"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

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Beautiful Berries, and Thoughts on Angels

This is my favorite wreath pattern. I like the way the Josephine ring berries stand out from the surface a bit, and it works up fairly quickly too. The pattern is by LaRae Mikulecky and can be found here. I added a lock stitch chain hanger.

Did you all see Fox's post where she ran out of thread while making "Angels in the Snow" and had to do a shoelace trick to finish it? She solved the "problem" by simply turning the differently colored point to the top to make it a focal point. I really like the way her flake looks, and it got me thinking. Wouldn't it look nice to do shoelace tricks throughout the pattern so that the SCMR's all end up one color and everything else another? That would be slightly different from how it looks in two colors without the SLT's, and I think it would be striking. I haven't had time to try it yet, but it's on my agenda. Of course, if somebody else gets to it first, I'd love to see it!

Don't forget, the pattern for "Angels in the Snow" is still for sale. We've raised over $150 for BIANM so far, and I really appreciate everyone who has contributed!


  1. I love this pattern! I have tried three times to do it! I do not know what I am doing but it just does not work.... Never even got past the first round! Yours looks amazing, so I have got to give it another go. I am so glad you posted this, Miranda!
    Fox : )

    ps I like that idea a lot - I think it would look great.

  2. Fox, the tricky part is that you have to allow your threads to cross in a way that we normally try to avoid. In order to keep all of the regular rings and chains green and facing the right way, you have to both reverse work AND switch shuttles, and that takes some getting used to. Don't worry if a little spot of red peeks through, as it will be covered by a berry in the next round.

  3. Thanks, Miranda I'll give it a go after the shuttles are done with the present motif! My printer decided to have a hissy fit in the middle of printing this off - again - as I threw the first one out in a tatting rage! I have finally got the printer working after an hour and a bit of grief.
    Sigh... some patterns....
    Fox : )

  4. I absolutely love love luuurrrrrrvvveeeee this wreath! I am going to try it some time! way too many projects on the shelf atm, lol, but I am putting it on my list of MUST DO's, beautiful job :X

  5. What a gorgeous pattern and I love your colours loks a beautiful wreath. well done

  6. i love this xmas wreath . i have tatted two of this and sent for xmas gifts...