In the mail yesterday...
With this gift came a request for anonymity. I respect those wishes, while at the same time sharing this beautiful shuttle with readers of tat-ology who are familiar with The Cat.
The little mother-of-pearl silhouette has Misha's shape and champagne colour, giving this gift such special significance. I treasure this shuttle as well as all the thoughtful, caring sentiments that accompany it. Thank you, dear friend.
In the works is this new border...
These socks for Mini-Boss are going to be so cute!
Now then. Here is an admission:
ahem... (I am blushing - but here goes...) I compare my tatting to the tatting of other. All the time. I meticulously examine blog photos, especially those of tatting done by people whose work I greatly admire. Then, of course, I become unreasonably disatisfied and frustrated...
You know how hard I work at this stuff. I am not a slacker. I really, really try, and usually fall so short of my own expectations.
This is not a ploy for pats on the back or admonishments of "Don't be so hard on yourself." Not at all. You know by now, if you follow tat-ology, the whole reason for my initiating the blog was to improve my tatting, not to serve as a showcase to garner attention or compliments. I take the challenge of mastery to heart, and so I compare.
Also, I have asked for help in my posts and so very much appreciate all the thoughtful and honest insights, helpful suggestions and constructive criticisms that so many of you have offered, taking time and effort to straighten me out on so many of my tatting troubles.
Comparing my work to that of the most talented in Tat-Land is a great opportunity through which I have benefited with the improvement of my own stitching ability.
One of my favourite tatters is Jon, whose work I constantly analyze. Before I knew a snowflake from daisy chain, I was lucky enough to receive some samples of her work; I have always had her exquisitely tatted motifs nearby to serve as examples of quality tatting. Her small motifs, several with beads, one on a carbone ring and a few snowflakes have been fondled and examined so many, many times over the past two years. They never fail to amaze, inspire and teach.
This brings me to Rose Window:
Honestly, this little motif took me many hours to tat as I sweated buckets over each ds. The stitches are still too loose and the overall shape is wonky. Once again gain I suspect that my using beads gets in the way of good tatting and adversely affects my focus. Stubbornly, I cling to adding beads, so this time, as an experiment, I tatted the same motif without beads.
The resulting motif is smaller, not as floppy as the first one, because it is not as loose. Surprisingly, taking into account that I used only Stardate - no colour in the chains - I find that I do not like it as much, even though I believe the quality has improved. Go figure!
Lots of work, hours of tatting and many words later,
and I do not know what any of this proves.
And that is okay with me.