Heart and Earrings

Lizbeth Christmas Red #671 size 20

  I told my husband that he should come up with what he wanted to give his mother for Christmas this year;  he asked if I couldn't come up with "a pin or something".  This is the pin that I came up with. The tatted heart is a clover surrounded by two rounds of chains, then glued to a wooden heart.  I added the angel charm to the front and a pin clip to the back so it can be worn as a pin/brooch.  I just noticed in the picture that when I glued the heart down one side didn't lay quite right.  Oh, well, too late now.  It still looks pretty nice.

I wouldn't be surprised if the heart is similar to someone else's pattern, but I came up with it without referring to a pattern. In fact, the evening I started on it I had tried one idea and pitched it before starting on the clover and the first round.  At that point I thought it looked pretty ugly, too, but went to bed before starting again.  The next morning when I looked at it again it was still ugly but I thought I'd try one more thing before giving up on this version.  Once I put the second round on it looked a lot better!  I also just realized I don't have a picture of the heart without the charm in front of it.  I guess that will be for another post. 

Lizbeth Seagreen Dark #688 size 20 and pink seed beads

Both of my daughters were enthusiastic about getting earrings for Christmas.  I made both sets in the same pattern but in different colors.  The other set is in pink thread with black beads (her favorite color combination).

Lizbeth Western Sunset #102 size 20 and silver seed beads

These are my first tatting of the new year.  I made these in the car on January 1 while coming back from a visit to our daughter in Omaha.  I started with the piece on the left, just doodling.  I thought it looked too big for earrings so I made two others a little bit smaller for earrings to go with the pendant.  The pendant is somewhat small and the earrings are somewhat large (for me) but wearable.  I'm definitely going to change the bale on the pendant but it was the only one I could find at home.

Now that Christmas is over I feel the need to start on the list of tatting that I've put off for one reason or another.  It's also possible that I could be giving some tatting lessons soon, so I need to figure out what I need for that. And IsDihara over at Ambitatterous  has me thinking about what techniques I might want to learn this year.  Looks like I'm already busy, busy.

Welcome to 2013!

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now." 
Denis Waitley

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