Hello hello! The Fair started today!
I entered a few things this year, since I finally finished off some mostly-finished pieces that have been hanging around mocking me.
First up is the blue hardanger square-in-square piece that I designed last year. I mounted it into a box lid, and it won a blue ribbon and Best of Show! Yay hooray!!
Next up are the three snowflakes (actually two snowflakes and one eight-sided motif) that I made when I was experimenting with tatting finer threads. The top and bottom ones are made with #40 thread, and the middle is my own design, made with #100 thread. I wanted to put all three in the fair but you can only enter one item per class and lot, so I joined them together, put a hanging loop on, and called it a Christmas ornament.
Last up is the green and white edging that I made last year shortly after I re-taught myself to tat. This has also been sitting in the drawer, just needing the fabric insertion added. So yesterday, at 4:30 pm, I pulled out the sewing machine and an old ripped pillowcase and finished it off. Fair entries were due by 8:00 pm, but I thought I probably had enough time. Because I'm not a procrastinator or anything, nope not me.
I traced a circle with a fortuitously-sized drinking glass, ran a narrow line of very close zigzag stitches around the circle with the machine, then hand-sewed satin stitches over that line, catching the inner picots of the tatted edging as I went.
I like the way it came out. This is pretty much exactly as I was envisioning it as I tatted. The circle isn't perfect and I'll probably clean up that one point on the curve next week when I get it back from the fair, but I really like it.
The thread was my grandmother's, vintage #80 Star tatting thread that's
probably 50+ years old. The pillowcase was my mother's, a really old
pillowcase that I slept on as a child. When I went to off to college in 1989 this was
one of the two pillowcases that she sent with me, and I continued using it until about four years ago, when it ripped down the middle. Throw it out? I
think not. The cotton is so soft and worn and sun-bleached white that
it's nearly transparent, and I knew I would eventually use it for something.
Grandma's thread, Mom's fabric, my tatted design. Everything about this little doily makes me smile.