Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tatted Angel in Snowglobe !

Product Alert:
This unique snowglobe has a place for inserting photos (2" x 3"), but also has plenty of room to insert a small piece of tatting, and it can be seen from both sides. It is also magnified.

I want to alert you to these snow globes that I found in the Photo area of the big discount store whose intials are W-M. These globes are also advertised on the internet.

The large snow globes (which are not glass but some kind of soft acrylic material) allow you to insert two small 2" x 3" photos back to back. The photos get magnified and look as if they're floating in the snow globe, with the usual 'snow' swirling when you shake them. Cost: about $10.

The base stand just pulls off, and the photos are placed inside the plastic insert (shown in the photo below), which then slides up into a protected area of the globe. Very clever!
I knew exactly the tatted piece I wanted to showcase.
I'm sure you've already guessed what it is:

Motif #20 - Second Round
Hairpin Lace and Tatted Angel - by Martha Ess

Of course, it's Martha Ess's excellent and innovative angel pattern, which can be found on the internet.
For some reason I'm not able to paste the link to the URL here. If you Google "Tatted Angel Hairpin Lace" it will be the first listing on the page. I apologize for the inconvenience!
For size comparisons, here is the angel outside the globe, next to the clear plastic insert (2" x 3") which slides into the globe from the bottom, and holds the photos (or in this case tatting) in place.
I tatted the angel with size 30 Cebelia thread.
I first saw Martha's lovely and unusual pattern (combining hairpin lace and tatting) on the internet in 1998. I was very much intrigued by it, and finally decided to try to make it, possibly around 1999.

Somehow I had a hairpin lace loom among my craft supplies, but had never used it other than to practice making a small sample of hairpin lace, using a crochet hook.

I was quite pleased with myself when I finished the piece (minus halo - I hope to add it soon!), and it's the only hairpin lace I've ever made.

As most of you are aware, Martha has gone on to design so many other fabulous designs, has written several tatting books, and has taught classes at Hector and Palmetto. Thank you, Martha, for your total dedication and innovative contributions to the art of tatted lace !
These snowglobes are a great showcase for your smaller tatted items, which can easily be changed according to the season.
I hope to put a printed gold label on the base, and definitely plan to buy a few more globes!
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In the United States we are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, a very pleasant holiday to share with friends and family. i hope you also have a wonderful weekend!


God's Kid said...

I love your snowglobe and thanks so much for sharing how to get them. I have a daughter who collects snowglobes and this would be a really unique one that I could give her with some of my tatting inside! :)
Have an awesome Thanksgiving! :)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I've seen those snowglobes, but I never considered putting tatting in them... great idea!

Suztats said...

What a wonderful idea! The angel looks fabulous!

***Jon**** said...

The globe is a great idea. If water can be sealed in, maybe there is now a home for the tatted fishes and seadragons and the dolphins.

Lily said...

that snowglobe is awesome!! Who would have thought it (well, you did!)

Thank you W-M!! lol

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

tattrldy said...

What a lovely idea, and the angel looks great in it! I think Jon has a great idea about the tatted fishes and seahorses - I might just have to check these snowglobes out! But tatted snowflakes would look pretty amazing in these as well. And I am making a bunch of snowflakes...

Vanessa said...

What a pretty Angel. And such creativity to put it into a snow globe !

Tattin' Kat said...

That is so funny that we were thinking about the same idea. I can't seem to find the pattern for the snowflake that you said fit into the ball. Is it on Sharon's blog or in a book? Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing your finished work.

Lelia said...

thx for visiting my humble blog. Your angel is awesome. I, too, have a hairpin lace loom - and did find a book with instructions (for a snow day) haven't tried it yet.

The globes are so interesting, I'll have to look locally + find one.

When I return to the store, I plan to look at the Workbook magazines there. I don't recall the price, they were in bundles. I will have to ask permission to 'unbundle' to look at the covers + see what is inside the issues.

I neither knit or crochet - I have been told there are a scattering of great tatting patterns in some issues.

Always, L.

Linda said...

What a beautiful angel! I love her skirt and the way it is gathered at the top. I know angels are not feminine or masculine, but a feminine angel looks so much more softer and endearing. All my angels look feminine, too.