Friday, June 10, 2011

Round Robin Doilies From the Past

I didn't expect to get to tat today, but I managed to get about 3 inches of the hanky edging done during a break this afternoon. This evening I've been sorting through some of the tatting documents I've accumulated over the years. I came across some scans and pictures of doilies from round robins I participated in during 1997. I thought you might enjoy seeing them. I didn't get to see the other two completed doilies.

Both of these first two were both made from my center motif. The second picture is the one that was produced by the entire team. I call the first one our Oops Doily. When my doily became temporarily misplaced, one of my team mates tried to get it going again, but she didn't have the instructions from the previous rounds. As a result, I got two doilies from the round robin. I put the final rounds on our Oops Doily. (As you can see, the original piece turned up again and finished its rounds.)


This doily was started by Judy Gorrindo and was returned to her after I added its final round.
Every round robin doily is unique and it is so much fun to see them come together. This is probably my favorite doily of all the round robin doilies in which I've had a part and it belongs to Sue Hanson who designed its center motif. The round robin began in 1999 and I added a couple of rounds early in its movement (the small rings with two chains). When one of our team members had to drop out, I volunteered to finish the piece, adding the last two rounds. I just love looking at this one.

I wonder what other treasures I'll find as I clean?

8 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

A round robin doily sounds like a lot of fun, but also very intimidating! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

God's Kid said...

Very wonderful doilies! :)

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

When I saw the purple, I knew Sue Hansen had to be involved!

The doilies are lovely.

Michelle said...

What a neat idea (and beautiful doilies!).

But somewhat intimidating too. And who gets the doily in the end?

Carla said...

...wow... wonderful doilies.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

I always marvel at the versatility of tatting, and how many ways rings and chains can be formed into works of art. All of these designs are excellent, but I'm particularly drawn to the white one in the third photo. A lovely design using clovers!

I also would find it intimidating to try to figure out how to design each round, especially the last one!

Eliz (tatknot) said...

Believe it or not, Kathy, I prefer to be last. I love putting the finishing touches on a round robin doily. I did the final round or rounds on all of the doilies in this post. The only one I would change is the second white one. because a member dropped out of our group, I wound up finishing off my own doily. I'm thinking about tatting it up again to the point where I added the last two rounds and then doing something different--maybe open it up some before ending with a denser round. That was the hardest one I've ever ended. Ideas just wouldn't come. Now I've got lots of them.

Suztats said...

I think it might be difficult to be in a doily RR---I'd want to keep them all! Beautiful work!