"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 26, 2014

Final Foliage

Here are the final three edgings that will make up the plant life around the pond. I've checked it out, and I now have just the right amount to go all the way around.

At the top is Mary Konior's "Skipping Ropes" pattern, in Lizbeth color 138 Leafy Greens. I've used this book a lot on this project, haven't I? Given the right colorways, many of MK's patterns have a lovely plantlike appearance.

Next is simply a row of split rings with picots of random lengths. I've successfully used this type of thing for grass before, although it's a different stitch count this time. Here I used Lizbeth 167 Jungle Greens-- the same colorway I rejected for the lily pad, but it works well for this.

Finally, a little thing I made up, although I'm sure it's been done before; I'm positive I've seen similar edgings. It consists of small split rings (3/3) separated by regular rings (3-1-1-1-1-3) on alternating sides. The thread is "Swampflower" HDT by LadyShuttleMaker. (Yes, I know her shop is currently closed due to lack of regular internet access in her new home. But I am in the habit of always linking to the HDT artists whose threads I use.) I wanted a little more color, and there are plants with reddish pigmentation in their leaves, so this seemed like a good choice.

Now, there is still something missing to complete the tableau: more dragonflies. The whole thing is about dragonflies, remember? But I promise you will get to see it all put together soon.


  1. Looking good, looking forward to seeing the finished item

  2. Wonderful work I like them all but the one at the top seem very creative, I am on edge to see how all your interesting lengths of tatting fit altogether!

  3. It's fascinating to follow this creative saga!