Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gone, flitted away.

June has slipped through my fingers.

Remember when we were desperate for the first signs of Spring? It seemed like old man winter would never loosen his grip. Then Spring arrived and left again in a rush of adolescent heat.

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the words "Gone, flitted away" in a poem titled simply, "Gone." The poem is often used in memorials but the words also suit slippery days like today.

Tatting Tea Tuesday
What tea befits a Tuesday that is gone, flitted away in procrastination and minutiae?

Sun tea! A homemade infusion of green and Lady Grey with a fresh slice of lemon.

I have had a paisley design on my mind, but it turned out to be more leafy than paisley. Here is a sketch.

It can be tatted all in one pass, but to do it I had to start with a chain. And beads (or Josephine knots) may be added, especially around the edges.

If anyone thinks this looks too similar to a leaf design they have seen elsewhere, please let me know.

This is as far as I got on the test tat before Bali fever took over. More on that later.

County Fair
Have you noticed that county fair season is upon us? Batatter finished her county fair project this week, and her Bellaluna Bat is a work of art!

Instead of buckling down to work on my fair doily, I spent several days winding off exchange threads and receiving lovely notes with coveted samples tucked inside. These tantalizing new threads have been calling, begging to be tried.

Envelopes have arrived from near and far.

This striking stamp from Australia caught The Sprout's eye as soon as I pulled the letter from the post box.

"Is that one for ME, mommy?" he asked. "See? It has a TRAIN on it!" And so it did.

Bali Ha'i
Then I heard the siren song of Heather, The Tarnished Tatter's Bali HDT in size 50. It beckoned, luring me like a sailor, calling me away to start Mary Konior's spinning wheel glass mat.
So many others have made this spectacular glass mat. The pattern can be found in "Tatting with Visual Patterns" on page 72. While I'm not that far along, I completely understand why people are so fond of this pattern. (Why is it called a glass mat and not a coaster?)

Bali colorway has a lush quality that reminds me of exotic sunsets. The thread has a bit of a soft hand, but so long as you don't unpick (retrotat, tonk) too often, rings close smoothly and hold their shape.

Goodness, for a post about time racing by, I have blathered on, haven't I? Time to put this post to bed.

Wishing you all more me-time to create something beautiful.

See you in July for more communi-tea!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

That does look like an exotic sunset. Glass mat... my guess is that glass mat just sounds more elegant and worthy of a lovely piece of tatting!

tattrldy said...

I've been checking out Fox's TTE. Haven't done any exchanging yet, I haven't had time to get any thread together or even go through my thread stash to find out what I have. But it looks like fun. The leaf pattern you're working on looks interesting. I don't believe I've seen anything like it anywhere. Hope it comes out like you envision.

IsDihara said...

Lace-lovin' Librarian Diane, you are right about "glass mat" being more elegant and lace-worthy than "coaster." Hee, hee...SO much better than "mug rug!"

Tattrldy, the thread exchange IS fun! (But then I always like getting mail from other tatters.)

Test tatting for the leaf design will be finished this week, then comes the pattern writing and diagraming.

Agnieszka Winnicka said...

It is very nice leaf pattern , and I don't believe I've seen it elsewhere. As for glass coaster, I love the color combination, size 50 you say?.....wow, I would never attempt.

Tatskool said...

I can't believe that June has gone either. Our hottest is 40 years.
the glass mat will be beautiful...just like your leaf will be.