Monday, November 10, 2008

"Lava" Hand dyed, and some newer books collected

Well, I kicked around several names for this unruly, "mind-of-its-own" batch. The reddish part couldn't decide if it was burgundy or rust, and the darker area didn't know if it wanted to be brown or gray. Finally, I decided the colors were similar to the rocky ground cover sold at the garden center as "lava rock", so "Lava" is what this batch came to be called. The earrings in the photo were tatted from this new HDT, and are from a pattern that is in my "Boutique Tatting" book.

Speaking of books, here are some newer ones that I have acquired during the last few months. The 3 in the back row are by Iris Niebach, the one with Daisy Picot Patterns is by Riet Surtel-Smeulders, the center one is one of Linda S. Davies' tatted flower books, and the Ornament Tatting 1 is by Heather Johnston. All lovely designs! Of these, the book best suited to beginning tatters (IMHO) would be the one by Heather.


Tattycat said...

Lava is very pretty. That's a wonderful name. The earrings tatted from it are stunning. Congratulations on the new books.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Lava is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Wow, the Lava colorway is gorgeous! I love the earrings you did in it; the beads are way cool!

What a cool batch o'books you've gotten! It looks like you'll have a lovely time tatting from them!

Iris Niebach said...

Oh, I like this new thread color very much and will soon order some to make some yewellery. I wish you a lot of fun with the books,

Unknown said...

I love the colour of your new HDT. It reminds me of Damson plums.

Marilee Rockley said...

Thank you, tattycat. I'm glad you like the name, and the earrings.
The books are wonderful - very happy to have them in my collection.

Thank you, Diane! At first I thought the color was so ugly - I was considering over-dyeing it! I try to avoid that situation, because the result is non-repeatable.

The books really are nice, with a lot of clever ideas in them. I think around Christmas I may have time to relax with them! Too busy for now - I will explain why in my next post.

Thank you, Iris, I do think this color is very good for jewelry. It is rather neutral, and should go with a lot of things.

Damson Plums, Clyde? I'll have to check that out. Sounds like a good color name!

Stephanie said...

The "Lava" thread is stunning! Those earrings are gorgeous. I really like the large beads in them.

The books are giving me the itch to go shopping again.
Is the Daisy Picot book available anywhere? It looks very interesting, though I haven't tried the daisy picot technique yet.

Marilee Rockley said...

The Daisy Picot book is available from the author, Riet Surtel.
She is charging 6 euro with different shipping costs for different counties. She accepts payments through PayPal.