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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gingerbread Boy!

I first saw Gina Brummett's Gingerbread Boy in 2005
but 
there was nothing in my thread stash that would do it justice...so I archived it in my 'to do' list...which get longer every day.
A good selection of browns was urgent if I wanted to tat all the animals on my list.
But
it had to wait.
Until
I finally got my act together and dyed the ChocoMango series of thread that I showed you before Christmas.
First as I always do I tried the pattern out using one of my 'boring' threads, just to see how do-able he was and of course how much thread he took(essential for me).

Gina's pattern is good but written in a rather long winded style and without a good diagram.
I know that she is going to update it when she gets time....but she needs encouragement as this is a good design.
I enlarged the small image to fill a sheet of paper in the hope that it would help.....and it did.
Sometimes it was hard to figure out what joined to where and I did make mistakes! as you will see.
I would love to see it re written with a series of diagrams and then it would be easy peasy.

My second attempt was to have been my dream Gingerbread boy,in my dream Gingerbread thread, but he had a bit of an accident in the oven..well that's my story and he came out a little disfigured! poor little chap..he will find it hard to run away!
In truth I just didn't join his legs in the right place.
So on to number 3, 
this time I used a solid colour...my cinnamon HDT for the body with the Gingerbread thread for the body outline.

He is a little beauty, thanks Gina for a great design, I just love the white icing, he is good enough to eat. This time tho' I maybe brought the icing in too tight under his chin, what do you think.
Thanks Gina!

16 comments:

  1. Oh, I like them all (even the test-tatting)!!

    My favorite colorway is #3

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  2. Well, you basically do the outline and the icing freehand, so everybody's will come out a bit different. Of course, you do have the best possible selection of threads to choose from.

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  3. So beautiful! The threads really give him character.

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  4. I also have cute Gingerbread Boy on my to-do list, as I find this to be a brilliant design by Gina! I have been too intimidated to tat him- but here you've done three! Yes, #3 is the best, but they're all very cute. I still can't imagine doing the 'icing', though!!! It's just so very clever!

    Also, thanks for confirming the need for the 2 shuttles for the flower bookmark, and for also mentioning that you used the matching turquoise thread for the Carribbean model! (I was going a little bonkers trying to figure it out but you confirmed what I had concluded!) I started tatting the bookmark, and discovered I need more practice using two shuttles, especially when they contain two different threads!

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  5. yum yum, makes me want to both tat and bake gingerbread men.

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  6. Very pretty. I'm tempted to tat him again. I just tatted mine in Lizbeth; yours look better in HDT. It is a very nice pattern, though a diagram would make it better.

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  7. Oh thank you TatskooL! I know, I really need to rework him! make a diagram and all. sigh...think I might tweak him a bit too. i was so excited at the time that I probably jumped the gun a bit but I had 3 prototypes before I settled on him. Love your color choices too! I'll put him on the list.

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  8. it's a wonderful gingerbread boy, definitely ready to run (with so many of us wanting to take a bit!)! certainly looks very yummy with the icing...

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  9. Actually I think he looks lovely in the practice thread! - although, of course more ginger-bready in cinnamon. I have never tried this pattern because it just looked too complicated,so it would be great to have it re-written one day, if Gina has time!

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  10. I always enjoy seeing what you've been up to, and once again you've done beautiful work.

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  11. Thanks everyone, I like the test one too, but he just wasn't the colour that I wanted.
    More coming about this design.

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  12. Your test-tat color makes for a marvelously colorful Ginger-Man. Just imagine what that color would do for a tatted chocolate truffle! (*drool.drool*)

    Gina's pattern is still on my "Must Tat" list, alas, that list is woefully long. It will be awhile before I can make him. When Gina finishes her revised pattern & diagram I simply must bump him up to the top of the list.

    Thank you for another in a series of mouthwatering posts that I will be referring back to often. Good thing (for Ginger-Man) that it is impossible to take a bite through the Internet. Hee, hee. All of them look positively delicious!

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  13. Thanks IsDihara, A Chocolate man would be nice too, lovely contrast with the white icing. My test tat must be a Cranberry man!

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