Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jon's Foldover Bookmark. And More Maille

Well, again, I didn't get as much tatting as I would have liked. I focused on chainmaille again. I will try to make this post somewhat short. I do plan on posting again in a few days.

As the title indicates, most of the tatting I accomplished was Jon's Foldover Bookmark, found here.

This is a really cool pattern. And pretty easy to do. I decided to use some of my Silk HDT (HDST) from LadyShuttleMaker. I used sized 20 HDST in the Pensacola Beach colourway. I love this colorway. And the silk thread was a pleasure to work with. I haven't worked with silk thread until now because my hands always seem to be too rough, and I didn't want to have the thread snag constantly. But lately my hands have been fairly smooth, so I decided to give the thread a try. I'll have to use the silk thread more often, before my hands get rough again. This will be Motif #24 of my Third 25 Motif Challenge.

As I mentioned, I did a lot of chainmaille over the past week. One of the first projects I did was to remake my wallet chain. Again. I guess the Stainless steel rings I used were just a bit too big, and the chain started to come undone in a few places. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, that wouldn't do. I decided to make the chain in three different metals, since the Jen Pind Linkage weave that I used has three different planes in it. I chose to make the new chain in stainless steel, brass, and bronze. I thought they would look really cool together.

Unfortunately, in this gauge brass and bronze look quite similar so I didn't get the contrast I was hoping for. Since brass and bronze both tarnish and darken with age, my only hope now is that one darkens more than the other. I am NOT remaking this. My hands were killing me for a few days after I finished the chain.

I also made two bracelets in Sterling Silver.

I have to say, they both look gorgeous in real life. Though, I will admit, I don't expect them to sell. They are kinda expensive; about three times the cost of my other bracelets. But we'll see. Just for kicks, I also took a photo comparing the colour of stainless steel and sterling silver:

I had planned on posting yesterday, however I was so involved in my lastest chainmaille creation that I didn't want to stop. I'm not going to show you the finished piece though. I will post a teaser photo instead. You guys can guess what it will be, although I think it is kinda obvious.

So, any guesses?? I will post again in a few days with a photo of the completed item. That's all for now; my short post is getting pretty long. Till next time.


  1. Oh, pretty bookmark! I like it! :)

  2. looks like an arm to me.looks like alot of hard work.

  3. Beautiful tatting, Jeff. That pattern is on my 'to do' list and your colours have inspired me.
    Great looking metal work as well.
    Fox : )

  4. Nice bookmark! Have no idea what you are up to with the chainmail project. Guessing at some bag or container.
    I still am proudly wearing my stainless steel necklace and bracelet. LOVE the sterling silver. Too much for my pocketbook ;) Good thing I got stainless steel. These other metals would corrode fastly with my active life. I wear them all the time, even running. Sweat and certain metals don't work well ;) Nice to see these projects from you!

  5. The bracelets are just beautiful, they would suit be just fine!!!

  6. Opps I meant me not be, its late in the evening!!!!

  7. Could this be the beginning of your chainmaille shirt?
    I think the mixed metal chain looks cool, I hope it ages as you suggest.