Happy Halloween & Autumn
Here is your special "Treat Two"!
I am offering a special weekend giveaway just for my blog followers!
Included in this Piney Woods event are:
40 various fresh water & baroque pearls
1 Osmina pearl cabochon
1 tac finding
4 pin findings
3 antique shell buttons
2 base metal filigree findings
and 1 blister pearl top drilled pendant
Plus, you never know what I may throw in before I pop it in the mail!!!
To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post letting me know how you'd use these goodies!
I will select a winner Sunday afternoon and notify said winner via email. Good luck!
The Olive motif is still giving me fits. I may need to take a break from it this weekend if I can't come up with another round that "feels" right. Yes, I sometimes have bouts of what my husband calls "artistic frustration"!!! This is one of those times. However, I did finish the Valdani silk pendant last night. Here is the finished piece:
I did find my Akoya pearls, but also found this marvelous little carved shell button. It has a gorgeous brown/pink/green irridescence to it and looked so good on the tatting that I decided to use it and a green fresh water pearl for the center accent.
Pictured below is the second round of accent tatting:
Run the needle through the top cap of the 2nd ds to the left of the beads of the previously tatted chain-rings and CH5 sm- med- sm- 5 CL + to the corresponding spot on the other side of the beads, then CH 3 sm- 3 CL + to next chain-ring in the same manner as the first, continue around motif. Please note: it will curl on you! After you have tatted around the motif, tie & cut your ends, then block & pin the piece. Lightly spray with Mary Ellen's Best Press. This will very slightly stiffen the piece, giving support to the silk and shape to the finished motif. Allow it to dry thoroughly and add the center elements of your choice and a pendant bail or jumpring.
And remember: the October Piney Woods Event is still going on! Deadline is October 24th. To enter, be a follower of my blog by clicking the google "Join this Site" button located below the poll.
My weekend will consist of: working on the inspiration piece I mentioned in yesterday's blog and possibly tackling the Olive motif. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of tatting pleasure & good luck on the weekend giveaway!!!