"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, July 20, 2012

Two New Ornaments

After a long hiatus, I finally feel like tatting again. I've made two new ornaments, both from Jane Eborall motifs.

The first is the OctoStarFlake. I used Lizbeth color 157 Raspberry Frappe, and black, white, and gold seed beads.

I love the way Jane uses beads to make an extremely simple motif look very elaborate. I did make one mistake on this one-- can you spot it?

The other is the new Roundabout Motif. The threads are Lizbeth 163 Blue Ice and 654 Navy, with pale blue beads.

A few of the things that look like beads in the photos are really the heads of the pins attaching the tatting to the ornaments. Also, the Blue Ice thread didn't photograph as well as I would have liked; it has a lot of white in it, so between that and the light reflecting off the beads and pins it got a bit washed out. This ornament looks really nice in real life, though. As always, Jane's use of color in her designs is really stunning; the lock stitch chains make for a totally different look.

Squijum knows what tatting thread is for, too.


  1. So pleased I could help you get back into tatting again. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

  2. Lovely pieces of tatting, great colours I love raspberry frappe.


  3. Fabulous tatting on those ornaments!!! :)

  4. Oh those are pretty! I know what you mean about the blue ice, I think it would have been a bit nicer with a bit more color. But your tats are exquisite!

  5. So nice to 'hear' from you again! Wonderful motifs! I can't see any errors in the first motif, and the second motif is outstanding. The two-color lock-join chains add that extra appeal, and even look like beads!

    All I can say to Squijum is "Uh, oh. You're in trouble now!"

  6. My mom loves that blue thing on a red ball, but I gotta tell you Squijum, you really know what to do with HER stupid string! You go, guy!
    Your buddy,

  7. Squijum:

    You go, boy! Rip away! Proud of you.

    Ur bud,
    Vader the great

  8. The fool thought she could thwart me by keeping the thread in its original ziplock baggies. Silly woman, I have proven that cats can open ziplock. Ha! Gian, Vader, your turns!