That's right... I've been both restless and presumptuous, and had been staring (enviously) at all the lovely tatted stuff fellow tatters on the 25-Motif Challenge (link on the right, darling readers) have been coming up with, the classics and the adventurous new ones, which are so great.
Someone's doing a piece of a geisha in different textures... so amazing. Another tatter did a dragon. A dragon!
So yours truly decided to take the plunge and try (I told you, presumptuous) at designing. Or more like "let's make things up as I go and see how it looks". This is Motif no 2... a CraftyPretender/EeKoon original tatted design. My first self-design! Quite proud of myself, even if it looks quite ... wonky. Er, does this qualify as a proper motif?
It also looks like ****. Believe it or not, this design, which I'll just call "Ribbit" (inspired by Chinese frog buttons, hehehe), actually marks a number of firsts.
1) first time doing Josephine Knots... you wouldn't imagine those little rounded boogers were giving me trouble but trust me, they twist in mid-knot and end up looking like a cross stitcher's French Knot nightmare... I hadda untwist it a couple times. Undoing tatting is even worse than frogging on high count fabby!
2) First time using Size 30 thread... never done anything so fine before, I knew it could have been a mistake when I started grappling with the threads and felt my palm starting to get wet frorm all the finger-picot wrestling... eucch. Liberace had a better time playing scales.
3) First time trying to see if a chain, a JK and a little seed-looking round works ... it works ... sorta.. but I think the tying leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully this comes with practice!
I put in a photo of this, together with REAL frog buttons from one of my Chinese cheongsams, to show some semblance of inspiration. (Motif no. 3 is at the bottom of this post, btw)
Next up -- Cross Stitch
A return to HAED's Conversation Around Fish. Once again (for those who want a reference for stitching HAED, you know who you are, esp since we were yakking at it on Gmail, on, might I add, working hours) this is
done using tent stitch
2 strands over 1
on 28-count evenweave
This is Page 3 of the piece,originally painted by James Christensen. When am I gonna finish this? Hopefully before menopause hits... I'm 32, which means there could be another good 20 years left. Nice to return to this after a stitching slump ... encouraged by a MYS member to return to it too ("I missed seeing CAF grow" were her words, while e-yakking on Gmail... love Gmail... it lets me fart off, er, I mean, communicate with important contacts, while staring at a sluggish stock market)
Finally, back to tatting. Motif no. 3!!!! 22 more to go. This is from the Blomquist-Dover tome (too lazy to find the correct title, as is almost 3am and I have an oil and gas thing to go for tomorrow morning). This one was what I went to (back to Size 20 thread) after grappling and struggling with Ribbit. Spent all evening doing this one because it was just a relief not untangling chains and rings from Ribbit and enjoyed every minute of it. Think those picots are improving.
Pretty, yeah? *i have no shame*
Hey, d'you think I shuld keep on trying to design some tatting stufff.. it is, oddly enough, easier to play with (with designs) than cross stitch. Nothing beats a craft that encourages you to get all knotted up.