Friday, March 1, 2013

Beginning with some Green...

I thought it would be enjoyable to begin the month of March with a little bit of green...
The little shuttle winder loaded my shuttle with green last night, her choice as we had been pulling out the St. Patrick's Day decorations yesterday.  Once she finished, I played...
This first one was Mariya Davydova's Clover pattern from last year.  (8/25 motif challenge) Then, still having thread on the shuttle, I proceeded on...
A couple of old favorites.  These are Gina Brummett's patterns from two years ago, some of the first I tatted.  They are Lucky Seven and Bloomin' Shamrock (9&10/25 motif challenge).  There are links to both patterns on the left side of her blog here.  She was a lovely lady and I miss her comments and encouragement.
Having said that these were old favorites, I thought I would also share that I have entered into my 3rd year of tatting as of the 15th of this past month.  I don't know wether time has improved my method or not...but here are a couple of photos of some of my shamrocks from that first year...
Above, are Bloomin' Shamrock, Lucky Seven, and another favorite...Sharren Morgan's Irish for a Day.  I remember learning SCMRs (Self-Closing Mock Rings) in order to tat this one...a great deal of fun!  I definitely need to tat that one again...TODAY!
...and another favorite.  This is Marilee Rockley's Celtic knot shamrock.  It's a lovely little shamrock and pattern.  I think I must have tatted one of these for just about everyone I know...and turned them into bookmarks as seen above. These look terribly messy to me now,  I will have to have another go at this one too...likely still in size 10. 
These patterns are quite tiny done in anything smaller and I like them a bit bigger so tend to use the larger thread for these.  None of the above threads have a I can't tell you the type or color, they are just ones I have picked up here and there over the years.
Well, on the blogging front, the photos are better...taken in daylight today, but blogger wants to do what blogger wants to do...and today the photos are all turned oddly.  I think I can live with that.
Maybe my little shuttle winder will load another one or two for me...I wonder where that pretty green variagated thread is!
I will leave you with this...
May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.
...and I will add...
May your shuttles be full and your fingers nimble,
and may the day always bless you with time for your tatting!


  1. Wow - you are really on top of March! I love the shamrocks - and all the various shades of green. Even though I'm not Irish, I like the connection of shamrocks to LUCK :) Thanks for links to the patterns you've used.

  2. Great clovers and shamrocks!! :)

  3. Oh no! I was not going to do shamrocks this year! I was going to finish other things but what you've done is so great, I've got to! You are a bad influence!

    Lovely tatting and thanks for the link to patterns!

  4. you have been busy, pretty shamrocks.

  5. May the luck o' the green be yours. Nice shamrocks!


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