"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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tatted Insect Repellent

Did that title get your attention? My apartment has lately become infested with a lot of tiny little flying insects. They don't do any harm as far as I can tell, but they are incredibly annoying, flying in my face while I'm trying to get ready in the morning. They just need to leave, but I wanted a non-toxic means of achieving this, since Squijum and I still have to live here.

I've read in multiple sources that bay leaves and rosemary are both good for repelling insects. I decided to put together some little sachets to give it a try.

I didn't quite manage to sew it on straight, but you can't really tell when the bag is full.

And here it is hanging on the bathroom wall, which is where the highest concentration of the bugs has been.

I hung it up last night, and this morning there were no bugs in the bathroom, so hopefully it's working.

I picked up these organza bags at Jo-Ann's yesterday when I went to get the fabrics to sew my tatted pieces for Klara onto; I had to get a larger size of bag than I had on hand in order to accommodate the joined Fandango motifs. I hope to get the pieces for Klara sewn down this afternoon, but it will be a few days till I have time to take them to the framing shop. Then I've got some more tatting I want to do, including making another sachet for the kitchen. Why do I have to go to work instead of just tatting all the time?


  1. Wow that so beautiful and now that you put it on your bag i can see how intricate your thread is. the bugs are always attracted to the moisture in bathroom and kitchen along with the sinks there is a drip an under a lot of refrigerators. That fragrant from the leaves are repelling them great idea!

  2. What a great idea, and something nice to hang up but also getting rid of the bugs.
    I am afraid to say we go to work to pay for our hobby, I am in semi retirement at the moment until I can get well and then look for a job. So I can't go over board with buying tatting bits

  3. I love that idea! I've been annoyed by little bugs while I've been tatting. They seem to stay away for Dave, but they drive me crazy! I'm going to give your method a try, and I do have a few motifs lying around that would look great sewn on to a little organza bag. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Your fandango motif is so pretty!!! :)