Saturday, November 22, 2008

#16 of My 25 Motif Challenge

With everything else going on in my life I decided to join the Winter 2008 Tatting Round Robin Bookmark Exchange. I know I know, I thought the same thing "What was I thinking!" I actually was hoping it would force me to make time to tat.

I started right away trying to get a jump start on the exchange. I took it with me when I went to Long Island, NY for a conference. People were very interested in what I was doing not only at the conference but people on the planes and at the airports. It was fun to hear people make comments such as - was I really tatting - they hadn't seen anyone do it in a number of years -they didn't think anyone did it any more, things like that. I was wishing I'd have brought some of the Flower Paperclips I like to make, it would have been fun to give them away to people.

Anyway, I was determined to bring home a completed piece. I tatting every spare minute I had the entire weekend and I did complete the piece, I was very excited. However to my surprise when I got home there was an email saying that since it's a bookmark it should be done in size 80 thread and be at least 6" in length. My Oh My, size 80?!?!? I hadn't successfully completed any of the size 80 projects I'd ever started...........but a deal is a deal. So I picked up my thread, wound my shuttles and off I went. The results are here and since both are the same pattern just one is bigger (to met the 6" length requirement for the size 80 thread) I am considering them both as #16 of my 25 Motif Challenge.

On July 20, 2008 Gina, Tatting Goddess, posted this Spiral Bookmark pattern. The purple is the original piece I did when I was at the conference. It is done in Lola and Lavender size 30 HDT-s, from Marilee, Yarnplayer.

I truly thought I was going to have a panic attack using size 80 thread but it turned out much better than I had hoped. I got the blue thread from the lady who taught me to tat, it is DMC thread.

The purple piece will go to my friend Shirley. She went to the conference with me and mentioned many times how she really likes purple and currently folds the corners of her books. (much to this book lover's horror!) The blue one will go to one of my exchange partners who favored blue. My first exchange partner, Lynn, favors yellow, so I have been working on a different pattern for a few days and should have it completed this weekend in order to meet the deadline of Tuesday, Nov 25th. I'll post it when I have it completed.

Happy Life and Happy Tatting,



LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Whoo hoo! Be careful, once you get used to size 80 everything else seems HUGE!

Love your post!

TattingChic said...

LOL! Yes, Shirley needs a bookmark ASAP! It's nice to see you back in the blogging scene with your latest tatting projects! :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Bonnie, your bookmarks are beautiful! I like tatting with 80, but 20 seems to be all I've been using lately. I guess I'll have to get back into the size 80 groove!

'RainbowRose' Connie Faulconer said...

Oh Beautiful!!! I too LOVE the one in the purples Bonnie! Shirley is one lucky lady LOL!!! Yep she needs a bookmark for sure.

BOY OH BOY I can sure relate to what you are saying about panic attack+size 80!!!! I am constantly, 'Ok where is my magnifying glass LOL' But now that I have it started, it really isn't as bad as I thought it would be! I guess I should try to get me more size 80 threads :) I sure like those 30's though. Am going to try some 50 though.

Anyway,,,,GORGEOUS bookmarks!!!

Gina said...

Great job Bonnie! I tend to float around between sizes 30-40-50. I'll do the finer threads but it does involve a lot of flinging off of glasses and holding it right up to my nose when I do so it depends on my mood at the time!

This is really a pretty good pattern to try size 80 on. It's repetitive, with the same size rings and chains for the most part.

tattrldy said...

The bookmarks look great. I don't work with size 80 much at all. Things "go faster" with larger thread. I made a doily the other day that turned out to be 4 1/2 inches across - I just didn't want to do another round! But things look so much more lacey and airy with the smaller threads. And the more you work with it the easier it is.