Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th, U.S.A.!

Let Freedom Ring!

Motif #2, Third Round

Bell (3" high) from 1992

Decorated (for today) with red, white, blue ribbon
(borrowed from my 'wedding bell' display.  It usually has flowers on it)

Tatted in Cebelia DMC size 30

Includes crystal ball clapper on gold chain
(enlarge photo)

This is one of several different 3-D bells that I made back in 1992, two years after I learned to tat, and I became fascinated with the idea of 3-D tatting, since there  were very few 3-D patterns out there back then.   I wanted to prove it could be done.  I used to crochet 3-D items.

This bell was adapted from a medallion which appeared in the 1992 Christmas Ideas edition of Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest magazine. 

The designer of the medallion is Luella Rossow, and even now I'm not familiar with her name.  In the magazine her name is in tiny print, along with other designers of the different ornaments on the Christmas tree shown on the opposite page.  Hers is the only tatted ornament on the tree, and you can see only the upper half of it.    

Unfortunately, the actual pattern pages (in the back of the magazine) do NOT show the names of the designers, which is sad.  I sure hope they've changed that policy!  

I was going to write a longer post, but I am going to get this one in now, as I have had a problem getting it posted at all.  (New interface issues.)

*   *   *  

We're enjoying watching the fireworks live from Pittsburgh on television, as I'm writing this.  Hope you had a good holiday! 


  1. Hi Kathy,

    I remember this bell. I think the design is so elegant and delicate looking.

    Have fun watching the fireworks!! Happy 4th!!

  2. This bell is absolutely gorgeous! What a stunner! I love that you are "recycling" it from a wedding display, I'm sure it's just as lovely there too. Happy 4th of July!

  3. i like this bell to. I have done some 3-D bells, but not this one. Very nicely done.

  4. Beautiful bell! Yes, it's a shame that designers of all sorts of things didn't used to rate a mention. I think that has changed, don't you?

  5. Beautiful bell, what a shame the designers name was not more clear, I wonder if the pattern is still around, well done at recycling it for Independence day.

    Hope you had a lovely day

  6. That bell is wonderful! You are so talented! I always enjoy visiting your blog with all the beautiful tatting that you do it is so inspiring. I'm waiting for you to write a book on tatting someday! ;)
    TattingChic ♥

  7. Hola Kathy.

    Me gusto este patron, podias enviarme el link de el por favor.

  8. Kathy, whenever I read one of your posts, I am amazed at what you've been able to accomplish with 3D tatting. Not only is your tatting impeccable, the shapes are perfect! Stiffening and shaping is a talent in itself, and one I would love to learn.

  9. Your Forth of July Bell looks great. I love that you dress it up for a different occasion.
    We enjoyed fireworks in our backyard with our daughter and her children last night, and the fireworks that the neighbors set off. It was a fun night.
    Good luck with getting your interface issues resolved.

  10. Your bell is very elegant.
    I hope you had a enjoyable American Independance Day
    It was just another Monday for most of us in the UK!

  11. Hi,
    I realy like the bell but I have a question. Can you please let me know Where I can find the pattern of the high heels. I have a friend who will be very pleased with a pair ot this high heels. I hope you can help me
    Riet the B-engel

  12. Wow, what a perfect looking bell! Great job!

  13. saw the Victorian slippers on Pinterest...made me have to ask...How's the pattern coming along?!?!?!!? lol Only 4 months until Christmas! *smile*