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Saturday, 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.

21 comments:

  1. WOW, Jon, you're MY sort of perfectionist. How come you've described my attitude so well too!!! All the angst about things being 'right' is wrong IMHO. Just get out the SHUTTLES and tat how you like, when you like AND with a cuppa tea and chocolate next to you. Sorry, must amend that. I could easily be a G & T or a glass of red wine!!!!

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    1. Today being a special date for you, I think you deserve that G & T or glass or two of red wine. Just remember to leave some for BC3.

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  2. LOL!!! And sorry for being pedantic. I can't help it, I 'm a science teacher.

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    1. Well, my major is mathematics. I guess we have something in common with being precise and methodical, LOL.

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  3. Well said. :) (Also that doily looks amazing! Great work!)

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  4. Well said! I am my own worst critic! I care not a whit about what others think if my tatting - though who doesn't like a compliment- it is my own peculiar sense of perfection that I strive to meet!

    And Jane has it right - just get out those shuttles snd tat!

    The doily looks amazing! Mine is showing some rather unsettling ruffling in the 3 row that I am hoping will submit to an application of The Criminal Code befor I begin the. 4th!

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    1. You are the third tatter who came across ruffling in Round 3. Frivole commented on that as well (can't remember where she said it though). I am feeling much better about the doily now.

      The ruffling in mine seems to settle down a bit after pressing and after I started on Round 4. For Rnd 4, my chain count is 4-4-4+4-4, if it helps.

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  5. Gorgeous! I'll religiously block knitting (namely because knit lace looks like cat barf until you block it). Tatting? I throw it into a book and leave it. :)

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    1. This comment, I like - I wish I know how to put that 'thumbs up' symbol. It will be so much easier.

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  6. I agree too well said, I compete with my self and that's all i need most of the time!

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  7. Wow I love reading your blog. I thought my vocabulary was large, yet I spend time looking up words. It's great, I love it! It there a place I can get a copy of the mystery pattern? I think I would lkie to try it out.

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    1. I kept forgetting to include a link to the pattern. Thank you for reminding me, Nana. Click on the name and it take you to the pattern for the Mystery Doily

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  8. I like the look of the little circles that repeat the center open space. I see that this round does not include them. Interesting.

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  9. It looks beautiful and I love the colors!! :)

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  10. Tatting to one's own highest standards is all any of us can do.

    I seldom have to block your designs, which goes to show that your dedication to finding the right stitch count is working.

    The doily looks great! I take back what I said about variegated threads-- it looks fabulous that way, with the contrasting solid.

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    1. Oh yes, Miranda. Can you imagine tatting the chains in black and the rings in another contrasting color such as cream or gold, and frame it with a dark background?

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  11. I enjoyed your list, some of which applies to me, I don't do frount and back tatting, I don't always block I steam press more often than not, I don't mind a tiny little bit of blips of colour when tatting variegated thread, I like my tatting to be as prefect as I can, I hate gauges unless I really have to use it, I can gauge the length of my picot by eye.
    I have not tried the mystery doily yet as I have not had time and I am still on renuleks doily. Yours is looking lovely and I look forward to seeing the finished doily, I am sure it's going to be a wow piece.
    Margaret

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  12. Hey, hey, I said that I am NOT worried when my doilies frill (I did not made that many,though LOL). So, who is relaxed here?

    Love your inspiring comments!

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    1. ha ha ha .... lost in translation! ... maybe? LOL

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  13. The mystery doily is looking great!

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