I don't know if anyone is even still looking at this blog, it's been so long since I've posted. I simply haven't had the tatting bug lately, and have been more focused on my harp music. Sadly, I only seem to have time for one or two creative pursuits at once, so I have rotate them. I have a feeling tatting will be making an upsurge in my life for a while, so hopefully I'll get back into more regular blog posts.
Several months ago, I started a bookmark and then set it aside. I had been planning to keep it for myself. Now I have a friend in severe need of a pick-me-up, so I have finished the bookmark and will give it to her along with a good book.
This is "Flowering Quatrain", designed by Joelle Paulson. The beautiful HDT is Tatilicious's "Grackle Mess" in size 20. For the tail, I simply substituted a small SR for the final JK on the main body of the bookmark, then made a lock-stitch chain and finished it off with a motif just like the corners of the bookmark.
Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that I love blues, greens, and purples, so of course I had to have this colorway as soon as Jess posted it. Her "messy" dyeing technique results (at least in this case) in fairly short color changes, making it ideal for a small piece like a bookmark. I think that Jon's "Chinese Coin" bookmark would also look incredible in this colorway, and I'll probably do that sometime soon.
A secondary motivation for getting this bookmark done was to empty the shuttles for a new project. My parents have spent the last couple of years upgrading and redecorating my grandparents' former house for use as a vacation getaway. It's just about done, but a few months ago my mom requested some small tatted motifs for framing, and I haven't done them yet. Well, I'm going to be seeing my parents in a couple of weeks, so it's time to get on it. The shuttles are now ready, the patterns and threads selected, and I have started the first of the motifs. Since there's no surprise about it, I will be posting these motifs as I finish them, so I will see you soon.