MOTIF #22, Second Round
I have a small collection of cardinal items, and I certainly love seeing the real ones flitting around the yard!
When Miranda ("Tatting Fool"), generously offered this free pattern a few weeks ago, I e-mailed her immediately.
Click here to see how to obtain the pattern:
As soon as I printed out the pattern, I did a rough sketch and numbered the rings (there are 19), as that's what I need to do to figure out where I am going. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow, not to mention the pattern itself being so cool! I kept wondering how she thought of it. Mr. Cardinal is adorable, and I know he'll get a lot of attention at the Maple Festival, coming up in April.
This is my second cardinal, as I did a 'practice' run with burgundy thread. I intend to do a third one, as this one still isn't perfect and I'm embarrassed to say that I miscounted the stitches on the rings in the easiest part - the main body. Also, I didn't quite get the sharp turn in the feathered crest, which I hope to improve on the next one.
I think Miranda's design is brilliant, and I simply love it. Thank you so much Miranda for sharing this with us! He definitely can be a year-round decoration!!!
This frame could hang on a wall, but the stand shown above is a nice showcase for him
The frame is similar to a 'locket' and is hinged - creating a clear glass 'sandwich'. which means the tatting (and the paper background, from a notecard) is 'pressed' between two pieces of clear glass and 'locked' into place. No gluing necessary!
This clever frame was made by a fellow in Texas and was discovered by Carol Lawecki's mom, Peg, (who's a member of our tatting group) during a trip there. He makes (made?) different sizes of these, from pendants to frames, and in all shapes. I will see Peg soon at the Maple Festival, so can get more details. I have no idea if the fellow is still in business!
For Mr. Cardinal, I happened to have a green note card that provided a kind of Spring-like background, with white 'flowers' printed in the corner of the card, and I added my usual bow with curly spirals, and a silk flower.!
The stand is similar to the one I used for my white 3-D bell (posted Oct. 19, 2010). I now remember where I bought these stands - at a local store, which, unfortunately, is no longer in business. They carried unusual items from Europe and actually traveled there to find them.
Gina's Blogaversary Giveaway
I am a recent happy winner of Gina's generous giveaway, and I'll be posting soon about the many items I received from her!