"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, February 23, 2012

Better Too Small Than Too Big

I determined that yesterday's motif from Teiko Fujito is too large by just a couple of millimeters. I'm planning to put these motifs in some of those clear acrylic coasters designed to hold needlework, and the motif is just a tiny bit too big to go in the opening without squishing the points. It's OK, though, because I had fun making it, and that's what it's really about, right?

I decided to replace it with Mary Konior's "Carnival" motif from Tatting with Visual Patterns. I had previously rejected this motif as being too small, but in this case too small is better than too big, since it has to fit in a limited space. Also, I was making the size judgement based on my previous experience tatting it in size 40; it is considerably bigger in size 20.

One more motif to go, which I have already picked out, and then I'll have to go to Jo-Ann's to choose a fabric to put behind the motifs in the coasters. I'm pretty sure I know what color I'm going to go with for that.


  1. This motif should be really suitable for a coaster. It is a lovely shape

    I loved doing the set I tatted a few years (can't believe how time flies!) ago for the kids and they are useful and pretty - even after the Grands have used them in many, many different ways... : ))