Saturday, July 7, 2012

Relief - Finally!

I thoroughly enjoyed tatting this bookmark by Frivole - the Flowering Quatrain Bookmark in Size 20 Lizbeth.  The color is a brighter pink than shows up on the photo, and it seemed like this pattern really deserved a solid color to show it off.   Now I'd like to do it again, paying closer attention to being more consistent with picot size.  I also really like how this is done in one pass - split rings are lifesavers.

My cave had a workout this past week because of the record-setting heat we've been having.  Upper 90's to even 102F, with high humidity - ugh.  I pretty much only went outside to go to and from work or water my flowers and veggie garden - otherwise it was much more comfortable in the air-conditioning doing absolutely nothing, since the heat just sucks the energy right out of me. (Have you ever had your glasses fog up just by stepping outside?)  We FINALLY have some relief after some storms passed through last night.  We went from 100 degrees to 75 in just a couple of hours.  It feels so good to have the windows open again!

I also made one of these cute little bags - the Little Boxy Pouch.  It's a quick, easy pattern, and I've made it in a few different sizes.  The pattern makes a very small pouch - but I revised and cut this one in 10x12 rectangles instead of what the pattern calls for.  This particular one is about perfect to hold all those products I travel with - even a makeup pouch would fit in here along with the shampoo, disposable razors, etc.  I think this bag could hold various UFO's too . . .

Speaking of UFOs, I'm wondering what to work on next.  The unfinished doily?  The handkerchief edging that I started ages ago?  I sort of put them aside as county fair tatting projects when I realized that I would be on vacation and unable to be at the fair.  I think they might be 2013 fair entries :)


  1. I really really love both of these projects, tyvm. the bookmark is beautiful, and the bright pink does show off the pattern very well. We are going traveling soon in the RV and I am going to make some of these bags, they are going to be absolutely PERFECT for keeping things in order!
    Ty for the link, and ty for showing your beautiful work.

  2. Beautiful tatting, Cindy!
    Fox : )

  3. Love the bookmark! I am working on split rings so that I can make one. My split rings are terrible!

    Thanks for the link to the Boxy Pouch... looks like something fun to make!

    It finally cooled off enough for us to open our windows, but it's not really cool out yet. We're hoping to get some rain. It's been three weeks, and the corn is looking really sad.

  4. Love that bookmark and the boxy pouch! Some good out of that crazy heat!

    Getting ready for the big trip?

    Two girls are exciting for tatting this Friday (and their mom!)

  5. Hello here,
    Relief - Finally!
    Insightful! A brilliant article; It has really insightful information. You are extremely intelligent!

  6. Lovely bookmark, yes its nice to have something that you can do in one pass. Great boxy pouch
    I am pleased to hear you have some relief from the heat, we just want some, it was very chilly yesterday and we put the heat on for a while

    1. I wish we could share some of our heat with you! But I don't want to complain too much, since we have cold and snow for 4-5 months each year :)

  7. And a note to anyone making the boxy pouch:

    The pattern only calls for one layer of fabric - I quilted mine to give it more shape. Heavy interfacing might work as well if you want it to stand up!


  8. Your bookmark is gorgeous and I love the color you chose!! :)


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