Saturday, November 6, 2010

Anna Meloni's Tatted Crystal Drops

Saw this on Facebook and didn't want anyone to miss it.

This Italian artist has included tatting (small ornaments at the bottom of the image) as well as macrame in her Crystal Drop creations. Bellissima!

Here is a link to the Facebook image:!/photo.php?fbid=111704958846441&set=a.101575693192701.3824.100000208111892

If you are a Facebook user, I encourage you to click on the link and share your comments.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Big Thank YOU!

Thank you ALL for your outpouring of warm, supportive wishes this past week. Every single one is appreciated so much more than words can express.

First repeat of Jon Yusof's
Magic Moment Snowflake © 2009

Tatting Tea Tuesday
Since today is Tatting Tea Tuesday, and since my order of size 40 Lizbeth #154 Wildflower Garden arrived yesterday, I poured my sadness into testing out this vintage-inspired colorway.

Tatting is great therapy! But you already knew that. I needed a bit of reminding. Jon Yusof's Magic Moment Snowflake pattern makes for very soul-satisfying tat therapy.

Sorry to have scanned it with the wrong side showing. My next scan will be right-side up.

Can you believe this is the first time I have tatted this pattern? But I knew this snowflake was worth the wait.

Ruth Scharf leaves in a snowflake?

First Try at a Snowflake Design
Some design inspiration flowed from my fingers this past week. While I was perusing one of Ruth Scharf's leaf books I noticed that all of her patterns used those gorgeous leaves inside the motifs. Never around the edge.

Naturally I had to find out if there was a good reason for this or if Mrs. Scharf merely preferred her leaves as a more central element in her designs.

This first try is far from perfect. In fact it has a long way to go. But I like how the leaves look around the edge.

A cluster of Scharf leaves in the center would add drama. See? Mrs. Scarf had the right idea all along!

I was also thinking that something like this might look good on a satin ornament (either a ball or an egg) and I think I will play around with this idea also.

Valiere Square Success
Last but not least is my Valiere Square do-over. I did not abandon the first one, but I had just enough thread left on the shuttles so I said, "Why not?"

Since ice cream cones aren't as popular when the mercury drops below sunbathing range, I am looking for something else to do with this. (Other than a bookmark.) Has anyone ever tried a Valiere Square Snowflake? Hmmm...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sad News - Miscarriage

I found out this morning that Little Roo did not survive past week 8. So of course I have the heavy-hearted duty of spreading the word to friends and family.

I rolled the dice when I chose to announce I was pregnant before week 12, and I lost. But I know that these things happen for a reason. If it is meant for us to have another baby then we will.

Hugs to you all and thank you for your understanding during this sad time.