I tatted this bookmark in size 10 tatting cotton. It is also from Karey Solomon's book along with the button butterfly. I had been wanting to try block tatting and thought this a good place to start. It was easy, just like Karey says in the pattern and very rewarding. I think I would prefer a smaller thread as I have trouble making my stitches smooth in size 10. Maybe I'll try again!
I framed a couple of pieces of my tatting for my good friend Madeline who loves purple as much as I do! Her bedroom and bathroom are both decorated in purple. I wonder in which room the tatting will show up?
This colorful butterfly is from the May 2007 "Tatting Times" by Karey Solomon that came in the mail yesterday. It was extremely challenging for me, but well worth it. Once again, my camera does not do it justice. I used #20 DMC Cebelia and a 3/8" button. Thanks Karey!
My little group is growing! I just love tatting these Southern Belles. The blue with the beads was an experiment. I wanted to symbolize flowers without having to use a different color for the rings. I think I like it, but might have to work with it a little bit.
Sunbonnet Sue wanted to be bigger, so I tatted her in #10 crochet cotton. She is about 4 1/2" tall and ready to sit under the Magnolia Tree and sip Mint Juleps! Last Fall we were in Fairhope, Alabama for Founder's Day. They had a lovely Pops concert in the park on the bluff overlooking the Mobile Bay. In attendance were six lovely "Southern Belles" dressed in pastel dresses and bonnets. I just might have to make Sue some girlfriends with whom she can sashay around. Thanks again to the Big Book of Tatting.
I know it's a little late for Easter eggs, but I just couldn't get all of them done in time. Fortunately, these eggs will keep! This is Eliz's egg from the Tatting Pattern Calendar on March 25th, 2007. I tatted it in some old crochet cotton that already had the beads strung. I'm not sure what size it is as the label was long gone, but you can see how small it turned out. The beads are iridescent seed beads. Thank you Eliz!
Hooray! The first tatted friendship doily is completely finished! This is Elizabeth's. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I thought the white edge would tie into the white chains about in the middle and give the whole doily a good frame. Now, off to more recreational tatting. I am really enjoying my "Big Book of Tatting."
Presenting - Sunbonnet Sue from The Big Book of Tatting - the 25th motif of my second set! I am really enjoying tatting the patterns in this book. They tat up fast and this one was great for using up the thread left on the shuttle from the last butterfly. I'm going to do the next one with white for the rings. I haven't decided what color to make the chains as of yet. I don't know how many of you have this book, but hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
Now, do I start over again on the challenge or just keep posting?
This pattern from The Big Book of Tatting was just screaming to be done in purple! The variegated is Altan Balsak. I'm not sure about the solid. I think it is DMC Cebelia. I wasn't sure how the two would mix when tatted together, but I like the way it looks. I'm off now to look at more of the patterns and make my next choice! P.S. The last round of the friendship doily is progressing. Pictures when finished!
I had so much fun with this butterfly! It is from Big Book of Tatting by Darlene Polachic and tatted in #20 DMC Cebelia. We are doing some work in our kitchen and I can't get to the ironing board or iron, but couldn't wait to share this little fellow. More colors to come!
I have tried and tried to get a good, clear picture of this Easter Egg and I just can't. This is the second of Mark's that I have made and I just love tatting this pattern. I wish it would show up better. This is a lovely, creamy yellow with a purple center. I had to darken it to show the detail.
This is Mark's Easter Egg. I had so much fun with it and can't wait to make more! I have all kinds of color combinations in my head. Hope they don't get lost in there! I like tatting the half rings in this pattern. I only need to make the long picots a bit longer to take up the negative space around the center.
Finally - the sixth round finished on my tatted friendship doily. It took a long time to make it around this time. Only one more round to go and it's an easy one. This one goes to J.B. now. Her's will go to Elizabeth and Elizabeth's will come to me to finish. I have enjoyed doing this and would like to do another one in the future. I'm ready for a little break right now. As soon as I finished with this round, I started on Tatman's Easter egg. It is going to be pretty!