I've finally started Jane's Tat it and See (TIAS). Here is my progress up to Day 3:
This is my second time participating in the TIAS, my first was the sailboat:
It's too early to tell what this one will be. I was so far off in my guesses last year that I think I'll wait a bit to start guessing this time.
Onto other things: When I posted this bookmark, God's Kid asked to see the tassel closer up.
Here is a closer shot of the front and the back. This is done in size 80, and was my first time making the interlocking split rings, so it is lacking a bit in precision:
I had gotten the idea for the bookmark tail after reading muskaan's posts about interlocking split rings. If you scroll to the bottom of her post you will find links to Part 2 and Part 3 of the series.
I wanted to do a slightly different style so I followed these instructions found on Georgia Seitz's website.
Working with four shuttles can be frustrating. I found that my threads often tangled. Using a table (or maybe even a zippered bag) to hold the unused shuttles probably would have helped. I tried to keep all four shuttles on my lap and they tended to flail around.
For the tassel itself I used a technique posted by Rachael (xstchntat) on InTatters (now Craftree).
If you are a member of Craftree, you can click here to go to the forum topic where Rachael has linked to two videos. The first shows how to make a twisted cord and the second shows how to make the tassel. I don't want to link directly to the video because it goes into her Photobucket account, and that seems more of a private place than something like YouTube.
I still have some catching up to do on the Inkscape posts (I haven't forgotten about you Phyllis!) and I will get to them as soon as I can. I tend to get distracted easily by other projects and have been busy designing a Valentine Heart. I've posted a photo of the heart at the bottom of my Design Gallery page but won't be writing any more until I can properly diagram the pattern. I was thinking of adding it to my Etsy shop when it's ready.