Monday, 17 August 2009

Luck of the Irish

I had a couple of yards of Yarnplayer's Leafy hand-dyed thread left on a shuttle and decided to attempt this Celtic Knot Shamrock designed by Marilee Rockley. It took a bit of fiddling to weave the knot but I am thrilled with how it turned out. It is number 18 in my 25 motif challenge and a gift for my husband's 91 year old Nana who has a bit of the Irish in her.

9 comments:

Krystle said...

that's a dashing little shamrock!

Quiltification said...

Thank you. I'm going to try and turn it into some type of brooch for Nana.

TattingChic said...

This is very pretty! I love Marilee's pattern of the Shamrock. You did a lovely job on it, too!:)

Shirl said...

Nice Shamrock...love that green!

Fox said...

Jaunty little shamrock!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Hi Charlotte:

I'm very much enjoying your blog and seeing your tatting.

I don't know how I missed seeing this sweet shamrock on Marilee's blog! I'll definitely be giving it a try - thanks so much for featuring it here. You did a great job. Marilee's threads are wonderful to see made up.

Really enjoyed the Gawthorpe Hall story (great photo)! Fascinates me that someone is actually named 'Shuttleworth', and that she has a textile collection, which I never heard of before.

And how wonderful that you obtained access to the historic tatting collection, including pieces actually done by Lady Hoare! And I can't even imagine a tatted tablecloth! How cool that your 'mum' is a volunteer and was able to introduce you to the curator!

I'm also very curious about what your work actually involves. Hope you can give us some insight. It's not every day one 'meets' a paleaontologist!

Look forward to seeing more of your tatting and also to see more 'travelogues'! I'd love to visit the England and Ireland, as I have English-Irish ancestry.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

A-maz-INGG! I love it! Great color too...

Rita

Quiltification said...

Thank you - I really enjoyed tatting this shamrock and yarnplayer's threads are just stunning. I've another order on the way!

Kathy - I had never made the connection between the name Shuttleworth and needlework. I was back at Gawthorpe Hall again last weekend, this time with my mum and my mother-in-law, who is visiting from Australia. We were treated to a display of Chinese embroidery and bead and ribbon work. It was so inspiring. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head now.

As for being a palaeontologist, I love it. I work at a university, lecturing students on all aspects of fossils, as well as teaching on more general geology fieldclasses. I also do research, mostly focussed on sea urchins. I study mass extinction events (like the time the dinosaurs died) and am also interested in how different types of larvae impact the evolution of marine invertebrates.

Bonnie said...

I really like that HDT and what a great way to show it off. Super cool.