"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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Next Box

Squijum has been going around with an unmistakable air of smugness since I wrote about him in the last post.

Of course, I didn't even mention (because it goes without saying) that he is also extraordinarily cute and snuggly!

Here's what I'm working on for the second box to protect my earrings from the ferocious tiger.

Same scan, different backgrounds. In the top one it's harder to see that the shuttle thread on the outer round of each motif has some splashes of pale pink, but in the bottom one it's harder to see those rings at all-- but the pale pink shows up better. The solid threads are Lizbeth 647 Purple Iris Dark and 618 Magenta Dark; the difficult to scan but very pretty IRL variegated thread is a HDT by Tatskool called Raspberry Ripple with Real Vanilla.

The pattern is from Jan Stawasz's Tatted Treasures. It's going to be a miniaturized version of Doily VIII on page 46. It's miniaturized both because I'm using size 80 threads and because I'm making a lot fewer motifs. I'll just be doing three more after this, plus the border. The repeats in the border align with the motifs, so it should still work out.


  1. Very pretty! How small are the motifs in size 80?

    1. From one point to the opposite point, each motif is 1 3/4 inches. With the way I'm laying them out, though, what really matters is the measurement from top to bottom when placed with two points on the bottom, as in the scans; this measurement is 1 5/8. Next time I'll include a tape measure with the scan.

  2. Very pretty look forward to seeing the box when finished

  3. They are gorgeous! Love the colours used :).

  4. Beautiful tatting and colors!!! :)

  5. Tatskool's Raspberry Ripple with Read Vanilla is one of my FAVE-O-RITE HDTs. It looks fabulous in this project, You're finished box will no doubt be a beauty!

  6. I really like this design so far! And the colours are great. But what REALLY impresses me are those big green eyes that look as if eyeliner has been applies! He is so handsome! : ))

  7. Theo and Lucy think Squijum is strong and handsome. And that he has every right to OWN those earrings! And chew on them, just a bit.