"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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Passel of Paperclips

A WIP, Marilee's "Wondrous Window" pendant:

It's done now, but needs blocking. I'll show the completed pendant with full stats in a day or two, after I make the matching bracelet and earrings.

This is the variation that uses woven beaded picots. It requires a total of 6 paperclips, some of which are re-used a couple of times. I chose this variation because, given a choice, I am basically incapable of choosing the simpler version. Plus, it was fun and I got to explore a new technique.

Don't forget that April 1 (it's after midnight here, so that's tomorrow!) is the most important holiday of the year: International Tatting Day, the day that tatters have chosen to celebrate and publicize our craft. The original "instructions" for ITD are (1) tat for yourself, (2) wear something tatted, and (3) eat chocolate. A good set of instructions for any day of the year, I'd say. If I might add a couple of suggestions, try to tat in public if you can-- a coffee shop, the library, a park, anyplace where people might notice what you're doing and ask you about it. And don't eat the chocolate while tatting, unless you happen to be working with brown thread!


  1. You have made me laugh, I told my husband last night that 1st April was international tatting day and he said "so" and that I would have to post something on my blog about it, I am working on something but it wont be ready for tomorrow never mind, I will be finding something to blog. I like the idea of choclates, not that I am allowed to eat too many as I am a dibetic.
    Looking forward to your jewellery when you have finished it.

  2. I am so thick that my first thought was, "Why is she attaching all those paperclips? What do you use it for?" Oh, boy.

    That looks interesting and rather challenging!

    Can't wait to see Marilee's Wondrous Window pattern all tatted up.
    Fox : )

  3. Don't worry, Fox, it's early in the morning!

  4. Is there an underlying correlation to International Tatting Day falling on April Fools Day? Hmmmmm?

  5. Karrieann, no, it was strictly by accident.