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Tuesday, 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

11 comments:

  1. looking good Jon. I remember that mystery doily.

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  2. I am no so adventurous to try this yet!

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  3. You have worked wonders on the question and the piece you have done last looks beautiful and really have mastered the pattern.
    Margaret

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  4. That is so beautiful looking !! Can't wait to see more!! :)

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  5. Wow this is nice work! And nice to see mistakes sometimes it makes us feel like we are o.k. ha ha ha. I know what you mean about the cebelia thread fraying it's really not for tatting but it's so soft to hold and doesn't seem to twist up so much for me.

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  6. I love that pattern! It is one of my (many!) WIPS and I think I only got past the first round so far. Maybe I will have to dig it out again...

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  7. I don't have the brain power for this one right now. So, I think I'll just enjoy watching your progress!

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  8. Looks good! I really think I will join in and tat this as well...

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  9. Thanks for the link to Georgia's site and the initial call to figure it out (can't tell what year). I'm impressed that Vickie Reynolds solved the mystery, and wrote out the instructions in such great detail, fortunately in the modern style! I wonder if a diagram of a segment of each round would be easier to follow, though, since, as you say, the stitch counts are 'easy' to remember. It's a very impressive doily!!! I'll be watching your progress!

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  10. I am so impressed, Jon, I don't know if I could handle it! It looks so pretty once you have it nailed, though. :)

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