Saturday, February 12, 2011

I've been busy!

I haven't posted any work on my blog for the last couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean I've been idle. I have been designing some miniature petitpoint teacosies for a client commission but I won't show the teacosies until they are with their new owner so you will all have to wait a while for that!

Not to disappoint anyone, I have also been busy with my miniature tatting and have several new miniature doilies to show. Most of these are actually snowflake designs, but the doily below is my own design, and is intended for a miniature setting and not as a snowflake. It's called Tranquility, and once again it is tatted with 100 sewing thread. Shown here next to a US dime, this doily is really tiny, and would probably look good as the centrepiece on a 1/24th scale dining table. I have decided that I like the 100 sewing thread I have been using so much for its fineness and strength that I will probably do all my miniature tatting with it. This is number 5 in the 25 Motif Challenge.

Number 6 is Carol Lepard's Snowflake 1 - an unusual design and one which really caught my eye when I first saw it. I think it has a very modern look. Thanks again Carol for allowing me to use it! Carol wrote this pattern for needle tatting, so it was interesting to try tatting it with a shuttle - I found I had to add a split ring here and there to avoid joining between the rounds.

Numbers 7 and 8 in the challenge go to two more of Jon's beautiful designs. These are part of a matching set called Sweetheart. I just love these designs, and Jon has designed a matching edging to go with them too. I am tempted to try the edging in miniature as well!

I should mention that although I have posted photos of one motif of each design, I have actually tatted three of each motif on my blog - one for myself and two for sale on my stall at the VAME miniature show in Melbourne, which is held in July each year. That means I've actually tatted 24 motifs so far, but I'm not counting the duplicates in my Challenge count because I want to have the incentive to tat some more!