Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fairly Coasting

A couple of years ago I made a tiny doily from Iris Niebach's "Stella Alpina" pattern in her book Fantasia.  It sat around in my drawer until I got a wedding invitation this year.  It looked like at least a start on a set of coasters.  I still had some of the Sulky machine embroidery thread and white quilting cotton I used for that one, so I made a set of four.  I entered this one in the doily category at the fair (fortunately the wedding's not for a couple of weeks).

It has a nice second place red ribbon (I forgot to take a picture before I entered it).

The competition in the doily category was pretty stiff this year.  One large doily made in cream and brown of a bazillion little motifs won the sweepstakes ribbon.  The variegated brown looks very striking with the cream used for most of the doily.

We picked up all out fair entries today and I read through all the judge's comments attached.  Both judges disliked the thread color.  They said it detracted from the pattern and my "nice, even stitches," which it why it got a red ribbon.  One also said that the addition of the white thread caused it to look fuzzy and out of focus. Rats.  I liked the effect -- it looked tweedy to me.  Now I wonder if I should get something else for a wedding present!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Stella Alpina remains one of my favorites! Yours is lovely!

Fox said...

Love that doily that won the Sweepstakes Ribbon. Very beautiful. Congrats.
Fox : )

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful coaster/doily, I love the pattern but I have have not heard of the book it came from, if they are all as lovely as your coaster/doily then its a book worth having.

The doliy that won sound interesting and must have been outstanding to push you in second place. Never mind well done on second place.