"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, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolution: Focus!

Much as I would like to immediately re-do the damaged motif from my last post, I've got to focus on something else right now. Remember my cousin's wedding present?

This is Jon Yusoff's "Clover Mat". My original thought was to make a set of 8 placemats, a table runner, and a matching edging on 8 napkins. I knew from the start that this was not realistic, but I figured I'd see how far I could get. Then I decided I'd just do 4 placemats and leave it at that. Well, then I got distracted by Christmas. So now I'm just going to make a table runner. That should be manageable if I keep my focus.

The good news is, it is now too big to fit on the scanner, as you can see where it's cut off at the top. That means I am making progress.

When my cousin told me she likes the combination of deep blue and brick red, I decided to just use the blue, on the theory that reds are harder to match and I don't want to use the wrong shade. My cousin is an artist, so color is important to her. However, now that this is going to be one single piece instead of a bunch of smaller ones, I've decided that it really does need something to break up all the blue. So on the next row, you'll start to see a bit of red thrown in. The nice thing about a table runner is that I can make it however long I want to, depending on my attention span, but I will have to make sure that the red patches are symmetrical.

I'm counting on all my faithful tatting friends to scold me mercilessly if I start getting distracted!


  1. I feel much better knowing that there are others who need to adjust their goals to make them more realistic! I think the table runner looks wonderful!

    My New Year's Resolution... I hate to make one, because there are so many issues I need to address! ; )

    Happy New Year!

  2. Love the idea of the runner with a bit of red. It is going to be unique and very attractive!
    Why are you reading.... :0

    Fox : )

  3. We promise to keep you at it! It took me 6 years; but there were extenuating circumstances. LOL
    I offer only encouragement; no scolding. I’m a peace maker at heart. xxx bev

  4. It looks lovely and I am sure whatever size you finish up with she will love it, knowing it was made for her.