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.

Monday, March 22, 2010

And the winner is...

I thought about Diane's comment that the kids have so much fun doing a drawing. Yes! That sounds right. I got the girls to participate. Allix offered to be the box holder (okay, I volunteered her), but I think it's just so she can show off her Highland Swimming sweatshirt! She looks very serious, doesn't she?
Nicole was happy to draw the winning name -- standing on the stairs meant she could actually reach into the box to pull out one of those little squares. I took the tiny piece of tape off and she opened it to reveal:
Congratulations, Wendy! Once we get the address squared away, I'll ship the charm and the big-eye needle off to you.

But, me, I can't ever leave well enough alone. Out of curiosity, I had Google find me a Random Number Generator. Cool. I just had to try it out. It was too funny!!! What's so funny is that No. 8 is Diane who thought the kids should have the fun of drawing a name! That gave me the giggles, but maybe you had to be there. Anyway, Diane, I've got another little charm that I'll send off to you. :)