Monday, March 12, 2007

Thirteenth Motif

This bookmark just grew when I was trying to use up the thread on my shuttles. I started with a split ring and added the horizontal set of rings when it was looking a bit boring. The little pink one was the trial, but had a couple of places in the center that I didn't like when it got done. I redid it with the larger purple thread (actually purple size 12 DMC pearl cotton and a strand of variegated purple Coats hand quilting thread). It still doesn't look quite right where the tail joins on -- goes from thin to thick too abruptly and I think there are too many Josephine rings. I had to pin it out on the starch board to keep all those little bobbers from overlapping. I look at it now and think, "Hmmm...widen it out in the center and it would look something like a stingray. Or, maybe figure out a cross arm for it." It has possibilities.

Twelfth Motif

Okay, it's not exactly a motif. It's thread pieces made into bits of this and that. Everyone can recognize the little butterflies (at least I hope they're recognizable!). The square is the center motif of a pattern from Jan Stawasz' "Tatting, Theory and Method" but, as it's missing a picot on one of the center rings, it's just a bit of used up thread now. The other two purple things are things. Fingers just wandering around doing whatever. I might have to do 26 motifs to make up for having actually posted this one six?