Monday, March 6, 2017

The shamrock and green heart


I still need to follow the illustration of the Celtic knot from Celtic Tatting Knots and Patterns by Rozella F. Linden every time I tat one of these shamrocks! Actually, I do it backwards from the illustration, using the paper clip end to weave the knot so that a Celtic shuttle isn't required. 
This particular shamrock pattern is mine, and you can find it here.


These green heart earrings are based on the "Sweetheart" pattern in Boutique Tatting, but I altered it. I'm always experimenting! Instead of 2 shuttles, I used 1 shuttle and ball, and when I reached the bottom, I lock joined, tatted the ring, and lock joined again. At the top, I substituted lock stitches for the Josephine chain.

After the tatting was finished, I wire wrapped an emerald green Swarovski teardrop, connecting it to the bottom ring while wrapping. I also made the earwires.

Not much tatting lately, since I've been busy with my cello music. Often choir music contains parts for several instruments in the score, but seldom for cello. The choir director gave me a trombone part, but after hearing it we both agreed that the cello is definitely NOT a trombone ☺ 

So, what I'm doing is transposing the "C" instrument part (usually intended for flute or violin) down an octave into bass clef for cello. I have music software, which helps, but I still have to do it note by note. Naturally, I'm putting my name in as "arranger" underneath the composer's name on my printed sheet music (I'm the only one who'll ever see those pages, anyway).

8 comments:

God's Kid said...

Both the pendant and earrings look wonderful!! :)

Madtatter80 said...

Thanks for the beautiful pattern I love the earrings too. And I can't read a note and can only imagine how hard to rewrite music for a different instrument you are amazing 💟😄💟

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Both are pretty, but oh, that shamrock! I think I need to tat one of those!

Fox said...

Transposing keys! I am mightily impressed!🎼

Kristina said...

Just beautiful. I need to get my needle tatting out and do some more practice.

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful shamrock, and lovely earrings

picotsnkeys said...

I say Take Credit! At least you get to write it out and weren't surprised and expected to trans on the fly! Love your shamrock.
Out of curiosity....do you ever get to play with the organ (behind you in the picture)? What's your favorite piece to play with the King?
Melanie

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you all for your nice comments!
Picotsnkeys, yes, I get to play cello and/or sing 🎶 in the choir accompanied by that magnificent pipe organ every week! So far, my personal fave was the Advent piece "O Come, Emmanuel" by Elaine Hagenberg: https://youtu.be/BilDhIeNrgU it has a lovely cello part.