Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ribbons and Motifs 18, 19 & 20

Goal accomplished.  I entered two pieces of tatting in the county fair, and only one other piece was entered in a different category.  So, not much competition, but all three pieces/categories earned ribbons.  Hopefully that will spark some interest and encourage some more entries for next year.  Next year's goal: enter more than two tatted items!

And I did find a category to enter this doily into the state fair under: Dinner cloth . . . ?  Strange, but that seems to be the only possible place to enter it. [I would hardly want to use it as a dinner cloth!]  What the heck.  I'll try it and see while I have the opportunity and the bragging rights :)

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This week I had to try some things from my new book - Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns - so I chose these pieces for Motifs 18 & 19 of the 25-Motif Challenge:

Motif #18, Bud Fragment
DMC Perle Cotton, Size 8

Motif #19, Black Magic bookmark
Yarnplayer's HDT "Tourmaline", Size 20

I am thoroughly enjoying the book, and keep going over the patterns trying to decide what to do next.  I think I better stick with small pieces for a bit while I try to get back to my T.A.T. projects.  To be honest, I have been avoiding working on the T.A.T. stuff while telling myself "I need more practice".  Those projects need to be as perfect as I can get them!

I also tatted my old standby bookmark "Flowers" by Jill Hanna from the Tatted Bookmarks book from Handy Hands for Motif #20:

Motif #20, Flowers bookmark
Yarnplayer's HDT "Tourmaline", Size 20 and
DMC Perle Cotton, Size 8

I found that my stash of bookmarks has dwindled, so I really need to get that built up again.  Bookworm friends and relatives seem to enjoy a pretty bookmark tucked into a card, and they are the perfect small projects to get the feeling that I've accomplished something.  

Next I think I'd like to try making a small centerpiece for the kitchen table by adding a tatted edging to some fabric.  Is it easier to add an edging to a circle and avoid turning the corners?  It seems that patterns with corners may be difficult to get to fit correctly.

Back to enjoying what we have left of summer.  We have a hot, humid week ahead of us - temperatures in the 90's and high humidity.  Better not complain too much - snow is not far off! [Bite my tongue, I know . . . ]


  1. Congratulations again Cindy! I think it's great you are going to enter your doily in the state fair. The category seems pretty appropriate as the doily would be part of the table decor under the centerpiece. Good luck! That will be exciting!

    Beautiful tatting from Visual Patterns! I haven't tried Bud Fragment, but Black Magic ate my lunch. I think it was the first thing I tried out of the book and I was not used to having ONLY the diagram to work from. Yours is lovely. You did a great job and I also really like your thread choice. Your flower bookmark is also very well done with such pretty colors.

    I'm with you, I would think a round centerpiece would be easier to fit.

    :) Ann

  2. Congrats on the ribbons. Your work is worth it!

  3. Congratulations on your ribbons your work is really lovely!!!!

  4. All your tatting is looking wonderful. I think it's great that you are going to enter that doily in the state fair. There might be more competition there, but that you did so well - Grand Champion - says something about your tatting; it's really good and it looks good, too! Good luck.

  5. Congratulations on the ribbons for your beautiful tatted pieces!

    Of course - a dinner cloth - what else is it called! LOL! Way to go - it's a winner....

    Fox : )

  6. Congratulations on the ribbons! Of course, I was pretty sure the "dinner cloth" was going to win big.

    And I missed your birthday celebration. Congrats on yet another milestone! It's a good decade to be in. :-)

  7. Congratulations, your pieces are lovely.

  8. Wonderful! Those pats on the back visualized as ribbons can keep you tatting for a long time! Ooooo, and sweepstakes! That's so great.

  9. It was DELIGHTFUL to see that big rosette on your doily! Congratulations!!!

    It IS amusing that the State Fair doesn't seem to have a category, but I'm sure it will make a big impression as a 'dinner cloth". (They may make up a new category on the spot!) Glad you're getting tatting 'out there'!

    I've always been puzzled as to how to go about adding tatting to a solid center, either round or square. No doubt tatting the circle would be easier. I'm assuming one does the tatting first, then the center material is cut to 'fit' and then hemmed or 'overtitched', and the tatting is sewn on last. I have a vintage doily I purchased, and i still can't figure out how it was made so perfectly!

    Your tatted items from May Konior's book are lovely, as is your 'gift' bookmark.

    PS: Happy 5-0 !!!


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