Monday, July 11, 2011

nuntium duodetricesimum (28th post) 2 steps forward, 2 steps back

It's tough to cut off 1.5 hours of work.

But that's how it goes when you attach in the wrong place and then do the next motif too and only realize the bad attachment at the end of the second motif!

So I took a break and made a little choker for someone with a lovely neck.  (Motif #8).  I just sort of made this up with a few starts and stops.  I used a metallic thread from JoAnn's called Kreiznik and the revies is: "It itches".

On the other hand, I taught older daughter to do split rings yesterday and she picked it right up!  It took me 32 years to learn it... 

Here's a fun hankie from Aunt Rose-E:

Latin for today:  tempestates canem terrent = Thunderstorms scare the dog.  Click to hear -


  1. Ouch! I"d have done the same thing, even though I know it had to hurt.

    I have some metallic thread, but I find it very difficult to work with. I'm not sure I'd have been able to finish such a beautiful choker without breaking the metallic part of the thread.

    Aunt Rose-E sure had some beautiful hankies!

  2. That smarts!! But, congrats on the split ring teaching. Nice!

    Love Paris! - my favourite city! This hankie really captures the feeling of the place. Pretty!

    Almost forgot - nice work on the choker. Why does it itch? Oh, I see - metallic thread. Now you know.
    Fox : )

  3. When I first tried making a tatted 'motif' doily back in the early '90s, I finished only 20 motifs (easy to tat individually) before I called it quits. It made me nervous trying to remember where and when to connect! (It is a lot easier to do crocheted motif doilies!) At least I found a home for it as the skirt on my Victorian doll! So this project of yours would be daunting for me!

    You could sew this lovely necklace onto a velvet 'choker' to protect the skin. Pretty design!

    As for metallic thread, my favorite is the DMC gold or silver on a spool (the only colors available, unfortunately), found in the cross-stitch section at stores. It's equivalent to size 30 and can take the pulling and tugging of the rings, although I try to tat with less tension. I use it mainly for earrings and decorative motifs for boxes or to put in frames.

    I enjoyed seeing the sweet Paris handkerchief! It's great that Blogger allows us to easily 'enlarge' photos, so we can see the detail of the lace! What a wonderful collection you have of her work!

  4. Thank you for the great idea- the young neck thinks velvet would be a great addition! And I've got the DMC on my list for my next coupon- thank you so much!

  5. I LOVE the Paris hanky - black & white is so stunning!

    Bummer to cut away so much work - but your Quatrain runner will be such a wonderful accomplishment when you are done. Keep on keepin' on!

    The velvet choker is a fabulous idea!



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