"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Finished Card

Well, almost finished. I still have to glue the picture onto the card itself.

Here are the stats. As I already told you, the dragonflies are done in LadyShuttleMaker's Rainforest size 80 doubled with Coats and Clark metallics in silver and green, and the fish are done in Sulky Blendables color 4028. The dark purple flowers are also Blendables, color 4033 Grape Wine, and color 4021 True Teal for the stems. I learned that this thread is pretty difficult to control when making very small rings. All the other threads are size 80 HDT's: LadyShuttleMaker's Treebeard; Leafy and Golden Glow, both by Yarnplayer; and Vanilla Sky by Tatskool.

The pattern for the dragonflies is by Jon Yusoff. The cattails are from Lindsay Rogers' book Tatting Collage. Yes, it's just one ring, but I wouldn't have thought of it on my own, so the pattern was in fact necessary. The Vanilla Sky flowers are from the same book. You can also find the grass and the little yellow flowers in that book, but I did manage to think of these all by myself before I got the book. The fish are my own, and the purple flowers are just generic little 5-ring flowers that everybody does.

I should be getting the threads for the doily within the next few days. I've got a couple of weeks off in June, so I'll have plenty of time to work on it.

Tomorrow... the Top Secret Project revealed!


  1. Brilliant. I REALLY admire people who can 'do' cards. I'm hopeless.

  2. Beautiful. So nice actually to use your tatting.

  3. Thank you, Diane.

    Jane, you've got all those patterns for critters and people; all you have to do is put them on a background. Actually, my first cards were just motifs- I would glue fabric (usually organza) to the card, cover the raw edges of the fabric with fabric paint from a squeeze bottle, then glue the tatted motif on top. It wasn't till I got Lindsay Rogers' book that I started doing stuff like this; she gives you really simple little designs for objects from the natural world and shows you different ways to combine them. Also, the more cards I do, the more complex they get.

    Having said that last sentence, Tatskool, my cards will never come close to yours! Thank you.

  4. Oh gosh! Miranda yours are way better than mine!