Thursday, June 27, 2013

Border Blues

Seems I have done something mysterious with the Valdani thread.  I was having trouble with the thread I was going to use for the hankie border and  MAY have ... inadvertently... ahem... in a fit of rage bad temper, thrown it away.

This has been an occurrence of some repetition in the past - at work, at home and even at play. I have been known to throw my paycheque in the garbage.

I do not need to be angry to throw things away. It just happens. Might be genetic. My Gram was the same. She even flushed her wedding rings down the loo on occasion! And she had a wonderful marriage, so you can’t get all analytic about any symbolism!

At work, when I would panic because I could not find my cheque, voices from the studio would echo - check the garbage can, Fox!

I liked the colour. I just was not used to the weight. I have decided to persevere and meet the challenge of the thin thread, so yes, I have ordered another spool of it, for which I am patiently waiting.

In the meantime I am working on this pattern by Sumi Fujishigi:

I posted a pic of my first attempt at this:

In true Fox spirit I tatted it my way, which is totally wrong! One day I will learn to read a pattern before I charge ahead with shuttles. 

However, in this instance, I really like the whimsical feel of my version much better than what is called for. 

I will complete the next row and call it quits as there are another two rows that repeat the previous two. Seems I have lost patience. Maybe the Valdani will have arrived by the time I am finished...

I do love the vintage feel of mignonette tatting. It reminds me of the black and white movie era where enchanting women with finger-curled bobs and tight-fitting gloves wore black lace that dipped down from their hats to seductively drape their faces in mystery.


  1. The mignonette stitch gives a very light, airy feel, doesn't it? I hope your thread arrives soon!

  2. I have the same feeling about Mignonette. I like your swirly chains on the center of the motif. Very nice.

    "Maybe the Vivaldi will have arrived by the time I... " he he
    Maybe you need to play Vivaldi in the background while waiting for the Valdani and tatting with it.

    1. Great catch, Ladytats! And... I LOVE Vivaldi. : )) Used to love to play his music when I had an embouchure and a flute!
      Fox : ))

  3. Hi Fox

    I like this pattern and it has a feel of flowers and swirly middle. Looks an interesting pattern I am looking forward to seeing the rest of it as you tat it.

    I hope you have a good weekend. Love to Gian

  4. I've never tried mignonette, how do you keep the bare thread lengths so regular?

    1. You are too kind, Michelle! I hold my breath and live in hope! I have no patience for markers. After the tattoo fiasco failed I figured I would wing it. It still needs improvement but this method is ever so slowly improving over the years! (DId I say YEARS? Wow - time flies!)
      Fox : ))

  5. I hope things go better with your hanky edging!! It looks like it was coming along nicely!! :)
    Love the look of the new project!!! I really love your version!!! :)