I've been taking a bit of a break from tatting this week, so I don't have anything new to show, sorry. I'll show you an older piece, though. This is "Lucky Clover" from Tatting Patterns and Designs by Gun Blomqvist and Elwy Persson.
Diane is currently tatting it in blue. I used DMC 80; I don't remember the color numbers, but I remember being pretty excited to find that the dark shade on the variegated thread matches the solid thread exactly. I was going through a phase at the time where I wanted everything to be variegated, so I'm really glad that I chose to use the solid for most of this piece. Having the whole thing variegated would be overwhelming, although I do think it makes a nice accent on the outer round.
Being a fairly new tatter at the time, I was also not really confident about securing my ends, so I used to use Fray Check. If you click to enlarge this, you'll see why you're not supposed to do that. Fortunately, it only shows if you look very closely, and I've learned my lesson.
In other news, I've been invited to play at Weems Artfest, which is a pretty big deal around here. I really consider myself primarily a professional harpist just working another job to pay the bills. The reason I need that other job is because I'm completely useless at self-promotion and therefore hardly ever get gigs. I really have to thank my friend and fellow harpist Kathy Wimmer, whose recommendations have gotten me several gigs, including this one.
Next post will be number 100!