For my family, putting entries in the fair is a tradition that goes way back. I can remember as a child going and seeing my Great Grandma’s entries. Back then, the Arts and Crafts overflowed 2 buildings. Unfortunately, these days, the entries barely fill most of the smaller one. It was the Spokane Interstate Fair that lead me to the Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild last year. Without them, I would never had figured out shuttle tatting (thanks Lois) and been able to complete the piece below.
There she is, that is my baby. Those that follow me on Facebook know that I almost ripped out ever last grey hair on my head finishing her up. She is a modification of a pattern by Leopold Stocker Verlag. Her book is written in german but she has some excellent graphs. If you wish to purchase the book, you need to make sure you purchase the right ISBN. There are 2 versions, one has the peacock, one does not. The proper ISBN number is 978-3-7020-1334-9. If you have any questions, I know Deb at DS9Designs can help make sure you get the right one.
The pattern in the book is worked in a single color of thread, like on the cover. To me, that just didn’t capture the beauty of the male peacocks in all their glory. I started playing with different ways to add color inserts in the tail motifs. I started with building the centers one color at a time but that meant way to many ends to tuck in. I tried straight encapsulation but that left one side of my split rings lumpy and the other smooth. I finally came up with a way to carry threads forward on both sides of the split rings. at times I had 6 separate shuttles hanging from my fingers.
Anyone want to help tuck in some loose ends?
In the ends, I think it was all worth it. She is going to be framed and hung on my wall for a very long time.
Did you have an entry in your local fair? Lets see those pictures!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
And for my family, this is a very special Mother’s Day indeed; my eldest daughter is about to become a Mother for the first time which means I am about to become a GRANDMOTHER! I wanted to make her something very special to mark the day and I decided to tat her a pair of baby booties that she could keep and hand down to her daughter when the time came. I wanted something simple and elegant. Thankfully, my co-blogger Natalie had the perfect public domain pattern by Mrs. C.B. Platt, originally published in 1916. It is a great pattern but I had a hard time following parts of it. It was a week of tatting, untatting, cutting sections off, retatting, more cutting off, until I was just about ready to let the baby go barefoot forever. Instead, I tatted thru and decided to share my edit of the pattern. You can get a PDF copy by clicking here. Platt Baby Booties Edited
Hope you enjoy and again, Happy Mothers Day!
Edited 5/31/2013. These were made in size 20 Lizbeth thread. When little Lexi was born, her Daddy tried to put them on her right away. Even though she was a teeni tiny thing, they barely fit. You should either make them in a larger thread or add some length to the sole. You can see that post Here.