Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Baskets Galore - Motif No. 23 Basket of Flowers on Paper Clip and Motif No. 24 - Goldfish

It's the time of the month for paper clips again. This time, it is a basket of flowers for spring (click on the link for the pattern). These will by my Motif No. 23. Is there any particular request for any pattern on paper clips ? I'm still open to suggestions, though I can't promise I can definitely come up with what you want.
And imagine my surprise when I see this in the mail:

Coincidentally, Becky tatted this for me for the current Extreme Tatters Round Robin and she has even co-ordinated the little gifts so well! Thank you, Becky!What did I tat for the Round Robin then ?

Presenting my Motif No. 24! (I'm finally almost there after a year of designing original patterns for my 25 Motif Challenge - real challenging!)

This is a new design I worked for Wally for the Round Robin. No real difficult techniques (just pearl tatting, SCMR, floating chains), but in order to make it realistic, I did it in many, many rounds, so much so that when I trimmed off the thread ends, I counted 48! Certainly not a very efficient design, but I hope I have achieved my aim to tat a lifelike goldfish. I used a number of shades of orange, but mainly Flora 20 threads, and 3 shades of orange sequins.

The head looks a bit bare with just outline, but I couldn't think of putting any motif inside for fearing of "distorting" the look, as what happened to Barney. What do you think ?

25 comments:

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

Everything you just showed is stunning!! That goldfish is absolutely fantastic! I have to make some of those basket paperclips. I see Becky sent you a postcard from my homestate, Michigan, too. I think I'm going to have to get her book. Happy Tatting Day, Ellen!

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I love everything! That goldfish is fabulous! Happy Tatting Day!

Tatskool said...

the basket of flowers is lovely, thank you so much for the pattern...but the goldfish is SUPERB...will you be giving us the pattern....down on knees begging!!

Happy tatting day hope you gpt lots of chocolate in.

victats@gmail.com said...

Absolutely love the goldfish! That's a great design.

Needledreams said...

WOW!!! That goldfish is awesome! I will treasure it, probablhy will frame it. Thanks! Cant' wait to get it home! lol

Needledreams said...

OOps! Forgot to say that the baskets are so much fun! I made a couple of them and will be making more.

Suzanne said...

Love, love, love the goldfish!

Sharon D. said...

Love the goldfish. Happy Tatting Day.

Jeff Hamilton said...

I agree with what has already been said. Your goldfish is absolutely gorgeous. I think it is perfect the way it is. I have to ask as well, are planning on sharing the pattern?

JB said...

WOW!!! The fish is beautiful. I love the baskets too. But I am just in awe of the fish.

connie said...

You are one amazing designer.
I'd love to applique that goldfish on a silk evening purse. What a fun chic little purse that would be.
Or on a kimono for a little one.
You amaze me each and everytime you post.

TattingChic said...

WOW!!! That fish is absolutely darling! How cute is that!
Your baskets are very cute, too! The basket that Becky made you is very pretty, as well.

Happy Tatting Day!

Clyde said...

The goldfish is amazing. Your designs are always such a delight. You are very talented.

Bonnie said...

You are amazing! Your goldfish is is stunning. I've got to try your new paperclip, I've had alot of fun with the previous ones. Thank you for sharing them.

Maureen said...

Fabulous goldfish! - and I also like the brown thread you used for the little paper clip baskets. I've recently discovered that chocolate brown thread is hard to find!

yarnplayer said...

The flower baskets are so cute!
Wonderful artistry in that goldfish design. It's really impressive!

singtatter said...

Thank you to each and everyone for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments!

It's so great to hear quite a number are enjoying the paper clip series. Thanks, Wally, I know you have been tatting them every month :) It's a good motivational force for me to continue working on more.

And another BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your praises of the goldfish!

Well, Jeff, Pamela, I did sketched out the pattern, but I'm not sure how readable it is. As a common understanding among the participants of this Round Robin, we are sending the pattern to the recipent, hence I did send a copy to Wally. Will see what she thinks of it first. In any case, I thought the huge number of ends is enough to put everyone off!

Tatskool said...

Thanks Singatatter for giving us hope!! I don't thnk the number os ends will put any of us off..your goldsfish was soooh gorgeous!

Jeff Hamilton said...

It would be worth hiding all the ends in a design this awesome. I would love to give it a try when/if you make the pattern available.

Valerie said...

I love the goldfish! It's really pretty and very realistic. I also admire the merlion that you designed. The little baskets of flowers and butterfly are really sweet. They'll make nice gifts.

Jullie Teo said...

Wow!!! The gold fish tatting is very very nice!

Carol Lawecki said...

Your basket paperclips are so cute!
Totally Awesome Goldfish.
Nice Job on the design!

singtatter said...

Thanks, Valerie, Jullie, Carol, for dropping by and your sweet compliments!

Valerie, I see you are into sewing bears now. Maybe we can get together to sew ?

Jullie, how are you and dear baby ? Have time to do other things (meaning crafts) ? Actually I'm pretty busy since school started this year with my 3 children's schoolwork, especially since my eldest is taking PSLE this year (and now have to start preparing for DSA) and my youngest started Primary 1. She needs so much guidance on her homework and pushing to learn her spelling!

Fox said...

Fabulous goldfish! HOW did you ever do that, with all those ends!!! I am so impressed!
Fox : )

M said...

I love your goldfish, it's very striking.