#23 Motif Challenge
Miranda's beads were perfect in this motif.
I had lunch with a girlfriend yesterday who appreciates tatting, so I took a few motifs to give her, as I always do. She did not seem to be as enthusiastic about the pieces and then she spied the above - which was still damp from being subjected that morning to the weighty Criminal Code!
This is the finished motif from yesterday's post, a pattern by Wendy Durell called 4 Ring Snowflake that I found in my collection of "pieces to tat". I like it a lot and brought it to show my friend.
As I was so enamoured with the design and wanted to test out RandaGray's Flora right away, I did not tat a trial piece - never do - and found the bead-adding a bit onerous with the split rings. Missed a few additions and am not sure why, so there was some investigative work to do concerning this piece. I really should do a test-run, but am always too impatient. No discipline for some things!
Also, the results of the tattoo testing are in. It was definitely a GOOD idea. The picots are better on the first try and picots are easier to tat and mot=re consistent in size. I am happy with my decision.
However, I saw my friend's crestfallen expression when I said that this one was MINE! Oh dear. You guessed it. She went home with the new lovely. How could I refuse?
So, this morning I thought I would repeat the pattern; I got this far:
It is just no fun for me to tat without the beads. I'm a goner. I just cannot do it as I get too bored. I wonder how I am going to fare with that hankie ...all those picots...all those rings...all that bare thread... NO BEADS!
Talking about the hankie, which I tried to begin about four times late last night - nightmare - I received the red thread from Randi, who thought I might need it for the border. It was so generous of her to offer, but I certainly was not expecting the package I received in the mail when I arrived home last evening...
It was such a lovely surprise.
Best of all, she included such a thoughtful message. I was touched by her words. I am lucky.
Oh yes, forgot to add that one of the teas enclosed, Twinnings Black Tea Pomegranate Delight, is my new absolute favourite. If you are a tea drinker, you must try it!