"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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I've started making some bookmarks, also for the sale. First up are two of Nancy Tracy's bookmarks.

The bookmark on the left is done in LadyShuttleMaker's "Hosta Leaves" HDT and Lizbeth color 685, Evergreen Dark. I think the dark green looks nice with the lighter greens in the HDT. The one on the right is Lizbeth colors 632, Purple Medium, and 633, Purple Dark. I like how you can make this pattern look different by using colors in different places.

Both bookmarks are the same size; they just came out different on the scanner.

This is a nice pattern that a beginner could do easily. I always add a tail to it, because I think a bookmark should have one. For both of these, I just used a lock stitch chain ending with a simple motif based on the stitch count of the bookmark. The motif is R 3-3-3-3-3-3, C 3-3-3-3-3-3; repeat for a total of 7 rings and chains, joining each ring at the 2nd and 4th picots.

Nancy says that she was trying to design a bookmark that would resemble a small doily, and I think she succeeded.


  1. Your tatting is wonderful. Both bookmarks are lovely. Threads are well matched with great saturated colour in both, in just the right amount.
    Fox : )

  2. Very nice. The difference in color arrangement really change one's first impression of the design. Hope you do well at the sale.

  3. those are beautiful, I have that pattern on my list of bookmarks to make also :D you did a wonderful job with them :)

  4. You've certainly made a lot of items for the sale! These bookmarks should sell very quickly. This is a great pattern for practicing with different thread colors. Your addition of the lock-stitch chain is just the right touch.

  5. Both bookmarks are lovely I like the colours you have used.

  6. These are really pretty! I like the way you put the colors together, too.

  7. Beautiful bookmarks and I like Nancy's patterns!! Linda in Nm

  8. Those colors are nice and turned into beautiful bookmarks. Good luck with your sale.