Saturday, December 21, 2013

Slow and Steady...a Russian Ёлка and a Canadian lady (only 6 motifs left until Christmas)

Happy shortest day of the year...whoo hoo! :)

This has not been a particularly good week for tatting...I think I need to pick less complicated patterns or something, because I've been tatting at a snail's pace...Of course, I also have two jobs and have had a busy first half to the weekend so I guess it's kind of ok.
If anyone needs any more reasons to love my husband, here he is dressed up as Ded Moroz for the Consulate holiday party!
Anyway, I do have two more motifs to show you.

The first is a cute little Russian Ёлка (tree)...the Russian's don't actually put up Christmas trees, they put up New Year's Trees, since New Year's comes before Christmas in the Orthodox tradition...also more people celebrate New Year's than Christmas because religion was outlawed in the country for many years...this ёлка is from the book Макраме Фриволите by Любовь Чурина.
Motif #52 on the year and #18 on the way to 25 by the 25th
 This motif is actually really, really tiny, mostly because I tatted it with size 80 Lizbeth thread:
(This is how it stacks up next to a Sunlit shuttle...)
And that is  full-sized candy cane there on the right :)
After that I decided to try out something a little larger, and realized I hadn't done anything with the HDT Fox sent me over the summer, so I decided to put it to use with one of her pretty patterns, Abigail:
Round 1
Round 2: Motif #53 on the year and #19 on the way to 25 by the 25th
Yikes. Only #19!

At the rate I'm tatting I'm not sure if I'm going to make my 25 by the 25th, but I'm sure going to keep plugging away at it! I have another of Fox's patterns printed and ready to go, and another snowflake in mind...and I still have 3 days to go!! :)

10 comments:

  1. That little tree is adorable! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Fox : )

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    1. Thank you, and the same to you my friend! :)

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  2. Love the Christmas tree, especially the colorful beads that look like baubles. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks! It was a little tedious to make, but totally worth it in the end! :)

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  3. Your Christmas tree is lovely I like the way you put the beads they do look like baubles, and your second motif, great colour and lovely pattern.
    Keep up the good work I am sure you will do it by the 25th
    Margaret

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Margaret! I'm doing my best!! :)

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  4. That was a fun photo surprise! It looked like a regular tree and then....... I realized if you had breathed in too hard you could have swallowed it! That should be hung in a doll house! you've got talent! Now I have got to wonder I guess the pretty little next one is just as small? :) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks! I've always wanted to do a doll house, maybe I will sometime now that I've gotten the hang of size 80 thread! :) The other motif was much larger--size 40 thread! Merry Christmas!

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  5. I like the little tree. The picots look like needles. What a great idea. You could make another one and have a set of earrings. he he.
    Only 3 days? That is 2 motifs per day. You can do it.
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. in whatever order you celebrate them.

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    1. Thanks! I like your idea of earrings...hmmm...I missed a day of tatting yesterday, so I'm playing major catch-up today...but I'm catching up with some of your patterns, so thanks! :) Technically in Russia it's Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, then Merry Christmas again, and then Happy New Year again (for the Old New Year celebration...the date was changed in the 1500s...) oh and then Happy New Year again since we are in the Far East and people celebrate Chinese New Year here, too...it's a good month if you like to celebrate! :)

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