"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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Starting with Stawasz for the Sale

The annual sale held by my parents' church was this weekend. I didn't tat as much for it this year as I normally do, but that's probably a good thing as there were several items leftover from previous years. Several of those items sold this time around.

I find it's best for me to start making things for the next year's sale around now, when I'm thinking about it. I wanted to try something from Jan Stawasz's book that I just got, too. It occurred to me that I could make a few small pictures, stitch them onto fabric, and put them on those self-adhesive cardboard backings like I did with the two items for Klara. The buyers will of course have to frame them themselves, but I will make sure they are all standard sizes so they can use ordinary inexpensive frames you can buy anywhere.

So the first thing I've made from the Stawasz book is the Flower Pot I.


Here I've just scanned it with a piece of construction paper behind it. I'm planning to sew it onto a piece of royal blue fabric I happen to have. It's tatted in white size 20 Lizbeth, and will fit in a 6x8 inch frame.

I'll probably do another one (or maybe the other flower pot in the book) in colored threads, but I kind of like the way it looks in simple white. I've also got ideas about using some designs from Lindsay Rogers' book Tatting Collage, and probably some freestyle tatting of my own as well. We'll see what really ends up happening, but this is a nice start.

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  1. Love it in white. Great tatting.

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  2. Good idea, I hope they'll sell well.

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  3. This flower pot is beautiful, you are very talented, you know It kinda looks like you could make a doily with about 5 of them, but that going too far huh! :)

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    1. Yes, that would be going a bit far. There is a doily in the same book that has flowers on stems for one round. When I saw it, I immediately visualized it with each round tatted in a different color: dark blue for water in the center, then brown for soil, green for grass, green with pastels for the flower round, light blue for the sky, and either white for clouds or yellow for sun on the outer round. I think I like the idea, but it might end up looking a little overwhelming.

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  4. It does look good in white. The problem with doing it in colors is finding just the righr color background when you're done. Unless you start with the background and choose the colors to go with it :-)

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    1. Yes, you're right. When I do it in colors, I will most likely use a white or off-white background just for simplicity.

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