Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Float among the clouds

Well, I've finished another excess thread project.
This one is pretty cool, and used up most of my excess size ten thread.

See that basket? It was going to be a ring box.

The balloon was made with a single ring and a bunch of chains. I stuffed it with some stuffing so that it would maintain its shape.

The seam color of the balloon changes five times. It was also excess thread. 

I used some clear plastic cord to connect the basket to the balloon. That way from a distance the basket would appear to be floating under the balloon.

The balloon is really soft and fun to squeeze.
The order of the thread color is based on when I tied it to my excess thread ball. The thread at the bottom of the balloon is younger then that at the top, while the thread used on the basket is the youngest.
What's really neat is how the hot air balloon's shadow really does look like a hot air balloon.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. Good luck on your own projects!


  1. Wow!!! That is truly creative!!! :)

  2. I have been wanting to tat one of these hot air balloons for YEARS. Yours is quite lovely, even more special as it used up your excess threads. How big is the finished product?

    I don't have any size 10 thread, so mine will no doubt be smaller. Just wondering how small...can you give me a measurement so I could guesstimate something in the ballpark?

    1. Here are approximate measurements in inches:
      From the top of the balloon to the bottom of the basket is about
      6 3/8.
      At the widest point, the balloon is 11 5/8 around.
      The bottom of the balloon began with a 5/8 square.
      The balloon is 3 1/2 horizontal and 4 vertical.
      One side of the basket is 1 1/2 square.
      The entire basket is 2 vertical and 1 7/8 horizontal.

      I hope this helps, and good luck with yours!

  3. Wow! Absolutely beautiful! What great work. Super! Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. I have Never seen anything like this before !!! It is marvelous & such a nifty way to use up all one's little left-over threads !!! My brain is racing ahead with other similar possibilities ...
    Thanks for sharing, & wonderful tatting job :-)