27 January 2016

New pattern


Tomorrow is day 9 of the TIAS.

Now I have a bit of a story about this pattern!! I had a message from Ruth about two years ago asking me if I'd design a Motmot bird. Well I thought that was a joke at first so went and asked Mr Google (or, could it be Mrs Google?) about this bird I'd never heard of. I found a LOT of images of Motmot birds which were useful and the web pages were very interesting too. Here's the wikipedia link for starters.

So I thought about it and put it on the back burner for a while. 

Then when I was approached about going to Canada to teach at the Fringe Element Tat Days last September I realised that one of the people inviting me to go and annoy them was Ruth who'd asked for the Motmot. That made a GOOD excuse to design one - so that's what I did. 

In the pictures below you can see the resulting picture I took over for her as a small thank you for the great hospitality shown to me.

Then I got home and - well, those who know me will guess what happened next. NOTHING. Why? Well I forgot it was on my computer!!! So a few days ago I was searching for something else and I found the pattern. Yesterday I decided to settle down in the afternoon and put the web page together, do the links, etc etc. Imagine my surprise when I found I'd already done them!!!! Sometimes I can be efficient although thankfully that's not very often. I couldn't live in my skin if I was efficient. In fact all I had left to do was upload the 'animal' page so I did that. Here's the link to Ruth's Motmot bird.



14 comments:

  1. Impressive & fun :-D

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  2. I like your Mot Mot Bird - doesn't he sound like a song title? I also like the tree he's sitting on, it's a lovely picture. I wonder if he comes in hot pink as well.... ?

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  3. Very cute! I think that's a fantastic way to show your appreciation.

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  4. Ahhh this is what you were up too! very beautiful bird and not such a crazy idea, the one that always took me was the jellyfish! Bird is okay :)

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  5. I've never heard of a motmot bird, but he(or she) is splendid! I'll have to go and look it up.

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  6. Interesting bird!! :) Great colors!! :)

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  7. What a fun and funny story. Adorable project too.

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  8. Lovely bird!
    I've a generic question, I've read in the last issue of an Italian magazine that the name they use in England for tatting it is knotting. That's new to me, so I ask you and in case, just for the sake of truth, I will write to the magazine. (They also wrote that tatting is two stitches, ds and pp only. I'd rather send them to your blog ;-).Thank you.

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    1. In England we call tatting - tatting!!! Before tatting there was a similar idea called knotting. It used a large shuttle with open ends as they ladies used a thicker thread. They tied knots in the thread to couch onto fabric or furnishings. Tatting developed from that craft of knotting we believe. Tatting is one stitch made in two parts - first half of the stitch then the second half. Please ask the magazine to get in touch. Perhaps they're talking about needle tatting which is a modern (circa 1970's) development which is actually not a knot as it's not tied.

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    2. Thank you very much!

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  9. Anonymous7:38 pm

    He's adorable! I'd never heard of a motmot bird - learned something new today. :-) The picture is gorgeous, too.
    StephanieW

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  10. Thanks for sharing. Fun to start new things.

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  11. Verk nice. I Love your pattern. Now I SM doing your crocodile. Tanks

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