A tatting SOUP bookmark from snowflakes.
What do you do with practice pieces or tatting leftovers ?
You may remember my tatting SOUP (Sewing On / Using Pieces) where I try to put my tatting to functional or decorative use – be it as appliqués or on ribbon bookmarks, envelopes, cards, and so on. It was time for these vintage snowflake motifs to get working!
I’m calling it the ...
using 6-Pointed Motifs by Louise Hauck
update Jan 18,2017 in order to change the blogfeed photo, I am adding this single pic ...
... because it is made by piecing together not just the snowflakes, but also filler bits, tails, tassels, all using short lengths of leftover thread .
I chose to place them one tip into another trough – it looked better than attaching each at 2 tips. This results in an alternating symmetry, being 6-pointed. I sewed the adjoining edges, weaving through stitches to reach the next joining point/picot.
Filler motifs : Yet, there was something missing – they didn’t form a cohesive unit. (refer to the center image in collage). That’s when the idea of fillers hit me, using a motif from the pattern itself ! 4 bits were added, shown by arrows in pic.
With so many options for hiding ends, I didn’t mind weaving in the tails in the filler bits (each started CTM).
Overcoming woes of 2 colours : The coloured snowflake at the end stood out like a sore thumb (it would’ve worked better as a charm). But I liked the tapering effect.
The tails, too, taper with decrease in ring stitches. But it is very subtle.
Tried to bring it all together by making 2 tails and intermixing the 2 colours. Not too happy with it, but ….
My first time trying to fray tassels !
Frayed tassels : Aqua tassel : I tried with toothbrush and also pin . Hardly made any dent.
Then I held the pin horizontal and 'scraped' over the threads - it worked like a charm (pun intended ;-p) !
White tassel : this time I untwisted each thread between fingers. Then used the pin horizontally. Much better and quicker.
I then brushed both tassels with the toothbrush. Beware - don't overdo it ‘coz fibers accumulate in the brush. This is visible in the whitened tips of the aqua tassel.
I was fearful of spoiling the tassel while blocking. But it actually helped!
I’m much more confident now, and may fray picots in a pattern, too.
This book arrived just last week and I won’t be able to start it till I finish reading my current book …may take a month at least. But this bookmark goes perfectly with both the colours and the title of the book ! A bookmark made with snowflakes for ‘Winter Garden’ by Kristin Hannah
lhappy tatting come snow or shine ! l