"Thicket of Flowers" © Sherry Pence 2012

Check this out! I did it!  Woo hoo!

I was one of those people who pre-ordered Sherry's new book "Branching Encapsulation" back in March and which arrived in the beginning of April.  Lets' see, that's April, May, June - wow, three months ago! And I just now had time (made time, took time) to try it out.  Sherry, you would be so proud of me - I read through the directions first, several times even, before starting AND started at the front of the book instead of jumping to the end and trying out what I really want to try.  Okay, I want to try everything in the book, I just have plans for the patterns/ideas at the end :-)

Encapsulation does take some concentration to do - it's definitely not something to do while watching TV.  I really had to pay attention to what I was doing, but I'm very happy with the results. This is my very first attempt!  If this was a little closer picture you would be able to make out the slight discoloration of the white thread because I didn't make sure my hands were clean after eating lunch, but other than that I think it has gone very well.  I'm using Lizbeth threads in size 20 #601 White (because it was already on a shuttle), #684 Leaf Green Med and Cebelia size 30 pink #3326.  I'm going to continue a bit more to make sure I have a good grasp of this technique, then on to the next pattern!  I don't have anything planned for this thicket of flowers except to learn how, but I have in mind to decorate a wedding gift with some of those last patterns in the book, so I have to get with it.  I only have three weeks to get it done!  Wish me progress.

This Tatting Tea Tuesday I'm enjoying a glass of cold, sweet tea while I steal a few minutes of another busy day to tat a bit. I haven't had a lot of time to tat lately, and what I have been tatting has been for a purpose, either to learn a technique or to make something specific.  Unfortunately, none of those things needed to be red, white and blue, so I don't have anything patriotic tatted up. The date kind of snuck up on me.


Tomorrow is July fourth, our Independence Day.  It will be celebrated throughout the country with picnics and bar-b-ques, get-togethers and fireworks.  And probably a bit too much to drink by a lot of people, hopefully not the ones lighting the fireworks!  Hopefully, too, at least a little thought will go into what exactly we're celebrating, what it took to get it, and what it takes to maintain it.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

"July Fourth means a lot to me as an American,...It is a patriotic day. It is not particularly about WWII or any war.  It just shows a patriotic way of life we really should celebrate not just on Independence Day but every day."
Robert Davies

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