Sunday, June 7, 2015

The coasters! - nuntium centesimum septuagesimum secundum

You may remember the coasters that I decided to make for my dear friend when, after 10+ years, she told me that she loves my tatting.  I blithely made little motifs for coasters thinking that I would just zip over to JoAnns or Michaels or even Hobby Lobby to pick up some clear coasters to put them in.

But no.  It seems that the last time I did this, it was with cross stitch and many years ago.  These coaster kits aren't just everywhere. In fact they weren't anywhere.  I did finally come across a few but they were puny and well, thick.  I wanted the highlight to be the tatting.

So to the internet, but what to call them?  Argh, I found a lot about roller coasters...  In the end, Etsy was once again my friend.  I found Bonnie's shop, Coastangles.  The coasters are for displaying zentangles of which I knew a little thanks to Fox.  I wasn't sure if they would hold something thicker than a piece of paper so I fired off an email to Bonnie.  Now here's a clever businesswoman.  She answered right away- said she would send me one as a trial.  If it worked then I would order a set of four and she would send me three (+ my sample) and if not, then we both would know something.

I'm delighted to report that Lizbeth, size 20 works beautifully and I have already ordered the rest of my set plus an extra!

Unfortunately I'm not the best photographer but these are crystal clear, the tatting is truly the highlight.  While the coasters are plastic, they are absolutely perfect.  I can't recommend them highly enough.  

I wish I knew how to take this picture well!


  1. Wow this is beautiful, sometime I got to buy those clear plastic coasters too! great post :)

  2. Good to know! I may make coasters as Christmas gifts for my girls now that I have a source. Thank you!

  3. They look terrific! I have an octagon shaped one I picked up somewhere, but it's a weird size. I think I will copy Diane on that Christmas gift idea :)

  4. Wow, looks lovely ! Great gift :-)
    It's always a nice feeling when you get what you are looking for !

  5. Glad you were able to track down the coasters. They look a perfect way to show off your tatting and be useful. Great gift.

  6. Lovely' and the tatting looks beautiful in then and will stay clean. I hope your friend loves as much as we do.


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