"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, December 14, 2011

Carol of the Bells

This is one of Jane Eborall's 3D bells. It is quite easy to tat; as long as you're comfortable with beads and split rings, it's a very simple pattern done all in one pass. I'm definitely going to make more of these. I have several ideas for different color schemes, and since I'm making them for next year's relief sale, I can make as many as I want, and they don't have to be done before Christmas.

I was a little surprised at how small it turned out. It's tatted in size 20 thread; here it is next to a shuttle for scale.

"Ukrainian Bell Carol" is probably the only tune in this holiday series of mine that you might conceivably hear on some store's Christmas soundtrack. However, the version you'll hear on Muzak will probably make you want to run screaming from the store, whereas this one, IMHO, is pretty and interesting to listen to. It is arranged by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher.

"Ukrainian Bell Carol": Traditional Ukrainian, Arranged by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher ©1997, Used by permission.

Side note: Has anyone else been having trouble lately with Blogger putting the paragraph breaks in random places? I've been having to fight with the computer to put them where I want them.


  1. Beautiful! I love harp music, and this is one of my favorite tunes. My daughters always sing the song at Christmas, and I'm always amazed at the harmony they create. I will definitely share this blog post with them!

    I love the bell! Another item to put on my "to do" list!

  2. I've never tatted Jane's 3d bell before. It is now on my to tat list. Your's looks great.

    I enjoyed your harp playing. This was so beautiful!! Thank you!!

    I don't know anything about harp playing, I was wondering what you are doing when you keep turning the peg at the top of the harp? Are you changing the tuning or something like that?

    Happy Holidays!!

  3. Beautiful bell.
    Blogger's a bugger.
    Hail a harmonious harp.
    Fox : O

  4. One of my favorites! Thanks for playing it.