Saturday, March 27, 2010

25 Motif Challenge - Number 4

"Ice Crystal" by Blomqvist and Persson's Tatting Patterns and Designs is a beautiful piece worked in two continuous rounds (only one set of threads to hide if started continuous thread method). I modified it by using only six repeats of the pattern instead of eight. That made it cup nicely around the ornament. For the bottom I used the diamond motif made by the pattern, but used six repeats instead of four.

Lacing the top and the bottom on is just a trial and a pain. I thought I'd out smart this pair and just tat it right on the ball. Oh, yeah, that was clever. It worked, but it was worse than trying to lace the pieces together. It slipped all over and trying to get the final join done took me about 20 minutes. I was certain the thread was going to pop before I got the last ring to close. Finally!

I don't think I'm going to try that again. In fact, the next one is still in the thinking stage.

I've been working on a pendant for an exchange, and making some earrings for my niece's art night auction. I can't show the pendant, and the earrings are just same-old, same-old.


Miranda said...

That is so pretty. I totally admire the way you can take a flat pattern and figure out how to modify it to make it fit on a ball.

Msquared said...

Marty this pattern is absolutely gorgeous! I finally broke down and started using smaller threads. I am now proficient at 100 as I am with 20. I am going to make ornaments like these this year. thanks for the inspiration!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

This ornament may have been a pain, but I think it's my favorite!

Carolivy said...

This is simply gorgeous Marty! Well worth the hassle!