Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bookmark Blah. Already.

I have a lot of patience. But it's very difficult to devote many hours to something new and have it fall flat on its face because of stitch count. Or tension. Or any number of things that we all have to adjust when we're tatting... you know exactly what I'm talking about!

So yesterday, I only got 1 1/2 bookmarks done. Sharon generously suggested I try some bookmark patterns from her blog, and so I copied the diagrams (without actually reading the instructions, mind you) and went to work.

Four repeats into the Easter Cross my tatting curled so outrageously that I cut it off. It would probably be okay with blocking, but I would much rather it lay straight and flat on its own! So, off to modify some of the stitch counts for me. Does that happen often to you? I feel like I must be a delinquent tatter to have so many great patterns fall to pieces at my finger tips! Obviously Sharon knows what she's doing! So why doesn't her stitch count work for me? Bah.

I also tried her flower pattern (since I have been teaching lots of classes and new ideas are always wonderful!) and I was so pleased with how easy that one flew off my shuttle. It's very similar to the one I made yesterday, funny enough. Once again, I think I need to adjust the stitch count slightly, but this was much less drastic than the green Easter Cross. Does thread size matter in this case, too? I used 80 in the green and 20 in the white. I wouldn't think that would matter...?
Compared to yesterday's bookmark...
I think I like the neatness of the rings as opposed to the chains, but I can see new students of tatting being able to succeed with the chain bookmark, since a few actual knots in there wouldn't make much of a difference.

On to more bookmarks today! Hopefully I can make up for yesterday. If not, I'll just keep plugging away. My best to all of you! Happy Thursday!

1 comment:

  1. Your bookmark looks exactly like mine on the first side. The second side makes it mostly lay flat and blocking finishes the job.