"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, August 5, 2011

Fandango Revisited

Jane Eborall's Fandango Bookmark:

I used Lizbeth colors 142 Turquoise Twist and 632 Medium Purple. I like the way it came out, although I was a little disappointed in the Turquoise Twist; I would have preferred a more gradual change from dark to light and back.

As usual, I made up a tail; this one includes all the same stitches as the last one, with the addition of a couple of small single-shuttle split rings; on these, I carried the other shuttle through as a second core thread in the first half of the SSSR. Naturally, I finished it off with a Fandango Motif.

Amazingly, this time I managed to do the Fandango without getting that god-awful Queen song stuck in my head again. However, what I am tatting now has got me stuck on yet another song...


  1. So pretty - I must try thebookmark as I have done the square... The tail does intimidate me, howver, bigtime! Lovely tatting, Miranda, as usual, and wonderful thread.
    Fox : )

  2. Your Fandango motif and bookmark inspire me to try one of my own, using Turquoise Twist and Peacock Blues.

    I am not at all unhappy with your Turquoise Twist/Medium Purple combination; it looks lovely! The color values are nicely balanced, even if the Turquoise Twist color changes weren't as gradual as you would have liked. Such a pretty bookmark!

  3. Fox, you don't have to do a tail at all, but if you want one you can always keep it simple, like just a lock stitch chain, or just a spiral chain, or just a row of split rings. I only did all this because I was getting bored with bookmark tails!

    Isdihara, I didn't mean to imply that I wasn't happy with it! It doesn't look quite like I thought it would, but it does look good, and the more I look at it, the more I like it. Can't wait to see yours!

  4. Your bookmark is very pretty, and I love the way you design your tails!

  5. I really like this! The color combination goes well together,and fits the pattern repeats beautifully!

  6. I just clicked to your site this morning and saw your new header!! Wonderful! I love seeing your sweet cardinal! He is a brilliant design (not just the colors!) and I enjoyed tatting him. I see him every day sitting in his little frame near the TV set, and he always makes me smile!

    Of course, I initially came over to comment on this fabulous bookmark! A wonderful tribute to Jane's design and Val's single motif, further enhanced by the split ring 2-color effect. These are fabulous colors and beautifully tatted (as usual), with the unique tassel.

  7. That looks awesome!!! Wonderful color combination! :)