Wednesday, 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.


  1. All your tatting is beautiful.

  2. I like the Maltese bookmark pattern, very in interesting looking! That's one technique I've not tried yet.

  3. Isn't variegated thread wonderful? It makes that design look very complicated with lots of color changes. Beautiful tatting!

  4. Three very attractive items here! I think the beautiful doily looks perfectly finished with this round! The Maltese bookmark is beautiful in design and technique, and I love the colors. And the other bookmark also has a dramatic look and color scheme. Another nice tribute to Norma Benporath.

  5. The doily is very pretty as is. There's a lot there for only being about 8 inches across.
    I haven't yet tried Maltese rings. Yours look good, and I love the bookmark! Variegate thread doesn't always work out as well as it did here - it looks great!

  6. I haven't tried Maltese tatting yet, either. I do like the effect!

  7. Your doily is looking wonderful!! :)
    I like the look of that technique!! :)
    And that bookmark looks wonderful already!! :)

  8. Wow, those Maltese rings are beautiful! This makes me want to learn them.

  9. Hi Jon. Love your tatting it is so skillful and beautiful. I was wondering if you know how to do Oya? I have several on Face Book that shows their works. I was wondering if you knew this and would teach a little on this? Thank you for reading my message,
    Maxine Miller

    1. Hi Maxine,
      I am sorry, but I do not know how to do Oya but I have seen pictures of it through the internet and I find them fascinating. I know that this kind of lace is popular in Turkey and have seen them on scarves worn by the ladies from Turkey.

  10. You have inspired me to try the Maltese rings. How pretty!


Thank you leaving comments. I really appreciate it