Tuesday, February 23, 2010

25 Motif Challenge - Number 2

Would you believe it? Now I've got two done. Amazingly quick, huh? W'azzat?

Oh. You noticed.

Yes, I admit it -- it is exactly the same pattern as the first one. It is the same adaptation of Iris Niebach's "Beatrice" from Tatted Doilies. Well, the top is the same. I had intended to make two identical pieces and fasten them to one ornament. I finished the two pieces but they wouldn't fit on one ornament -- too much overlap. That's when I decided to make two ornaments out of them and just do different bottoms for them.

If you look closely, you can see that the bottom on this one includes some long lock chains and a different arrangement of beads.

Once again, I've reaffirmed my opinion that satin covered styrofoam ornaments are the way to go. Pinning the tatting on with decorative pins makes it much easier to get it centered and even. Quite frankly, this lacing it on with beaded thread is an exercise in frustration for me. I'm not going to tell you about that blindingly brilliant idea I had for fastening on the bottom after doing the first one -- because it didn't work. Turns out I'm no so brilliant as I thought. How very lowering.


Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

So, maybe I should put my awesome supply of "unbreakable" ornaments someplace really, really safe and start buying "good ornaments? I'm all for getting rid of frustration! The ornaments are beautiful!

Christie Cottage said...

These are gorgeous! I have a book laying on my nightstand that a friend loaned me. It has tatting patterns in it. It's a very old book. It is on my
give it a try" list!


sewmuchfun4 said...

They are really pretty! Lacing them together does sound like a mind bender. How do you keep the ball still while you lace? I know I'd have to rig something up or get so frustrated that I give the ball a toss... actually a throw... who am I kidding? I'd hurl it across the room! So I'd probably rig up a cardboard box with a hole cut out of the lid. Can you lace it up with dental floss or something which you won't mistake for your real thread when you are done and go to clip it off?

I've never attempted one of these, so I admire your patience AND the results.

:) Ann