"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

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hey, Tatting!

On a tatting blog! What a concept!

In case you hadn't heard yet, the theme for this year's Tat Days is "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland". Once again, a quilt and other items are being put together to raise money for scholarships. Tatters are asked to contribute snowflakes to help other tatters who would like to go to the event but can't afford it-- and despite what the date on the website says, it's not too late! Erin is still receiving snowflakes and stitching them down.

At the top left, of course, is "Angels in the Snow", which I can pretty much do in my sleep by now. I went with Lizbeth thread for a nice crisp feel, in size 80.

Next is another design of mine, "Crazy Daisy", so named because it uses daisy picots and the first several times I tried to make it, it just about drove me crazy! In fact, I gave up on making it for several years because I was so intimidated by my own design. This time it seemed easier, maybe because my manual skill is catching up with my ideas. It's really just a matter of paying attention to what you're doing, isn't it?

This is done in size 80 "Snowflake" HDT by Yarnplayer with DMC white. Marilee uses DMC for her base thread, so Lizbeth didn't feel like a good match for it. Besides, aside from the crispness of the Lizbeth, which I like, the DMC really is the better quality thread.

I love these colors! The pinks and lavenders are not snowflake colors at all, yet combined with the pale blue, this colorway makes me think of shimmering snowflakes more than anything else.

Finally, my "Ice Crystal" flake done in LadyShuttleMaker's "Vicki's Lilacs" colorway, again in size 80. They are mostly asking for the donated snowflakes to be in appropriate snowflake colors, go figure, but there is a runner being made in purples, so I am hoping that this one will work with that.

Wouldn't you know, I'm out of stamps, so these will have to wait till tomorrow to go in the mail.


  1. Ooooh, I love those snowflakes!!! :)

  2. The "ice crystal" snowflake is so LOVELY! Really, really beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous! I like the colors in the 'crazy daisy'!

  4. These all look so fresh and crisp. I love that Ice Crystal.

    I do believe you sent me the pattern for Crazy Daisy but you scared me big time with your warnings... I should pull it out of the file and give it a go. It is very pretty.

    Interesting that you are also using #80 thread. I'm on a skinny thread kick myself!
    Fox : )

  5. Love the snowflakes. I especially like the colors in the middle one.

  6. Gorgeous snowflakes, and I love the last one, well done.

  7. It is finally done! The 2011 Scholarship Fundraiser Quilt is finally ready. The
    quilt is midnight blue with snow white snowflakes adorning it. Old Man North Wind is blowing out streamers of wind and snowflake across the length of the quilt. Details about the scholarship for Palmetto Tat Days and link to the donation/tickets page: http://www.tatdaysscholarship.info/index.shtml
    More photos: http://tattinginawinterwonderland.blogspot.com/

    9th Annual Tat Days 2011 September 23-24 Toccoa, Georgia USA
    "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland"