Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wishing for Spring!

I used my software and made the diagrams for both the single triangle motif in Ground #2 and the diagram for moving to a second motif but.....I think it could look much better so I will tackle it again with fresh brain and last night's experience.

In the meantime, I've been tatting something different. I was going through some bobbin lace printouts I've had for ages and found a printout from I.O.L.I. (International Old Lacers, Inc.), The Charter Pattern Book 2002. My lace guild is chartered through I.O.L.I. so that's how I have this copy. As I went through each page, I was delighted to find this one! I don't remember seeing it before but I'm sure I did and just forgot.

The basket is a pattern by Faith Dunn of Fremont, NE. I haven't received the most recent I.O.L.I. membership book and I'm not sure where the old one is, so I couldn't look her up. I just LOVE this basket! It measures about 4" x 4" in size 20 thread. Faith had paired it with some tatted flowers and leaves from Rosemarie Peel's patterns and there was a butterfly too, by someone else.

I grabbed a handful of motifs I have stashed on my computer desk and did a quick scan to see how it would look full of flowers. Isn't it great? It even sort of hides my poor spacing of the mignonette stitch on the left side! Faith also had a ribbon threaded through the split rings on the top edge of the basket tied in a bow in the center. She had another version tatted in which the handle was the interwoven split rings which looks like a chain.

I will probably be tatting more of these. What a lovely May Day or Mother's Day or First Day of Spring motif! Sorry I cannot pass the pattern on but I will try to find Faith's email and see if she is open to inquiries.

Update: My Member Handbook was in the mail tonight! It does have Faith's email address but it is not a good one. My message was returned. I may try a snail mail address but that will take some time.

16 comments:

  1. I love this basket!!!

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  2. That looks so wonderful! I was thinking of it filled with flowers while looking at it and then there you had it looking as though it was filled with flowers. I think it's awesome! :)

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  3. Very pretty... a nice thought, but you'd have been more realistic to tat a big, ugly snowplough! Glad you didn't!
    Fox : )

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  4. very nice Gina, I like how you stuffed it. I really should tat a pile of dirty snow or glistening ice....LOL

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  5. That is so very pretty! One day I'll be able to grab a handful of motifs that I've made like it's no big deal . . . maybe.

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  6. I really love this pattern! Your tatting is just BEAUTIFUL - the split rings on the handle are super smooth. It's going to be awesome with flowers in it.

    I'm counting the days until spring and the average temperature here during January is in the 50's - I am a winter light-weight, this is true.

    :) Ann

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  7. That is a great basket pattern. I was just looking for one yesterday. I love how you added the extra tatting into the basket. You always come up with great ideas.

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  8. At first I thought this was a PHOTO of the basket from the newsletter. But, of course, it's something you just whipped up on the spur of the moment!
    It is PERFECTLY tatted, and I believe that's mignonette, which I definitely haven't mastered yet. The flowers would be the perfect touch.

    The only satisfaction I get out of this time of year is that the stores start to display spring and garden stuff (but please, not Easter items!) However, I'm soon brought back to reality, as we continue to shovel snow every day - and it's only January! However, we don't HAVE to go out, since we're retired. Very grateful for that!

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  9. So beautiful ♥.

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  10. What a beautiful basket. And the flowers make it look even nicer.

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  11. That's a wonderful pattern! It sure would make a great gift.

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  12. that's so delicate, I love it!

    And what better way to wish for Spring to hurry, than to start tatting Spring items!!

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  13. Gina Your basket and flowers are georgeous! I love it!
    Isa

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  14. Like hearts and flowers, this is a motif with high appeal. I'm going to write to Faith and see if I can pass on the pattern or possibly teach it. I'm thinking of all kinds of variations!

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  15. oh so very lovely...and all the beautiful flowers in it...just lovely.I'm in slump right now and showing pictures of items I made last year...looking for something to stir up my creative juice....love the baskets....too..thanks for popping over to my place and leaving a calling card....

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  16. Wow! So lovely.

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