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Thursday, February 21, 2008

"English Country Garden Heart" round robin #1



I can't believe it, but I actually designed this one all by myself! It's not perfect, but I'll get there. I have to thank Martha Ess for inspiration. I tatted one of the hearts in her book "Tat's Amore" last year that this reminds me of, but I promise I wasn't copying or using her flowers, as you can tell! LOL I hope she will be flattered.

Georgia Seitz pointed me to a technique called the Bach versus Beethoven method of designing. You either tat the outline and fill in or tat the inside and then outline it. I did the former.

The outline is size 20 DMC Cebelia white dimpled split rings. Then, I just started making fantasy flowers and stems to fit inside. Viola! The flowers and stems are Flora, DMC and hand dyed thread. When I started working on the dimpled split rings and saw that they weren't all that uniform, I intended to just practice a while and then go back and start over. I guess I got carried away!

I am excited and encouraged that maybe I can learn to design tatting after all!

12 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! I can't wait to see what else you design!

Pamela said...

Way to go Laura, you are going to be another genius. There will be no stopping you now!

Tattycat said...

Thanks Diane and Pamela. I am so excited! I hope I can do more.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Of course you can design! Whoo hoo!

Wowy wow wow

***Jon**** said...

First the snowflake rose and now this. Lovely! You are on your way to designing now, Laura. I am waiting for more surprises.

laura'sjoe said...

tattycat what beautiful work but then you have always been very very talented.

wish mom could have seen your tatting talents

Clyde said...

Very nice tatting Laura. It is nice to see that you have let the designing bug bite you. Keep on designing you are doing a great job.

yarnplayer said...

This looks like loads of fun! But I am pondering the "Bach vs. Beethoven" thing. As a cellist, I have played a little by each of these composers. Bach has a lot of notes, so maybe that would translate into a lot of picots! Picots do tend to give the "Baroque" effect!
Beethoven has intense contrast in louds and softs...I wonder what that would be in tatting? Maybe some big, open areas, along with solid areas crammed with tons of tiny rings...
Anyway, keep up the designing, Laura! You're doing great!

Tattycat said...

Thanks to all of you. I really hope I can keep coming up with new things and getting better at designing. Freeform might be my thing. I always has been in my woodcarving. Yarnplayer, your thoughts on Bach vs. Beethoven are very interesting. I love the way you describe their work and compare it to tatting. I'll send you the link by email so you can look at it.
Thanks again!

Martha said...

I think it's great

Tattycat said...

Thank you Martha. It's not near as lovely as yours, but I am so excited to have done it myself. Maybe one day I can design tatting as lovely as what comes from your head, heart and hands.

Marty said...

Yes, you can design! I especially like the blue flower in the middle.