Saturday, June 2, 2007

Clusters of what? And the cutest litte girl ever!

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My mother's favorite flowers are lilacs. So I thought I would design an edging of lilacs for her. This is what I came up with. Looking at it, it is probably obvious to you...(but not to me at first) that it looks a lot like grapes. Ha! I can't get away from the grape theme. Anyway, this is a simple two shuttle pattern. Substitute a nice grapey color and add clover-style leaves instead of single leaves and voila!
For those terrified of 5 shuttle tatting, here is my two shuttle version of the grape edging!
I mentioned in a previous post that I thought this would look nice in white so I tested that and here it is.
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I do like this, but unfortunately the grape leaves seem to get lost in the clusters.

Anyhow, I will try to make these patterns available in book form and/or in my Etsy shop in the future. I have been having so much fun designing patterns and I am trying to ride the creative wave as long as I can, but it's devouring all my time. Unfortunately, my pottery has been suffering and pottery is what puts the "butter on the bread" in my house. So I need to re-prioritize a bit.
Awww, who am I kidding? If I cut out a few more hours of sleep I think I can fit it all in...

Almost forgot... I had the privilege of doing this custom shuttle for a client. Doesn't this little sweetheart just make your heart melt? This shuttle will be a father's day gift to the grandfather of the little girl pictured.
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Diane said...

Hi, Sherry!

I agree that the leaves do get a little lost in the clusters, but the dimension shows really well. I think this would make a beautiful bride's necklace!

I love the lilacs... they really look more like lilacs than grapes to me, probably because of the leaves.

Denise and I have been talking about Queen Anne's Lace. Since I consider myself to be a beginning tatter, I'm not sure I'm up to the challenge of designing! ...any ideas?

The little girl is adorable... I see more shuttles in my future!

Tattycat said...

The little girl is precious and the shuttle a treasure.

I miss my posts too! I will soon be finished with the wedding hanky and then back to regular postings -I hope!.

Sharon said...

Sherry, what if you added picots to the rings to look like the petals of an invividual lilac blossom? would that make it look less grapey? Or did you try it already and it just looked like a tangled mess?

The shuttle is a marvelous gift and I'm sure the gandfather will adore it.

LadyShuttleMaker said...

Picots? Interesting suggestion. I will give it a try!

daveh said...

wow, this is beautiful- it's another art --- all these things you make are amazing to me; i'd never heard of tatting, or tatting shuttles, i love the video , you're very talented.