Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Summer Fun

As the mercury hits MUGGY at Silly Hat Central, hay fever has gotten the best of me. Imagine me all hopped up on antihistamines. Don't think I will venture out to meet the stitching ladies. So I turned my usual sore throat remedy into a lemon-ginger tea-time soother and fired up the blog.

The Summer Fun bookmark progresses with motif #2 nearly complete. Tatted in two colors, size 20 Lizbeth #104 and #642, each motif measures 2 by 2 inches (5.1 by 5.1 centimeters). Three of these joined in a row would make a lovely bookmark. I also think this motif begs for bling.

Two doodles tatted in Lizbeth size 40, color #100 Autumn Leaves, are added for perspective.

This week I joined Fox's thread exchange and sent off (so far) three envelopes with thread samples. It is fun to browse the thread offerings of other tatters and swap for something you like!

Snowflake #9, tatted by Kendra Goodnow,
Festive Snowflakes & Ornaments
edited by Barbara Foster

Barbara Foster sent me this photo of a square motif tatted in her soon-to-be-released Lizbeth size 80. This color is #122 Caribbean. What a coincidence! It is the same motif I have started but not yet finished. So now I can show you something a bit larger than the snippets from last week's post.

Finished up the treble clefs I was tatting for a friend's wedding and have the mailing envelope ready to drop off with postie. These clefs have spoiled me rotten! No hiding ends at the beginning. No CTM. Just measure off roughly 32-34 cm. from shuttle 1 and tat the first ring. Then I would tie on shuttle two to the dangling thread and voila! I was ready to tat through to the final ring.  A quick, instant gratification project with minimal thread ends to hide....*sigh*

No progress on the county fair doily. The tatting fugue seems to have passed (Hope I haven't just jinx myself.) so it may be safe to start row 5.


Fox said...

Sweet motif, begging for bling! Why does that thread look so much better when you use it?
Fox : ))

Fox said...

Okay - you have messed with my plans! No sooner had I finally put away the dangles and was ready to proceed with a pattern on my desk, when I read this charming post. Twice.

I have now copied the free pattern and am going to tat it in... Summer Fun!
Fox : ))

Miranda said...

The Summer Fun bookmark is pretty. It occurs to me that if you do something else with this thread involving repeated motifs, it might be cool to choose a different matching solid for each motif.

It looks like the color changes are shorter in the size 80. I like that, particularly with this motif. It looks good with all those little rings, for the same color not to last too long.

Gina said...

Ginger in the tea is a wonderful soother! Hope you feel better soon. It's dripping-muggy here! I bring a glass of iced-tea in with me in the morning and between the parking garage and my office, my hand becomes a dripping faucet from the condensation!

Lovely motifs! I like turning single motifs into bookmarks, either by adding a tail or tatting several in a row. One way to add bling with beads is to add them to the tail or tassel so that part sticks out of the book. I made one that was stunning, if I do say so & won a ribbon at the fair. I gave it to a friend in Ireland in the days before I had a blog. I think I have a photo somewhere that I can post to my blog.