Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tatting Tea Tuesday - Lanyard Love & A Hatchling

Keeping this short and sweet in order to be ready to receive The Sprout's teacher shortly after lunch for a scheduled Home Visit.

Two Interlocking Ring Lanyards

Motif 25 - Interlocking Ring Lanyards - Finished
Thanks to 12 - 13 hours of hurricane rain (courtesy of Ms. Irene) I had several hours of tatting time. I finished not one, but two "braided" lanyards using Jane from South Africa's interlocking rings.

The threads used for the one on the left are:
  • Lizbeth® 20 #638 Christmas Green for the foundation row.
  • Lizbeth® 20 #652 Royal Blue for the Interlocking Row.
The threads used for the one on the right are:
  • Lizbeth® 40 #157 Raspberry Frappe for the foundation row.
  • Lizbeth® 40 #638 Christmas Green for the Interlocking Row.

The lanyards turned out rather well if I do say so myself. If I tat another, I will add a bead to the center of each ring in the foundation chain to give the braid some sparkly pizazz.

This officially completes my first 25 motif challenge.

I will be starting a second challenge as soon as I decide whether to focus on a tatted animal theme, work my way through a tatting book or continue letting untried techniques be my guide.

Hatchling Has a Head
One other project that I can share with you is progress on the Dragon Hatchling.

The foundation is Anne Bruvold's Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon (Water Dragon) tatted in pastel-colored quilting cotton blended with a sample of YLI red-gold variegated thread.

Applying interlocking rings to the the tail, body and neck adds dimension and looks like scales. The interlocking rings and body bits are tatted in Altin Basak 40 Nakis Simi (Gold - Sari) and Ozen, size 50 - a 100% Polyester thread sample from Backwoods Tatter (by way of CrazyMom).

Next to come are the wings. He is to be a love present for The Sprout while I am away at Tat Days. So I must get him finished in time!

As I tat this darling wee dragon, I imagine him hatching in an abandoned mine shaft where gold dust still glitters in alluvial deposits. His name is Zaurun. It is a blending of the Pashto name Zarin, the Hindi (and Cambodian) name Arun and the symbol for the chemical element for gold, Au.

Here is how one (very classy, IMHO) woman weathered Irene: High Tea in a Hurricane

Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful. See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!


Crazy Mom! said...

Love the wee beastie! Can't wait to see him fly!

The lanyards are yummy - Tat Days can't get here soon enough!

H J Hess said...

Will the Sprout not be with you in Toccoa? Oh, no!

IsDihara said...

HJ, The Sprout and Big Daddy are staying home. The fact is that we didn't have sufficient frequent flyer miles to all travel together this year. There were only enough miles for one person to fly.

I'm not sure who will be missing who the most...but I can leave The Sprout with a small token and cross my fingers that the Internet connection in Toccoa supports Skype video.

Looking forward to seeing you and your husband again!