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.