Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cotton, glass and wire

Here goes 25 motif challenge number 3!!
I thought about making 25 coasters...there are some gorgeous patterns out there in blogland and beyond!
But...I was reminded of my design tat course this week, and my ambition to make a tablecloth or bedspread in tatting, so I have decided to see if I can design 25 motifs this coming year, then choose 1 of them (or maybe more) to start work on that tablecloth or bedspread!
2 days in the truck and here is the start to my new challenge...
Number 1...I do like this one :)

Number 2...not like the drawing, and the spokes need to be a touch longer to make it sit right, but passable I think?

Number 3 is no closer to the drawing, but I kinda like it too :)

Number 4 come about from a piece that I cut off, then played with. I think this one might join nicely, and allow for some more experimenting in that process to create some lighter areas to balance the dense rings...

Tomorrow, I plan on playing with the glass again! Some serious trolling of the internet has my head bursting with ideas to try out. Most of them will have to wait until I have a bit more experience, but I have a few ideas ready to go now.

Here is a necklace I have put together as a Christmas gift.The next two pics have not scanned so well, but you can get the idea!

Here are the final 10 Christmas tree decorations to go with my cards. You cannot see it very well, but I used 2 colours in each plait, and the 'real life' effect is quite pretty.

Finally, the last of the necklaces for Christmas! I love the black/silver colour combination, but I had soooo much trouble with breaking wire in this project, and there is a leaf missing - it fell out when I pulled the pins and I decided not to remake the section!
I am thinking the tension was in me, as the same wire was used in the pieces above and I didn't break a single wire then.
Sorry about the pic quality - I might take a real photo tomorrow!
That is long enough for now...thanks for reading on :)
Don't forget to let me know what you think before you go.
Christmas hugs for all in this busy final week of crazy!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I love all your motifs... #4 is my favorite! The card decorations are very festive looking. I love the beads, and I think your wire work is amazing!

Josie said...

LOve.. Love #4.

Stitchety Grub said...

Just a quick question...was the wire that broke the most - one particular colour? Or was it both colours? There is a particular blue wire that they make that the colour coating comes off - so I don't use it - I have used the black and had no problems but never tried the new Smoked colour...I had a student once who had problems with the Leaf Green - but that was probably cos the aircon broke down and she was hot and I think tugging on the bobbins a bit much - more breakages as she got more stressed!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

They are all very pretty! I love that shade of purple.