Thank you, thank you, thank you Sharon! This is it - finally. I couldn't have do it without you. I really think this will be the final version and make it onto the hanky as soon as I decide what thread is best. Sharon used the same basic shape I tatted first, made it smoother and added the corner for me. I am so excited!
This is what is keeping me from my tatting! Thought you might like to see this yummy yarn from Turkey. It is working up pretty fast using US size 10.5 needles. This is the best I could do to show you the pattern. It is very simple with a lovely crocheted lattice edge at the bottom.
Horror of horrors! I guess I'm going to be taking some short breaks from tatting! I went to a new knit shop with my mother-in-law today. It was yarn heaven. She saw a beautiful knitted poncho that she just had to have. The yarn, (Fezy, Cozy from Turkey, Color #37), is yummy and I really wanted to work with it, so I purchased it and came home and got started. It won't take very long at all, but I miss my tatting already. I might have to take turns tatting and knitting. What's the hurry, anyway. It's her Christmas present. I've got a month! I will keep you posted as I progress through my knitting imposed tatting fast!
Well, maybe if I stretch it out and pin it down and starch it..... I like the idea, but the beads are much too big and make it crowded in the center. I couldn't find the beads that I wanted so, being the impatient being that I am, I just used these cheap silver colored beads. I will post another picture after I do all of that tomorrow. Too tired tonight! I would really like to make this work for tree ornaments.
This is Sue Hanson's Celtic 5 point motif. It is tatted in 6 colors of DMC Cebelia and was sooo much fun! I think I will try it next with red and green beads for Christmas. Yes, I'm getting ambitious! I'm not going to count this one in the 25 Motif Challenge as it has an obvious mistake! Guess that's okay for the first try.
I just had to tat one more of Kersti Anear's Tabatha bookmarks. This one is also DMC #6 Perle, but in color #814. You can't tell, but it's a pretty wine color. I might be looking at a Christmas present theme here!
Well, we are all in agreement that beads on a hanky are totally impractical! Silly me! So, now I have to find something else to decorate. Thanks to Sharon, I am modifying my bead work in new and exciting ways. She made some great suggestions that I am trying to implement. I guess this strip of tatting will be one of those work in progress pieces or a sampler of learning! I'm still working on the corner thing.
Okay, so I'd have to work for a year to be promoted to novice in beaded tatting, but I like it! This is Size 30 Cebelia with tiny glass beads. When I make the real wedding lace, I want to use parchment colored thread and old (looking) seed pearls. We'll see! I'm not going to list this as part of the 25 motif challenge until I actually finish it and attach it to a hanky. I hope some of you will test it out for me and make any suggestions you think would help. Thanks for all of the creative help I have already received. All in all, I'm happy with my second attempt at designing and my head is already spinning with new ideas!
Abbreviations R ring RW reverse work - or p picot lp long picot SS switch shuttles Ch chain prev previous SR split ring / tat after this symbol with shuttle #2 working stitches in reverse order CLR close ring Sh1 Shuttle 1 (shuttle in right hand) Sh2 Shuttle 2
R4-4-4-4 Close Ring RW
* With Sh1 Chain 4 Shuttle join to 3rd Picot of previous ring. RW 4-2 Switch S2 Throw off Ring 4-2-2-4 CLR Switch S1 Chain 2-4-RW Switch S2 Chain 4 RW
With S1 R4+to picot of previous chain 4-4-4 CLR do not RW
With S1 SPLR 4+ 3rd picot of previous ring 4/4-4-4 CLR RW
With S2 R4+ previous ring 4lp1lp1lp4-4 CLR do not RW
SPLR 4+ previous ring 4-4/4-4 CLR RW
**R4+ previous 4-4-4 CLR RW
Repeat from * to desired length ending by joining back to 1st picot of 1st ring.
If attaching to material as you tat, do so at the 2nd picot of ring thrown off of chain.
**For closed, cluster version – work R4+previous 4+free picot of opposite ring4-4 CLR RW
Sweet Heart Bookmark by Kersti Anear copyright 2001 worked in Altin Basak color #378. It is 4 1/4" long and helped me use up some of the thread left in my GR8 shuttle from the hyacinth I did last week! Still have a few more 'crumbs.' This was fun and fast and helped me take my mind off of my edging design. That's why you haven't heard from me. I've been bogged down trying to iron it out, but I'm almost there and ready to share the pattern with those of you who asked for it. Maybe by tomorrow!
This pattern is courtesy of Lynda Nelson Klymko of the ShuttleBirds Tatting Guild in Spokane, Washington, USA. She calls it "Angel at Heart Edging." I plan to use this pattern later with a smaller thread to make a handkerchief edging. I think I might make the angels in the middle pink inside the red next time. This is worked in Cebelia size 30 and was too heavy, so I'm turning it into a greeting card for next Valentine's Day! The three hearts together are 3" wide and 1" tall. Thank you Lynda!
I am trying to design an edging for my daughter's wedding. This is what I came up with last night. It is not attached to this hanky. I will have to find another one. I just placed it there for effect. It will be in smaller thread and probably white, but I wanted this big, green thread so it would show up for now. Please let me know if you have seen another edging like this one as I really want it to be my own design. I got the idea this morning to fasten the two rings together as in this picture. They are just tied together here. Let me know what you think and which one you prefer. Thanks!