Sunday, 31 December 2017

the old with the new

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As we shed the old year for the new, memories of the old stay with us.
Here’s something old with something new to symbolise this transition on the eve of 2018. 
And since I love tatting, it seemed apt …

The old comes from many of the discarded bits from recent projects or experiments, 
used to make the bouquet.

The new is all Josephine Chains or Spiral Tatting - to complete the bouquet with stems 
and leaves as well as outline the card topper.
The 'leaves' are mock rings held in place with an under-over or alligator join.

The post and examples seem to indicate only spiral/Josephine chains not rings, 
so that’s what I went with.

Except for a random few rings or the set of 3 which used a thick thread, all the rest is in size 40.

Do you recognise some of the floral medallions? 
The pink are from Doily #10
most others are from later trials of my Aspiration doily center
the small 3D (layered onion rings) marigolds were made to empty the shuttles. 

The dark blue trim of Josephine chain is in size 20, made in one pass.
TIP : In order to turn the corner, I left a picot, and switched from 1st half stitch for vertical sides to 2nd half stitch for horizontal sides. It creates a fairly distinct corner.

for some beautiful applications and tatting !

Here’s wishing all my readers
A very happy, peaceful, healthy and creative 2018
With lots of tatting thrown in !
And looking forward to even more interaction ...


  1. A fabulous way to use tatting bits! Happy New Year, I look forward to seeing your 2018 creations.

  2. Wonderful flowers! I wish you Happy New Year!

  3. Wonderful, super idea! ♥Happy New Year♥

  4. Thank you for your generosity in sharing so much work and inspiration. Today's post is no exception, I'll shamelessly re-use this wonderful idea!
    Happy New Year :)

  5. Thank you dear friends ! I enjoyed putting the bouquet together :-D
    And since it is scraps, no 2 bouquets will ever be the same!

  6. Beautiful and original.
    I admire and thank you :)
    Happy New Year !

  7. Happy new year! The card is a great way to celebrate with some tatting, I really like it. I think it is a nice use for older test pieces that finally get their moment to shine together :)

  8. lovely bouquet! Happy new year!

  9. Happy New Year!!! :)
    I love your bouquet!!! My favorite are your marigolds!!! :)

  10. I love your bouquet, a very useful way to use up bits.
    Happy new year to you and your family

  11. So glad you lovely friends liked the bouquet & the concept :-) Hope everybody had a fun time with plenty more ahead!
    Sue, you are a true connoisseur - those marigolds were made with Lizbeth threads ;-P

  12. Happy New Year :-) lovely bouquet, with many technical issue (of course for me not for you). I love your onion rings with this long picot and I start to thinking for a new topic with this ring :-) Best wishes :-)

    1. Thanks Justyna :-) Now I'm really curious to see what you come up with for these onion rings ! I also have a 3D arrangement of these rings here if it interests you : &

  13. Piękna kartka i super pomysł na wykorzystanie małych elementów.
    Wszystkiego dobrego w Nowym Roku.
    Pozdrawiam ciepło.

    1. Dziękuję Ci :-) Życzę również bardzo szczęśliwego nowego roku

  14. Beautiful bouquet Muskaan!!! Love all your creations.Nice idea to use scraps. Wish you more n more creative years ahead.

    1. Thanks Usha :-) I enjoyed putting this together. I should clear out some more of the scraps later ;-P

  15. Muskaan from so many days I am thinking about this spiral/Josephine chains but some eye problem didn't allow me tatting work in these days. You have done a nice use of it for making bouquet. I will definitely try spiral chain some other time.

    1. I hope your eye problem gets resolved soon, Alka, and we get to see your versatility in tatting. I keep a lap magnifier (can be worn around the neck, too) at hand when tatting. It helps.
      Thanks for your comments :-)