"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, June 19, 2011

Summer Hummers

One of my favorite things about summer is the huge number of hummingbirds around. I haven't even gotten around to putting out my feeder yet this year (shame on me!), and I still see at least a couple of them a day.

These are from Heather Johnston's book Tatted Earrings and Things. Once again, the earring findings had to wait till after the scan to be added. From top to bottom, the threads are "Sea Glass" by Krystledawne, "Forest" by Yarnplayer, and "Hosta Leaves" by LadyShuttleMaker.

Edit: There were a couple of things I meant to say about these hummingbirds and totally forgot about before I posted this. First is that I absolutely love this pattern, because you can tat a pair of earrings in an hour. Second, I should mention that I used a tiny dab of Elmer's glue on each one to stiffen the beaks so they won't untwist. Otherwise, they are unstiffened. End of Edit.

I have to admit that when I saw the picture of "Hosta Leaves" I was not entirely convinced I would like it. I went ahead and ordered it because I wanted to add some colorways to my stash that were different from anything else I had. When I saw it in person, I was really glad I had bought it, and as I started winding the skein onto a floss bobbin, I decided I really really liked it. I think I feel a bookmark coming on.


  1. Those hummingbirds are adorable! Wouldn't they look cute on a t-shirt that had one big flower?

  2. Very cute hummingbirds. And all those threads are so pretty. I am curious about what you are going to tat in bookmark form as it will probably be a harbinger of what is ahead of my shuttles!
    Fox : )

  3. How lovely to have hummingbirds in your garden, these tatted ones are gorgeous and I love the thread colours you used.

  4. Love your Hummers!!! We have about 3 feeders with 10 hummingbirds. In Aug the little ones start feeding. Very nice pattern.
    Linda in NM

  5. Ooh! I love them! Those would be so adorable in a scrapbook or something along those lines. And wonderful thread! (:

  6. The pattern for the hummingbirds can be purchased separately from Heather if you can't afford the whole earrings book.

  7. Where can I purchase the book Tatted Earrings And things new or used or just the pattern for the hummers? Dosen't appear available anymore.
    Richard B

  8. Richard, I bought the book on Etsy years ago, but I can't find her there anymore. Try contacting Heather through her blog, linked in this post.