Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tatting Tuesday - Mixing Materials

 As usual, I keep playing with my tatting. I love to try new things and see what happens. Hardly anyone sees all the mistakes along the way - thank goodness!

My latest adventure came about when I picked up some leather lacing at a really great price. I thought it would be fun to join the tatting to the leather to give a burst of color to the necklace.

Then I reached into my stash for this beautiful piece of shell that goes from a whitish sea green to black. To bring out more of the green, I added some green frosted glass beads.

The result is a very bold piece. Tatted lace, glass beads, leather, and shell.  The toughest part about making it was the weight of the shell pulling on the thread. I was determined to join the tatting to the shell rather than using a metal ring or bail to attach the shell to the necklace.

I haven't made up my mind yet about where this necklace will go. Yes, I'd love to keep it for myself. I am also considering donating it to the Scholarship Gala that I'm helping to organize.  The funds raised by the auction provide scholarships for our graduates who want to go on to college or trade school. I know several of the students who have received scholarships in the past and I know how much they need our help.

Not sure what my next tatting adventure will be. What fun mixtures of materials have you worked with lately?

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