except the pictures and Patterns page. I’m going to have to add the pictures back one by one and start over on the patterns page.
It could take a couple of days – or more :-). If you don’t find something you’re looking for on your next visit come back later, it will show up eventually.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Seneca
My original idea for my daughters did not work out, so I scrapped it and looked for something else. While on Pinterest, where I spend way too much time, I came across decorated material cuffs. They sparked an idea that had a chance to get done in the time left before Mother’s Day.
The sink is now in the island. I love it this way.