Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Off the Shuttle: Pillowcase Edging and Another Paper Ornament

This pillowcase edging is made with size 20 Lizbeth thread in colorway 105 "Confetti." The pattern is the double braid version of "Anniversary" from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns (Lacis Publications, 1992, pg. 8).

Here's yet another paper ornament using the Martha Stewart disks and one of the Flora & Fauna Typewriter Key stickers. The pattern is "Handkerchief Edging or Pillow Edging No. 11" from The Craft of Tatting by Bessie M. Attenborough (Bell & Hyman, 1972, p. 33). The thread is more of the above "Confetti."

Now that I've tatted two pieces with this thread, I've decided that I don't really care for the color combination. It's always a risk with variegated threads that look beautiful on the ball that you'll find some combinations of colors less than pleasing after they've been tatted or crocheted into a piece. For instance, I've decided I don't like variegateds that include areas of white mixed with the other colors. I think the white adds an abrupt distraction to the flow of the colors in projects where I've used such threads. In the case of this thread, I think the burgundy adds a too-dark note to the flow of the colors which I don't like. Yes, the peacock blue is equally dark, but it flows from a lighter blue that, in turn, flows from the yellow shades. The burgundy is not related to any of the other colors in this thread. I'll be passing on the rest of the "Confetti" thread to someone in my tatting group who may find the color combination just what they're looking for.


Madtatter80 said...

I feel that way a lot with variegated colors, but did find it pleasing to use a color that is the same as one of the colors in the variegated roll. It really works, and I must say now I don't use variegated unless it do this. Hopefully this makes sense :)

tattrldy said...

I like your tatting here but agree with you on the colorway. I think you are right about the burgundy. I did find the Lizbeth 'Rainbow Splash' worked up nice, at least with what I've made with it so far.