Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rings 'n' things

I've been tatting -- really I have. I just didn't seem to have anything I could show. My InTatters exchange partner has informed me that she received the pendant I sent, though. I thought sure the poor thing had disappeared behind some monster machine in the Post office or something. Nope, it made it safely. It's made with Oren Bayan silver thread and purple mini-seed beads (a whole pot-load of 'em). The necklace part is a twisted metal cable inside a purple protective casing. Really, it matches better than this picture makes it appear.
The other things I've been doing I'll trot out when they're finished. I'm still emptying bobbins, too. I've been making more butterflies -- the little four ring ones. But, I've also made a couple of Jane Eborall's Butterfly Bookmarks without the bookmark tails, and one tiny one with a tail for really tiny books! I've got a few more bobbins with enough thread to make Butterfly Bookmarks, if I mix the colors. That should be interesting. I might very well end up with a Christmas Butterfly, because I've got a bobbin each of red and green that are about evenly matched in amounts.

As for the ornament challenge...it has foundered. *sigh* It will get back on track pretty soon though. I ordered covered styrofoam ornaments and they've been received! I think the plastic ones are going to end up with my nieces. They can decorate them by gluing or sticking things on 'em. My patience with them (the ornaments, not the nieces -- hmmmmm, wait, some days it's them too!) has been exhausted.

9 comments:

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Oh my! Your pendant partner is a lucky lady - that's a gorgeous pendant!

Makes me think of using the rings for jewelry myself...

Miranda said...

Very pretty pendant- love the colors. What was the Oren Bayan like to tat with? I'm always on the lookout for a metallic thread that doesn't make me want to throw my shuttles across the room.

Deb in WV said...

Wow, Marty, that's a gorgeous pendant. Your exchange partner is very lucky to receive it.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I love the pendant! I think I need to get off my doily kick so that I have time to experiment with rings and such. Too many projects, too little time!

Gina said...

That's a beautiful pendant. Your partner was very lucky, indeed!

Fox said...

Marty, that pendant is beautiful! So many beads!

I am still intimidated by the ring thing. Though I have Jon's book, the rings and the beads; even though I have made a few of these I get stressed just thinking about tatting another!

Yours has given me inspiration...We shall see!
Fox the Cowardly : )

Marty said...

Thanks everyone. I need to get Jon's earring book out and learn some variety, because I do like making these covered ring things. As for the Oren Bayan, Miranda, it tats very nicely -- especially compared to anything else I've used! I have to concentrate on not tatting too tightly, and making certain I support the rings as I close them. It's really nice metallic thread.

Val said...

Marty, the pendant is fabulously lovely! Aren't we all envious of your exchange partner?

❦TattingChic said...

That's really neat, Marty! You are wayyyy talented!
~TattingChic ♥