Below is the "ever-lasting" table runner that I've been working on since; well, before six months of Chemo; begun on my birthday, 2003. I thought it would be great to work on - I had just learned rings, chains and working with a ball and shuttle. Each motive is the size of a quarter and I thought, in my naivety, that the repetition would be great for learning. I didn't count on totally forgetting how to tat due to the efffects of long lasting, experimental chemo for Ewing's Sarcoma. ES is a childhood soft tissue cancer; I was the eldest adult to have it, at the time, in California. I was fortunate to receive direction for my treatment from the Head of Childhood Cancer Center at Stanford University Hospital. Mimi Dillman can attest to the on line class as to when I had an Epiphany; remembering suddently the sequence of tatting.
This Table Runner began as a table cloth 32 x 56 inches - 1,702 quarter-sized motives. Happily, my daughter bought a new table - a round table; and, the table cloth morphed into a table runner that is 44 motives long by 19 motives wide. Only 836 motives! There are 264 more quarter-sized bits to go until delivery to my youngest daughter, BB.
An Easter bunny hopped onto the runner - all the way from California. BB sent me this brass - enameled bunny with topaz eyes and back. The back opens to reveal a tiny secret compartment. Just big enough for the small shell she tucked inside as a reminder of our vacation in 2005 at our friend's beach house in Leucadia, CA (near San Diego).We sat and watched wales and surfers while sipping a good Cab and eating bagels and smoked salmon. A rare memory of a decadent moment in time with my daughter. Women Friends, not talking - just experiencing the wide expanse of sun-lit ocean and thundering surf of February.
The thing about my learning to tat is the window to the world that it opened to me - special people who add to my daily life - from all over the globe. Most especially Moracambie, UK; and, Exchange, WV, USA.