"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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First of Three

As mentioned in my previous post, my parents have been fixing up my grandparents' former house, and my mom has asked for some tatted motifs to frame. Let me tell you, filling a request for someone who always has very definite ideas about what she wants (not that that trait runs in the family or anything) is not easy, but I think this will work.

She described the colors in the room as "cranberry, burgundy, navy, & country blue". She sent me photos of the small frames she has; they have small flowers all over them in multiple shades of blue. She also said that LadyShuttleMaker's "Helm's Deep" HDT (identified by sending me a photo of some items I had already tatted) would be the right colors. However, she also said that everything in the room is a little different, on purpose, so an exact match is not important.

Judging from the photos, the "Helm's Deep" thread is indeed exactly the same colors that are in the frame-- and that's why I decided not to use it. The print on the frame is a little on the busy side, and I think if I use a shaded thread in the same colors, the tatting will get lost in the frame. Actually, I think the best choice for these frames would have been white tatting mounted on a navy background, but she specifically said she's planning to use a white background, so I shouldn't use anything too light. I therefore decided to go with solid colors, the cranberry and the navy.

Then I had to choose the patterns. She specified two round and one square, each about 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Everything in the house is used, and a few items are actually genuine antiques, so I decided to use older patterns. I also wanted simple patterns that would tat up quickly.

And so I present the first of the three motifs.

This is from the DMC book Tatting for Today by Marion T. Leyds. It was published in 1983, so the patterns aren't quite vintage (as far as I'm concerned, if it was within my lifetime, it cannot yet be considered vintage), but they are definitely intended to look old-fashioned. This is Motif # 2. The threads are Lizbeth size 20, colors 670 Victorian Red and 654 Navy. It measures about 2 3/4 inches in diameter.

I'm almost done with the second round motif and will post it probably tomorrow.

A couple of people asked about Squijum. Yes, he's still the ruler of the house.


  1. Love those colours and the design you chose.

  2. Hey, Squijum,
    You are looking good, Bud and I am pleased to hear you are definitely still in charge. Way to go!

    My human has said that your human has certainly not lost her tatting touch and that she loves the motif.

    Keep up the good work,

  3. Those motifs will look very good in the frames you have described. I like the one have done so far.

  4. Gorgeous motif and on the white it's quite striking!

  5. Beautiful motif. Love the colors.

  6. Love the colours and the pattern, oh it is hard when someone gives you what they want in a long list and then you have to work out what will look right. I am sure you have done a great job.

  7. That motif is great! I love the colors...and I was born in 1983, so anything from that year can't be vintage...or else it means I am getting old! :)