Faux Tatting

A short while ago we were in a furniture store looking around, not really in the market for anything just passing time, waiting for a friend to meet us outside.  Of course, we found several things we added to our wish list....  While walking around I noticed a doily under an old-looking picture and had to take a closer look.  Both doily and picture were only there as "window dressing", to give the place a homey look. 

This is a bit fuzzy as I took it in low light with my cell phone, but you can see why it caught my eye. 

A little bit of plastic 'tatting'.

I wish I would have moved the frame off of it and taken a picture of the whole thing.  Plastic or not, it is a pretty pattern.  It would be interesting to try creating a "real" doily with nothing to go on but this, wouldn't it?

My Not-So-Purple Grapes

I'm still working through Sherry's new book, Branching Encapsulation.The next pattern to try      
was the grapes.   Again I just used the thread that was already on my shuttles so they aren't grape-colored grapes, but they look like grapes :-)

"Grapevine Edging" Sherry Pence © 2012

The pink and green are unknown colors in Lizbeth size 20 and Cebelia ecru in size 30.  They make for slightly odd-looking grapes, but the idea was to learn how to do them.   I only made this much of the edging but I'm pretty comfortable with the technique, even if there is room for improvement.

I'm not sure I'll be getting the tatting done I planned on for the wedding gift.  It's fast approaching and I still haven't even started it yet!  They may get it as a belated gift.  They'll have lots to open right away, maybe they'd appreciate another one a little late? You think?

"I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, a church filled with family and friends.  I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for, he said one that would make me his wife."

from thinkexist.com

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