Friday, October 22, 2010

Flower #3- The Thornwell Ladies' flower

Flower # 3 - The Thornwell Ladies [Middle Right]

There is a special group of ladies I call the Thornwell Ladies.  They are ladies who grew up at Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, SC.  They have always stayed connected through the years with letters, phone calls and going back for Grand Rallies.  They make an effort to get together for good times and then they are there for the other times as well.  I have enjoyed meeting frequently with them to work on the Thornwell Alumni Association database.  We have spend many hours trying to locate alumni and working on putting the next Grand Rally together.  


They have also listened tirelessly about my tatting projects.  One special piece was a scarf with tatted medallions around the edges.  It belonged to Professor Pinson and his wife.  I shaped the scarf into a fan and framed the piece in a frame made by Mr.  Willard who taught Shop at TO.  We hung it in the Mayes-Dowdle Alumni House. I replicated the "Fessor Pinson Medallion" for each of these ladies.

Flower #2- Sue Hanson's flower

Flower #2- Sue Hanson's flower [Middle]

My 2nd flower is Sue Hanson' flower. When Sue visited here I not only used her thread but used her shuttle as well. It was one of her special decorated ones with the Indian jewels on it. The thread is a variegated Elizabeth size 20 of course and the colors change from royal blue to purple to white and then to turquoise. I put her flower with 6 others and surrounded them with gold Elizabeth thread to complete the "block".

Flower #1- Karey Solomon's flower

Flower #1- Karey Solomon's flower [Bottom Left]

This started with Karey Solomon's idea in Tatting Times August 2010. Karey has a pattern from using up thread off of shuttles. Her Grandmother's Flower Garden tablerunner-tablecloth-bedspread is all little flowers of compatible colors fused together.    

The instant I saw it I thought about my Grandma's Flower Garden quilt pattern . I wanted mine to look more like that so I used a gold color to go around the flower. This flower started with Karey's hand dyed size 20 thread. It is variegated purple, blue and green. I surrounded her little flower with 6 others then surrounded the whole circle with gold Elizabeth size 20.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Turtle Earrings

Since I worked all day one day last week boiling china berries to send to the Southern Belles in Tennessee, I thought I would post here one of my china berry little China Berry Turtles. I was yet again at a loss for things to enter in the SC State Fair because I seem to give away everything I tat in the course of a year, so I entered this little project under jewelry. I have already had a peek at what Bonnie G and Pam Esberg have done and their stuff is over the top, so mine is just slow as a turtle.....that fits me.