It's pretty amazing really!
Anyway, back to my original purpose for this blog...
A few weeks ago, I went to Knoxville, right? (just agree) Anyway, right before I left, I ordered a couple of tatting books. One was Mary Maynard's Tatting a 4 square ring, and the other was Iris Neibach's Tatting Together square motifs.
Now, while I was out of town and before the books arrived, Umintusuru received her new copy of the same book (Tatting Together) and posted a motif from it! So, I sent her an email saying that I was so excited to be tatting through this book with her! So she so wonderfully suggested that I pick a pattern and we actually tat one together. So fun!! (Which is so appropriate right? With a book named "Tatting Together")
So, when I got back in town and had my book in hand I picked Lis Christiansen's pattern (it's on page 10)
It's a very lovely pattern.
BUT, the rings are very large and the chains are very long.
Frankly, I got bored. That does not make for fun tatting or for a project that will get done quickly.
So, after fighting with myself and changing colors a couple of times.
I decided to scale the entire pattern down by only doing half the prescribed stitches.
I'll just say this... it worked like a charm!!
I used my own Mindanao Gum size 80 with Lizbeth Fudge Dk size 80.
It's sitting on top of a cotton hanky that I got from Handy Hands that is 4 inches in diameter. (which I dyed myself) So, I would guess, that makes this motif about 2" X 2". Which makes each square about 1" X 1"
Also, I didn't do a very good job at it, but I actually blocked this one! Why? It didn't necessary need blocking since I only did half the stitches. I did so because I was tatting with Umintsuru. I love how she blocks her work! I even tried putting the pins in the picots so I could pull them out (so I too could have spiky elegance).. it just didn't work for me. Go figure. :o(
This is my first time to actually block something with pins though. I wish I had taken a before picture. But, I'll do that next time! :o)
Thanks for tatting along with me, Umintsuru!
It was fun!!
On another note however, and as a result of thinking about this cotton doily that I have dyed:
Would anyone be interested in a matching set of dyed doily and thread?
Maybe that could be a custom order type thing.
I was thinking the same of baby onesies. Wouldn't it be cute to put an edging on a baby onesie, and the thread match beautifully to the onesie, because the onesie would be a shade thats in the thread.
Or even an adult shirt.
or anything else that's made of cotton.