Monday, May 21, 2007

Motif Sixteen--Small Doily = Large Motif

This is the Celtic Sugar and Spice Doily, pattern by Tina Neudorf from her book "Needle Tatting from the Heart". Tina has quite a few really nice patterns in this book, and you can make them with shuttles or needles. I used size 30 Omega thread.

I made this doily as part of the monthly tatting exchanges organized by Mary Donohue. The exchanges have a different theme each month, like bookmarks or butterflies. I think some people participate every month. Others, like me, join in now and then as time permits. I think it is a lot of fun to exchange a piece of tatting with your partner--often you get to see a pattern or type of thread that is new to you. You can more information about the exchanges on Mary's site at

Monday, May 07, 2007

Motif Fifteen -- Debbie Flork's Kokopelli

This is Debbie Flork's cute little Kokopelli which you can find on Jane Eborall's site
I chose it as a quick little motif to try out a new thread, DMC Quick Finish Senso Harlequin (a cotton/acrylic blend). It comes in lots of pretty varigateds. This is a really thick thread which reminds me a little of Lustersheen. I am happy to report that it is tat-able, but get out your big shuttles since an Aero bobbin will hold just 2 yards.
I usually avoid big threads, but I had been looking for something to decorate a shirt with that wouldn't take forever to put an edging around the neckline. Unfortunately,though the ball looked great next to the shirt, the tatted up piece seems to clash with it, so I'll have to find something else to do with it.