Tatting for Special Days

These angels are 'Tiny Angel #12' from 15 Tiny Tatted Angels by Patricia Ann Rizzo.
Tiny Angel #12    Pattern by Patricia Ann Rizzo

I tatted these angels for two of my aunts for Mother's Day.  They're both Tiny Angel #12 but the one on the right I modified just a little bit.  (I sometimes can't help myself, just can't keep myself from making changes.) They are in Lizbeth #671, Christmas Red in size 20.  I like to give my aunts tatting but things that can be hung up or worn - they don't need anymore stuff laying around than I do.  And it made it possible to get them done in time for Mother's Day :) 

The other tatting I did was the pin for my mother's birthday using the dragonfly I showed last week.  But it is such a light color it needed a darker color behind it. What better background for a dragonfly than leaves?  
Leaves © Wanda Salmans

These are made in Häkelgarn #2015, size 20.  I had to look through my entire stash of thread to find a green that would look good with the dragonfly and also the scarf that I was hoping it would go with.   Christmas green was definitely out, it was much too bright. In truth, I don't have a lot of shades of green, but I do have a lot of thread that I had to dig through.  This was a perfect choice.

I know there are leaf patterns out there but I was running out of time, so, as usual, I tried to re-invent the wheel - I made up my own.  I was also going to use the Catherine Wheel join to make the edges smooth - think the beautiful designs of Marilee Rockley - but just couldn't get them to co-operate.  Then I realized that the ragged edge looked pretty good on a leaf (at least I think so). So I made then next one just like it.

And then I put them together.

Dragonfly pattern by Jon 2010

My mother was very happy with this.  As you can see, I didn't find the long hat pins I was looking for, but this worked.  I can see this being used as a scarf pin, too. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the scarf I gave my mother for Mother's Day, which was the inspiration for the pin in the first place.  Oh, well, it looks good on the hat, too.

I didn't get the cup done yet.  It's all laid out, the tatting ready to be glued down, but that's as far as I've got. It should take long now, but I'm running out of time before work, so it will have to be for another day - again.

The DragonFly Symbolizes Maturity and a Depth of Character
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly's scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what's on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.


May is Celiac Awareness Month.  The following information is from celiac.com.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease (as if it wasn't bad enough by itself!)

Celiac Disease can appear at any time in a person’s life. In adults, the disease can be triggered for the first time after surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth. CD is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder. Symptoms vary and are not always gastrointestinal (GI). GI symptoms can often mimic other bowel disorders.
Infants, toddlers and young children with CD may often exhibit growth failure, vomiting, bloated abdomen, behavioral changes and failure to thrive.




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