Frivolity has created a beautiful design HERE:
You can get the Quatrain design on her blog. I just had to try it. The colour is insipid, my tatting does not do it justice, but I love the lines:
#13 Motif Challenge
Now, the story:
Picture it: the lunchtime crowd - a well-heeled Real Estate set - lunching with clients at a little French bistro close to my home. See the suuny skies; and hear the sweet song of the spring birds welcoming the glorious new season.
It was a perfect day to treat my tatting to a cappuccino.
Bliss. There I was, tatting away, so mellow in the the warm atmosphere, surrounded by the rich aroma of fresh coffee that I forgot to pay attention when pulling thread through a tiny picot at a very small join, when suddenly - a stab of pain - and I felt that familiar "POP, when the hook managed to imbed itself DEEPLY in my flesh! (That little, tiny red mark? Do not be deceived!)
First stunned surprise, then horror, because I started to panic wondering what I was going to do. After all, this was a public place, not my apartment where I could swear, scream and sob and all the drama that erupts when I am alone.
As much as I like to think I am a rebellious sort, not prone to worrying about what others think, I was mortified that someone might see what I had done. I had to unhook myself immediately!
The hook would not budge! Twisting did no good; this was the worst one yet! Desperate, I just .... yanked it out! Ohhh - this time there was a lot of blood. Not pretty. But no one saw the event, and I was able to surreptitiously clean my poor digit with water and a serviette.
Got home, disinfected and bandaged the finger and soothed my wounded pride. Here I had just been thinking that I had advanced in my skills so that at least I did not injure myself with that hook any more. HA!