Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Gems

Haven't posted in a long time, but I have been tatting some.  I'm on a mission to do all of the motifs from Jon Yusoff's Elegant Tatted Gems, and I only have one three to block and one more to make! (Had to edit this post because I realized I actually had two more waiting for some type of blocking in my basket. Woops.)

Here are three that are ready now.  I didn't block them in a traditional way, other than to put them in a photo album with a heavy book on top to flatten them somewhat.  I think they'd look a little better with more attention to blocking, but will maybe do that later.  All are made with Lizbeth, No. 20.

Lazuardi. Color 684, Leaf Green Medium.  Finished 7/31/13.
#22 in 25 Motif Challenge

This next one is not a favorite, but it's done, so here it is.  Sahmura, also in color 684, Leaf Green Medium.  Finished 7/24/13. #23 in challenge.

And Kencana, in color 688, Seagreen dark.  Finished 8/2/13. #24 in challenge.

Delima is finished except for securing the ends (after several fruitless attempts last night after midnight to thread the needle, I gave up and went to bed!), and I intend to start Firus for the SECOND time again today or tomorrow.  I started this one before, and there's a tricksy spot where two chains go behind a little motif, and I didn't like the way it looked.  Kept the mistake I did with a note so I know what NOT to do when I remake it.

Speaking of notes, I am a copious note-taker when it comes to my crafts.  Some of my friends would screech in horror if they saw my books because I write all over them when I'm making something: what yarn/thread I used, needle size (I mostly knit), and anything I did to modify a pattern. I even write whether I liked it or not and why, in case I want to make it again later.  My copy of Tatted Gems definitely shows it's use, and I love it even more for that because it's mine.  My feeling about writing in books is that they are my books, I don't intend to get rid of them because I love them, so if I want to write in them, I will.  Maybe some day, if I'm lucky, someone who cares about me will inherit my books and it will make them smile to see my little notes.

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