Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Ruffled Orbit" in progress

Currently I'm working on a tatted necklace design I will call "Ruffled Orbit". It uses my goofy method of putting a bead in the center of a split ring by tatting a long picot on a short chain, then tatting the split ring, and using a shuttle join at the end of the beaded picot. The result is a bead that is slightly tilted in the split ring, resembling an off-kilter"orbit". More on this technique later.
Due to some inquiries from needle tatters about my patterns, I've made a perfunctory attempt to understand the basics of needle tatting.
However, I've decided that I am not going to try to become knowledgeable enough to be able to translate my patterns into needle tatting.
But fear not - there is a lot of talent emerging, and I'm sure that designers unique to the art will publish many creative patterns written especially for the needle.
To any local readers of this blog (in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area) I have a beginning shuttle tatting class scheduled for the evening of Oct. 30, with 1 student already signed up. You may contact me for further info via email (my email address is listed with my profile).
Of interest to HDT addicts, a fresh "Snowflake" batch of hand dyed thread is now available in my etsy shop. Also soon to be added are a few more skeins of "Sugar Maple" along with a couple "mini-sets" of solids. Then, after they are rinsed and dryed, a limited amount of dark green "Forest" will be added. Just more fun stuff to play with!


Unknown said...

What a fun pattern! Beautiful colors! Love the snowflake batch! Why must I love your HDT's so much, WHY? I have to say I do like that you use DMC Cebelia. That is my favorite tatting SMOOOOOOOOTH! LOL! I love it!

Stephanie said...

Wow, is that cool or what? The color is divine, too. That's an interesting beading technique you've created.

Thanks for letting me know that 'Snowflake' was available. My purchase has been made! :)

Marilee Rockley said...

Thanks, tattingchic - I guess that your comment means I should keep on making HDT? LOL. By the way, DMC Cebelia is the smooth 3-cord thread that I have recently begun including in my dye batches since people have requested it. Most of my thread is DMC Cordonnet Special, the hard-wearing 6-cord. More choices, more decisions!

Thank you steph, and I hope you are pleased with the "Snowflake" thread. I keep thinking it should be paler - maybe I will water down the next batch a little. Let me know what you think of the colors.

Unknown said...

Hi Marilee, I am glad to hear that we are keeping you busy. Keep making that wonderful HDT.

Unknown said...

Well, of course you should keep making HDT! You're one of my favorite dealers! :)

Susanne said...

Oh Marilee, it is just so beautiful.

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you, all. Encouragement has the same effect as applause!