Thursday, July 24, 2014

Done!

I finished the prototype! Yes, it will remain a prototype mostly because I failed to see that the brush I used to apply the stiffening agent had something purple on it that was transferred to the lace. Of course from a distance it looks fine, so I suppose it's more that this one is mine than it's a box destined prototype.
I'm really proud of this one which is why you get the big picture, well that and I'm fairly certain that no one is counting stitches from it. Hopefully I don't have to tell you that it is a jelly fish, because if you can't tell then I really did fail miserably. It is, in particular, a Sea Nettle Jelly Fish. I have a picture of one taken a few years back at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as my phone's unlock screen. After this year's trip I suppose the combination of ocean inspiration and slow sales inspired me to create something different and decidedly unwearable.

I know it's hard to tell scale here, but it's about a foot long I think.(I'll have to go measure it later and update that with the proper length.) The center, or oral arms, are the hyperbolic tatting I've been experimenting with. The outside, or bell, the motif I've been working on. The tentacles, also know as lappets are crochet chains with tatted rings. Please, please tell me what you think of it!

I don't know yet whether a final version of this will end up in the shop. It is certainly a time consuming piece, so the cost would be rather high I imagine. Whether it does or not, I will certainly make more. I want to play with colors at the very least. The oldest child wants one in black already. So my free time, for a while at least, will be given over to the sea.

12 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

Fabulous! I love the way you've used different techniques to create your vision.

TotusMel said...

Thank you Jane!

sylvie sainsardos said...

I think this is awesome!
I simply gaped at the picture when I saw it
Congratulations :)

SWtrompeter said...

I love it!

ro li said...

your creativity and skills never cease to amaze me

Orsi said...

Awesome!

Carolyn said...

Totally amazing. I love it!

mica said...

One word immediately came to mind: awesome! And yes, I could immediately tell it was a jelly fish. It's even cooler that you tried to capture a specific species!

victats@gmail.com said...

Absolutely delightful! If you aren't going to sell versions of it in the store maybe sell the pattern? Not sure how easy it would be to write out. I was trying to figure out how you were going to use the hyperbolic tatting but this is completely different.
My favorite up to now was your caterpillar from Alice in wonderland. I may change my mind. Cheers!

God's Kid said...

That is awesome!!! :)

Caseymini said...

Amazing!!!

tatterjil said...

I showed this to my roommate, who is completely unconnected to the tatting world, and she had already seen it on Pinterest yesterday! It is fantastic. I love it.