Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Koinor Butterfly and Rings Only Practice

While I've got the opportunity to use Mary Konior's book "Tatting Patterns" (because a very nice person let me use hers for a while), I'm trying out the small patterns. This one is a rings only butterfly. It's tiny little head is a knot hidden down there by it's wing, so I made the antenna extra long. Thread spaces are usually so difficult for me to make even. The way this butterfly is made, though, the thread spaces are less critical. Its not blocked in any way -- just set on my new scanner (the old one gave up the ghost after 13 years of trusty service). It looks pretty good, if I do say so m'self. Not only that, I think the colors might be more true to life than on the old scanner.
This is my sister's dark and light rainbow on a size 30 DMC Cebelia base. It measures 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) across at it's widest point, and even though it doesn't look square, measures the same at it's tallest point.

10 comments:

tattrldy said...

Very nice! Love the colors. Your sister did a great job on the thread.

TypsTatting said...

What an unusual butterfly love the colours!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I'm going to have to look that one up. It's very pretty!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I'm only now beginning to realize that your sister dyes threads! I'm curious about when she started doing that, and have to admit I can't imagine how one even goes about it. In any event, these colors are delightful and look so wonderful on this sweet butterfly.

I wish I had all of Mary's books - I'm thrilled to have "Visual Patterns", but want all four.

Needledreams said...

That's a very pretty butterfly and the colors are so vibrant! Lovely!

Ridgewoman said...

I like the butterfly. Color is funny…it can make things look uneven ~ the colors; esp. if one is light and the mirror part is dark. Plays tricks on the eyes. Had an INTENSE 3-day Color class up at UC Davis back in the 80's. Wow, all I saw was colors for 3 days, all day long. I lost all my wonderful color theory books in the flood (I lost 5,000 books in the flood); it was a 40 year collection since Childhood. I love books! Well, not love, but really, really like my books. I swore I'd only buy paperbacks after the flood; but, of course didn't stick to that. I've been able to replace all but the most scarce and rarest. 1st editions and one of the first Illustrated Grimms Fairy Tales (they were viscous stories ~ stern stuff for kids).
xxx Bev

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely butterfly, I brought this book when I was published back in the 70's/80's I made 100 butterflys for my wedding, I had these butterflies on my dress, bridesmaids dresses, sewn on the bouquets (they were in silk) and the favours. I have made so many of them I know the pattern without using it. Its a pattern that I have used for years and never get tried of it. there is a piece about my wedding 2002 on my blog (August) http://margaretsdesignercards.blogspot.com if you would like to have a look. I am sure you will be making this butterfly for years. Margaret

God's Kid said...

Love your rainbow butterfly! :)

pattyd said...

Hi Marty!

That butterfly just stopped me in my tracks! It's made of the classic pattern "Hens and Chicks". The single shuttle work is aces for variegated thread.

Your work is gorgeous.

PattyD

Chris said...

That's fantastic Marty. Your scan is top shelf.