Friday, August 8, 2014

Small Somethings and the Iowa State Fair

Oh, hello:

After the "Ferns" I decided to slow down a bit and give my brain a rest. I kind of putzed around with a couple of patterns that didn't amount to anything, then remembered I needed to make a couple small gifts:


Today was my boss' last day at work, and she is quite a reader, so I decided to make her the small flag above (the larger one below was one of the first things I shuttle tatted when I taught myself last summer--it's fun to see how far I've come in a year!) The large one was done in Perle 8, the small in size 30 Cebelia and the pattern is from "Tatted Bookmarks". 

I also made this little motif, which is the first two rounds of a doily with the word Summer in the title from the booklet Doily Delights. I made it for the nice lady who picked my tatting up from the Southern Iowa Fair when my mom wasn't able to. 

Speaking of fairs, I am very pleased with how I did at the Iowa State Fair this year, and I hope you won't think I'm bragging if I share...

I entered seven things and got 3 blues (First Place)



1 red (Second Place)
 
Two whites (3rd Place)

And 1 pink (4th Place)

This was the first year that I have entered all categories and the first year I have gotten a ribbon for everything I entered! And, I was only one of two tatters who got blue ribbons--the woman who won Best of Show won four of the categories and I won three...so as Chris says, I was the first loser at the. Fair this year! :)

Anyway, thanks for your patience with all that...I love entering in the Fairs, the ribbons are just icing on the cake. :)

18 comments:

  1. How completely wonderful! Congratulations!it looks like there was some competition so that makes it even more exciting! Has it really been a year since you started shuttle tatting? It looks marvelous!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it has just been a year...I think I really benefitted from starting with the needle, it has made the transition to the shuttle much easier...I have to say after a year, though, I'm probably not going back to the needle...the shuttle just holds so much more thread! :)

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  2. Congratulations on all your ribbons. Your entries are beautiful. I guess being a loser can be pretty good. ; )

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    1. Thanks! I never mind losing, it just gives me something to shoot for next year! :)

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  3. Well done! Wonderful to get all those ribbons.

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    1. Thank you :) Ribbons are nice, I think :)

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  4. Fabulous, Kristen! Congrats. Nicely finessed!
    Fox : ))

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    1. Thanks, Fox. :) I am quite happy.

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  5. Great tatting!! :)
    Congratulations!!! :)

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  6. Congratulations on your ribbons. Great display
    Margaret

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    1. Thank you Margaret! The Iowa State Fair does a wonderful job of showcasing all kinds of needlework, it is an honor to be able to enter my work there.

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  7. Great display on all the tatting and congrats on all your ribbons!!! I have a hanky with edging to enter and wondered how to display it, now I know...

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I could help! Just be sure you double-check the regulations to see if there is a width requirement for your edging. Unfortunately in the rules for this particular contest there is a 2" requirement for hanky edgings and that entrant lost her ribbon because her edging wasn't 2" wide. :/

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  8. I love the flag bookmark I have never seen one like this before just wonderful. Your work is beautiful and you deserve all those ribbons, congratulations!

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    1. Thank you very much. I really like this flag bookmark too, it is so perfect for my line of work! :)

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  9. Hooray for all your ribbons! Your doilies are really pretty - the mignonette one is amazing (bare threads intimidate me). Your bell ornament are pretty, and certainly deserved their ribbon. Our state fair is in September, so I'm trying to get a couple of new things finished and get the County Fair entries in shape (make certain they are clean and the display boards are in good repair). There's no way I'm ever going to enter ALL the categories (good job!) because we have one for tablecloth.

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    1. Thank you very much!! The Migonette isn't as hard as it looks, just tedious at times :) You should give it a try! :) Good luck at your fairs! I like how our fair has the "Home Accessory Over 12 inches" category, it makes it easier to find something to put in that category! :)

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