Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ooooh - Pretty!

Is this thread gorgeous, or what? This is Yarnplayer's "Garden Afternoon" and just looks fabulous in this vintage pattern. I find this pattern to be extremely time consuming, and I worked this necklace over several weeks, one motif at a time.

PATTERN SOURCE: I should have mentioned this originally. For all of you who are interested in this pattern - I found it in "The Tatters Treasure Chest," page 77, edging #9074.


In other news, I FINALLY got new glasses, and I love them! Actually, I ended up getting two pair, one traditional bifocal pair, and one pair of progressives. I really prefer the progressives for now, although I do sometimes wear the bifocals at night while I'm tatting, especially with the finer threads. Anyway, as usual I find myself wondering why I waited so long. No more cricks in the neck from holding my head at a weird angle to peek out under my glasses so I can see what I'm doing!

17 comments:

Fox said...

This is an amazing pattern! The colours pooled in exactly the right position - or did you have to adjust for the changes? Whatever the answer, it looks great!

Congrats on the glasses! When I was a graphic artist - lots of years ago - I had to begin wearing them to see the fine stuff in my work! A drag, but it was a great thing to be able to SEE! Fox ; ))

Krystle said...

Is that an edging pattern? I'd love to know where I can get that pattern, and I love the thread too. I have some waiting for just the right project!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Beautiful thread, beautiful pattern! I think it's time for me to get new glasses also... I've been blinking a lot lately!

Suzanne said...

Wowie zowie! The necklace is a stunner and the HDT just perfect in this context. It is so nice to see some new work from you. I have missed the regular infusion of eye candy.

TattingChic said...

It is a lovely pattern and it shows off Marilee's beautiful Garden afternoon beautifully! I've got some of her garden afternoon, but haven't used it yet. :)
Glad your new glasses are preventing neck aches.

~TattingChic ♥

Gina said...

In the little I've tatted with her thread so far, I've noticed the color changes tend to enhance the pattern more often than not - a very good thing when dealing with variegated! Beautiful summery necklace. Good for you for getting the glasses!

yarnplayer said...

Simply gorgeous, and no beads required - VERY cool!
Glad to hear that you are enjoying the HDT, and that your new glasses are working out well for you. I, too, am very dependent on my glasses.

Isdihara said...

Pretty, pretty necklace!

This pattern is time consuming, but very visually appealing. Especially in Yarnplayer's Garden Afternoon. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Enjoy your new outlook with the new specs. I feel so much better knowing I'm not the only one who needs progressives/bifocals to work my laces.

Sally Kerson said...

Pretty! its gorgeous - pattern and thread

Ladytats said...

Very pretty Elizabeth.
I too am curious as to the pattern.
I also wear progressive bifocals (you could say that I actually have tri-focals) I have the pair I wear for normal (distance, middle nad near focus) and a second pair of just the middle and near focus that I use for computer work and for close lace work, when I don't need the distance refraction. gives me a bigger visual field.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

This necklace is perfect on so many levels.

First of all the color is gorgeous. I have no idea how Marilee and the other HDT providers even go about dyeing threads! What yummy colors!

Then there is your PERFECT tatting. It's a joy to just look at those crisp knots and picots!

I have the book, and the way the pattern is shown, I would not have been inspired to try it. (I have tatted other patterns from the book, though; some are my favorites.) You have brought it to life! I like that it's just one shuttle and ball. Of course, it's written 'old style' - so I'd have to draw a diagram and change it into new style. If you tatted it directly from the book, I applaud you!

Glad the glasses are working out!

Bonnie said...

Very Beautiful!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks everyone for the well wishes with the glasses. I cannot believe I waited so long to get them (it's the busy life thing, I guess). I did post the pattern source for those of you that were interested. There was no planning involved for color placement. I thought the pattern looked like a trailing vine of flowers and leaves, so Marilee's "Garden Afternoon" thread seemed like a perfect choice. It turned out even better than I imagined it would.

Art by JoyMac said...

WOW this necklace is superb...Bravo
Joy in OZ

Linda said...

What a pretty tatted necklace! I love the colors.

sally said...

Lovely necklace Elizabeth! And strange, I did the same, spent quite a bit of money on a pair of progressives and standard bifocals!

andrea j said...

This wonderful necklace!
Fantastic work. I'm still just a small start-watch and admire all your work. Congratulations.
I want to ask, if possible, sending me this pattern? Gradient is more yarn, I would like to try this pattern. thanks.
Andrea from Hungary