© 2010 Martha Ess
Time to show off my second completed project from Palmetto Tat Days 2010!
Isn't this bookmark just so for finishing up your late summer beach reading?
It is tatted in Lizbeth 20 #125 Seascape and measures 5 inches (12.7 cm) long by 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. It will count as motif #15 for my 25 motif challenge.
This bookmark would look terrific in bold, peacock colors, transitional or monochromatic colors, rich gem tones or even soft pastels.
Two solid colors would also give it striking dramatic appeal. Bling is an option for folks who know how to add beads into the center of rings.
The good patterns are always this way, aren't they? Versatile. Timeless.
Martha, thank you for sharing this great lace bookmark!
Swept Off My Feet
Sometimes all it takes is a passing glance. Sometimes more. Serendipity lent a hand in my latest infatuation — broomstick lace.
In August I signed up to take Martha Ess' bookmark class at Palmetto Tat Days. Mid-month, broomstick lace crochet was demonstrated at the county fair. By September 1st I was swept up in broomstick lace love.
Segue: Two Types of TattersLearning new techniques is a big part of my motivation behind and passion for tatting. Those of you who are production tatters may not understand this. You thrive on finishing projects.
A production tatter doesn't have UFOs. They must finish one project before starting another.
Technique tatters thrive on learning new techniques and have been known to switch gears mid-stream or set aside a project to start another one.
When my first attempt at the broomstick tatted bookmark went awry (image below), I switched to broomstick crochet.
The broomstick crochet kept me focused on the technique while I muddled through options of weaving in the extra-long picots on the Bali sample. I was playing around with weaving the picots of ring one and ring two through each other and then applying the swirl join at the top (ring 2 picots would travel over to become ring 1 swirl join and vice verse...) when fate stepped in.
First Serendipity, Then Fate
One day The Sprout decided to "make laces" with mommy's shuttle and a snap was heard that struck fear into my lace-lovin' heart. He had been swinging the lace over his head like a flail and the cord snapped, sending the shuttle and lace flying across the room.
The lesson learned (aside from the deep well of patience that kept the boy alive) is that three-cord threads aren't as strong as six-cords threads.
Yes! I actually tested that theory and allowed The Sprout to repeat his flail test. Twice. The six-cord thread held through both flail trials. And The Sprout had a great time helping mommy. The finished bookmark was the six-cord flail test cotton!
Now you know that six-cord threads are Destruct-O Boy approved for all your tatting needs. ツ