I was contacted by a lady from a lace group interested in a bookmark I made for an exchange at In Tatters last year. I had adapted the Quatrain pattern into a bookmark. This involved repeating the centre motif and then making a border. This means cutting, tying, hiding ends... I don't like those jobs! So it started me thinking about the design and how I could keep the idea of Quatrain but adapt it so that the bookmark could be completed in one pass.
After some trial and error, here is what I've come up with so far.
I'm not completely happy with it yet,
but it's a good start.
Or it's one option.
No. 9 of 25-motif challenge
I even tried Jane Eborall's method of throwing a ring off a ring (thank you Jane, you are wonderful!) to get the small rings in the centre of the design but I felt that was quite an advanced technique which some people would not want to tackle. I will probably re-visit it though because I liked the look of it.
The samples below show rings thrown off rings in the centre part of the bookmark:
Here is the original bookmark, which I like a lot
but as I said, it does mean making each element separately.
Well, actually you could do two and two, using split rings.
I may also re-do the top bookmark but adding picots in the centre elements to fill the spaces a bit. I'll also see if I can get a better hang of the thrown rings off rings (TROR? TRR?) because they would be very useful in some circumstances - including here!
Oh wait, wait, I could also use a mock ring to be able to throw a small ring in the centre... mmmm.....
... to be continued.