My lace quild met Saturday and the program was LaRae Mikulecky's Celtic Bookmark. I'm not sure where Dagmar found it since it's not easily found online anymore. Links are after the photos.
This brought back early tatting memories. I was mesmerized by LaRae's bookmark and had to tat it. I wish I could find that sample so you could see (or I could) how much my tatting has improved! I had so little thread back then and tatted it in size 5 perle cotton. I don't even know where I got that thread since it is not something I normally buy, ever, but I do remember it was big and in two shades of green.
This is tatted in size 20 thread and to be honest,I'm not sure it's all that much better. As I was blocking it, I noticed I missed a ring in the joining (3rd) round and that's what made the one end a bit wonky. I couldn't believe I didn't see it until I blocked it!
I don't really know which side is the "front" side but this is the side I like best - perhaps depending on how the colors are added. I still think it's too thick to be a bookmark but the design is unique (and I also learned that it's an adaptation to Rosemarie Peel's celtic motif in another publication!) and would make a beautiful cuff or choker or decorative band. (A galoon!) Looks like one of my chains got mooshed while in the scanner this morning. See what happens when you try to hurry?
You can find LaRae Mikulecky's original pattern here at this tiny url: http://replay.web.archive.org/20001023121346/http://www.picotnet.com/Patterns/celtic/celtic_bookmark.htm
I didn't realize that Lenore English had done an adaptation of LaRae's design too which you can find at this tiny url: http://replay.web.archive.org/20090829095257/http://geocities.com/tatt3r/celtbkmk_1.html
Update: I thought I was being helpful by using the tiny url but apparently not so I've put in the original wayback machine links, which are long, but should be easier to access.
These are links to the patterns at the wayback machine so you might want to copy and paste the patterns to a word doc and save it to your own computer.
This isn't true celtic design in the sense that celtic is one continuous line that interweaves within itself. There used to be a lot of discussion about that distinction so I thought I'd mention it before someone else does.
The base of this pattern is all split rings so if you want to perfect your split ring technique,this is a good one for that!
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