Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Heart of Friendship

What does frienship mean to you?

Friendship means many different things to many different people. For some it's the kind look someone gives you when you've made a social faux pas for others it's the one who goes to a social event with you when you just can't stand to go alone. It can mean these and many, many different things.

In my last post I shared an experience I've recently had with a friend who has graciously helped me out in a difficult time. I felt this was deserving of a little tatted token of friendship...a heart.

She seemed to like the idea.

I spent most of the day yesterday tatting this up for her. I'm counting it as one of my motifs for the 25 Motif Challenge.

Motif # 6 A Heart of Frienship

Frienship Heart as seen from the front for those of you who care to stare at it and figure out what that means because to most people it looks exactly the same as the back...hee hee.

This tatted heart pattern was designed by Teri Dusenbury. It's called "Sadie". I used a new ball of white DMC Cebelia thread size 20 with 2 new Aero shuttles that I purchased yesterday...LOL...I was running low on shuttles and thread as you may have noticed from my previous post. (removing tongue from cheek, now)

I'm really proud of this heart because for the first time I tatted a front from a back. I think that doing the 25 Motif Challenge is helping me to improve my tatting skills. In order to do a front and back when I reversed work for the chains, I tatted the second half of the double stitch first, and then the first half of the double stitch second and so on and so forth so that when turned over all the double stitches looked the same on both the rings and chains. I've never done that before. I think I tried once, but I got so confused I stopped. I wasn't ready for such ridiculous attention to detail. I don't know if I will do it on continuous basis.

My friend will probably never know the difference, but I will have the satisfaction of knowing I can do it again if I want to.

I gave it to her in this little card.

I love to make handmade cards, but this one was from an awesome box of cards I got at Costco a while back. If you have a Costco Club store in your area and you like cards you should really take advantage of this deal! They're about fifteen dollars for a box of thirty or more beautiful cards and they're all different from each other! They're great when you're in a rush and you don't have time to make one or you just like a cute handmade look without the fuss. This is one of the more elegant ones, most of them are more cutesy...I don't know why, but I just had to put that little plug in there for the Costco cards...LOL!

Thank you for taking time to visit TattingChic today. I hope you've enjoyed your visit here and you're welcome to come back anytime. Comments are always welcomed and appreciated! I love to read them all.

For all those wonderful Fathers out there,

You know who you are.

30 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Dantatter said...

Oh such a pretty heart you have tatted. I am sure your friend will love it and I know it has been a joy for you doing it now that she really would like to have it.
I am glad you went to the store to get some threads and shuttles because you didn't have any, roflol.
By the way did you happen to buy it at "Village Spinning & Weaving" in Solvang? lol

TattingChic said...

Thank you Dantatter for your nice compliment. No, I did not buy them in Solvang, although I have purchased tatting books from them online and had a great experience with them. I have not yet visited Solvang! I really want to, though.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Bravo for trying front/backside tatting. It is confusing at first..but then you just slip into the groove.
Your friend is going to treasure this and think of you everytime she looks at it!
Teri's hearts are beautiful and you did an awesome job on it!

TattingChic said...

Thanks, Lady Shuttle Maker! I appreciate the compliment. Yes, once I got into the frontside/backside thing it wasn't too bad. I'll probably do it for a fair entry next for next year or for close-up photos of my work.

Barb said...

I think your friend is very lucky. She'll love her gift!
I need to get over to Costco- it has been a while. That is a good deal for all those cards.

I hope you have fun with the tag...

Tattycat said...

The heart if beautiful and I'm sure your friend will be thrilled. I love front side/back side tatting. The work is so much prettier to me.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a treasure for your friend.
You are a sweetie! And a dear heart yourself!

Pamela said...

Lovely tatting and a lovely gift. You will probably find that frontside/backside tatting looks so much nicer you will do it all the time, it's addictive, (sorry if you don't know what that word means!!!).

Sometimes displaying a piece from the backside, particularly an animal looks good.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Your tatting is beautiful as always! I love Costco's boxes of cards too! Handmade cards are special, but I don't have the knack or the time for them... however, I do have the supplies! ; )

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi TattingChic, Your tatted heart turned out lovely, you did a fantastic job of tatting it without the pattern. I'm sure your friend will treasure the heart, because it was made with love! I have not tried the frontside/backside tatting yet. I will have to give it a try. I don't know if I would always remember to reverse the order of my stitches. Do you still reverse your work when working this tatting? Have a great day!!

TattingChic said...

Hi, Barb! Thanks for coming! I think you'll enjoy those cards if you get them...the fun is in giving them away and seeing everyone's face light up when they open them!
Thank you for the tag! I promise to put it up with my next post. :)

Thank you, TattyCat. My friend did seem to appreciate it. She asked me how long it took and everything, I rarely give tatting to another who doesn't tat because they usually just don't understand the work and thought and time involved, but she genuinely seemed to appreciate it.

Awwww...shucks, Becky! Thank you, you're so sweet and a treasure, yourself!

Addiction???...wh...wha...what's that, Pamela? I only woke up at 12:45am last night and tatted until 4:30am on a design I can't get out of my head...LOL.
Thanks for the tip on frontside/backside you're saying the the south end of a northbound bear looks better???

Thank you very much, Diane. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that you have the supplies for cardmaking...LOL!!! You are a HOOT!
(I mean that in a good way)

Hi Carol, thanks for visiting. Thank you for the compliment. Yes, when you reverse work for the tatting that's when you reverse the order of the DS sequence. You have a great day, too!


This is so pretty and dainty and all of the "tatting lingo" is greek to me but I love love love the outcome!!
It is truly wonderful to recieve a handmade gift of any sort. It lets the recipient know how thoughtful you are and how much they are appreciated!!
I loved your previous post also... you have away with not only tatting but with words!!!
Looking forward to your next project! I think if I "listen" long enough.. I will soon understand more of your wonderful craft!!!
...let us know what your friend thinks of her heart!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi. You were just chosen for my giveaway. please email me with your address. Laurie

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

That is such a sweet little heart! Your friend is very lucky! I'll have to keep an eye out for cards at Costco--I had no idea they sold cards like that :)

Dantatter said...

Now did you win something again?????
Wow, you are a lucky girl.

Lace Threads said...

That heart is so gorgeous. Gosh, when I get the time I'm really going to try this. I love what you do.

Clyde said...

Your heart is very pretty and I am sure your friend will love it for years to come. I find at this time that having friends is a real blessing. I mean real friends, who will listen when you need to talk, give you a hug when you are down and lend you a shoulder to cry on. It seems that instead of true friends people are looking for others who can give them what they want. For me it is very fulfilling to know that the people I call my friends know that I am just a phone call away any time of the day. That I am happy to listen when they need to vent and offer to support them in any way that I can without looking for a pay back. I find that true friendship warms my heart and I would not have it any other way.

Melissa said...

Oh that heart is so pretty! I love the shape and design of it...and you know I love white too!!! LOL
I'm sure your friend will love it!

Tattycat said...

Amen Clyde!

Dyan said...

The friendship heart is such so pretty. I once did a swap where my partner tatted an angel and a bunny for me and it felt so sweet and special. I'm sure your friend will just love hers.


TattingChic said...

Thank you for visiting Vintage Girl at Heart. I love handmade gifts also. They do have a special something that the most expensive thing just can't quite touch...and vice versa...LOL!!! ;)
My friend loved it. She was really sweet about it.

Thank You Laurie from Charming Designs! WOW! I'm excited your board is adorable. I'll post about that next.

Thank you very much, Grizzly Mountain Arts for that nice compliment about my tatted heart.
Yes, Check out the Costco Cards, they usually have the boxes next to a little display book so you can leaf through and see all the cards in the box.

Yup! I did win again, Dantatter and you're gonna hear all about it and my tag in the next post.

Welcome again, Lace Threads. Oh, if that little heart inspires you to learn tatting it was worth all the effort! That is a very high compliment!

Yes, Clyde, that is so true what you said about true friends. And it's when we go through a rough time that we find out who those people really are. I'm grateful for my true friends. When I was younger I had many many friends, very very time has marched on..fewer friends, but they are truer friends, indeed!

Thank you Melissa, I'm glad you like it. Yes, white is a lovely classic lace color. Always nice and lovely.

I'm with you on that, TattyCat!
(I seem to be rhyming a bit today...hmmmm)

Thank you for visiting my blog today, Dyan. Swaps with friends are very special. I just did one with Melissa that I posted about in May last month. I tatted her something and she made the most beautiful Crazy Quilt's exquisite. I cried when I opened it I really did! Very special, I know exactly what you mean.

Thimbleanna said...

Your heart turned out beautifully! It all sounds awfully complicated though!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Oh my...the heart is sooooo lovely! What a special friend you are to your friend. I am sure she will love your beautiful gift. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post. Have a lovely week ~ hugs ~ Joy

TattingChic said...

Hello, Thimbleanna, It's not always that complicated...I was trying something new and I don't usually tat without a pattern, I've just been doing this for 28 years so sometimes I like to challenge myself, you know?

Hello, Joy at Cupids Charm. Thanks for coming by! Thank you for the lovely compliments. Actually, my friend has really helped me out quite a bit. She really deserved it.

Kathy said...

Your heart is lovely. What a great gift for a good friend. The perfect card too. I recently read somewhere about switching the stitches front back when needle tatting. I like that idea, so all the stitches look the same.

TattingChic said...

Hi Kathy, thanks again for stopping by. I'm glad you like the heart. Yes, the switching of the stitches was confusing when I first tried it a few years ago, but this time it just clicked for me and I didn't have any problems with it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I've been waiting to see the picture of the white heart. It turned out really pretty. And the card was perfect to match the gift.

TattingChic said...

Thank you Verito. Welcome back to blogger-land! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, wow, wow, this is truly beautiful. So delicate, and even MORE impressive knowing you did it without a pattern and had the patience and skill to do a front and back. You are one talented tatting queen! Your friend is incredibly lucky to be so loved by you.

TattingChic said...

Oh, thank you so much, Bella Sinclair. I'm flattered...LOL!