Saturday, September 10, 2011

Motif 2 - Heart's Honor Bookmark

It's done! The exquisite Heart's Honor bookmark designed by Wanda Salmans.

Heart's Honor © 2011 Wanda Salmans

Tatted in Lizbeth® 40 Peacock Blues, the bookmark measures 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long. The heart top is 1 3/4 inches (4.4 cm) wide while the lower segment is 1-inch (2.5 cm) wide.

Absorbed in bright blues and captivated by quatrefoils, this project held my interest from start to finish. Isn't it lovely?

Admittedly, I got bogged down during stage two because my thread kept splitting and snapping. Once the setback was righted the lace was again pure pleasure to tat.

Thanks again, Wanda, for allowing me to test tat this pattern!

New Threads to Come
The next release of new colorways at Handy Hands will include two exciting new variegated threads. One my twin sister, Igoya, helped to name! It will be called Autumn Apple Pie. The other I helped to name. It will be called Blue River Glades.

Hold onto your hats, because all the upcoming threads are super-scrumptious! But the release dates may be staggered due to a rejected shipment (more on that later).

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Presenting Zaurun Toothless

Toothless, an Iridescent & Gold Dragon

25 Motif Challenge - A 2nd Go
Remember the dragon hatchling from last week? He has both wings now. Isn't he handsome?

He reminds me of this gorgeous iridescent dragon painting, though I didn't find it online until after Toothless was finished. Serendipity!

Motif 1 - Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon
Toothless will launch my second 25 Motif Challenge. Here are his thread specs:

The foundation is a Water Dragon tatted in Signature® thread from Japan. The color is M07 - Pastels. It is a long-staple Egyptian quilting cotton that I blended with a sample of YLI red-gold variegated thread.

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).

For the wings, I used the Signature® thread - M07 for the chains and Altin Basak 40 Nakis Simi (Gold - Sari) for the rings.

Toothless, an Iridescent & Gold Dragon, sideview

Anne Bruvold's Flying Minor Norwegian Dragon has been on my Must Tat List since 2008. A long time, but so worth the wait.

The Sprout loves him and plays with him every day (Such a joy to watch!) but he insisted on changing his name from Zaurun to Toothless.

One of my favorite things about him, aside from the color, is that he is posable. He is flexible, not stiff, but the interlocking rings give his neck, body and tail just enough support. I simply must try to get a photo of him perched on something and looking down on his prey.

FYI-- the braided "reins" were a special request from The Sprout. Who is the dragon rider?

Thank you, Anne, for sharing this marvelous pattern!