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Friday, February 8, 2019

Jan's Doily

The final version of the doily has been tatted and the pattern can now be found in my Etsy shop. Click here to go directly to the listing.

Below is a photo of the doily, tatted in Lizbeth size 40 thread, White, Seagreen Light, and Turquoise Dark. It's next to the prototype of the doily, tatted in white:


I decided to name this pattern "Jan's Doily" because I was inspired by several of Jan Stawasz's doily designs. I really like the way he frames a central shape with a border of simple rings and chains.

The doily measures 11.75 inches wide when tatted in size 20 thread and 9.6 inches wide in size 40 thread. It's appropriate for a large vase or similar item:


Here is a closer photo of the prototype. It has a few minor irregularities because I was trying to come up with a good stitch count as I went along:


The colorized version was tatted afterwards, to test out my instructions and to make sure that everything lays flat:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

More rounds

A few more rounds have been added:


After this, there are two more rounds to go. The two rounds of simple rings and chains (in white) are inspired by several of Jan Stawasz's doilies. I wanted to try putting something together that featured a central design with a framing effect around it. More to come next week or the week after.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Something New

Here is a preview of something new I've been working on:


It is tatted in Lizbeth size 40 thread using White, Seagreen Light, and Ocean Turquoise Dark. More to come over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

100 years ago today...

Two sterling silver tatting shuttles were gifted on Christmas day, 1918:


The last initial is the same on both shuttles, which leads me to believe that these were given to two sisters. I wish I knew the story behind them. I purchased these on eBay in 2012, the year that I learned how to tat.

The first one reads "FEC 12-25-'18"


The second shuttle reads "M.W.C. 12-25-'18"


I thought these would be interesting to post today. Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blocking Snowflakes

I'm almost done making snowflakes for the year. These have been blocked and stiffened with Mod Podge Extreme Glitter. They are not attached to each other, just laid out on the table to form one giant snowflake:


I've been using a polar grid that I printed out from Inkscape to block the latest snowflakes. I placed each grid into a plastic sheet protector, to protect the tatting from the ink on the paper (and also to prevent the stiffener from sticking to the blocking surface).


I haven't been pinning the tatting because I don't know how that would work with a sheet protector, and I also don't want the pins to get stuck to the Mod Podge stiffener. The stiffener makes it so that I can push the tatting into place by hand and it will stay.

If you'd like a copy of the snowflake blocking template, you can access and print it HERE. I've also put a link to the template at the top of my Tutorials page.

I made a few of these snowflakes in smaller thread to see how big they would be. Here's a comparison with measurements listed under each snowflake:


It was pretty difficult to get the Josephine knots to close using size 80, so I won't be making any more in this thread. Size 20 works the best, and size 40 is alright too.