"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, July 13, 2013

Resurrecting My Blog

I don't know if anyone is even still looking at this blog, it's been so long since I've posted. I simply haven't had the tatting bug lately, and have been more focused on my harp music. Sadly, I only seem to have time for one or two creative pursuits at once, so I have rotate them. I have a feeling tatting will be making an upsurge in my life for a while, so hopefully I'll get back into more regular blog posts.

Several months ago, I started a bookmark and then set it aside. I had been planning to keep it for myself. Now I have a friend in severe need of a pick-me-up, so I have finished the bookmark and will give it to her along with a good book.

This is "Flowering Quatrain", designed by Joelle Paulson. The beautiful HDT is Tatilicious's "Grackle Mess" in size 20. For the tail, I simply substituted a small SR for the final JK on the main body of the bookmark, then made a lock-stitch chain and finished it off with a motif just like the corners of the bookmark.

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that I love blues, greens, and purples, so of course I had to have this colorway as soon as Jess posted it. Her "messy" dyeing technique results (at least in this case) in fairly short color changes, making it ideal for a small piece like a bookmark. I think that Jon's "Chinese Coin" bookmark would also look incredible in this colorway, and I'll probably do that sometime soon.

A secondary motivation for getting this bookmark done was to empty the shuttles for a new project. My parents have spent the last couple of years upgrading and redecorating my grandparents' former house for use as a vacation getaway. It's just about done, but a few months ago my mom requested some small tatted motifs for framing, and I haven't done them yet. Well, I'm going to be seeing my parents in a couple of weeks, so it's time to get on it. The shuttles are now ready, the patterns and threads selected, and I have started the first of the motifs. Since there's no surprise about it, I will be posting these motifs as I finish them, so I will see you soon.


  1. Yessss! You are back, my tatting friend!

    Would you believe I was all set to send you an email yesterday, but the day got away on me and I forgot about it. And then, here you are!

    Lovely Flowering Quatrain bookmark - a great entrance back to Tat-Land.
    Fox : ))

    p.s. Mr G is most anxious to see news of Squijum...

  2. Welcome back! Your quatrain is lovely and beautifully finished.

  3. Lovely bookmark! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

  4. Good to see you back! Happy tatting.

  5. Welcome back, the bookmark is beautiful! :) I've been looking for a bookmark to make for a departing colleague, and yours has inspired me to give this one a shot!

  6. I jumped right over here as soon as I saw your update! I also am not tatting or blogging as much as I would like, due to other distractions, but love to keep up with everyone's projects. I'm glad you finished Frivole's bookmark - wonderful design and colors, and the tassel is just right. I'm sure othe recipient will appreciate it. Your blog is a treasure trove of beautiful tatting, and I enjoy reading your posts. I, too, am curio
    us about Squijum!

  7. It's nice to see you posting again. I also don't tat or blog as often as I'd like, so I totally understand. Love the bookmark. Can't wait to see what else you create.

  8. Your bookmark is gorgeous!!! :)
    Can't wait to see the new projects!! :)

  9. Very very pretty bookmark...lovely to see you back as well :-)

  10. Your blog is still in my reading list of Treasured Tatters on my blog, so when ever you post, it pops up.
    Nice to see you again. I so enjoyed your harp music that you posted, and I do enjoy your tatting.
    That is a pretty bookmark, and I like Jess's Grackle too.

  11. I understand the need for focusing on one interest at a time! It's good to see a post from you again!

  12. Śliczna zakładka :) Pozdrawiam

  13. I find tatting is like a perennials they will come back again and the harp sounds like a wonderful sidetracking pursuit I just started a tatting blog if you got the time check it out the name is "Carollyn's tatting blog" by madtatter80 let me know what you think?