I tatted this bear in a soft, Valdini, in a reddish-brown thread and inserted him into a card (front side up!) going to cousin Trudy who is recovering from a stroke. I did take some liberties with the pattern. However, Karey always states that each tatter may add their own touch and stitch count to "make it work". I added lock joins and increased the stitch count in some areas. I also added some down picots to achieve the structure of the arms that I wanted. I made 2 and this is the third which met my own criteria.
Trudy still has blurred vision in one eye, but something tactile in her card should do! Also, she can't walk without assistance, even with her walker…Improvement after strokes comes very slowly. Her speech is coming along slowly too… It is probably frustrating for her because she was so terribly busy, busy, busy and did so much for others. Teaching Ceramics, Garden Club, Spinning at the Museum (not the exercise…actual spinning) are all on hold. Please continue to pray for this talented, lovely, vivacious lady ~ my cousin whom I love greatly.
Chris and Erin Hinton at The Shuttle Shop are hosting a new tatting forum called... The Tatting Forums! Chris has been developing a new winder shuttle which looks great. I wasn't one chosen to give it a trial run, but mine is on order! They are having a drawing for a FREE winder shuttle, the deadline for entry is September 1. So, go and sign up! It is a good thing!
Have a new project in the works which must be finished by September 1st.
When it is finished, I'll post a photo. I've decided to use J Lugarts's pattern, substituting a different medallion and Jane Eborall's Celtic Cross (with a pearl in the middle). I purchased genuine pearls for this special project which is a rosary for my friend, Luz. While I am not Catholic, J. Lugart kindly gave me the directions for the decades and an explanation of a rosary, which will help in its construction. I'm using 4 mm and a few 8 mm pearls, hand-dyed Indigo thread with gold metallic thread cross. Her favorite colors are blues and yellow. I'm looking forward to viewing this, as some of the techniques will be a new adventure to me ~ such as pearls in the center of split rings and using doubled thread. Split rings are easy for me, but I've not put pearls inside (however, I have TWO fantastic tutorials); and, I've never doubled thread!
I also have a new tatting student; more about that next time!