After all the swimmers were in place, it was time to add some elements to the sandy sea floor. I want to fill the bottom with coral and plant life. Fabric applique didn’t seem to be quite the right choice, yet I needed more variety than embroidery alone can provide. Digging around in my closet, I pulled out my box of heavy laces and found just what I wanted.
This first area is filled with some snippets of tatting. The two lighter medallions were tatted by my grandmother late in her life. She used to make tatted ornaments and bookmarks quite a lot. The darker pieces, which are much older, were what I think was a collar. I have no idea who made it. It was in my grandmother’s sewing box, so it is likely her work. Some of the links had been partially cut to release the curve. I cut it into three pieces and cleaned up the raveled bits. The linear pieces of single tatting were my trials from last year when I was relearning my tatting.
These three starfish are also some of my grandmother’s work. They are crochet medallions that are older than the tatted medallions, but not as old as the collar. The rose was in a box of fragments that Carmel, a doll friend, gave to me when her eyes got too bad for her to make dolls any more. It is a beautiful, heavy piece of lace.