Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Recognition To Rachel


I am so very impressed with Rachel Colvin Jackson's work, here, that I have even been trying to teach myself how to tat with the needle.  It is NOT going to happen. After weeks of practice, I can see I just do not have the knack.

I was trying to learn it to be able to tat an edging on this piece I found a while ago, in a small neighbourhood shop. Then I realized that of course I could tat the edging on with my trusty shuttles! For some reason, I was stuck thinking I would have to use a needle.

If I were going to make this a habit, I would never pay the kind of price I did for the broach, as I would not be able to afford materials!

However, I liked the colours; the shape was what I wanted and the woman seated in the picture, at first glance, looked to me as if she were tatting - I interpreted this as a sign. How's that for rationalization!

Well, what do you think?
Do you recognize the pearls I found last weekend?  The other beads are Delicas, whose hue match the green of the background coat and the collar of the girl on the lower left. I used #40 Lizbeth thread.


MAIL TODAY FROM GREAT BRITAIN!


I also thank you, Margaret, for this lovely package!  The bookmark is a beauty; I love Altin Basak thread and these colours are ones I always enjoy. The card from Rhodes is fun and the hologram magnet is already up on the fridge, holding photos of the kids! I shall enjoy tatting on the silver butterflies  - you know I will.  Thank you my tatting friend for the lovely goodies!

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DEFEAT
( and I am NOT referring to my broken toe!)


Again, this is as far as I got on the Small Coronet Doily by Linda Davies.  I realized there is an error in the pattern in the 4th row where there is an extra bit at the SR - I tatted this wrongly every time and did not realize why there were too many spaces when I got to the next row and everything looked askew!

So, this time the thing is correct to this point, but that edging with the points?  Too much stress!  I am finished.  It is pretty as it is - about 41/2 inches in diameter, tatted in silk hand-dyed thread by Karey Solomon.

Something else that I could not figure out was why the thread felt so odd and squeaky Silk.  : ))

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This week, while tatting in the coffee-shop, I lost my Tat-Pic!  Horrors! I do not know what I would do without it. David Reed Smith came to the rescue - once again and sent me a new one right away!  Whew!

22 comments:

  1. You're on a real creativity streak here - your brooch is BEAUTIFUL! Is it going in your shop too?

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    1. Thank you so much, Frivole!

      Yes, indeed. I am willing to give it a shot!
      Fox : )

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  2. This one is really gorgeous! - but why did you have to needle-tat it? - couldn't you have made it with a shuttle?

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    1. I DID NOT needle tat this!

      Maureen, I think assumed that with beads and chains and a big brooch or pin, I would find a needle more versatile - just a thought that stuck in my mind.

      Of course I can use the shuttle! As I said in the post ... It is NOT going to happen!

      I am never going to be a needle tatter!
      Fox : ))

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  3. Your broach is stunning!!! You did a terrific job!!! :)
    Neat goodies there! I love the look of that bookmark! :)
    And your doily is beautiful!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I am glad you like this one!
      Fox : )

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  4. Great job with the broach! I will never be a needle tatter either... just can't get the hang of it. I did buy some broaches on eBay, because I was also inspired by Rachel. However, I haven't done a thing with them. I keep telling myself I will soon... after a few more snowflakes! ;-)

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  5. gorgeous, that is so elegant.
    you have made a stunning piece of jewelry.
    as for the Coronet Doily, that looks good just as it is.
    congrats on the package of goodies.
    and you were able to get your tat-pic replaced. good for you.

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  6. Isn't she tatting? Is that brooch in the shop yet? I want to know because I'm going to beg, plead, whine and lie on the floor until someone in this house buys it for me!!

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  7. The brooch is lovely and the colours you selected enhance the picture

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  8. The brooch is lovely and I liked the edging, so subtle yet beautiful. The pearls and beads are perfect. Your doily is pretty and I love the colour blotches on Karey's HDT silk. I find it more difficult to tat with silk too.

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  9. Really beautiful edging to your brooch, so well thought out. I'm glad you realised you could do it with shuttles!

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  10. Hi Fox

    You are very welcome, the bookmark is also in Altin Basak, And is a Mary Koniors patterns. Sorry I can't mail snails for the UK Gian.

    Lovely brooch and yes I think she is tatting, I think your colour of beads is brilliant and how clever to match them up with the pearls. Little finds make our day and your find must have made yours. Another Rachel in the making.

    Lovely doily pity about the error but it does not really show and its a lovely pattern even if you have not finished the last row. Pity about the thread, I don't think the shinny silk thread I just can't get on with it.

    I am interested to see what you do with the butterflies, I found them in the local shop and I took a few on holiday but my first attempt was a bit of a flop, when I get time I will be having another go.

    Have a nice day
    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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    1. Thanks,Margaret, Watch your post box!
      Fox ; )

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  11. I am SO impressed with this amazing brooch!! Thanks for showing the back, as I had wondered how you anchored the pearls and the thread on the initial round. Indeed this can be done with a shuttle! I wonder what work of art the brooch depicts! You do seem to find such amazing things in your local shops!

    The doily is very pretty in this color (I haven't tatted with silk yet) and looks fine at 4-1/2 inches!

    Are you able to get around okay with that toe? And I can't forget to mention how handsome Gian is!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy,
      Silk? Not my fave - I can't wear it either. Makes me shiver! Karey's is lovely - colours are so Impressionistic - but not the kind of thread I would choose to tat with lot.

      The toe? Mending, thank you! I can get my show on now Since it is getting cool, it is nice not to have to run around in my sandals anymore!

      Gian is vain. I cannot repeat your words...Actually he is a great clown - wonderfully entertaining.

      I love tatting onto the brooches. Jut love it. AND I am so relieved to hear from Rachel; I was hoping to read the kind of reaction that she left here.
      Fox : )

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  12. WOW, Fox! You did a great job. That brooch is perfect for anchoring tatting & I love the image on it. So glad my work inspires! I have a number of brooches and other antique jewelry I'm adding tatting to- I'll get everything posted eventually. The doily looks lovely, despite your "mistake". Hope your toe is healing and the tatting flows off your shuttle like magic!

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    1. Rachel,
      I am SO glad you like it!

      Yes, indeed, your work thrills and inspires me - daily! Thank you for reading tat-ology and for the wonderful comments.

      Your faithful fan and follower,
      Fox : ))

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  13. Magnifique broche!!! Le médaillon est très joli et votre frivolité super!!!
    Amitiés et caresses à Gian

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  14. That is a lovely brooch. Don't give up on the doily, you've come so far! You can do it!

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    1. Imoshen,
      Thanks for the kind words, but I just cannot! Maybe way later... I have tried it so many times and I think I am fed up with the pattern. Anyway, I have run out of thread!

      Well, maybe ---- I suppose I coud tat the border in a solid colour... : 0
      Fox : ))

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