Sunday, November 11, 2012

A One Inch Leaf & Ten Inches Larger!

Update on Renulek 'Snowflake Napkin' 
Row 5


The leaf by Karey Solomon is about one inch across.
The doily is eleven. : o
Largest thing I have ever tatted.

It is tatted using Ladytat's Grandmother's vintage thread, 
which is lovely - like silk.


Lots of tatting - 12 motifs, followed by 12 joining motifs...

I had no idea what I would do for the joining motifs as I was getting VERY bored with the fuchsia, and I thought a colour break was appropriate - but I was SO UNSURE! I tried a bunch of different colours against the doily:


I chose the variegated green.

Nothing, but NOTHING, is remotely what I would call one of my favourite shades or colours. This whole doily is composed of colours in my stash I am trying to use up!

I actually had to be brave to experiment with this strange and unfamiliar pallette; that is difficult to do as a creative person.

I learned a lot reading Bonnie's blog yesterday, concerning bravery and creativity. I had not thought about creativity in these terms:

to live a creative life,
we must lose
our fear of being wrong.
                                                                   ~ joseph chilton pearce

Check it out here. Thanks Bonnie. 


Miranda has been tatting a lot of leaves. I was inspired by all her lovely motifs and I intrigued with this one of Karey’s from this month’s “Tatting Times’ called the Globetrotting Bookmark; thus, the leaf, tatted with Ladytat’s thread.

#3/100 Motif Challenge

Speaking of Miranda...  Last year Gian got a gift from her - a harp string! What could be a better toy for The Boy than that?

It has been in hiding for several months, to ensure a renewed interest from His Highness. I believe the tactic was a roaring success. See for yourself.

26 comments:

  1. The doily colours are amazing. I'm always surprised myself about 'what works together' particularly when a limited choice is available. Can't wait to see the rest of it.

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    1. Howdy, Ms, Jane!

      Yes, I am surprised by the strangest colour combos that seem to work out... You just never know!
      Fox : )

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  2. WOW the tatting is fantastic!!!!!!!! Gian lloks like he is enjoying himself!!

    Luv Jane XX

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  3. Hey Gian,

    Aren't those harp strings the best thing ever? I just love the way they bounce around! They're even more fun than tatting thread! I'm glad you're enjoying yours!

    Squijum

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    1. Hi, Good Buddy!
      One of my faves!
      Your pal,
      Gian

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  4. Your tatting it lovely, I actually like the colours together.
    Your cat is adorable! I really like him. :)

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  5. Oooh!! Gian est vraiment très beau et superbe artiste!!!! De belles caresses de sa cousine de France!!!!
    Amitiés

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    1. Je vous remercie! Bisous livré et apprécié!

      xxooxx Fox and Gian : ))

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  6. Hi Fox
    Your mat looks lovely and I like the leaves in between the snowflakes, nice touch,
    Gina's really enjoying the string, nice to re-find something to play with.
    Love to his lordship.
    Margaret

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  7. Happy Gian!
    Your snowflake napkin looks fabulous!

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  8. I'm impressed with your staying power on this one Fox! It'll turn out to be quite an amazing doily! Is there more to come?

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    1. I fear it will be HUMUNGOUS - the 2011 doily, which I am also tatting in the farger Finca thread, has 18 rounds...

      Fox : )

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  9. The colours are stunning - I love the green! But harp strings - I thought that they were like fishing wire, and might injure Gian? - (speaking ignorantly here of course... )

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    1. Maureen - I am the worst pet-owne- worrywart you will ever find!

      I worry about stray threads, elastics, little plastic bits on the floor from cutting off labels from new clothing, pins, needles stray beads,, lead from pencils - you name it, I worry about it!

      The harp string is safe! BUT, he is only allowed ( I initially spelled that ‘aloud,' as in "He is aloud to sing!” hehehe) to play with it when I am home - just in case. So there!
      Fox : ))

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  10. Fox: I think the colour combo is a little surprising to me, with a little yellow in the centre, and a bit of green on the outer row. But, it all works well! Very interesting and BOLD (definitely!!). Am admiring this doily. :D

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    1. Thanks, Val,
      Yah - it is a little odd, this combo, but so far it is good... We’ll see what happens further along. Hmmmm. A bit nervous on that score!
      Fox : )

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  11. Magnificent work! Yeah, not always good to stick to familiar colour combinations. Funny thing with this one, I like it better in smaller photos. I think it's like an impressionist painting that should be seen from a bit of a distance to be appreciated. Is that true, do you think, in 'real life'?

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    1. I know just what you mean, Jane! I have been playing with the zoom as I study my work in this one, trying to get a grip on the unusual colours and wondering what I will do next... It is helpful on the computer or a camera with tatting - more than in real life, I find.

      That is why I have all those photos of the differntly-coloured balls of thread up against the doily - I find it easier to look through the lens, and then at the photo rather than at the real object! I have always done that - but I was a photographer WAY before the shuttles hunted me down!
      Fox : ))

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  12. Oh Fox!! That doily is a showstopper!!! :)
    And that leaf is so pretty!! :)

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    1. Love this comment, Sue! So dramatic! Thank you.
      Fox : )

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