"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, November 16, 2012

Tree Medallions

In keeping with my arboreal theme of recent weeks, I've decided to finally make use of some medallions I bought from MadMadPotter (the other alter-ego of LadyShuttleMaker) a while back.

Sorry I forgot to take a picture of them all before I started adding tatting. If you want to see better pictures and/ or get some for yourself, there are more in her Etsy shop, linked above.

One reason I took a long time to actually use these is that I wasn't sure how I would join the tatting in a way that would be stable, since they only have two holes. But then I took a closer look at Jane Eborall's Sequin Motifs and realized that the same technique of putting a double row of split rings around the central "item" could also work with these.

This is a variation of Jane's Sequin Motif Version 1. Because Jane used a 7/8 inch sequin, and the medallion is 1 1/8 inches, I had to increase it from six repeats to ten. I actually prefer this, because I really didn't want something that would look like a snowflake. I used Lizbeth size 20, color 136 Autumn Spice. Although these aren't really "my" colors, I'm very happy with the way they look with this medallion.

Now I need your opinions. Given the size of the medallion, I should have thought about this earlier, but I didn't. I intended to make this as a pendant, so I tatted a jump ring into it at the top. The finished size is 3 inches (nearly 8 cm) across from point to point. Since it has a jump ring, clearly I have to make it into something that hangs. So the question is, would you wear a pendant this large, or would it be better maybe as a suncatcher? I'm open to other ideas as well.


  1. hmm, well first off, I LOVE what you've done with the medallions! They are so pretty!

    Next, I would wear it as a pendant. (if I wore jewelry) If you were going to do a suncatcher, I would double up the medallions, so that it will be pretty on both sides. :o)

  2. hmmm very pretty no matter what you end up doing with it.
    for me, I wouldn't wear it, but i am not one to wear large jewelry.
    but it sure is pretty.

  3. The split rings give it a really cool effect =)

  4. Pendant - yes! You could even have it with the chain coming from 2 sides- a-la-Yarnplayer’s designs, instead of one, just hanging straight down... Maybe something asymmetrical. Beautiful tatting,, Miranda
    Fox : )

  5. Definitely a pendant. You don't want to waste that beautiful motif. I'm tempted to go haunt Sherry's shop for more of those centers.

  6. I would wear it as a pendant, lovely design

  7. The medallion looks awesome. I would use it as a pendant. The thread colours work well with the centrepiece, which is great!

  8. Really good use of the ceramic centre. Beautiful. I don't think it's too big to use as a pendant.