Sunday, August 19, 2012

Still Fair

These earrings are my first try at Beanile lace tatting.  I used one of Nina Libin's free patterns.  They're made with Oren Bayan silver metallic thread and forty-bazillion size 11 blue glass seed beads.  I had to change the top a bit to get them to work on my "mommy earwires" (which are not wire, but nylon). 

As you can see, I got a nice second place ribbon for them.  The comment card said "beading should lay flat, so work is too tight"  Yes, I wondered about that.  I seem to have to add a stitch or two here and there to various patterns to get them to lay flat.  That or block the bejabbers out of 'em.  These I didn't block at all, so I think I'll be taking them off the card, blocking, then putting them back on the card for the state fair.  Unless I find a spare few hours to make new and better ones (as if).

They're pretty, though, aren't they?  Just say "Yes!"  :)

12 comments:

Jane Eborall said...

Yes. No, can't just say yes as I always have to say more than one word. They are VERY pretty and well done with the second place.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Yes! Besides, I like dimension. Flat can be so boring! ;-)

Anonymous said...

They are very beautiful, Marty.
In truth, Nina Libin always recommends giving Beanile lace tatting a light steaming as the final touch. Bet that'll do the trick!
Katie V in NC katie at r-v-r dot com

Shirlee said...

Hi! Congratulations on your fair entries & your blue ribbons! I am a new follower & what an enjoyable blog you have here! I very much enjoyed reading some of your posts & seeing your beautiful tatting! You do great work! I have just recently returned to the world of tatting. About 10-12 years ago I decided I probably wasn't going to do it anymore & I sold all my supplies. What can I say ... temporary insanity : ) Thankfully I was able to pick it up again although I'm not as comfortable nor do I know as much as I used to. I'm working on that : ) I like the description of how you relax. It sounds very comfortable & homey : ) Anyway, I look forward to coming back to your blog for more visits in the future : )

Sharren - Tatting in Greenwood, South Carolina said...

They're beautiful! Good job, Marty!!

Isdihara said...

Pretty? Oh yes! YES, YES, YES!

Congratulations on your ribbonwinning earrings!

Lelia said...

Yes, the are VERY pretty. And they are earrings - not sure it matters if they are 'flat'.

Marilee Rockley said...

Yes, they are pretty! I like that shade of blue and the shape. Nina's patterns look intimidating to me, but I will be taking a class from her at Tat Days in a few weeks.

Best of luck at State Fair!

Jane McLellan said...

Yes. Very!

Margarets designer cards said...

Well done on second place, they are beautiful, I wonder if the judge knew anything about tatting before making his/her remarks
Margaret

God's Kid said...

They are pretty! And I love the color!! :)

tattrldy said...

YES! They look wonderful! Good luck with touching them up for the state failr