I then put the motifs aside after tatting them, and I finally found places to show them off!
Finding the Motif
Several months ago I was looking for a 'quick' motif to tat so that I could start using up some doo-dads that I have, and it seemed that Jane’s “Small Motif” pattern was a good match. I loved the 'petal' shape, and it had six sides to match the holes in the doo-dad.
The thread is Lizbeth Christmas Red, size 20 . Unfortunately the doo-dad seems no longer to be available at Hobby Lobby L
The doo-dad is substituted for the first round, but I had to figure out how to ‘encapsulate’ it (see figure below) and at the same time add six rings (mock rings in this case), ready for Jane’s second round
Then look on the left sidebar for her ‘patterns and techniques’ pages.
The ‘Small Motif’ is found under ‘Motifs, Snowflakes and Doilies.’
This is generally what the tatting around the doo-dad looks like.
Using only a shuttle and ball (not much thread needed on the shuttle), I inserted the hook into a hole in the doo-dad, then rather than a normal ring, I thought it would be easier to add a 'mock ring', which I did with a 6 – 6 chain (joining the first and last stitches of the chain).
Then I did a chain of 3 vsp 3 to get to the next hole, and inserted the hook into that hole, and did another ‘mock ring’, then continued around, joining the final chain at the base of the first ‘mock ring’. Then I ‘cut and tied’! Turns out this was all quite easy to do! The knot count on the chains can be adjusted according to your tension.
Now I had the six 'rings' ready for the second round of Jane’s pattern !
getting through the hole in the doo-dad.
For the ‘flower petal’ round, two shuttles are required, and I simply followed Jane’s instructions, except I started by inserting the hook into the vsp between the mock rings and began with the long chain, rather than starting with a split ring. (Jane’s pattern indicates climbing out from the first round; but of course, that wasn’t possible here.)
Second Motif - Keepsake Paperweight
The second motif, with a gold center, is designated as another keepsake for our ‘Winter Wedding’ anniversary.
The motif, mounted on a white velvet paper disc, fits perfectly in this paperweight without distortion, and is enhanced by gold accents.
(I found the paperweight
at a local craft outlet (Pat Catan’s in
Ohio and PA). It’s made of very clear glass with an indentation on the bottom that allows
for the thickness of the thread and doo-dad.
(I've learned that her sister, Sally, was also born on the 4th!)
great Holiday weekend!