Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Test Tatting

While I haven't tatted since the weekend, I do have a little bit of tatting I can share with you. I started test tatting the adaptation of a 1915 tea cloth pattern which has been done by Jessica Spaulding. You may have seen her beautifully colorful tatting of the center of this large piece at her blog. When I was much younger, the idea of doing a large piece of tatting did not interest me at all. I find, however, that the idea now intrigues me. I like the idea of making something a bit spectacular. I'm not yet up to a tatted bedspread (I've seen and touched a gorgeous one!), but this I think I can do. I chose size 40 DMC Cordonnet in white. It looks ecru in this photo, but it really is a nice white. At the completion of the bottom of row 2, the piece measures 4.5 cm.
Life has been full of grandchildren, baseball (5 games this week), and other child-related activities. We even made a trip to the zoo today. Butterbean is cutting 4 new teeth at once which has been trying at times for both of us. I've also got some sewing started. Tatting is low on my priority list for this week. At least one of the doilies I have in progress is always with me just in case, but the practice of new techniques like filet tatting and Ikuta overlapping picots in a ring will definitely have to wait.  I love learning new things, so I can't bear to put either of those off much longer. Hopefully, I shall get to them next week. That's the plan anyway.

Don't be surprised if you don't see another post from me before the weekend, but I'll try to pop in to read your blogs now and then.

Happy tatting!

NOTE: If you want to see a scan of the original pattern showing what the final full-size doily looks like, Jessica has it here. I'm not sure how far I will go or what changes I may make as it gets larger, but I really like the center.


God's Kid said...

Looks like you are off to a great start on the new doily!! :)

Madtatter80 said...

I love this, I looked at other blog too, but did not find the whole doily are you teasing us cause the beginings look very nice :) I will google this name and see it it will show whole doily :)
Looks like you have been as busy as me take care from Carollyn

Jane McLellan said...

Well, life is the art of the possible, you'll get back to experimental tatting when the time is right. Good start to the doily, I look forward to seeing your progress.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Very pretty! Isn't it funny how the grandchildren make the days zip by? I've accomplished very little this week.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Thanks, all.

Madtatter80, I added a link to Jessica's post showing a scan of the original pattern with picture.

Yes, Diane, they do make the time fly. Oddly enough, they seem to go on and on like little Energizer bunnies, too. LOL

tattrldy said...

A nice start. You have to take time to enjoy the grandkids when you can, they grow sooo fast! We'll enjoy your progress as you have time.

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

You are so right, tattrldy.

muskaan said...

I have been following Jessica's gorgeous doily !
Have fun with the grandkids - everything else can wait, but not the little ones :-D

Jessica said...

Hi Eliz, Thanks for the link and for all the feedback!! The notes have been great and I'm excited to be making improvements to the pattern based on your feedback. :) If anyone has questions about the project, they can email me at