Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Here's the finished amulet bag with a teensy awareness ribbon on it. After I sewed it on, I got to wondering if the tails were supposed to cross over a certain way. Very honestly, I don't pay too much attention to them. Awareness ribbons are some of the more pleasant symbols of support but beyond that, I don't focus on the details of them. The pattern is from Dianna Stevens' It's in the Bag. The thread is Cebelia size 30 and the beads are regular seed beeds probably size 10 or 11. Dianna uses a different design for the cord but I like the ric-rac or set stitch method myself.

Last night I wanted to empty some shuttles that were just laying there doing nothing so I picked this Josephine Wreath motif from A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior. Someone just asked me what I thought of this book and I realized it was the very one I was using. I've tatted a lot out of this book, including the Josephine Wreath, more than once. I made this into a bookmark, as I've been doing recently, instead of just having another motif in a sample book. I don't like the green with the varigated as much as I thought I would. Maybe it's just the wrong shade but they don't seem to really go together. I think this is the first time I've done it in two different threads too. The variegated was OLympus size 40 and I think the green is Altin Basak size 50.

Ever wonder why you started something? When I looked for the motif that I just tatted, I found this doily in the book between the pages. It's called Dahlia. That's interesting - I just tatted Iris's Dalia from Fantasia which I will have to show later. Anyway, I think I started this just to challenge myself to do the chains evenly and thought I could enter it into the fair...and then I got sidetracked. So tonight I added another motif and think it's likely I can get one done each evening so it could be done by the weekend. One more UFO done, I hope. It's kind of reminding me of a fried egg. I called it a marigold doily when I started it because the golden orange center made me think of marigolds.


  1. I love the amulet bag! I'm not much of a fan of pink, but this seems to be the perfect color. I agree with you about the green. It's a pretty color... it just seems to overpower the motif. You have UFOs too? Now I don't feel so bad! ; )

  2. As a breast cancer survivor your amulet bag is precious.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. The pink amulet bag is just beautiful. I just love it.
    I like your wreath, I think the reason you feel a dislike for the green with that variegated is the variegated thread has a cool/white undertone to it and the green has a warm/yellow undertone a green with a cool/white undertone would look perfecto or a variegated with a warm/yellow undertone would work with the green...see where I'm going with this?
    I never even thought of that tatted piece looking like a fried egg until you mentioned it and since you have, it's kind of funny. A beautiful tatted fried egg! I'm hungry anyway, time for breakfast!

  4. Diane - yes I have tons of UFO's. I still haven't gotten back to anything I started in Hector. I have a dragon in my tool box just dying to get out and flowers wanting to pop out of a basket and some tatted crewel work calling my name!

    Tattingchic - I do understand what you mean! I have lots of shades of green...I guess I should have looked at some others, but that's what I get making emptying shuttles the priority.
    :-) Gina

  5. Another wonderful post. I've got to get that book "It's In The Bag." I love the bookmark and the emerging doily as well.


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