Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fantastic Fantasia!

I've been exploring Iris Niebach's Fantasia -- slowly. That is, I've been working the patterns in the order they appear in the book. This is "Trifoglio" in pastel Coats hand-quilting thread. It is a bit tight and doesn't show the really lovely hearts in the original pattern or the pretty negative spaces. I need to use a different thread and relax! It measures about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. I keep thinking I need to find some clear coasters to encapsulate these little doilies. Then I could take them to work and horrify the boss. The firm I work for moved into a remodeled Victorian mansion. The outside is on the Historic Register, but the inside has been modernized. The boss wants it kept all modern. I think I should cover my desk in doilies (under the glass) and use doily coasters. It would make me happy!

The second one is "Stella alpina" which I worked in Coats variegated "southwest" colored machine quilting thread. The pattern is great and fun to work. I'm disappointed in the colors, though. I like brighter colors and don't care too much for all the orange in this one. It's just a bit smaller than 'Trifoglio", being only about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter at it's widest point.


LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

You should definately decorate your space in doilies....the thought makes me happy too!

Both of these are pretty. I can see the hearts.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Wow! These are fabulous! Go ahead... horrify your boss (grin)! I'm sure there are plenty of tatters who will back you up!

yarnplayer said...

Wow, you really like tiny doilies! Protecting them in plastic like you talked about sounds like a great idea. Also, I agree, you should be able to decorate your space any way you want!

Linda S Davies said...

I'm adding my agreement to the others with decorating your own work space. Just do it girl!
I know what you mean about the colour. It can make or break a piece of work, but you don't always know what it is going to look like until well on in the work. I still think that they look very pretty though and your work is beautiful.

Clyde said...

Isn't it amazing how much work goes in to making the small doilies. You are doing a good job and I say decorate away.