28 April 2011

The answer!!!!

The first guess in was right - from Maureen!!!!  

This was the start of round 3 of the diamond 'mat'.  What I did was lay out the completed centre two rounds and then 'raid' the tatting cupboard!!!  It's easier to do it this way for me.  

I start with the HDT and variegated threads and match them up to appropriate 'plains'.  The next stage is to place them next to where I think they're going to be best in the next round.  OK, this sounds simple but there are lots and lots of changes of mind over placement and 'guesses' as to what the finished motifs will look like but an hour or two of messing around and brain ache gets it done.

Then I tie the balls/ezbobs together (or put them in bags together) and 'mark' with a safety pin and a piece of card where numbers 1 and 2 start.  All the balls are then numbered and put in a shoe box with the highest numbers at the bottom (there are 18 on this round!!).  It's then part of the fun picking out the next paired number over the following weeks to see 'what comes next'.  

Tomorrow I will 'discuss' (or mutter about) the psychology of such a large project!!!  It may consist mainly of excuses for my mental instability!!!!


Maureen said...

This has been a major project, and it's almost unbelievable to have watched it's progress in such a short time! So I am looking forward to the insight into the psychology of stitching!
I think it would take me a couple of YEARS to produce anything like this.
I've loved it from the beginning.

Margarets designer cards said...

I had a feeling it was something to do with your major project, You have done so much in such a short time, How much more have you got to do?
Looking good so far

Sally Kerson said...

Look forward to seeing it finished by the time I next visit you and I am sure it will look even more amazing. I bet it is getting quite heavy too.

God's Kid said...

Can't wait to see it when it's completed! :)

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I get weak in the knees just thinking about how much work you've already done, and that you are forging ahead with great enthusiasm with this most amazing project! And Sally mentioned the weight of it. I can't imagine how you control that!

I assume everyone over there is all abuzz about the wedding tomorrow! The BBC channel we get here is running 24/7 coverage of everything associated with it. Hope they have good weather.

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