Here are the flowers to go with the blue vase.
I was going to use slightly more sedate shades of pink to go with the purples, but somehow they got away from me. Actually, I like this color combo a lot, and they look surprisingly good next to the sober navy of the vase, as you will see next time.
From left to right, the colors are Lizbeth 162 Purple Iris Fusion; 157 Raspberry Frappe; 631 Country Purple Light with Krystledawne's "Twilight Grape" HDT; 618 Magenta Dark with 623 Pink Raspberry Light; and 165 Grape Splash.
All that remains is to tat the stems and join them to the vase. The pattern actually calls for the stems to be tatted continuously with their respective flowers, but of course that only works if you're tatting in monochrome. When using different thread colors, you obviously have to cut them off to switch to green.
I have to admit, when I saw the piece in plain ecru in the book, I did not care for the two flowers on the right. I thought the block-tatted bud looked too chunky, and the one next to it looked too spiky. Seeing them in colors, I have changed my mind. A variegated thread gives the block tatting some depth, while two bright, solid colors make the spiky flower look bold and cheerful. But if I tat this pattern again in monochrome (which I think I will), I will replace these two flowers with something different.
Today is the first day of Sherry's TIAS (pattern here, everyone's photos here).
So far, this one also looks rather floral. I see a pollinating insect (the small split ring) approaching a flower (the larger ring). All those long picots look like petals and wings to me. Of course, it's only day 1, so this is not a real guess yet, just practicing seeing pictures when I don't actually know what I'm looking at.
Sherry did say that any color of thread would do, solid or variegated, so I went with this colorful Manuela thread. I hope it won't be too much! It's a fun colorway, but its usefulness is limited, so I thought I might as well try it when I don't know what I'm tatting anyway. In fact, I had completely forgotten I had this thread till Carollyn used it recently. The label with the color number is long gone, but I suppose it's moot anyway since you can no longer buy it. It's been a long time since I tatted with Manuela, and I had forgotten how nice it is. I do wish it were still being made!