Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

One of my favourite sayings.  I regularly say it to the children.  When you don't have what is needed, it means it's time to get creative.

I went into town this morning to try to find a handkerchief with blue in it because I did it the other way around and started the edging without getting the hanky first!  I failed.  Came home.  In my stash, I had this hanky with a yellow embroidered spray on it.  I liked it.  At a pinch, it even worked with the blue edging as it was.

But then I thought if I just added a bit of the blue from the edging into the spray... it would be even better!  So I added a few blue buds and one tiny rose.  I may add just a bit more yet but I'll contemplate for a while before I decide.  There's some buds with the yellow ones on the right too but you can't see them very well on the photo.

What do you think?  Will it work?

I'm motoring on with this and have just one and a half sides left to tat.  I'll still keep an eye out if I find a better matched hanky but there are not many places that sell them around here.

Best wishes,


  1. I think it's perfect! Especially if you crochet around the edge with the blue to attach it, that will be gorgeous!

  2. Oh wow, perfect! You're very clever. The touch of blue links wonderfully to the edging, makes me think that a blue hankie would be too much.

  3. Great contrast. I like the idea of adding a splash of blue to the embroidery work. This is going to be lovely.

  4. sooo pretty like how you pulled the tiny bluish color out of the bouquet and made the trim that color.

  5. I say stay with the hankie you have and add the light blue details. It looks really cute and coordinates nicely.

  6. I love that you've adapted the hanky to meet your needs. I think it will be beautiful when it's finished!

  7. That is beautiful, you did a wonderful job adapting the hankie to fit what you had. :)

  8. Yes I am sure it will work, I think that was a clever idea to add some blue to the spray of flowers, perfect compliment to the edging.
    I don't know why but hankies seem not to be in the shops, I wanted some a few weeks ago, I found some in a pound shop, they were rubbish, total rubbish, in the end I went into the wool shop and there they were three in a box, I am doing an edging on and off at the moment.

  9. I love the blue addition to the spray - it is just enough to pull the edging color in. You are so resourceful!

  10. 'Ditto' to all of the above! It's perfect Ü

  11. You definitely improved that doily! Well done!

  12. Beautiful, I love blue and yellow very Provence. Your pin stitch is impeccable.

  13. Dear Frivole , I don't know whether it is appropriate to make a comment on a blog one month after posting, but I particularly love what you did to this hanky.
    This is what I call practical tatting! And, I love the neatness, the soberness, the beauty,..the perfection. I am also bewildered by your tatting speed!
    Enjoy the summer and have a very nice holiday!

    1. I'm glad you like it Tally Tatty! I would make this again. I have just given it away to the intended recipient. I hope she was pleased with it.


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