|tsuris - (Yiddish) aggravating trouble; "the frustrating tsuris he subjected himself to"|
Susanne Schwenke's Design
Pretty but what a challenge! My goal was just to finish it.
The thread is vintage Coats #30; Kelly gave me a two balls of it this past summer. It broke twice, but I was pulling worked-over thread. It is great to work with, as it is a 6-cord cordonnet, crisp, firm and easy to tat. No twists or separations. Very different from my experience with Lizbeth.
I followed all my self-help tatting hints, used the coloured diagrams,
(My camera is so good that I had great difficulty in blurring the photo!)
did not work too late into the wee hours and I still had to un-tat and CUT OUT A LOT! Whew. I do not think I will be tatting this one again anytime soon. But, it is pretty. : )
There were lots of the BAD kind of knots in this tat. Now, I think about knots a lot, and on my daily route realized that I stroll past this one every single day. It confronts me beside the sidewalk near my apartment, just hanging around, secured over the bough of a sturdy tree:
Then, I remembered a walk I took in New York a year ago, when I spotted this in a window in Soho. It was one of a few old prints showing sailing knots, (notice, it is a ds!) displayed in a very grimy window.
I mean really, who notices these things?