Hello again friends. I keep looking through my photo gallery and craft cupboard and finding more items I worked on last year. I will continue to blog them over the next few weeks. This week I’ll cast back to show a comparative project: the same pattern made in a plain and a variegated thread. The pattern is Linda. S. Davies “oval doily in Ecru” it uses split rings and split chains, reducing the number of ends to deal with. Link to Linda’s clever design here: http://toptattyhead.blogspot.com/http://toptattyhead.blogspot.com/ look on the right of the page for free pattern links, and click on oval doily. This will download the pdf instantly for you. Thanks Linda for an amazing pattern.
I have recently finished the solid colour version of this. The thread is altin basak 50 in a fuschia colour.
I like how both of these have turned out. I might try one with the combination of variegated and solid colours that I am starting to use on more of these larger doilies. The only problem will be when using a split ring to climb out of a round, the ring will be a combination of colours. I’m sure I can figure out a way around this problem, as I really like how the variegated thread can make the solid colour pop, like in this “Amanda” doily from Laura Bziukiewicz on face book.
I enjoyed making these doilies. As always, the joy of tatting is in the process; choosing thread and colours, choosing the right size and type of shuttle, winding the shuttle, beginning the rings and chains, feeling every stitch form under my fingers, sliding the stitches to make the ring, snugging up the stitches to get the chain to curve the right way, holding my breath to make sure the split rings or chains don’t knot as I make them, relief when I climb out with a faux picot, and when it is all complete that feeling of pride at the heirloom I have made. Then, the inevitable longing to start the next project and do it all again!
I wonder what aspects of tatting, or crafting, keep you enthralled?
You will need to join the facebook event and message Laura for the pattern if you would like to tat along too.
It is a nice pattern for a beginner, and I have levelled it up a little by using split chains to climb out of rows. I am working on round four now, and it is coming along nicely.
Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.
Round two of Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.
Round three Round one of the Arleta tatted doily, in size 20 Gorgeous Alenalea thread.
Laura has also released a few patterns on her facebook page, all of them look lovely. I hope to finish this one soon so I can try another that has caught my eye. Thank you Laura for sharing your talents with all of us!
This lovely little doily just needs the ends sewn in and a little blocking. It is from a Russian translation of an Italian book, gifted to me by a kind friend.
Blue doily edge. From Russian/Italian pattern. Size 50 Altin basak blue thread paired with Lizbeth 40 rainbow taffy.
This has been my standby project, so I will need to find something else to have in its place.
Edit: here is an image of the book cover, as requested in the comments.
I haven’t been tatting very much this year as I have been time crocheting and knitting. One of the bigger pieces I made was a crocheted item for a commissioned yarn bombing at a shopping centre. It was a fun project to be part of.
I do miss my shuttles though, so I hope to have some of the new coloured threads on my shuttle soon to share some eye candy with you.
Here is my most recently finished tatting piece. It is a small doily designed by Iris Niebach- Beatrice from her Tatted Doilies book. I really like that it is made in one pass- though I did have to refill my shuttle 3 times- the last time to make the final 3 small rings- that was a bit annoying. The thread is beautiful to work with, and was hand made by a local talented tatter and Etsy store owner- Lea (& facebook link). It is size 40 thread, but I have lost the tag with the name of the dyelot colour. Liyarra mentioned that this particular pattern is notorious for being difficult- but aside from my own inattention (creating the need to retro tat) I had no problems with this pattern using this thread.
Iris Niebach- Beatrice design
I have 2 other colours of thread that I bought from Lea too- a lovely green and a blend called “crocus” which is mauve and yellow. I wonder what I will make with them? The next thing I want to do is finish a table centre for another of my sisters- so I will get back to that this evening I hope. I will share more progress on that next time.
A couple of weeks ago we were on holiday in Queensland, enjoying the beautiful weather and tourist trail. I took the opportunity to work more on the Mystery Doily, and progressed from round 2 to 6 in the time we were away. Here are some photos of my progress, on the plane and at our accommodation. I have been challenging myself by using split chains and split rings to climb out of rows, and reduce the need to cut and tie each round. This was fine, until I ran out of thread on my shuttle with one final ring to complete in round 5. Some quick thinking, and I was able to use the ball thread to make my rings, the Shoe Lace Trick (SLT) to swap between the threads, and the small amount of shuttle thread as the core of the chain. Phew- I made it 🙂
I am still chipping away at round 6. More progress reports as it is made 🙂
I was recently gifted some variegated pink Coats cotton, and a lovely hand decorated shuttle (Thanks Sam, from Rogue Threads) so, of course, I abandoned my Jan S doily and started another doily! I have been wanting to make Marilee Rockley’s Arches doily for a while, so started straight away! While I am not happy south my tension in the round I have just completed, I think this is a really clever pattern. It is also easy to keep track of the stitch counts (well, much easier than I have been finding the Jan S doily recently).
I will block this over the weekend, and redo the last 2 rounds if I need to correct the tension.
Here is a picture of my three finished Amusement doilies, made as part of a tat along on Facebook. These doilies are quite quick to make up, and as I have been on holidays I was able to work on them for more time each day than I usually do. I made two as ‘twins’ with colours my mum has in a smocked sampler above the table these are made for (The colours on the ‘twin’ doilies are Altin Basik size #50, and Ecru is Milford Mercerised size #40. The Pink and Brown doily has pink Milford mercerised size#40, while the brown is Lizbeth size #40, Mocha Brown dark). After doing the first 2 I really thought the section between row 2 and 3 looked like paw prints, so I made a third to show that idea! I wonder if you can see the cheeky/muddy paw prints on the otherwise ‘clean’ doily 🙂
This has been a very amusing journey! Did you join in this tat along? Have you completed another tat along- like Renuleks, perhaps? Feel free to add links to your blog/pictures in the comments below.
Just before New Year Liyarra, over at the Facebook “Tatting” page, suggested the Amusement doily as a tat along – she and another tatter were keen to start it and it seems a number of us were looking for a holiday project too. The emerging conversation is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tatting/permalink/10152443252606846/ (you may need to join the group to read the conversation). The link to the original pattern (in the way back machine- internet archive) Amusement. I have had fun tatting this doily, I was looking for a project and when this popped up on facebook I used the shuttles I had wound (just waiting for a project) and began this. It is a nice pattern- quick to work up. So quick I decided to make two of these doilies for my Mum, as they match the colours in one of her smocking samplers. Here are my pictures of work so far- I hope to finish the pink version by tomrrow…and have an idea for one more colour scheme, not purple 🙂 So- do you think you would like to join us? It would be great to see more of these made- what colour will you choose?
Updated 7 Dec 2014- I have now heard from Tracy W. Congratulations Tracy- I will send the craft pack to you ASAP this week.I’m still waiting to hear from one of the 3 craft pack winners from the blog- Winnie, Tracy Winsor or Helen. The first of you three ladies to get in touch with me (Through FB or Craftsy) will get the pack. If I don’t hear soon, I will redraw…
Here is a photo of the beginning of Morimoto’s Space Dyed Doily. It is made in Lizbeth size 40 – Scottish Thistle and Light Mauve.
I started this doily quite a while ago now, and was ready to add row 5. The blocker was that the 8 little motifs needed their ends sewn, as row 5 connects row 4 and these motifs. As I am in ‘recovery’ mode from attending an interstate conference last week, I took some time in the afternoon to sew in those pesky ends. In the evening I was able to concentrate enough to work out row 5, and completed it in approx 1.5 hours. Morimoto’s patterns are lovely, and look to be at beginner level. This one was slightly more advanced, as the usual RW after a chain was not followed. If I was to make this doily again, I would use 2 shuttles, wound CTM (Continuous Thread Method), rather than the recommended shuttle and ball CTM. This would make the rings sit easier as they would be ‘thrown’ rings, rather than shuttle rings (I felt like I was twisting the thread where it wouldn’t naturally want to go). Below is a picture of the finished row 5, attaching row 4 and the motifs.
Today I will begin to add in motif B, attaching to row 5 and the motifs already attached. Hopefully I will complete this doily this week. I often talk about ‘blockers’ and avoided a number of doilies that are made mostly of motifs, as I know I put off sewing in the ends. I wonder what some of your ‘craft’ blockers are?
I just finished sewing in the ends of this lovely doily. It is made in size 50 altin basik green,which is a beautiful thread to tat with. I used my new pop-a-bobbin for most of this, and a prym for the last few motifs on the edge. The pattern is from Paragon tatting book 112, pg 9 occaisional doily. It fits perfectly on grandma’s small sandwich plate!
Perhaps pink would be a better colour…bit I think it’s lovely.
until next time, happy tatting