Sunday, 26 August 2012

Winning and Winners ... among other things

'Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers
Selamat Hari Raya  

Last Sunday was 'Eid-ul-Fitr, the day to mark the end of one month of fasting for Muslims around the world.    During the fasting month of Ramadhan, it was about devotion to Allah SWT, of refrain from all things bad and negative, and about exercising moderation in most other things.  With 'Eid-ul-Fitr, it is about coming together and strengthening family relationships, mending broken ties and making new bonds and holding to new hopes.  It is also about winning the fight against temptation and greed and all things evil within ourselves. It is our hope that what was learned and practised during Ramadhan will continue and take us through the following months until the next Ramadhan comes by again, InsyaAllah.

Final result of the Giveaway

Next, the matter of the giveaway winners is finalised.  As in the previous post, the two names picked in my giveaway draw were God's Kid and Sandy C.  But, only one will get the oval doily.  I flipped a coin to decide who from these two will get it.  Just to be fair, I flipped it five times and in four out of the five, God's Kid's name came out top.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Oval Doily is God's Kid.

Update on the NB doily.  

This is where I am currently at.
As you can see, I have finished the current round and blocked it, even though the full doily is not yet finished.  When working on a large piece, I usually block the work mid-way through the  rounds to smoothen out the piece and prepare it for the next round. I find this useful because I will be able to gauge the kind of tension that I need to apply when tatting the next round.

While working on that last round of the doily, I got an inspiration for a new design working with some sections of the design from the doily. This first one was inspired by that part of the doily with the thrown ring in it where  I added a corner to turn it into a square.

 Expanding it slightly by adding a small clover leaf in the middle, I got a bigger square,
I have yet to figure out the shape of tatting to fill in the centre of this square.  This was tatted in size 20 (as I usually do when working on a new design) and the finished size is about 3.5in wide.  Using a smaller thread like a size 40 will give a smaller finish .. hmm ..  one of Fox's doodads will work very well in the centre, I think.


  1. I enjoy reading about how designs develop! How big is the center of your square? The square doodads are about 3/4". I can sure picture one in the center!

  2. Yesssss! Not only a brand new Jon Design, but a design with a DOODAD! How perfect is that!
    Fox : ))

  3. The doily is looking good.

    I like the square motifs you've come up with, both look good. A doodad in the center of the 2nd one would really set it off.

  4. I really love that square, I see many of them together to make a table runner. Especially exciting with doodads in the middle!
    It never occurred to me to block as you go but of course that makes so much sense. How wonderful to get new ideas- gotta love the internet.
    And thank you for telling about your faith. Eid-ul-Fitr sounds like a beautiful, lovely practice which we could all do more of.

  5. I too will block my tatting before I'm completely done with it. It does make it easier to see what I need to do with my tension, plus I just like that "finished" look it gets when it's all smooth and everything is lined up properly!

  6. I like your NB doily, very sunny and it has great lacework with good negative space.
    Your squares are pretty and have much potential
    congrats to God's Kid and Sandy C.

  7. Lovely motifs and yes Fox's doodads would look nice in the middle

  8. I am so stunned! Thank you so very much!!
    Your NB doily is so very beautiful!! Great colors!!
    And your squares are wonderful!! :)


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