Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Needle Tatting Green Silk Heart Pendant

I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at what I'm working on right now. Last night I got the grand idea to create a heart pendant for my dear friend Christina who's birthday is coming up on March 17th. Currently she is deployed to Iraq so I need to be sending this soon. She loves bright green so I'm using a nice bright green variegated silk thread. Yes I said silk thread...yup I jumped right on into more difficult with my own two feet! AND it's small sized I think it is similar to a size 12 Perle and I'm using the smallest size needle, "very fine" size #8. I have to work very carefully on this one because the silk thread twists and knots very easily and it can get loose easy too (which is a good thing if I mess up LOL). I think it's going to be a delicious pendant though! I'm also adding 4mm green Swarovski Crystal beads and had to change the pattern a little for it...I wish I had done it a little differently but it still looks really nice.
I think I'm going to need to stiffen this though because it gets bent out of shape really easy...so I'm going to look into sugar water stiffening method because I don't want it to yellow or ruin the thread. I'm going to put it in a nice jewelery box so it's protected when she's not wearing it...wouldn't want bugs to get to it!
I've done the heart pattern twice already so I'm doing okay on it, it's just I have to be careful and take my time. I'm also taking breaks so I don't get too tired and start messing it up.
I love my friend dearly and it is worth all the work and effort to make this for her! I know she will cherish and take good care of it too.

3 comments:

Charlene said...

Looks very pretty! I'm sure she will be tickled over it.

NettieG said...

Hello Melissa,
I have tatted in the past, but it has been years. I am visually impaired, but this was no deterrent. I had an aunt many, many years ago who was blind but she made the most beautiful laces for bed linens and lingerie for her sister's children.
When I was given the news "legally blind", I decided I was going to learn to tat!
I love your work and hope to find inspiration from your work.
It is wonderful to know you are a Christian. So am I! I use my drawing and paintings from 25-30 years ago; yes I am up there in age, lol; and create digital stamps for use in card making and scrapbooking. I have been doing this for about a year on a site called Crafters Digital Arts Center or CDAC.com. Until I found this place, my work from many years had been packed away because I could not draw in the normal way, anymore. But, God blessed me with this gift, and I should have trusted that He would provide a way. "O ye of little faith - being me! You may visit my Blog here: http://nettiegsdandydigitalgems-challengeblo.blogspot.co.uk/
Hugs,
Nettie

Melissa said...

Thank you Nettie! I now just do shuttle tatting, ever since I learned that way I really loved that method better after all. LOL
I have been learning about healing and how this is for every believer to walk in, so I feel like God brought you near me through my blog and your comment. So right now in Jesus Name I declare you free from blindness and any other sickness or infirmities! Everything must go right now! I command a complete reversal and the eyes function perfectly from this day forward. Amen!
I am so grateful that Jesus bore all our healing when he was whipped, he paid for all healing and then paid for our sin!!! He is wonderful! Thank you Jesus!