Saturday, November 26, 2011

What? August!

It's hart to believe it's the end of November already -- I've been AWOL for 3 months!  I don't even have a really stellar reason.  It would be nice to say I won the lottery and have been on a world cruise and just too busy playing to blog.  Nope.  I didn't win anything; I've been right here at home; and I've been too busy working to blog.  Borrrrrrring!  On the good side of that my assignment at work has changed so that I just get to do the part I like -- all the rest of the stuff I used to do someone else is now doing.  Lovely.  Now I have to step into the Wayback Machine and show you what I've been doing for three months -- because I have done some tatting.  :)

How about the Fair, for starters?  I got some blue ribbons (1st), some red ribbons (2nd) and some pink ribbons (4th).  In ascending order then, I got a 4th place ribbon on my ankle bracelet and my hat (which for some reason shows as a pillowcase on my "premium statement" from the fair).  The ankle bracelet is the same one I entered in the county fair.  The hat is all new.  I made the initial just for the hat, but the top is decorated with one of Jon Yusoff's snowflakes.  Both are made in size 80 thread hand-dyed "Oh, Baby" by my sister.  The judges comments -- that I was hoping would be helpful -- just said "nice" and "precise tatting" for these.  *sigh*

The Heart's Desire bookmark is also the same one entered in the County Fair.  It got a second place ribbon at the State Fair.  I also entered my little crocheted Cthulhu toy which got a red ribbon.  The funny little guy has wings, arms and legs, but he's buried here in someone's quilt, so it looks like he's only a head.  He's being shipped off to the far reaches of the world, as soon as I find a spare minute to stand in line at the post office.

I got nice first place blue ribbons on the button doily, and the Easter and Christmas ornaments I also entered in the state fair.  The coaster I entered got a blue ribbon as well.  It's the square I designed in Sharon Briggs' Design Tat Class.  She teaches well!  I made it again in purple size 30 DMC Cebelia.  I've made four now so I have a small set of coasters, but I only entered one.
I was very pleased to have gotten a first place ribbon on the large centerpiece I adapted from a Jan Stawasz pattern.  I left out all the picots except the joining ones.  What made me so happy is that entry morning when I took it's picture, I noticed that I had missed a couple of joins -- there were the picots just hanging out there.  It's such a large piece that either the judges didn't see them or figured they'd cut me a little slack!  It's the same doily on which I reported not much progress last June. 

The first two pictures are those I took the morning we were taking things to the fair.  It did turn out really pretty, I think.  I was just upset that I had missed the joins.  I still haven't decided whether or not to try to fix it, or just figure, nobody's perfect and a man on a galloping horse won't notice anyway.  The second pictures are the ones I took at the fair,  after  I convinced the fair people to move it .  It was originally displayed draped over a white knitted something, and it completely disappeared -- not to mention I spent hours getting it blocked just right and they rumpled it all up.  I have no idea how the owner of the afghan they finally placed it on felt about having her work covered up.  *sigh*  I wish they had a bigger building!

The last thing I entered in the fair was over in the Creative Arts area.  It's a bit of Calligraphy in the Celtic style.  It got a blue ribbon, too. 

All together, it cost me $11.00 to enter this stuff in the fair, but I came home with $22.00.  Not too bad -- it bought me a nice lunch one day!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

It's so nice to see a post from you again! I was missing you, and I was just thinking about getting in touch to make sure everything is okay. Glad to know it's just work getting in the way.

Josie Passell said...

Congratulations on your fair entries, the large doily is gorgeous. I did miss reading your blog, I don't have one but get enormous pleasure reading blogs from round the world.
happy tatting

Miranda said...

Congratulations on all of your well-deserved ribbons!

If I miss a join and it's too late to go back and re-do it, I sometimes tie the picots together the old-fashioned way and sew the ends of those threads in. Or you could just figure that in a doily that large and intricate, the missed joins won't be noticed except by those looking for something wrong-- and who needs them anyway?

Isdihara said...

Congratulations on winning all those ribbons! Your tatting is always so neat and even, I love seeing your projects.

May I ask for the pattern for your coaster? Would love to tat four of the motifs together as you have done. Great design work!

Marty said...

Thanks, everyone. It's good to be back (at least until the next prolonged work marathon). Isdihara, you can certainly have the pattern. I posted it a couple of years ago (I had to go through my blog to find it to make the one for the Fair!). It's at:
a better picture of the whole thing is at:
I don't think those are clickable. It might be easier to go to the dates list and find April 2009 (6th and 8th)

homeremedies said...

I was browsing and found your blog. Those are just beautiful.