"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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Last Ones for the Sale

These are really the last ones. I need to mail them off today. I'll spend the rest of the day packaging and labeling, and probably get to the post office just before closing time.

Last year, I made two of Jane Eborall's doves for the sale. They never actually made it into the sale, because my mom has the advantage of being in charge of the crafts section, so she sometimes picks stuff out and buys it before anyone else gets to see it. Nothing wrong with that, but I really liked those doves and was hoping other people would get a chance to see them. So I made another three for this year.

I used Flora size 20 for all of them. The olive branches, top to bottom, are Yarnplayer's "Forest" HDT, Lizbeth 138 "Leafy Greens", and Lizbeth 167 "Jungle Greens". The beads are Miyuki Delicas; the ones on top have a "silky luster" finish in white, the middle ones are also silky luster in a pale gray, and the bottom ones are a darker gray with an iridescent finish. I try not to make two items the same.

Now off to write labels!


  1. Those doves are beautiful Miranda!

  2. I'm always rushing to the post office at the last minute, usually after finally getting a gift wrapped and boxed. Also have to wait for the glitter glue to dry on the card I created! So glad you reminded us about Jane's wonderful dove. I've always wanted to tat it, and I'm getting the pattern out now!

  3. Every time I see that dove, I think that I should be tatting it. I'm going to follow Kathy to Jane's site. This could be the weekend for dove tatting. By the way, yours look fabulous!

  4. The doves are lovely. What do you use to stiffen them? Or, do they need stiffening at all?

    1. They don't need stiffening, although I did block them a little bit, just because my tension is different from Jane's. Jane uses some inconspicuous joins in strategic places to give them the stability they need. The weight of the beads also adds some stability.

  5. Gorgeous, I love them and the pattern