"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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Slow Progress

I'm now half finished with "Annalisa".

It's coming along rather slowly, as I still keep having to untat a lot. I WILL remember that join on the next repeat....

As you can see, it will need a fair amount of blocking when I'm done with it. And then there's the question of what to actually do with it. I'm not much of a doily person-- they just leave marks in the dust! The other option would be to mount and frame it. But then a square doily would look silly in a rectangular frame, and that's what all the "off-the-shelf" frames are; to get a square frame I'd have to have a custom job, and that's so expensive. Maybe I will just use it as a doily after all.

I think this is the best picture so far for capturing the true colors of the thread.

As for the TIAS, I'm back to thinking it's a sailboat, although I still haven't completely ruled out the Sydney Opera House. It all depends on how these triangles are supposed to be oriented.


  1. The doily is coming along well, very pretty. Sometimes I find beautiful frames with pictures in them at garage sales or good will and take out the picture, also you could stitch it on an organza bag, or a pillow, I could go on but wont!

    1. You are brilliant. I actually just came up with an idea for framing this one, but I do happen to have a throw pillow with a sadly worn cover. Guess I'll just have to tat another doily for it!

  2. Those doilies require lots of concentration. I highlighted the points where I might miss one of those silly joins. It's looking very pretty.

  3. I've been know to carefully lift my doilies so that the dust pattern looks intentional. ;-)

  4. This pattern is very pretty in the thread you have chosen.

    Doilies. I do not know what to do with them either. Mine reside in a tin in my linen closet. I have given away many. Who knows what life they live now!

  5. Love how the colors look in that doily!! :)

  6. It's going to be a lovely doily in those colours. It's a pattern that looks hard but very beautiful when finished