Thursday, July 30, 2015

Success? Not really... -- nuntium centesimum octogesimum secundum

Well, I tried it.  A beautiful and small motif with clunies.

Mine isn't so beautiful but as my elder daughter says, "It's your first try."  It was and I'm determined to get better.  I tried two different ways to form the loom.  For me, Portela Julie's is the best although my poor hand looked like a claw for quite a while after.  This silly motif took me 2.5 hours!  Yes, I know there should be 8 leaves but this looked like enough...
There are two clunies that I like...
And now for the educational portion of the blog.  Apparently clunies are called such because they were originally displayed in the Cluny museum of Paris.  This is my favorite museum (quelle coincidence!) because not only does it house an amazing collection of medieval art and the Lady and Unicorn tapestries (not to be missed); it is built in/on the structure of a set of Roman Baths when Paris was still called Lutetia (= mud city).  You go through the baths portion on the way to the medieval parts but you can miss them if you don't look left and right.  And I advise that you walk into the various Roman rooms too, they are in fantastic shape.  This little museum is a skip and a hop from Notre Dame but rarely has many people in it.  You can tell it's housed in baths because of the telltale domed windows and the red brick striping that is common in that kind of Roman architecture which can be seen even as you walk by.  And to top it all off, there's a sweet mini-park across from the entrance with a copy of Rome's she-wolf!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

clunies - nuntium centesimum octogesimum primum

I've long admired cluny leaves in tatting and while I understood the concept, I just couldn't quite get the actuality to look like I wanted.  But then I saw this video on Les Frivolités de Pandore.  The tatter is French and while there is French text, I believe you could learn from just watching.  The video is clearly done.  (And I love her blog because of a wonderful pun.  Frivolité is the French word for tatting- you probably knew that- and the French adjective "frivole" means "frivolous" just like you might think.  This charming tatter ends each post with "Soyons (= let's be) frivoles", basically "Let's be frivolous" and "Let's tat" in one delightful pun.  I smile each time I see it!

Here are not my very first efforts (previous years)  but certainly the ones I've liked the best.
practice Cluny leaves in Lizbeth size 20
I first started really liking clunies in the beautiful work of Elisadusud.  I haven't seen anything new from her in a long time but her work continues to inspire.  Do you like to do clunies?  How about a favorite pattern?  I don't think I have one pattern in all my books with one.  Do you have a favorite book whose focus is clunies?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wrist Garden revisited - nuntium centesimum octogesimum

Even though I liked the concept of my "Wrist Garden", I didn't like the execution.  The leaves were too big and overwhelming.

So I pulled it apart and remade the leaves while at a conference (plus a bunch more at home). This is final result.

My model is out of the country so this is a "selfie".  Photo not as bad as I thought, considering it was left-handed too!
Closer...The other color

All three.

I like how they turned out!

Monday, July 20, 2015

MK bracelets -nuntium centesimum undeoctogesimum

Remember these?  This is my "conference" tatting.  The items on the left are an adaptation of Mary Konior's pattern.   (Kersti made a bookmark out of the patter but it's MK's to start.)  I have adapted the end of it to make a complete flower and as I said before, let me know if you want my scribbling stitch counts.  I originally saw this on Margaret's Designer cards.
 Here's the final product after my darling elder daughter did her jewelry magic and I sewed on the beads.  (Stupid, stupid, just tat them in next time.  Much easier.  It took me days to sew these in nicely.)
 This one's my favorite.
 This one I'm wearing.
 Isn't daughter clever with that little bead on the end?
 My attempts at artistic photography.  Haha.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Not tatting -nuntium centesimum duodeoctogesimum

Yesterday I spent the afternoon making one of my favorite things.  Actually it's a favorite of the family but they do take all afternoon if you make more than one batch.
Hazelnut biscotti!  My younger daughter wants to eat 5 or 6 in a sitting.  We told her she can't though or we won't have any by Saturday.
I did tat while they were baking, both times.  Pictures to come.