"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, November 13, 2013


Well, no, it's the start of the next butterfly wing, but with all the ends hanging down, it looks kind of like a jellyfish.

With most patterns I work the ends in as I go so I don't have to deal with them all at the end. The third round of the butterfly wing, though, consists of separate groups of 4-ring clusters. Since each little bit is so small, I found it more efficient to do all the tatting first, then all the sewing. It does seem annoying to have so many ends to hide, but if you think about it, each pair only takes a couple of minutes to sew in, so it's not that bad.

I can't believe Squijum slept through having this many loose threads dangling.

Just so you know, in addition to the ongoing butterfly, I will be starting my Christmas presents in the next day or two, so I may have fewer posts over the next few weeks. It doesn't mean I'm not crafting, it just means I can't show everything I make!


  1. They can sleep when you want them to, I am looking forward to seeing your gorgeous butterfly.

  2. That is beautiful and great way to finish off ends, and yes it does have that jelly fish look! :)

  3. It does look like a jellyfish! Every once in a while I try to leave the ends hanging, but they drive me absolutely crazy, so I tend to hide them as I go. However, I've never tried tatting this pattern. It could be I'd change my mind. :-)