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I am participating in a Crazy Quilt round robin with a theme of Under the Sea. I have Connie’s block to work on at the moment, and a particular deep turquoise patch was crying out for a fish to swim into it.

I decided to tat a fish from a free pattern I found online at tat man’s site. The original was an Icthus symbol but I left out row 2 in the centre.

I used one of the thread’s I received in my Christmas in July parcel, a size 40 Olympus in soft blues and lavenders.

When the fish was finished I stitched it onto the block and added embroidered fins, scales and an eye using the same thread.

Simple but effective don’t you think?

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Christmas in July!

I belong to a wonderful group of tatters and our list mum kindly organised a swap which we all opened today. My box has been here waiting for me for quite some time, and it was terribly difficult not to cheat and open it early!

However I resisted the temptation and left it intact until today.

So what was in this early Christmas present?

Ginny had tatted two wonderful pieces for me, complete with tiny beads, in my favourite colour, purple. She even typed up the instructions so that I could make one of my own. Thank you Ginny. In the centre of the snowflake is a lovely silver coloured metal charm and she kindly included a whole pack of these charms also.

I had listed my favourite colour as Purple and Ginny took that to heart. She popped in a lovely purple bag, just the right size for carrying my projects around in. All these goodies were packed inside a sweet wooden box with a bamboo effect handle.

So what else was in there, Lots more yet!

Next was the cutest glass heart-shaped ornament that Ginny says she covers with tatting. I am amazed it arrived intact all the way from America, testament to her careful packing.

I also discovered a box of beads wit 7 different compartments. Six were filled to the brim with different pretty coloured seed beads. I think the loose beads in the bottom of my wooden box started out in the 7th compartment.

Ginny had popped in a tiny metal crochet hook to help with joins, I needed one of these so thank you dear lady. My smallest before this package was a 1.25 now I have a 0.4mm. Fantastic!

Now we come to the tatting threads. There was a ball of Oren Bayan no. 50 in tones of mauve and fuchsia, really luscious. And another ball Olympus size 40 in soft pinks, blues and lavenders. Absolutely gorgeous.

It doesn’t stop there! There were three thread bobs containing lengths of other threads to try out. Guess what colours?

First a bluey lavender Aida thread (colour 120) in a size 20.

Then another size 20 thread, this time Flora in purple and white.

Lastly there was a pale lilac Fincrochet thread, size 50 (colour 2687). I am really spoilt for choice now!

Tucked in the bottom of the box were two pretty notepads and a pen. And last but not least was a lovely pewter charm (?) featuring a gorgeous angel.

Ginny you certainly were my Christmas in July angel. Thank you so much.

In case you would like to see what I received I took a photo for you.

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Christmas in July

Although not strictly needlework, as I am using a shuttle, tatting kept me busy yesterday. Tatting is a form of knotted lace which can be worked on a needle.

I can’t show you what I was making yet, as it is a gift for my exchange partner in our Christmas in July event. We have to include a tatted item (that we have made ourselves), something to show where we live, some thread, and any other items that we feel our partner would enjoy.

We are not allowed to spend over $10 on all the gifts and half the fun is rumaging through our stash to find things that would be just right!

My tatted item is almost finished and will go in the box, along with everything else to be posted off tomorrow. I will take a photograph and post it here after the 31st July when we are all allowed to open our parcels.

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