"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, March 23, 2014

Jan's Table Set

But not for a table, because it would only get covered up with all the junk that gets piled on the table. I hear some people use their tables for eating from, but that's just weird. The table is for collecting stuff, everybody knows that.

Anyway, I showed you the first two small motifs for this doily in the last post. Here are all the small motifs I should need, plus the first large one.

I think each of these makes a very attractive motif on its own, and the way Mr. Stawasz joins them together to make a larger piece is just astounding. The pattern is "Table Set" from the book Tatted Treasures. Mine will be slightly different from any of the pieces in the original set, as I am combining nine large motifs and four small ones to make a square, as opposed to the squares in the photo which consist of four large motifs and one small one. Mine is simply an extension of that. I'm certainly not making that massive 4-armed centerpiece thing; I don't have the attention span for it, or a place to put it. Also, I'm using size 20 thread instead of size 10, so it's a little hard to say what the size of mine will be as compared to the size of Mr. Stawasz's.

I had to make myself a little sketch of how all the motifs will be joined. Despite perfectly clear photos and diagrams in the book, I was having a hard time visualizing the joins just because everything is in one color. The real thing looks beautiful all in one color, but I do think showing the two motifs in different colors on the diagram would have been helpful. And lest you think I am hiding some latent artistic ability, here's my sketch.

Yeah. But it tells me what I need to know, which is which corner of the large motif should meet the corner of the small motif.

Now off to wind the shuttles for the next motif, and this time I'll put a lot more thread on shuttle 1!


  1. I love your sketch, and do this too! nice you displayed it for all to see! look great!

  2. Can't wait to see the finished piece!!! :)

  3. Great sketch and lovely motifs it should look really good when finished.