Pattern by Anne Buvold
This is a gift; luckily it is the best one yet.
I got the wings right this time, EXCEPT the last one is supposed to be started on the back side and a mirror image of the first, but it ended up being on the front side when I attached it to the body.
I am not sure at all how that happened, as I concentrated throughout in order to avoid this very thing! Grrrr.
However, considering I was never going to tat another dragon, I am pleased with the result. This one is tatted in Altin Basak #50 and Lizbeth #40.
Dragons - mine at least - tend to have a very floppy nature, no matter how tightly I tat. So, I embarked on a very risky experiment.
Risky, because I have read a lot online about the dangers of stiffening tatted pieces. I think I have been intimidated by all the chatter, and so never attempted to stiffen motifs.
This time, I took the plunge. I used the only glue that I have - a non-toxic white liquid that I got from who knows where - watered down to a consistency I thought felt okay. How's that for scientific? : ))
I wet the tatting, got it into shape, and pressed the excess water away with a paper towel. Then I dabbed it all over with the water/glue mixture, put a piece of saran wrap over it and placed it under my heavy-pressing vase for a while.
Lastly, I removed the vase and the saran after about an hour or so and let the thing air-dry.
It is stiff, but not overly so. The dragon feels a bit rough because of the glue, but it seems to have done the trick!