"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

Monday, February 27, 2012


Last time I showed you a single square of Mary Konior's "Masquerade":

I have now increased it to four squares, and the effect is quite snazzy (in my own opinion, of course!).

The pattern is from MK's book Tatting with Visual Patterns. It's one I've been wanting to make for a long time and just never got around to somehow. I love how new patterns are created where the individual motifs meet. Mary Konior's designs never cease to amaze me; most of them, including this one, use only the most basic ball and shuttle techniques, yet she was always able to come up with something new and different using these simple methods.

When you remember that this is going to be a coaster, you will realize that I must have used size 80 thread to make it small enough, and in fact it is just the right size for the square coasters I'll be using next. The threads are DMC 80 in colors 794 (the lighter blue) and 798 (the darker).


  1. It's especially lovely with the colors you've chosen! Gorgeous!

  2. Snazzy, spiffy, the cats meow! Take your pick! I love it - it is one of my favourite MK patterns

    And you have tatted it in #80! You did a fabulous job. So precise.
    I might have to copy you - again...
    Fox : )

  3. This will be a beautiful coaster - and shows your patience! Karen

  4. It's a cute motif, but when joined together into a group, it is stunning! I really like the 4 together like that.

  5. A perfect square, I must say. Lovely.

    You wrote -
    "I love how new patterns are created where the individual motifs meet."

    That is one of the reasons why I like Mary Konior's patterns. The result can bedazzling sometimes.

  6. Gorgeous motif and stunning when put together, I love Marys patterns and its amazing how many combinations she came up with, one of the best tatters ever in my opinion.

  7. ooooooooo I like this one and I even have the book!