29 December 2013

The Non-resolution

I have never started a new year with any kind of resolutions, and I don't plan to make it any different for 2014.  But, I received this meme on my phone which I think are both fascinating and compelling at the same time.  I don't know where this originates but thank you to the one who shared this with me.

Like I said, this is not a list of resolutions, but I am just sharing some of it here.

Drink plenty of water
I can do this and will continue to.

Eat Breakfast like a king,  Lunch like a prince & Dinner like a beggar.
I try not to skip breakfast, but certainly not to have one like a king.  Sometimes I skip lunch but not dinner.

Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm & Empathy.
So true

Make time to pray.
Food for the soul.

Play more games.
Huh? I play with my shuttles - does that count?

Read more books than you did in 2013.
Ha ha .... I just need to read one book and I have met this target.... errr... does this include tatting books?

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
I do this all the time when I tat - not a problem here.

Sleep for 7 hours.
hmmm .... sacrifice my tatting to sleep?

Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily And while you walk, Smile.
It feels much better when people smile back at me, :)

Don't over do. Keep your limits.
What? Don't know if I can when I am tatting!

Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
Oh, I never do.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
I can't afford to gossip, I will miss my stitch count.

Dream more while you are awake.
I don't dream during my waking hours, I tat.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
I have enough shuttles and thread, I don't need to envy anyone ... I think.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
Teach them how to tat.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
This is difficult - I won't be at peace until I correct that mistake in the last round.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
I am happy tatting what I want and the way I want.

You don't have to win every argument, agree to disagree.
Tatters call this creative diversion.

Each day give something good to others.
Yes - give them a tatted butterfly

Forgive everyone for everything.
I am not strong enough yet for this if it affects my tatting patterns, I am sorry.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
Learn from the senior tatters and teach the young ones.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.
TIP - Tat in public

What other people think of you is none of your business.
But I'd love to know what other people think of my tatting - good or bad.

When awake in the morning thank GOD for it.

Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
This is a no-brainer - tatters are happy people.

I hope this made you smile, :)

Happy New Year everyone!

24 December 2013

Blue Mary's

In a rush to tat some motifs for a project, I turn to one of my favorite designers, Mary Konior.  These are what I have chosen from the book 'Tatting with Visual Patterns".

Quuen of Hearts


Maids of Honour
As to what they will be turned into, you'll have to wait a while for that.  The thread is Lizbeth no. 142 size 40.

11 December 2013

After the lull

After taking a tatting break following the huge work on the Mystery Doily, I picked up the shuttles again.

I wanted to re-work this doily after comments from my test-tatter (thank you, Lady Test-Tatter). As often happens, I get distracted by new ideas that seem to push everything else away, and this is what turned out.
I still need to do the re-work of the earlier doily as there are some interesting elements in there that I want to keep.  I just hope I don't get distracted again.

Doily WIP - thread is Milford Mercer #40
At this point, when I finish this last round, the doily's measurement will be about 8 inches wide.  I am having a thought as to whether I should stop at this round or add more rounds to it.

In the meantime, I decide to try a new technique that I have not tried before, Maltese rings.  Here are a couple of my attempts, 

It was quite confusing at the beginning, but once I understand the concept it flows quite smoothly. And this is the real thing,
This is Gloria's Maltese Bookmark pattern by Martha Ess.  The thread used is Lisbeth 684 for the solid and Lizbeth 109 for the multi-coloured, both in size 40.  You may not be able to see it in the picture, but each maltese ring is of a different colour - one the surprises of using variegated thread in tatting.

This unfinished oval medallion is a Norma Benporath pattern from her book, "Tatting Illustrated'.  I plan to turn it into another bookmark.

27 November 2013

Mystery Doily - Epilogue

I was so excited to share my finished Mystery Doily in the earlier post that I forgot to add a few details about it.  Even if I did, I may lose you attention mid-way because it will be a lengthy one.  So, here it is  now.

The Mystery Doily pattern is from here for the full length instructions by Vickie Reynolds or here for the diagrammatic form prepared by PattyD.
The threads used are Lizbeth size 40 in two colours; 127 for the multicoloured and 615 for the solid.  All rings are tatted using the multicoloured thread and all chains are in yellow.
The amount of thread used; almost three-quarters of a new ball of thread for the multi-coloured and half a ball for the solid.
The finished size is 10.25 inches or 26cm in diameter.

Now for a little bit more detail, but before that -
I am not finding fault in any of the two instructions available to tat this doily.  I am just sharing my observations when I compared Vickie's and Patty's version, in order to get the version that I am happy with.  You may or may not agree with me on this.

If you compare Vickie's and Patty's version, you will notice a difference in the stitch count for the chains; 4-4-4+4-4 in Vickie's and 4-2-4+2-4 in Patty's.  You can use either for the doily, I don't think there is much difference in the end result.  But for my Mystery Doily, I used both stitch count for the different rounds; Patty's version in rounds 1, 3 and 5, and Vickie's version in rounds 2, 4 and 6.


I noticed that my chains are being pushed up if I use 4-4-4+4-4 (Vickie's) in rounds 1, 3 and 5.  And conversely, I have to really stretch the chains if I use 4-2-4+2-4 (Patty's) in rounds 2, 4,. and 6 to avoid the bowling or cupping effect.

I also noticed a difference in the number of rings in the inner cluster for Round 4 (that are joined to Round 3); a 5 5 6 5 5 6 sequence in Patty's while Vickie's are all 6-rings cluster.  I decided to use Vickie's version for round 4 because that it what I see when I studied the picture of the doily given by Georgia in her website.

Other than these two main points, the rest of the doily was tatted as the pattern.

25 November 2013

The End

of the Mystery.

Here it is after I had washed it and laid it out to dry.  As it is, I did not have to block it at all.  After squeezing out the excess water, by rolling it between an absorbent towel, I just had to pull it into shape and leave it to dry.

This is with all the end trimmed off and all dry.  The measurement is 26cm across, or 10.25 inches using size 40 Lisbeth thread.

This is a close-up of a quadrant of the doily,

But the ending was not without some drama.  It took me four attempts to finally get the join of the final repeat.  I totally miss the join in the first attempt, and I joined to the wrong picot in the second attempt. At the third attempt, the joining picot ended up twisted.  I almost butchered the thread when un-tatting it after the third attempt.  Spent almost 30 minutes un-doing a lock join. Lesson learnt from this, the quality of thread is very important.  It would have broken off much earlier if I had used a 3-ply thread instead of the 6-ply Lizbeth.
I don't which is worse, butchering the thread or breaking the tip off the shuttle, as I had blogged here.  But, i managed to save the shuttle by carefully filing the broken tip.
If yo are wondering how long ago I started on this doily, this next photo gives the approximate date,
All in, I have spent more than 50 tatting hours on this Mystery Doily but it is worth every second of it, mistakes and all.

28 October 2013


Sunday was the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Arts and Crafts Guild, KL and Selangor and this year is also the 20th year since the guild was formed.  We had a short celebration after the AGM with cupcakes for a 'birthday' cake and a gift exchange.

I did not have much time to make anything elaborate, so I made this bracelet.

Before I write more about the bracelet, this is what I received in return, a business card holder decorated with a hand-drawn butterfly on the cover by the artist Cheah Wai Seng.  Click on the name and browse through his gallery for more of his creative work.

Back to the bracelet.

It was a quick tat since I used a rather thick thread.  The label says it is a size 20 but it feels like size 10.  The beads that I used are 8mm, but I suppose the size can be different according to the thread that you use.

I did a quick chart of it before wrapping the gift for the exchange.

This the full-length instructions for it.

  1. Begin with R(6 sp 6); sp = small picot.
  2. RW, C(6)
  3. RW, R(3 lp 3); lp = long picot for the bead.  You can make a beaded picot at this time and hold the bead in place with a paper clip as you tat the rest of the bracelet.
  4. RW, C(6)
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for the length of the bracelet that you are making, ending with the ring,  R1(6 sp 6)
  6. RW, C(9 + [to sp of last ring])
  7. C(6)
  8. RW, R(3 +[ beaded picot of opposite ring] 3)
  9. RW, C(6 +[sp of big ring] 6)
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the end of the bracelet, ending with a lock join to the small picot of the first big ring.
  11. C(9+[to the base of the big ring])
  12. C(7 +[space at base of small ring])
  13. C(12+[space at base of next small ring]).  Repeat this until the small ring at the other end of the bracelet.
  14. C(7 +[space at the base of the big ring] 6+[to the bracelet clasp] 6+[small picot of big ring])
  15. C(7)
  16. Repeat step 13, ending with a join to the base of the last small ring.
  17. C(7+[to the top of the first big ring] 6)
  18. Do not reverse, make a SLT, R(3 +[attach to the other half of the bracelet clasp] 3)
  19. Do not reverse, maka a SLT again, C(6 +[ space at the base of big ring])
  20. Cut and tie to the top of the next big ring and hide ends.  
If you notice any mistakes in the instructions as you tat, please let me know so I can make corrections.  I don't have the bracelet with me anymore to refer to as I write this pattern.

19 October 2013

A Mystery and a Whodunit

No secrets that the Mystery refers to the Mystery Doily that have been my obsession these past few months. I had wanted to finish Round 5 before sharing a picture but I ran out of thread in one of the shuttles so I decided to share it at this point before continuing with a full shuttle.

Oh, by the way, I was asked about the amount of thread used for the doily.  I have not set out to measure the thread used so I can only give an estimate based on the number of times I had re-load my shuttles.  I am using Lizbeth size 40 in two colours, a solid and a multi-coloured.  Up till now, I am on the fourth shuttle-load of the solid thread, and  used up five full shuttles of the multi-coloured.

I will be loading the shuttle with the multi-cloured thread for the sixth time to continue with Round 5 and expect another full shuttle will be needed before I finish Round 6.

This is the status at Round 5, with just a bit more to finish the round.  As it is, the doily is laying reasonably flat without any need for blocking - just the way I like it.
The dimension at Round 5 is about 9in (22cm)
Below is a close-up to show Round 5.

While all the earlier rounds were rather smooth (except for that mistake in Round 4), Round 5 has several points to take note of.

Firstly, the repeat in the number of rings in the inner cluster is not as straightforward as the earlier rounds, where it was a continuous repeat.  In Round 5, the repeat is in every three clusters sequence; 6 rings, 5 rings, 5 rings.  This sequence is repeated at the fourth cluster onward, like so - (6 5 5), (6 5 5), (6 5 5) and so on.

Secondly, by the way that the inner clusters were joined to Round 4, the blank round spaces alternates between small and big.

The picture below illustrates the points that I am trying to make.

Another useful point to note is the number of outer clusters for each round, as summarised below:
Round 1 has 8 clusters;
Round 2 has 16 clusters;
Round 3 has 32 clusters;
Round 4 has 32 clusters;
Round 5 has 48 clusters;
I am guessing that Round 6 also contains 48 clusters.

Then, I took a break from trying to unravel this Mystery and was treated to a whodunit - a theatre play of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap"!  The theatre company performing this play is currently on a tour of this region.  Agatha Christie was one of my favourite authors when I was in school and still is.  I used to catch episodes of the Hercule Poirot series on the cable tv.  It was a rare opportunity to be able to watch the play, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

7 October 2013

True as a Mystery Would Be

Just when I thought all plots have been revealed, a new villain surfaces, this time the snippy kind.

Right then, this is the doily after Round 4.  See how it is laying out so pretty with just a small trace of ruffling in Round 3?

So, I started on Round 5. After two repeats done, I have this feeling that it is not going to turn out right.  As in the earlier rounds, it is the battle of the chains.  I tried this with the count 4-4-4+4-4, but it is curving way too much to my liking.  I wanted to try again with a stitch count of 4-2-4+2-4.  Out comes Mr.Snippy and he goes snip, snip, snip.  He must have blinked because next I noticed, a ring of Round 4 was a victim as well.  Urgggghhhh!

There is no other way around it.  I have to unpick a few repeats of Round 4 to fix it.  You have heard before that a tatting knot is a real fast one and it will not easily come undone.  Well, I can vouch for that.  It took me all of 15 minutes to undo one double stitch.  There was so much pulling and poking that the 6-ply thread split into three.

The shuttle also took its toll from all the stabbing; the point of the pick broke.

Now,  I know that fixing a break in the middle of a completed round is not easy!  I'd rather spend time tatting rather than un-tatting.  Luckily, the mistake was quite close to the end of Round 4.This is how much I ended up cutting of off Round 4.

If you have been following my Mystery and tatting along with me, here is another "tip", sort of, for you to consider.
PattyD's chart shows that, for Round 4, the inner cluster of rings is in the sequence - 5 rings, 5 rings, 6 rings, and repeats.  I followed Vickie Reynolds' written pattern which show that each inner cluster contains six rings. I don't suppose it will make much difference to the final result, but I would be interested to know how PattyD's version turns out.

5 October 2013

Me! A perfectionist? Naah!

I know that I have described myself as being a perfectionist. Maybe I am, maybe I'm not.

Okay, this an online dictionary definition of a "perfectionist" -
Perfectionist - a person who strives for or demands the highest standards of excellence in work, etc.
By that definition - Yes, I am a perfectionist.  But, by whose standards? It is all very subjective to me.  What I deem as perfect may not be so to another person.

I don't do FS/BS tatting.  I reverse my work and start with the first half-stitch almost all the time.
I don't mind the little blips of colour that show up when working with different coloured thread.
I can overlook gaposis, only sometimes.
I eye-ball my picots and they end up in all sizes, without actually affecting how the design looks.  I only measure the picots if the design requires them to be of equal in length.
I don't like ruffles appearing in my work, unless the design calls for it.
I give extra time in determining the stitch count when I design so that they lay flat when done and do not need blocking.
I seldom block my tatting, but I press all the time under a stack of heavy books, if possible.
I am very particular with design symmetry, such as in the turn in the chain of the next repeat.
I don't always match the colour flow of variegated thread when I need to add new thread.
I don't mind starting over with a new design if it does not appear like what I had envisaged, though the design itself is acceptable as it is.

I aim to be perfect in my tatting, but by my standards.  I sometimes feel that we are trying too much to measure by others' point of views. There, I have said it all.

Thank you Tally Tatty for leaving comment earlier and giving me an idea to write this post.

Hey, this post is not as serious as it sound.  So, get that chocolate out or brew a cuppa tea, and get tatting.

Starting Round 4 of the Mystery Doily.  This photo is after I had pressed it overnight under a stack of books 6-in high because I forgot all about it after that.

I kept forgetting to include the link to the pattern.  Here it is, http://www.georgiaseitz.com/mystery/reynolds2.html.
Towards the end of this page from BellaOnline, http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art748.asp, there a chart for the doily prepared by Patty Dowden.

I made slight adjustments to the stitch count where necessary as I worked this pattern.  You can choose either one and make your own adjustments, if required.

29 September 2013

It may not be a whodunit ..

.... but I was almost done in by this Mystery.

So happy with what I see after rounds 1 and 2, I started on Round 3.  And, would you know it, the ruffling start to appear, again.  That really put me off for a while.

Add to that, I closed the round one repeat short, and had to un-tat and re-tat the end.  Luckily, this time I use the 6-ply Lizbeth thread.  I think I would have cut it off if it had been the Cebelia that I used the first time.

Then, while trimming off the thread ends where I added new thread, I wrongly snipped of the one of the thread that should be hidden.  Ughhhh ... must remember to do something about that later, like dabbing a dot of glue over the knot.

This is how it looks after Round 3.  The colours did not turn out properly, it was taken in poor lighting.

But, the day was eventful.  I had my five minutes of fame appearing on national television talking about tatting.  It was a segment in a lifestyle tv program and I was giving an introduction to tatting, without going into details of the techniques.

It was not live tv, but a recording made a few weeks earlier but was only aired today.  Please excuse the poor quality of the video, it was recorded off the tv.

The beautiful ribbon embroidery and tatted edgings that you see is the work of my lovely friend Umi Kalsom Ismail.  She has a page in Facebook where you can view many of her other work at Umi's Embroidered Gifts.

21 September 2013

And the Mystery Continues

If you read my earlier post, you would know that I have decided to start over with my quest of the Mystery Doily.

That's right.  Not just cutting off Round 4 as I had first intended but to begin it all over again.

Early on, I had contemplated adding some colours to the doily, as this post here.  By now, I think I have enough understanding of the way the doily is constructed to use colours in this re-tat, while still bringing out the distinct feature of the doily.

This is Round 1.

Lizbeth 615 (yellow), Lizbeth 127 (multi-coloured) size 40

It got off to the good start. Notice how the clusters of outer rings have alternating colours in them?

That was beginner's luck.  It would be quite impossible to replicate this in the subsequent round. Anyway, this is Round 2 in progress.

Excuse the slightly blurry picture, but I think you can see how this is going.
I like it, so far.

Also read Fox's blog and her issues with the last joins of Round 1.  I know that last join can be a bit of a bother.  You can choose to begin at a different point to avoid this.  If it helps at all, I have prepared a pictorial explanation on how to go about this.

The letters in black, which I hope you can see, denotes the sequence of the rings.  The numbers in white give the sequence of making the joins as you tat the rings or chains, where applicable.  To make join #1, you may have to fold the work to avoid a twisted picot. Joins 3 and 14 are lock joins

19 September 2013

Mystery Doily boo boo

Round 4 is going to be snipped off!

I did not read the pattern carefully and miscounted the sequence in the number of rings.  In fact, I just took a glimpse of the picture and thought I had it, after all the sequence of construction is the same for all round.


Never mind, it is another good reason to quickly use up this thread which I am not particularly fond of.  So, I don't feel so bad snipping the round off (if you understand my quirky reasoning).

Added later (after I slept on it and read all the comments that came during the night)

Yeah, I know I am crazy sometimes ... oh wait ... I can be stark raving mad to make my tatting perfect, but
I decided to start over from Round 1.  Hopefully, I can fix the ruffling in Round 2 because I think the mess started from there.  Further, Maureen had left a good point in her comment that she wrote early this morning.

Oh bother! - but if it's almost a whole round you're cutting off, you can put it in a box and one day it will be Useful for Something. That's what I've started to do,with all my mistakes, and my 5 year old granddaughter loves rummaging through it.

So I am leaving the white version as it is and use it as a 'what-not-to-do' reference for this second try.

17 September 2013

Mystery Doily Round 4

Completed Round 4 of the Mystery Doily.  I pressed the doily a bit before taking the photo so the rippling of Round 3 is not so visible. I think a bit of blocking and stiffening may solve that issue.

But, the ending of this round was not without a mistake, as you can see below.

I did not feel like opening up six tiny rings just to correct it.  Since there are only four double stitches in the ring to reach the picot, I can easily sew the picots together, when I sew in the thread ends.

Two more rounds to go.  I am really enjoying tatting this and seeing the end result.  I like that there are no free picots in the design, except for the decorative part in the final round.

14 September 2013

What Price Your Tatting?

This post came about after reading a thread on the In Tatters forum.  The gist of it is, one of the members there was asked by a casual friend to tat a round tablecloth.  At the writing of this post, she has not decided whether to proceed with tatting the tablecloth or not.  If you are a member of In Tatters, you should be able to read all the responses by clicking on this link, Tatting Tablecloth.

I have also been asked a number of times, if I would consider tatting a piece though not as large as a tablecloth.  On each time, my response can be either of the following:

A) I do not have the time to work on anything new at this time.
B) I don't take custom work and would prefer to teach you (the person asking) to tat so you can make your own.
C) I don't think you will agree with the price that I am going to ask from you for the piece.

I know response C) sounds patronising or condescending, but I usually say it with the sweetest of smile. Harsh though it may sound, I think it is still the most to the point.  Let me illustrate this using the Mystery Doily that I am currently working on.

I have been working on this doily for 24 days now, averaging one hour daily.  That makes it 24 hours of tatting.  I am only at one-third of Round 4 and there are two more rounds to go.  Assuming that I may take another 24 hours of tatting to complete the whole doily, that takes me to 48 hours of tatting altogether.  I am assuming the final measurement, using size 40, to be about 24cm wide or 10 inches.

Based on a conservative rate of RM9.00 (USD2.80) minimum hourly wage, I should be charging at least RM432 (USD135) for my time spent.  I am ignoring any material costs for the purpose of this illustration.

Now, another tatter would easily understand the calculations but, to a non-tatter, these charges may seem rather exorbitant.

Now, are you willing to bring down the charges to the expectation of others, or keep to what your worth is?

I am not!

6 September 2013

Slow progress

Still at Round 3 of the Mystery Doily.  Progress is rather slow, which is expected as the round increases.

This round is showing some ruffling even though I have reduced the stitch count somewhat and also made smaller joining picots.  But, I pressed it a bit and the ruffling disappears (below).

I am getting comfortable tatting this doily once I get the rhythm of the rings and chains.  Just a point to note for anyone working on this.  Make sure to pay attention to the number of rings in each round, because the number is different for different rounds, as well as where the joins are made.

Even at this point, I can see that it is going to be a lovely piece.  I am glad I decided to stick to one solid colour for this.

29 August 2013

Mystery Doily: Round 3 start-over

There is still some little bit of ruffling in Round 3, though you can't really see it in the picture below.

But, I am going to proceed with it, with the hope that Round 4 will smoothen the ruffling later.
In this second attempt of Round 3, I have reduce the stitch count in the long chains by 4ds, and make the picots smaller.

27 August 2013

Mystery Doily: Round 3 started

If Round 2 bowled up,  I am afraid that Round 3 is beginning to show some ruffling. 

I know the ruffling is not yet noticeable in the picture above but it is there. I am going to cut this off and start again.

I am working this doily using the pattern prepared by Vicky Reynolds as provided by Georgia Seitz.  I had to adjust the number of rings for each cluster of Round 3 because, when I followed the pattern it did not show up like the doily in the picture; the pattern gave me 6 rings per cluster but the picture shows 5 rings per cluster.

PattyD has also prepared a diagramatic explanation of the doily pattern in the InTatters forum which can be downloaded as a pdf.

Comparing the two, there is a slight different in the stitch count in the chains.  I plan to change it to follow PattyD's to avoid the ruffling.  I hope it will work.

26 August 2013

White it will remain ....

I was thinking of using this HDT in the next round of the Mystery Doily.  There is white in it and the pink is quite subtle that it may blend well with the white.

careful scrutiny of the Cebelia that I am using showed that it is not really white but more creamy, even though the label has it as 'blanc'.

Reading all the comments for the earlier post also convinces me that I should stick to white.  The other reason for keeping it all white is the flow of the pattern itself, as Jane, Miranda and Snowy had commented.

Right then, off to load the shuttles.

25 August 2013

Mystery Doily - Round 2


As I had feared, there was slight bowling on finishing Round 2, but not that serious that sufficient pressing and blocking will not fix.  I have to think carefully of how not to aggravate the bowling when I start Round 3.

These two rounds used up two shuttle-full of thread; I was using two shuttles.  Since I need to load up more thread, I thought about putting in some colours and use Lizbeth multicoloured.

Or, should I keep the classic look and stick to white?

22 August 2013

Mystery Doily - progress photos

Round 1 completed
Round 2 started - a quarter of the way done
It is laying flat at the moment, but I am still worried that it may bowl up as I add more repeats in Round 2.  Because of that, I have increased the size of the picots slightly in this round.

20 August 2013

Mystery Doily

There is a thread running in InTatters forum on this Mystery Doily. Georgia Seitz posted this doily 13 years ago asking the question of how was it tatted.  The doily is interesting enough to provoke some thoughts on the workings of it. To me, the weaving in and out of the flow is challenging enough o make me want to to attempt it, but not without making some mistakes before getting it right.

I misread the stitch count in the chain my first attempt.  Where it should be 2ds, I read as 12 ds, which had the rings in a concave.I got the rings rightly positioned in my second attempt but had added an extra picot, where there should not be, in the long chain.

Since I am using Cebelia size 40, not really a favorite thread because it frays easily, I decided to cut off each time and started again.  Got it right at the 3rd attempt.  Found it quite easy going  since the rings are all (2-2-2-2) and the chains have 4ds segments.  I did not have to refer to the pattern after the second repeat.

5 repeats, out of eight, done in Round 1 of the Mystery Doily
I think the other rounds are going to be along the same line with different number of rings for each repeat of the subsequent rounds.

Oh,, this is the link to Georgia Seitzs' site for the pattern, http://www.georgiaseitz.com/mystery/reynolds2.html

7 August 2013

New Project

Sometimes, when an idea comes, you just have to get started on it even though there are already other WIPs waiting to be completed.  Do you do that sometimes?

Well it happens quite often with me.  But, a tatter needs to tat, ha ha ha ........

So, I started on a new project, in the midst of preparing for Eid-ul-Fitr which is coming in a couple more days, besides having other things to do as well.  I am thinking of an oval doily and as I start I can straightaway see the making of a simple bookmark which I am sharing here.

I started with a row of split rings in the centre followed by the basic rings and chains for the first round.  This would be a good exercise for beginners to get familiar with tatting split rings.  A chart with an explanation of the stitch count is given below.

You can make the split rings in the centre to any length you like.

19 July 2013

Quietly Tatting

Not much tatting done - but I have this to share -

Everyone would recognise this simple single-shuttle edging design,

Most times, the pattern for this design is shown as a straight edging. It is left to the tatter to figure out how to incorporate a corner into it.

However, in general, there are designers who have included the steps for corners in edging patterns.  One that quickly comes to mind is Mary Konior.

Anyway, I'd like to share my version of the corner for this edging -

This larger picture shows how I made the corner.

The rings are all 4-4-4-4 stitch count, except for Ring 4, which has 6 picots separated by 4ds.  The numbers give the sequence for making the rings at the corner.

  • Tat the Rings 1, 2 and 3 as usual, followed by Ring 4. 
  • Before making Ring 5, do a lock join to the last picot of Ring 3, followed by Ring 5.
  • Reverse and tat Ring 6, joining to picot of Ring 3, followed by another join to picot of Ring 1 and finish off the rest of the ring.
  • Continue with the rest of the straight side from Ring 7 onwards.