Monday, March 4, 2013

An Iris Blooms in March

 So very happy this evening as I finished off the last of the french knots for the stamens, worked under a few loose ends and could say I was finally done my iris.  I'm very pleased with the outcome but have to say it was a tough piece to stitch especially with getting the angles of the threads right.  It became easier with each petal and drawing pencil lines to help with the thread placement was an absolute must. I'm ready for something a lot easier where I don't have to concentrate so hard on each stitch.
 I continue to work on my tatting and figured out how to do a split ring.  It's rather neat as after 3 double stitches, a picot and 3 more double stitches, you turn the needle around, un-thread the needle and tat 3 ds, a picot, 3 ds over the eye of the needle.  Then you turn the needle back over, re-thread it and then slide them all off onto the thread.
Every morning my mother goes out and scatters cracked corn for the dozen or more Sharp-tailed Grouse that make their daily visit to our yard.  They are so enjoyable to watch especially when they start chasing each other around. Lately, a few of them have taken to flying up onto our deck.  My mom shoos them off but I was glad of this shot taken through the window of a grouse and a redpoll on the deck rail together.  Quite the size difference.

24 comments:

  1. Jenny top marks for the beautiful iris, it is stunning. Like you I have discovered the split ring, looks great done in the variegated threads.

    Such a gathering you have in your yard, lots to watch and enjoy.

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  2. Hi Jenny! :) happy Spring! :)
    beautiful iris! great work! and your tatting is so lovely!

    and birds are so cosy as usual! :)

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  3. Perfect ! Perfect ! Perfect !
    Have a nice day !
    Hug
    Anna

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  4. Love, love, love the iris! Good for you, tatting split rings! It took me 20+ years. I'm sure it's different with needle tatting, but it's still an advanced skill in my book!

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  5. Beautiful iris!!! I love it ☺

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  6. That iris is a stunner! Well done, JPP! WooHoo for your split rings! Aren't they fun? They look great in the variegated thread.
    So many creatures find food and friends in your yard-it's a wonder you get anything stitched- I'd be looking out the windows all day. Hugs

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  7. Beautiful Iris, love the variegated thread on your tatting.

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  8. It is beautiful though and worth all the effort:) I was taught to tat when I was little but I've forgotten how to do it now. I've noticed that more people are doing it again which is really lovely to see.

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  9. Your iris is so beautiful, well done! I know it takes a lot of time and patience. I like your tatted ´bookmark´, I tried the split ring ones, but have no time for tatting now.

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  10. Gorgeous Iris!! Beautiful tatting and handsome birds!! Great post! Congrats on the Iris finish!! What's next on your needlework list?

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  11. The iris is looking beautiful. The tatting looks good but sounds a bit fiddly.

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  12. Your work is inspirational. We have just lost our dear iris so... Treasure every moment with your Mum.... I can tell that you do.
    Kindest regards linda

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  13. Your Iris is fantastic, well wort all the effort!!

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  14. Your iris is just gorgeous, and I like your tatting too! Haven't given that a try yet

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  15. your iris is wonderful. I never read something about tatting. how can i learn mode about this ?

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  16. Great tatting- nice split rings!

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  17. Beautiful iris!!! The tatting is so amazing!!! Love this shot you got of the two birds together!!! So sweet!

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  18. Your Iris is so beautiful and also your tatting looks great! Lovely photo!

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  19. So adorable your iris! An amazing and perfect work!Love the tating too!The birds photo is a dream!Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  20. Your iris just looks gorgeous. Congratulations!
    I can imagine you wanted to do something "easy" after that.
    Have a great weekend!
    Marjolein.

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  21. Wow! your iris is beautiful! Well done jenny!

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