"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, October 13, 2013

Fall Flowers Finished

Flower Pot I from the book Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz. Thread colors listed in previous posts.

Happy as I am with this outcome, I do have to say that those double picots are a right pig to sew down. You want a single stitch to hold the thread in place-- not too loose or it won't work, not too tight or it will pucker; not too large or it will be visible, not too small or it will make a compressed spot in the tatting thread; and in just the right place so it doesn't pull the picot out of its natural shape. I have to admit, I don't bother sewing down the inner strand of the double picot; I figure it's going to end up behind glass in a frame, so I'm not too worried about it being dislodged. I also don't bother sewing down the regular picots in a piece like this, for the same reason. If I were sewing the tatting to a garment or household item that would subjected to a lot of laundering, it would be a different story, but for something that is going to be protected in a frame, just a few stitches to hold the whole piece in place are sufficient.

Here's day 8 of the TIAS, which I posted on the TIAS blog a few days ago but haven't put here yet.

From this angle, it's a hair dryer, but that seems like a less likely guess than cuttlefish was. Or it could possibly be a ray gun or a megaphone.

Rotated this way, it's the shoe that the old lady lived in.

However, I think the most likely guess so far is, as several people have suggested, a steam locomotive. The tall part is the smokestack, and we have now started the front end. One person even specifically suggested The Little Engine That Could; that individual happens to be tatting in a light blue thread, just like the color of the engine in the book.

Then again, I was convinced for a very long time that Jane's goat was going to be a locomotive, so what do I know?


  1. I love the way your flower pot turned out! I haven't started the TIAS yet... too many irons in the fire.

  2. Well the vase and flowers are beautiful and after you said all that about stitching it down I think that would look good on an apron too. And I wonder if the mystery tatting is something from that fairy tale book now that you mention it. I don't have that book but now wonder. love your shuttles too!

  3. Lovely flower pot as it is going behind glass I would not have bothered to sew the picots down just the main parts of the flowers.

    You are like me I have no idea what the TIAS is yet.

  4. Your fall flower picture is fabulous!!! :)

  5. This looks great framed! And there really is no need to anchor every picot. Beautiful tatting as usual! I'm not doing the TIAS, but I'm enjoying seeing everyone's progress. Sherry's keeping everyone guessing, as Jane did! Very talented and clever designers!