Thursday, March 20, 2014

That's It


I had planned to tat more rows in red, chains only. But when I blocked this yesterday, I thought it looked right. I thought -  just stop, quit while you're ahead. So this is it, Under an African Sky, a doily that goes beyond rings, chains and picots. The diameter is 30 cm, the thread Milford size 20. It has split rings, self closing mock rings and interwoven SCMRs; larkshead picot joins, blipless joins and Jane Eborall's new join for block tatting; interwoven rows and block tatting; a number of colours and a story. My husband says I need to explain the story - I thought it was obvious. There's the sun and sky, with sunshine woven through it, trees with animals under them and red earth. These colours are used in many African flags.

23 comments:

  1. It,s fantastic and quite a challenge! This gal from no where near Africa got the story without the explanation but it's nice to be reassured.

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    1. Oh good Michelle, I'm relieved you understood the story!

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  2. Wow, wow, WOW. It's always hard to know when to stop and I love this just as it is. The critters are great too.

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  3. Truly and amazing work of art!!! :) Wow!! So many techniques!! This would be one for a definite challenge piece!!! :)

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  4. That is an awesome achievement. Now it all makes sense…

    I am not certain whether you need to explain the story. It depends very much on your audience. Safer to explain, perhaps?

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    1. You're right, can't take things for granted.

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  5. That doily (and the story with it) is SO cool! Gorgeous! I love it!

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  6. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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  7. Lovely! Very impressive work.

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  8. Beautiful doily, and that is a very good name for it, yes I understood the layers of the doily. My sister in law runs a charity which works in Africa, she would love it.
    Margaret

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  9. That is absolutely marvelous! Congratulations Jane.

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  10. That is an awesome piece of art and such a beautiful representation of Africa.

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  11. That's such a great piece -- really an heirloom. It certainly does represent Africa in such a beautiful way.

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  12. It is beautiful Jane... I thought there were nlack cats in it! Lol! Love the colours too.

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  13. This is absolutely brilliant! Wonderful and unique design and includes many woven techniques! I can't get over all the medallions with the interlocking rings, and the fabulous block animals! It's joyful to look at! Expect many ribbons and high praise!

    You've been doing a lot of tatting - and knitting! Very impressive!

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  14. This is really nice great job with the whole thing, I read some where, that lace is valued at a higher price if animals or figures are involved and this must be why, it's beautiful!

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  15. Must have missed this Jane too busy tatting Renulek's doily! I am so impressed at all the techniques you have used, your patience and the story is wonderful, the animals are just great and spotted them straight away. Now you have even shared the pattern so generous.

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  16. Beautiful, and I think the story is a great addition to the piece.

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  17. I can't wait to start it but I will wait until October 1 st. It will give me more time to practice the interlocking rings and blocking the animals. I chose my color palette to stay with the theme and Janes suggestion of colors. I'm using all Lizbeth size 20 in these colors,
    Bright yellow # 705
    Sky blue medium # 704
    Jungle green # 167
    Fudge Dark # 697
    Terra Cotta # 673
    If you go to Handy Hands you will be able to see the colors I chose.
    I wanted to follow the theme as Jane's design as close as possible without using the original colors. I will posting my progress on my blog at -- athreadforeverything.blogspot.com
    No matter how long it takes me. I will enjoy this very very much !

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