Thursday, July 18, 2013

Encouragement Enables

This is the comment I left yesterday for all readers of tat-ology:

"Thanks again, Tatters! Without your encouragement - no border!  Fox : )) “

So true. I would never have finished without being able to play with tat-ology and the comments. So important to feel someone out there cares if a silly little bit of string is successfully transformed into a beautiful gossamer of lace. Given today’s world, it seems so inconsequential, and yet, paradoxically so important at the same time!

WIthout further ado, I give you Connie’s gifted heraldic hankie, plus Valdani border!




     
It looks okay till I really inspect the sewing! Because of the tight rolled edge it was impossible to sew on without seeing the thread, and I did not want to crochet a row forst as it would be too obvious, cover the yellow part and be too heavy all around.

I did the best I could - hurriedly however and saw I had places a corner about an eighth of an inch off centre.... But I am not going to rip off the whole thing. I can live with it.

R.I.P
Valdani

26 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful!

    Now what will you do with it? Actually use it! Tuck it in a pocket? Drape it decoratively? I always wonder what people do with hankies nowadays.

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  2. Congratulations on completing this challenge!!! :) It looks absolutely fabulous and as though it was meant to be!! :)

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  3. Magnifique ouvrage!!! Je connais ce fil que pour la broderie Est-ce le même????
    Amitiés Caresses à Gian

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    1. Charlette, I am not sure what you mean... the same as what??? You should email me and I shall send you a sample of this, if you dare to try it out!!! I can’t seem to leave messages these days on your blog.
      Fox : )

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  4. Hi Fox

    I can't see your stitches they look ok to me, well done and now you have one gorgeous hanky.
    ok are you going to do another hanky edging in a different thread next...... Or is this going to be the last for a little while?
    Have a nice day.
    Love to Gian,
    Gian how do you put up with her?
    Hugs Margaret

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    1. Auntie Margaret,
      She is batty as a bat bladder,
      G.

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    2. I am sure she loves you and gives you a cuddle
      Margaret

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  5. My goodness you work so fast!
    It looks really good, and very appropriate.
    (e-mail coming...)

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  6. Fox, I watch with awe as you share your struggles and triumphs with final tatting projects. You are and inspiration... the fact that you share the struggles as you go along as well as the lovely final results, gives me hope in my own tatting struggles. Thank you for posting it all.

    Sarah

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  7. Worth the Effort indeed; and isn't it lovely and frothy and lace-like?
    Rolled hem hankies are the easiest to deal with - all you have to do is to undo just one or two stitches of the hem so that you can slip the needle underneath. Then it's simply a matter of catching the edging with a single stitch - the needle stays inside the hem.

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    1. Maureen, thanks. I found that rolled edge so tight that I did not want to mess with it. And this cotton (or silk - it is so soft and fine I actually can’t tell!) is too fine to mess about with. It is much finer than it appears in the photo.
      Fox : )

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  8. I am so glad to have been able to find this hankie and get it to someone who would do it justice. By the way, it never occured to me to look up the signature on the hanky before. Evidently this person is a special big deal and the hankies appear to be sought after. Cool. I tried to post earlier about thread heaven,it does make the valdani easier to work with. It's a thread conditioner and it is not beeswax so you can use it on heirloom work.
    I kind of feel bad that this edging gave you fits but it is beautiful and your sense of color and ability to pick the perfect edging is perfection.

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    1. Hi, Connie!
      I am SO glad you like it!

      And, I am pleased you commented on the signature which I photographed very purposely. I was wondering who this person was. Off I go to Google... : ))

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    2. p.s. Thread Heaven does NOT work for me! But thanks for the tip. ; )

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    3. p.p.s. WOW! Her stuff is amazing! So whimsical and it is very recognizable once you have seen a few... I do think you managed to find one of the best ones, though you didn’t know it at the time, and I am thrilled that you did. I love it. : ))

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  9. Well, I love it Fox!! You did an amazing job with a great colour choice that perfectly compliments the little hankie. Bravo. You may not like the thread choice, size wise, and how it behaves for you but you did persevere through it all. I think it's wonderful!

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  10. You should be very proud of your accomplishment. The hankie looks fabulous with the border. Congratulations!

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  11. I can't believe where the search for Pat Prichard led me. Even though there is not much about her, her very distinctive artwork is shown on various websites by people who have been aware of her unique and whimsical ideas. I now realize I may have seen these designs on chinaware back in the 60s and 70s. So you really have a treasure there, as she also did designs on handkerchiefs! I had no idea hankies were prized even during political campaigns going back to G. Washington! I love the internet for this kind of knowledge. Your hanky is perfect in every way, and is a testament to your perseverance! It really should be framed!

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  12. A beautiful hanky and well worth the effort you put into it! The color of the edging is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Mica. It was a lucky guess. Sometimes you win with the Internet... other times... well... : ))

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