View Full Version : 2008 Pretty Doily Tat-Along
13-06-2009, 02:34 PM
Posted by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 12:30am
Hi everyone, I've been wanting to do my first doily for some time now and never get to it. Anyway I started browsing patterns online and found this one:
Anyway the reason I'm writing this is that TattingChic and I are going to tat it up together at our own pace as a tat-along and thought maybe others in eTatters would enjoy doing it also. Any takers?
Reply by TattingChic on 21 May 2008 at 12:41am
I'm there, just as soon as I finish my ice cream cone...wait now I want to finish a real one...I was originally talking about a tatted one. Okay, so what I meant to say is I'm there just as soon as I finish my real ice cream cone and tat the little one I'm right there with ya.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 12:56am
HeeHee!!! Can't tat an ice cream cone without eating one too!!!
Reply by PattyD on 21 May 2008 at 5:41am
Uncle!!! Ya got me. This is too cool to pass up. I'm IN.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:49am
Yay!!! I'm glad that you are going to join us! It's a beautiful design isn't it. I'm going to merge rounds 1 and 2 into a single motif, seems to make more sense than to cut and tie! LOL
Reply by Verito on 21 May 2008 at 5:54am
The idea is great, I would like to join you, girls, but I'm a slow tatter, I don't know if I qualify for this (tat "along") :-∫ But the cool idea... and that piece of chiacchierino... I can't resist it. I'm in? Oh... I'll get soo behind...
Reply by Verito on 21 May 2008 at 6:03am
The italian version there agrees with you, Melissa: it says you can do them in one round. Seems more convenient to me too.
Reply by TattingChic on 21 May 2008 at 12:54pm
Don't worry Verito, the good news is that means that the others will have done it already so if you get stuck you have more people who have tatted it just before you did and they can answer your questions. I will be a little behind, too because I'm tatting this little ice cream cone first.
Reply by Librarian on 21 May 2008 at 3:37pm
I am working this almost exactly as written. I worked the center rings and climbed out with a split ring and I am working it in size 20. I have an idea for climbing out of the second row by introducing a piece of thread and finger tatting the last the ring and chains in direct tatting and climbing out of the last center ring with a split ring, and hiding the ends of the add thread. I DON'T like cut and tie! Throwing off a ring from a split chain seemed a little ugly.
see attached image
While working the center as unconnected rings, I realized that this creates a hot spot. I have to make sure I don't connect to the rings out of order.
The rhythm of this piece is very nice. The DS count of the chains is 3-4-5-4-3. The 3 rings are all 3-2-2-(2-2-2-2)-3. [small (large)]
How do you count multiple DS? I count up to 3 DS between picots like this (in my head): and 1 and 2 and 3, counting on the last half of the DS. Since I use a picot gauge (a little hex key), I can see all my picots at a glance.
Reply by PattyD on 21 May 2008 at 3:44pm
Aaargh!! Yes, that was me talking as the Librarian. I forgot to logout and login as myself. Yikes~!
Reply by PattyD on 21 May 2008 at 3:45pm
By the way, this is my first doily!
Reply by Marty on 21 May 2008 at 4:29pm
I want to play! I printed down the pattern and I'll hunt up some thread tonight. I'm not doing split rings on top of split chains! I'll just put in some magic threads then snip and hide the ends.
Reply by Suzanne M. on 21 May 2008 at 4:29pm
LOL! Isn't this impulse a little rash? after all these years sans doilies? If your sudden change of heart perturbs me, it is because I have a 'no tatted doilies' policy myself....Aaaack! I must go lie down; lest I get sucked into the vortex. Your planned transitions between rounds are intriguing and my shuttles are twitching expectantly... (Exits stage left, shaking her head and muttering: "It is a very pretty doily!")
13-06-2009, 02:40 PM
Reply by Dr TLT on 21 May 2008 at 4:49pm
You chose a lovely pattern. I saved and printed this one a couple years ago but haven't gotten around to doing it yet. I just started a 2nd large doily project yesterday. (the first one is on hold until I get the needed thread to complete it) Do I dare begin a third?! I typically only have one project going at any time, but I may have to add this one to the list.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:32pm
Great Verito!!! Happy to have you join us too! Don't worry about speed, I don't think I'm that fast of a tatter either, but that's okay. It's perfectly fine if we are all at different paces, I think the important thing is we are all supporting each other in tatting the doily.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:35pm
That's neat! I couldn't read the italian! LOL I did draw up a rough diagram for the center motif from rounds 1-2 and I tatted it up last night.
I'll get my center photographed soon, my hands/wrists are mad at me today so I might need to have a small break and come back to it...very hard when I'm excited to tat this doily! LOL
13-06-2009, 02:42 PM
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:39pm
Very neat how you are going about it! I don't enjoy cutting and tying either but I think this time I'm going to just do it that way and keep things simple.
I think it will be a great resource for others to watch your progress and how you climb out and stuff! This is so fun!
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:41pm
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:42pm
Hee hee hee the vortex of doilies is pulling!!! LOL
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:43pm
I forgot to put in the magic thread when I started but oh well, at least I have the little center rounds done.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 5:44pm
I'm usually a one project person too, but lately I've been enjoying the switching up and rotating projects! LOL If it helps any it seems like a small doily and would probably get done pretty fast for you.
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 6:40pm
The photo looks much larger than it is, it's really very small and I'm thinking it's going to be a very small doily. Anyway this center motif is not even as wide as a clover shuttle and I'm using size 30 DMC Cebelia Thread!
13-06-2009, 02:42 PM
Reply by PattyD on 21 May 2008 at 6:54pm
Yes, but by the looks of it, the doily will be PERFECT! I already made a boo boo, but, I am not concerned about it. In the larger scheme of things, it will not even be noticed.
13-06-2009, 02:47 PM
Reply by Sandra on 21 May 2008 at 7:05pm
I'm working on another small one round doily, one in Tatting with Visual Patterns. It's the Spinning Wheel pattern on pages 75-76. A nice easy doily. I'm doing it in a rose DMC Perle size 8 and it'll be 6-7 inches across when I'm done. Not hard, but pretty.
I found that someone had scanned this book and put it out at this location.
Reply by TattingChic on 21 May 2008 at 7:27pm
Ahhhh so the mysterious librarian has been UN-masked....at last....we know your secret identity....PattyD...LOL!
Reply by PattyD on 21 May 2008 at 8:20pm
This is the vortex speaking: You will succumb to a doily sooner or later, if not this one, there lies one lurking in your future. Somewhere, sometime, when you least expect it, the perfect doily will appear and I, the Vortex, will have you!
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming....
I have in mind to made a crescent shaped zip kit for my tatting stuff (much classier than a zip lock baggie!). A round doily, folded in half seems perfect in which to enfold it.
Today is my 'perfect' day, have you noticed?
P. S. The second row exited perfectly at the last large ring. My idea worked, at least the second time. Nothing wrong with the idea, just the execution. I worked the right half of the scallop with its attendant join and ring just fine. When I started the split ring, I encapsulated the core end from the right half of the scallop and trimmed the end before making the join to the previous ring. Then, after I had already trimmed the encapsulated end, I saw a knot, an undoable knot inside the ring! THEN, I saw that I had cut one of the strands of the ring thread when I trimmed the encapsulated thread. So, I cut the ring open, cut out the right half of the scallop. Redid the right half with the shuttle I cut out of the ring and encapsulated the working thread from the right half of the scallop and the free end from the shuttle.
THEN, and only then, did I realize that I don't like row 3. It just seems off to me. So, from here on out, it's a redesign effort.
Watch this space . . .
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 10:32pm
Oh ya, I think sometimes we are the only ones to ever notice our mistakes! The only reason I've seen any mistakes in others tatting (usually vintage) was if I was sewing it down on a CQ block and come across it, otherwise it would have gone unnoticed still! LOL
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 10:47pm
I have that book too LOVE it! It's a must have for sure!
Reply by Suzanne M. on 21 May 2008 at 11:23pm
"I have in mind to made a crescent shaped zip kit for my tatting stuff (much classier than a zip lock baggie!). A round doily, folded in half seems perfect in which to enfold it."
I like small frame clutches best for tatting because I do not believe that zippers and thread mix all that well. I have several that I purchased on Etsy, but this one is my favorite (http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8263856).
Reply by Donna on 21 May 2008 at 11:24pm
I made that doily when it was first put up on the web many years ago. I used pale pink pearl cotton size #12 I think. It turns out beautifully. It was the second doily I ever made and I loved it. Would you believe that it is in a page protector sleeve and I've never taken care of the loose ends....how lame can I be?
Reply by TattingChic on 21 May 2008 at 11:32pm
Welcome to the pretty doily tat-a-long, Donna. If you finish the ends now you'll be part of the tat-a-long!....LOL!
Well, I finished my ice cream cone so now I'm ready to start the doily. Yippee!!
Reply by TattingChic on 21 May 2008 at 11:32pm
Looks beautiful, Melissa!
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 11:41pm
Awwww you could use this as a chance to get it out and finish it up and set it out somewhere perfect! It sounds beautiful!
Reply by Donna on 21 May 2008 at 11:49pm
I haven't touched my shuttles in at least a year but a couple of evenings ago I got the urge to dust them off and tat once again. Maybe I will take this opportunity to take care of those loose ends...it would look beautiful in my bedroom. Since it will be sunny this weekend I will try to post a picture.
Reply by RorysOmi on 21 May 2008 at 11:51pm
Donna....post it would you please!
Reply by Melissa on 21 May 2008 at 11:52pm
Woo Hoo!!!!!! Can't wait to see it!
Reply by TattingChic on 22 May 2008 at 12:51am
Yeah, that would be great if you posted it, Donna, it would be incentive for the rest of us!!!
13-06-2009, 02:49 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 22 May 2008 at 1:08am
The doily is calling, "Suzanne...tat me...you know you want to....tat me...Suzanne...come into the doily vortex where you belong...."
Reply by Suzanne M. on 22 May 2008 at 3:14am
Liberal application of duct tape to its picot-laced mouth should put a stop to that! On a more serious note, I'm still slogging along with the patchwork valance (decided to go the full 40 motives - 32 just wasn't enough) and doodling with new techniques on the side. I don't love doilies; I rarely display doilies; and would rather crochet or knit them than tat them. There, I've 'fessed up to being a complete heretic. Now you may excommunicate me from the tatting sisterhood!
Reply by Verito on 22 May 2008 at 5:08am
Very nice work in progress! I'm still deciding which thread, but can't wait anymore.
Reply by PattyD on 22 May 2008 at 7:18am
Naah! Tatter's choice always rules.
Reply by TeresaW on 22 May 2008 at 5:06pm
You will all really enjoy this pattern. I tatted it about 5 years ago in a pale blue 30 Cebelia and one of the first pieces that I ever tried as a frontside/backside work. I'm pleased with it even today and will try to post a picture ... if I can find it again amongst all the dust bunnies and spring cleaning.
Teresa Woods, NATA #79
Mount Holly, NC USA
Reply by Melissa on 23 May 2008 at 6:59am
That will be so cool if you can post a photo for us!
Reply by Melissa on 23 May 2008 at 7:00am
Have you gotten to start yet? What color thread did you pick? I just barely started on round 3 but needed to take a little break my pinky finger got thread burn, icky! LOL
Reply by Verito on 23 May 2008 at 7:19am
Yes, I started yesterday and continued with it today. Oh... I was very original with the colour I picked, and remember I said I was a slow tatter?
Now I'll inaugurate the hall of shame on e-tatters, I'll be sent right to it.
13-06-2009, 02:52 PM
Reply by Melissa on 23 May 2008 at 7:59am
LOL Oh Verito you are doing perfect! Who cares how slow you go the great thing is that you are doing it! I think it looks great in white the same as the example pattern really crisp looking. Thank you so much for sharing with us, I hope you are enjoying it!
Reply by TattingChic on 23 May 2008 at 8:59pm
Verito, I think I am going to tat mine in white or ecru. Hey, I think you are going to have a head start on me because now I had to tat ANOTHER ice cream cone (got that done) and now I get to tat a bookmark for Melissa so you're going to be ahead of me so keep on Tatting!! Slow and sure is the way. It looks beautiful so far. You're doing just fine.
Reply by TattingChic on 23 May 2008 at 9:00pm
Yeah, I want to see the photo, too... more incentive.
Reply by Donna on 25 May 2008 at 2:57pm
I've posted a scan of the doily...it still needs to be washed and blocked but I hope it will serve as inspiration.....it really does turn out to be a beautiful doily.
Reply by TattingChic on 25 May 2008 at 4:17pm
It looks beautiful if anyone wants to see it you can click here
Reply by Donna on 25 May 2008 at 6:25pm
hmmmm....that's really odd. The version that you are tatting-along has one additional round. I'm wondering if I managed to forget a round or if Rose Roger's original did not contain that round?
edited to add: never mind...I found a photo on the web where someone else did the original doily and it looked just like mine...whew...I thought I had messed up. I think I may try it again and tat a long with you guys with this new variation.
Reply by Verito on 26 May 2008 at 5:12am
Welcome aboard. :-D
Reply by Melissa on 26 May 2008 at 10:07pm
I've noticed that in Round 3 there needs a little correction:
R5 should be 3-2+2-2-2-3 instead of 3-2+2-2-3 which makes that ring one picot short from the one that mirrors it.
Reply by TattingChic on 27 May 2008 at 1:29am
I finally got to start on this pretty pattern. I just finished the center and took a pic for ya all to see. (I just didn't want to feel left out...hee hee) I don't know why the picture turns out so big but it does. I'm using DMC Cordonnet Special size 60 in white. I really like the way the thread slides against itself when I close a ring. It feel very sturdy for it's small size.
13-06-2009, 02:53 PM
Reply by Melissa on 27 May 2008 at 3:01am
Yeayyyyyyyyy!!! I've noticed that when you upload a photo in a post like this you can change the size right before you upload or publish something like that anyway just look for it next time. I like the cordonnet thread too, the only problem I have with it is that it twists easier/faster than the cebelia but the smoothness is nice.
Reply by Verito on 27 May 2008 at 3:09am
Cool! Yours is going great. :-) I like the picots.
Reply by Thymedremr on 27 May 2008 at 4:57am
Hi, I'm a taker. This is Thymedremr and I am willing to give it a try. I also have never done a tatted doily.
Reply by Melissa on 27 May 2008 at 5:03am
Welcome on board! I'm currently working on round 3 and have 3 repeats of it done so far so I'm halfway to round 4! Can't wait to see your progress too!
Reply by TattingChic on 27 May 2008 at 11:24am
Welcome, Thymedremr, I guess it's a first for Patty D and Melissa as well. I don't know about Verito. Tell me about your user ID name. Since Thyme is a spice I'm wondering do you like to cook or just play with words, or both?
Reply by Melissa on 27 May 2008 at 5:30pm
Here is my progress so far, I'm probably going to get some time today to finish round 3! I'm so excited seeing this progress!!! It's SO pretty!!! Wouldn't these 3 rounds make a beautiful snowflake too?
Oh and TattingChic when I uploaded this photo I clicked on options and then on make a thumbnail so it will be smaller but can be seen larger when clicked on.
13-06-2009, 02:55 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 27 May 2008 at 5:58pm
It's looking, good so far. I will be starting on the 3rd round today. I was thinking that same thing about the center looking cute as a snowflake in larger thread (size 60 makes the center about the size of a silver dollar) but yeah, the 3rd round would look pretty as a snowflake,too. I'll keep the photo thing in mind when I upload my progress.
Reply by TattingChic on 27 May 2008 at 9:22pm
Hi everybody...I finished the 3rd round and I'll be starting on the 4th. I took a quick pic so I thought I'd post it. How is everyone else doing?
Okay, Melissa, in order to upload this photo I clicked on the little "picture" icon at the top of the toolbar of the writing field of this post and it gave me the option to "browse" and then "upload" never did I get an option to change the size at all. So, what are you doing different? Because I didn't even get an option to change it to anything it just uploaded and VOILA' there's the IN YOUR FACE photo...LOL... what to do...what to do....lol
13-06-2009, 02:56 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 28 May 2008 at 1:20am
Thank you, Dantatter. So, um....why don't you join us? Ya know, since you like tatting doilies so much???? ROFLOL....hee hee.
Reply by Sandra on 28 May 2008 at 3:33am
got this one done - it's got some mistakes, but it's not horrible. See the finished results here
Reply by Marty on 28 May 2008 at 3:51am
Mine is done, but I don't like it. I tat way to tight, I guess. The chains that work for everyone else are way too short. I forgot to add stitches to the first round of chains, and they look dumb and will have to be almost straight lines when the poor baby is blocked. I did add stitches to the second and third row of chains. The other problem with it is that it's way to "hairy" I used a picot gauge that was too big, because it's the only one I have (a tiny little piece of dowel someone gifted me with). I think trying to block this thing will be a nightmare. It still has the thread ends from where I pulled them through with the magic threads. I leave them long until it's blocked so I don't pull it apart. Here's the hairy, little, unblocked beastie:
The upshot is -- I've started over and am leaving out all but the joining picots, and might leave out two of the rows of chains. Then you ask -- "Well, good grief, what's the point? -- that's not a tat-along!"
13-06-2009, 02:58 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 28 May 2008 at 4:06am
I think it looks nice and will look much better when you block it, Marty. I love the color of thread you chose it's very pretty. I think when all is said and done and if you do redo it you will find that you are not the only one to revise it. I think I read somewhere that PattyD is revising a round or 2 to work for her.....so wadda ya mean? what's the point???? I think it shows perserverence on your part and the flexibility to change something that didn't work so it works better and who knows maybe it will make it more workable for the next person who comes along. I think you're being way to hard on yourself Marty. I can't wait to see it blocked and stuff. I think it looks great.
Reply by PattyD on 28 May 2008 at 4:22am
Oddly enough, I found the Spinning Wheel to be very, very difficult, mostly because it wasn't ring, reverse, chain, reverse. I tried it when I didn't have the experience I have now. I treasure the one attempt I finally completed.
Reply by PattyD on 28 May 2008 at 4:55am
Finally solved the current row. The scallops were too curved until I figured out that the large center ring needed to join differently to relax the curve. I don't even remember how many times I UN-tatted the first scallop of the fourth row. In honor of the thread not breaking, I decided to leave it, grubbiness and all.
The row before the current unfinished one is in the same yellow shaded with white. I like the effect.
The reason I changed the third row was because the clovers seemed to me to clash with the rest of the design. I will probably change the last row, too, to replace the clovers.
I expect to work the 3 rows of chains in a combination of the 2 threads and make one row match the one I already worked.
13-06-2009, 03:02 PM
Reply by Verito on 28 May 2008 at 4:59am
Ohhhhhhhhhhh - tell - me - about - ittt. After I hardly finished the center, my mother saw it -she was sewing something, and she liked it as a snowflake... too much. She immediately asked me for a couple: said "I'll take this one and do me another one". My doilyyy... So that's where I am now. But I could never say no to her, so I'm starting my third center now. The good thing is I can keep the one that looks better.
Reply by Verito on 28 May 2008 at 5:42am
Wow, Patty, you've worked a lot on it! You got something different. And the colours are nice.
Reply by Verito on 28 May 2008 at 5:47am
Marty: it looks great, really. Well done!
Reply by Verito on 28 May 2008 at 5:53am
Yes! First doily too! :-D Probably when finished it'll be the one I'll treasure forever, no matter what it looks like.
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 6:30am
OK when I upload I see the browse the upload too but there is a word "Options" with an arrow in front of it right above the Cancel button, Click on that and then you'll see the check boxes for thumbnails and so on.
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 6:33am
OH and I got the 3rd round pretty much done today, just need to join the last spot and take the photo tomorrow!
TattingChic you are SO FAST!!! LOL And doing awesomely too!
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 6:39am
Marty, I totally agree with TattingChic! The point isn't necessarily to do exactly the same thing but to just do the doily together even if that means you change everything about it, to me it's fun to see the variations! I think it's more about tatting camaraderie!
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 6:44am
Patty I think it's awesome what you've done! A new variation! I've not done very much of my own changes but if I did I would try and change round 4 of the original I don't like those alternating large rings but can't envision anything else or better. So I'll probably just tat it as is still, but I admire you and anyone else who's able to make changes so well!
Reply by DragonLord on 28 May 2008 at 10:21am
I'm only just on the outer part of the centre design (only tatting on the train atm). I'll try to up load a photo soon.
Reply by TattingChic on 28 May 2008 at 1:35pm
At first I felt bad for you that you let your mother have the centers to your doily, even though that is really nice of you as a daughter. Now, I see, as you said, that it will look even better now, because you've done it a couple of times...that is really cool. I can't wait to see another picture, so next time you gotta be firm with mom so you can get your doily tatted...LOL. ;)
Reply by Ais on 28 May 2008 at 2:57pm
I want to do it too but the link doesn't work on my server. can someone please help.
Reply by Sewicked on 28 May 2008 at 3:04pm
Have you tried to copy & paste the link in a new window?
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 5:12pm
Try this link Click Here
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 5:18pm
LOL OH that is funny! Very true the way you think about it that at least you'll get to keep the best one! LOL At least she gave you an excuse to practice right? You better hide the doily as you make it or she'll want it too! LOL Pretty soon you'll be making 3 doilies!
Reply by TattingChic on 28 May 2008 at 6:18pm
If that doesn't work, Ais, go to my blog post about it here and in the second paragraph down the second linked word should take you to the pattern also if it's just something wierd with your server and eTatters. Maybe it will work with links on blogger.
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 6:57pm
AND if All this doesn't work I'll print it to PDF and can send it to you PDF form in email and then you can print it on your printer.
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 7:03pm
Well I finally finished round 3! WooHoo! That last join at the end (chain to ring) was a nightmare...good thing it ain't a competition piece is all I got to say! LOL Yall probably can't see it in the photo though but it's not as pretty on the back side, but I figure...hey it's going to be on a table and the backside won't be seen!!! LOL
13-06-2009, 03:05 PM
Reply by PattyD on 28 May 2008 at 7:19pm
If you are using Windows and Internet Explorer, put your mouse over the link
Instead of clicking on the link, right click instead
You may be able to save the picture by selecting Save Target As ...
Or simply print the picture
If we have to carve it in stone and mount an expedition, we will get you the picture.
13-06-2009, 03:09 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 28 May 2008 at 8:44pm
Melissa, my sentiments exactly on my doily...lol I'll spare you the story of my nightmare with that...thread breaking while trying to get ends in through magic thread and had to open last ring in order to get enough thread to even tie the new thread to...OKay, so I didn't spare you...but there it is. That last chain and join on my doily is an eyesore.
Reply by Melissa on 28 May 2008 at 8:56pm
Woooooo Yeah, at least I just cut and tied but when I went to join it to the beginning spot......the stinking thread split and wouldn't behave!!! So now I got a knot back there and the chain looks a little odd. Oh well, seriously I'm just glad this is for fun and isn't needed to be perfect! Forget hiding ends...I really could care less if there is a knot back there for this one...little bit like bra burning HAHAHA! Ok I'm being really silly!!! Hope I don't banned from the tatting world for my rebellious "knot-tying-no-hiding-ends" ways! HAHA
Reply by Verito on 29 May 2008 at 7:45am
Good advices. LOL Yeah, I'm getting practice.
Reply by Verito on 29 May 2008 at 8:02am
Cool! Please do.
Reply by TattingChic on 29 May 2008 at 12:57pm
ROFLOL...okay I have never even thought to compare "not hiding ends" to "bra burning", but okay, I see your rationale....Melissa, it's okay with me if your tatting is knotty. You knotty girl, you. Yeah, that's it, I don't think the tatting police will ban you from the tatting world...you'll just be deemed a "knotty girl"...LOL...
I crack myself up...
I just hope you can accept my hopelessly end hiding ways. I like my tatting that way and I'm going to keep hiding the ends. :P
Reply by Melissa on 29 May 2008 at 5:31pm
Sure as long as you aren't a secret member of the tatting police! LOL I got an idea.....YOU can hide all my ends for me! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Reply by Hanane on 29 May 2008 at 5:50pm
Looks pretty simple!!! I think I will join ya. When are you starting.
Reply by Melissa on 29 May 2008 at 5:54pm
We are doing it each at our own pace, so you can start and finish whenever you'd like! Glad you could join us Hanane! I love how it's giving me the encouragement to finish a doily!
Reply by TattingChic on 29 May 2008 at 8:39pm
Yeah...LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL on the hiding all the ends for you!!!
Reply by TattingChic on 29 May 2008 at 8:41pm
Welcome to the tat-a-long, Hanane. I wasn't able to start until several days after Melissa and I started it due to an unexpected commissioned piece of tatting I had to got to do for Melissa. Some people have just joined....so, Welcome, welcome.
Reply by Melissa on 29 May 2008 at 10:43pm
LOL Awww C'mon...you KNOW you wanna!!!!
Reply by Marty on 29 May 2008 at 11:04pm
We get to burn our bras, too! Oh, wow! I really, really like this tat-along. Such liberation. I felt so liberated, I started over WITHOUT any of the hairy picots. Hey, I got me a bald doily and I like it!
Reply by TattingChic on 29 May 2008 at 11:06pm
ROFLOL...Marty you are hilarious. This is the funnest tat-a-long I've ever done...It's the ONLY tat-a-long I've ever done...
We should put a warning label on this Doily Tat-A-Long
WARNING: THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S PRETTY DOILY TAT-A-LONG
Reply by Marty on 29 May 2008 at 11:14pm
Ahhh, I see -- it looks good! Changing the pattern to suit each of us is how we come up with other things. Good on you for thinking of it. Me, I needed permission! (so repressed, you know)
Reply by Melissa on 29 May 2008 at 11:32pm
YA YA Lets burn the bras!!!!! We don't need them to TAT!!! LOLLLLLLLLLL
Well maybe not burn them...need them still HAHAHA how about toss them across the room instead?!? LOL
Reply by Melissa on 29 May 2008 at 11:36pm
Did you get your photo yet? Can't wait to see!
Reply by Susan B. T. on 30 May 2008 at 12:15am
coming along nicely.. thankd for the photo....I have not even pick out thread
Reply by Susan B. T. on 30 May 2008 at 12:16am
Great.. TC can hide all our ends for us.......
Reply by TattingChic on 30 May 2008 at 2:34am
AHEm......I'd be happy to refer you ALL to some teaching links on the net....you know....
"Teach a man to fish"
You guys are all sooooo cuuuuuuuuuute! :P
Reply by TattingChic on 30 May 2008 at 2:35am
You're joining us Susan? Cool! I'm finally going to start on round 4 tonight.
Reply by TattingChic on 30 May 2008 at 2:43am
Ais, have you been able to find the doily pattern, yet?
Reply by Melissa on 30 May 2008 at 3:00am
NO NO NO It's alright we KNOW you want to hide our ends for us...forget the teaching to fish thing...remember you can lead a horse to water...but you can't make him drink!!! HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa
Reply by Verito on 30 May 2008 at 3:18am
Oh, yes, too funny. On the other hand, I'm starting to believe an entire gender could feel excluded with all this bra talk in the project. LOL Well, I'm enjoying a lot, I'm glad I joined.
Reply by Melissa on 30 May 2008 at 3:46am
LOL Well that's the thing, the men don't have to wear 'em so they are lucky!
Reply by TattingChic on 30 May 2008 at 11:14am
I know what you mean, Verito. THe same thought occured to me...in fact I think we did have a guy join us and we haven't heard him since we went down this thread of thought....hmmmm..... did we scare him off I wonder?
Reply by Melissa on 30 May 2008 at 6:17pm
If bra talk can scare 'im away...anyway I seriously doubt it, my husband just laughs that we are being silly, if there is a guy he can just tout the fact that he doesn't have to wear a bra! LOL Hey they might even ask if they can have the bras as handy dandy shelves to store tatting supplies! LOL
P.S. I think most guy tatters understand that there are a lot of girl tatters who say silly stuff!
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 1:32am
Here's the progress on my doily. I tatted round 4 today. It started to curl up a little but pressing brought it back to it's desired shape and "flatness".
13-06-2009, 03:11 PM
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 1:38am
Awesome! I've not started round 4 yet, but I will get to it!
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 2:26am
So good! So advanced! And you started later... I'm still far from that.
Reply by Sandra on 31 May 2008 at 2:48am
OK, I'm finally in. I finished my small spiral doily. So I've done the first 2 rounds of this one - I'm using DMC Cebelia size 30 is a dusty rose. Hope I'm not too far behind.....
13-06-2009, 03:12 PM
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 3:09am
Very very nice colour. Good choice of a thread. I'm still on round 3, so you are not behind. Good you are in, thanks for posting the picture.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 3:23am
Ok! After reading so much about burning bras and tat-along I think I'll join. :-) Need to get an empty shuttle (hmm... I think I can't remember what's that) and fill it with a pretty color. I have made this doily a couple of times before. First when Rose Roger was making it and then when I made a tat-along in Spanish.
Hmmm... Wondering how it will look with beads. I guess I just want to complicate my life. lol
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 3:36am
Great! Welcome! All that talk was a strategy to convince more people to join lol. It's a lot of fun, you'll enjoy yourself. I'm sure this time your doily will be even prettier. Now... you already did a tat-along with this exact doily?
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 3:38am
Yep, Rose Rogers made a tat-along with this doily and then I translated it to Spanish and did it again. So this will be my 3rd time.
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 3:41am
Wow, out of the zillions and zillons of tatting patterns? Melissa, you chose this doily to use in this tat-along project, right? Now tell me: which number should I play for lotery tomorrow?
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 3:43am
Welcome along! So pretty in dusty rose!
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 3:44am
And Wally, you'll have fun for a third time! And remember to post pictures when you have.
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 3:45am
Verito you must not be as slow as you think if you are now on round 3 and had to do the center 3 times since your Mom wanted the other 2! I think you are doing a great job!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 3:46am
I'm finishing now a crochet along, so tomorrow I'll start filling the shuttles. It's going to be fun!
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 3:47am
LOL Well welcome on in...maybe we should make a rule...no bra wearing while tatting this doily? LOL This is going to give me a chuckle of memories when this doily is finished I tell ya! So fun!
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 3:48am
LOL Well it's just SO pretty and it's among the free online patterns out there so that's how it got picked!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 3:52am
May be rename this the Braless Tat-along? lol
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 4:00am
LOL Tats a good one!!!
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 4:02am
I imagine the situation: ten years in the future someone comes to Melissa's place and sees the pretty doily and gives compliments. Melissa in fact chuckles, tries to hide it but can't resist it. The memories are stronger. The visitor has no clue about what happens.
Reply by Sandra on 31 May 2008 at 4:03am
Until she notices Melissa is braless.
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 4:05am
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 4:33am
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 4:35am
Yes, but this is your 3rd time, remember? Didn't your mom steal your first 2 as snowflakes? LOL
13-06-2009, 03:21 PM
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 4:36am
LOL I almost spill my milk through the nose. lol
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 4:37am
Hey Sandra! It's looking great so far. Nice color! It's kinda fun (in a wierd way) knowing other people are tatting the same thing at the same time...sorta...
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 4:37am
Right! Lol, seems like I'm following Wally's steps.
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 4:38am
Awesome possum Wally! Welcome. You'll need 2 shuttles. Sometimes that can be a tall order even when you have a ton of shuttles, huh? Okay now I am remembering why I keep buying more shuttles...LOL
Does anyone else have a ton of shuttles?
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 4:41am
Hey! That would apply to both genders of tatters....LOL
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 4:41am
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 4:45am
I think I lost the count at 40. Most of them are collectibles. But I have my little "slaves" that are mostly Clovers and Aeros. May be a dozen or so of them. The other day I found a 2-pack of Clovers in a shop and mom looked at me rolling her eyes when I told her I need more shuttles. She didn't let me get them. She say may be a "poor" shuttle-less tatter need them more than me. lol
But as soon as I go visit my dad next week, I'll tell him I need to buy shuttles so he can drive me to a shop. :-)
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 4:45am
Me, considering I've been tatting for so short. And if I ran out of shuttles, I'd still have the cardboard ones.
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 4:57am
Lol! Your dad will give you a hand with that, I know it. A poor shuttle-less tatter? Good one. Lol.
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 5:01am
Your shuttles are neat, Verito.
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 5:06am
LOL need you ask? I just bought 2 more at JoAnn's this weekend! LOL
13-06-2009, 03:23 PM
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 5:08am
Thank you, it's what I can have for now, but works fine for me.
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 5:11am
And I just bought a new crochet hook for very small joints with very thin tread yesterday.
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 6:57am
Cool... I have a 0.4 mm one just for that and I love it except that I gouged myself in my forefinger TWICE today with it and one time the hook got stuck OWIE!!
Reply by Verito on 31 May 2008 at 7:08am
Ahhhh! Not nice, not nice. Hasn't happened to me yet, and never occured to me that such things were included in the tatting "package". Ah, well, when it does, I'll write with my other hand asking for advice. I got countless accidents with regular nails, but with hooks?? Ahhhh.
Reply by Ais on 31 May 2008 at 1:44pm
err... I tried everything.... it STILL doesn't work. Melissa can you please email me. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I so want to do it and if someone doesn't mail me the patern I'll have to write it from the pictures and that will take me atleast 3days! Please ...help!!
Reply by Ais on 31 May 2008 at 1:51pm
I have a crochet hook on the side too... it saves time and the thread. :)
Oh btw... my sis called to say she got my shuttles. :D I can't wait to see her. I had asked her for 3 new shuttles.... Hmm... :)
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 2:20pm
Hi Ais, what sort of shuttles did your sis get you? I guess you'll have pics on your blog when you get the chance, huh?
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 3:56pm
Hi Ais, I know you asked Melissa to email it to you, but since I was up and on the net early this morning I thought I'd take the liberty of emailing the link to you. I hope you and Melissa don't mind my stepping in. I just wanted to get it out to you because I know you've been waiting a while to get to that link. I wish you good luck and happy tatting on it and look for that email from me. :)
Reply by Nita Schwenn on 31 May 2008 at 5:41pm
I saw that photo of the doily in progress with the motif and rose........ is that pattern available on the net or wherever??? it looks soooooooo pretty
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 6:10pm
OK I printed it to PDF and sent it to you in email, I hope it works out for you!
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 6:14pm
Yes you can find the pattern Here will you be joining us?
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 7:31pm
Well, I started mine. I was going to add beads but this morning I change my mind and I'll do a multicolor doily. I'll be using DMC Cebelia #30. Already started my 1st round and will start the next in a few minutes.
I'll be blogging about it here and in my Multiply blog if you want to follow the progress.
13-06-2009, 03:25 PM
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 8:01pm
I tried to post this on your blog but it wouldn't let me unless I register...sorry! Anyway here it is:
Oh that's a lovely center!!! Love that idea of color! You should post the photo in the discussion too to inspire others! I might have to tat this more than once to do some color next time that is SO pretty!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 8:58pm
I think I forgot to explain that I posted it also in my blog here on eTatters. There you can comment without problems. :-)
Thanks for the compliment. Here is the photo of the center
13-06-2009, 03:26 PM
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 9:37pm
I really love that color combo looks very realistic to the colors of an open rose, I just love it when roses have golden centers! Are you going to do the doily all in those colors or more colors. Ooooo a graduated color scheme would look lovely too like each round a darker shade.......hmmmm I really really might have to do this one a second time with that idea!
Then again I'd need another pack of shuttles to do it!!! HAHAHA See we really DO need tons of shuttles!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 31 May 2008 at 10:27pm
I love roses too! I'm going to use one more color, 3 colors in total. Oh! I would love to make a graduate colors doily. But it's difficult for me to get the perfect colors, unless I tat with embroidery floss. All my worker shuttles are full of threads and attached to some projects so I'll have to get into my shuttle collection and get some of them out and fill them with more threads until I can go and buy a few more shuttles. My problem is that I also left some of my workers in Egypt and traveled to PR with only a few. I know... A lame excuse to get more shuttles! lol
Reply by Melissa on 31 May 2008 at 10:49pm
Ya true about the colors thing, if dying your own was easier! LOL But there is a reason only a few people do the HDT's!!! LOL I've dyed a few pieces of lace but I do not enjoy dying stuff very much and it was a different method that is not permanent as well.
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 11:24pm
LOL...I registered to multiply just so I could look at Wally's and Connie's blogs. Now I have a feed to that from my blogger.com blog and I get comments there as well that I would miss if I only had the blogger blog. It's kinda cool.
Reply by TattingChic on 31 May 2008 at 11:24pm
It looks lovely, Wally!
Reply by Sandra on 1 June 2008 at 12:23am
I'm convinced you can never have too many shuttles - at least not enough of the kind you like to tat with. (I hate the metal Bates ones.) Mine are usually in use with one project of the other - or they have project ends. I don't like to throw out little thread ends but I'm sometimes too lazy to tat up the flutterbies and fleurs I need to for decorative use.
I usually place an order for at least one set of Clover shuttles with every thread order. Never enough!
Reply by TattingChic on 1 June 2008 at 1:53am
I always pick up one or two at the craft store no matter what I'm there to get. I'm with you...one can never have too many shuttles.
Reply by Melissa on 1 June 2008 at 2:34am
Same here! I do the same as both of you! LOL
Reply by Wally Sosa on 1 June 2008 at 2:34am
I think I have done too much today. :-) I just finished round 4. The next 3 rounds are chains only. But I'll make them tomorrow. I'm still undecided if I'll add beads to those 3 next rounds or just make them plain with the picots. Here is the last photo:
It's not extremely big when it's done in size #30.
13-06-2009, 03:30 PM
Reply by Melissa on 1 June 2008 at 2:35am
Very nice it's like a rose with leaves around or a Peony! Oooooo can you tell I love flowers!?! LOL
Reply by Verito on 1 June 2008 at 2:38am
Good work, Wally! You had a good idea with that combination of colours.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 1 June 2008 at 2:38am
Yep, that's what I was thinking when I decided the colors. Actually I colorized 1st the original photo to see how the placements of the colors will look and then I filled the shuttles. I'm very please with this version.
Reply by Verito on 1 June 2008 at 2:45am
Nice! It's growing fast, you worked a lot today, indeed.
Reply by Melissa on 1 June 2008 at 2:53am
Very nice and good idea!
Reply by Verito on 1 June 2008 at 2:56am
Uhh. Very technological. ;-)
Reply by TattingChic on 1 June 2008 at 4:25am
That is gorgeous. Great colors!
I'm almost done with round 7...YAY!!!
Reply by Verito on 1 June 2008 at 4:35am
Wow!! I better hurry lol. Oh, and good work!!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 1 June 2008 at 4:47am
I was going to continue tatting but got a little tire. But I'll try to finish it tomorrow. I already have some other things I want to tat. :-)
Reply by Ais on 1 June 2008 at 7:47am
Plastic Shuttles. The little non-tatter could only find those, she said. But... atleast she got me SHUTTLES!! That, is what matters. Yeah the pics on the blog.
Reply by Ais on 1 June 2008 at 7:49am
Wally, it is beautiful!! I agree with Melissa the colour combo looks so pretty. I am wondering about colours on my doily already... hmm... what should I do?
Reply by Verito on 1 June 2008 at 7:51am
They are always welcome. How cool your sister goes shuttles-shopping for you. How sweet of her. Does she tat too?
Reply by TattingChic on 1 June 2008 at 2:47pm
Wally, you are a tatting machine!! LOL!
Reply by TattingChic on 1 June 2008 at 3:36pm
Okay! Rounds 5, 6, & 7 are now complete as of last night and I hope to finish the 8th and final round today. Yippee!!!
I made no alterations from the original pattern except for the round 3 corrections from Melissa and it seemed to work just fine.
Note on Chains: I found a little trick to keep the long rows of DS on the chains from having "little ridges". To keep your chain looking smooth (aside from even tension) I found that if I pushed the DS together 2 or 3 DS after the picot was made then I had a smooth chain....but if I pushed the DS back 5 DS after the picot was made then I would get a little ridge or bump on the chain by the picot from the "weight" of all those DS. I know you usually push a double stitch next to the previous one right after you make a picot...and I'm not talking about that (go ahead and do that) I'm talking about when you push the DS together to tighten the chain or keep the chain taught. I hope this makes sense and helps you, because it really made a difference in how the finished chains looked.
In other words...don't wait until the entire chain is finished before you push your DS together to tighten your chain....tighten your chain every few DS to keep it looking smooth and keep the last several DS under your pinch (of course)....If that is important to you.
If it's not important to you....HECK! I don't care what ya do...LOL ;)
For some reason this little trick helped me keep that delicate arch in the chain that the pattern lends itself to.
13-06-2009, 03:32 PM
Reply by Wally Sosa on 1 June 2008 at 7:05pm
I finish mine this morning. Now after lunch I'll finish the doily. I love how your chains are so even. Mine has some uneven chains. I was watching a program about Niagara Falls and the sight took my concentration. :-) (I know, lame excuse!)
The doily is at my blog here or Multiply
13-06-2009, 03:34 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 1 June 2008 at 9:40pm
Your chains look great, Wally. What are you talking about? I like the color change. It'll be nice to see what you do with the last round. I'm about 1/2 way done with it. It seems to take forever, that last round.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 1 June 2008 at 10:44pm
I know, I've been working in my last round like 2 hours and it doesn't want to finish. May be is because I'm watching the Travel Channel and I'm always in awe with the sites they visit. :-)
Reply by Melissa on 2 June 2008 at 1:45am
Wonderful Perfect!!! As always! LOL I also do the push thing too I understand what you are saying, otherwise if you push them when it's finished some are tighter in one end than the other, very weird, but true! LOL
Reply by Susan B. T. on 2 June 2008 at 1:58am
Reminds me of spring...... lovely
Reply by Susan B. T. on 2 June 2008 at 1:59am
WOW ou are progressing nicely... thanks... keep going....
Reply by Susan B. T. on 2 June 2008 at 2:01am
very nice bringing the gold from the center out to another row...
Reply by Wally Sosa on 2 June 2008 at 2:38am
Aha... aha... *dancing the watusi* I finished the doily!!!! Go to either of my blogs to see it. Here on eTatters or at Multiply.
Thanks so much for the fun! Now I'm off to get another project. I hope to see all the doilies soon!!!
Reply by Melissa on 2 June 2008 at 3:43am
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 4:32am
WTG Wally! Please sit while you wait for mine. :-)
Reply by Marty on 2 June 2008 at 5:51am
I finished the hairy one and finally sorta blocked it. I don't care for it much and that triple row of chains looks horrid on this one, they just don't sit well together. Anyway, I didn't take much care in blocking the picots but here it is:
Knowing your own limitations is important, I think. My next attempt is bald. No picots except for joining, and I just did one round of chains, but put a ring in there to join. I like it better, but think it still needs some work. Right now, I'm making a necklace and earrings for my niece. A third attempt will have to wait!
13-06-2009, 03:36 PM
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 6:00am
Wow, Marty! What a pair of doilies! lol But I like the hairy one a lot. Good work. Now of course you'll need to do something different, after 2 entire doilies!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 2 June 2008 at 6:02am
Oh! I like both versions but the "bald" one I like it more. I'm not a "picotie" person. :-) I like the color too.
I think that tomorrow I'll make a bald one.
Reply by Melissa on 2 June 2008 at 7:02am
I also like both, each has it's own beauty, you did a great job on your redesign too!
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:19am
I like them both, also. The first one is lovely and your second redesign version is also very nice. I think it's great that you can rework a design to suit yourself, that's a real talent. Oh, and look at all the Josephine knots you added to the second design....nice!
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:24am
WHAT??? No photo of your finished doily for us here, too??? WALLY!!!! ;)
That's awesome that you finished your doily.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 2 June 2008 at 7:28am
That's why I said to go to my blogs, here on eTatters or Multiply. ;-) Tho you can see my photos also.
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:33am
I did...HA HA I was there when you were writing this... Very pretty. I read what you said about falling asleep tatting the last round... I fell asleep doing the last round too, I have 2 more repetitions to go and I took a nap for 5 hours. Sunday afternoons have a way of doing that to a person...LOL
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:39am
How are you doing with yours, Verito? Is anyone stealing the centers to your doilies anymore or have you been able to get to the 3rd or 4th rounds? I'd love to see a pic of how you're doing.
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 8:09am
LOL, no, no more stealing. I'll post a new picture today or tomorrow. But it's june already, and I have to prepare some exams, so from now on I'll have to dedicate more time to studies, time which I'll have to borrow from tatting, and that'll slow me down again. It's a pitty because I enjoy that tatting at the end of the day, I certainly prefer to be tatting rather than studying. But... a girl has to do what a girl has to do. At least she who wants to graduate... ever. LOL.
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 8:19am
But it's a good thing, for the commencement of a new week with the batteries full. Sunday naps should be sacred. LOL
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 9:02am
Yes, Verito, I agree wholeheartedly, sacred indeed...not to be disturbed!
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 9:03am
Well, good for you for studying. That is definately more important. What are you studying in school? What do you plan to graduate in and when will you graduate?
Reply by Marty on 2 June 2008 at 4:07pm
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I might try it again -- probably some bald spots and some just stubble parts (no more long hair!). This time, though, I'm going to use larger thread, maybe some beads, and maybe multiple colors like Wally's (because that's soooo pretty!). It's still in the thinking stage. I finished my niece's earrings and necklace which makes room in my schedule. ;) Actually, I'm thinking if I leave out one repeat it will cup nicely and maybe fit around one of my satin ornaments for Christmas. I need to make a bunch of these for gifts anyway. Thinking...thinking...hmmmm...does anyone smell smoke??
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:11pm
Hello everyone. I finished my doily...YAY! Here's a sneak peak pic of it.
You can also enjoy a slide show on my blog or my photo album of the doily progress here at eTatters.
There's also an option to click on a slideshow of the photo album if you feel so inclined. I really enjoyed tatting this doily with all of you and will definately stay in check to see everyone's progress made on this fun and pretty doily. Thanks for starting it, Melissa!
13-06-2009, 03:40 PM
Reply by Melissa on 2 June 2008 at 7:18pm
Very Pretty! I still haven't started round 4! LOL Taking my time I guess!
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 7:59pm
Thanks Melissa. If you haven't started on round 4 it probably means you have a life. LOL
Reply by Melissa on 2 June 2008 at 8:07pm
LOL Well, true and not true, I have been busy BUT I've had enough down time that I could have started it and probably finished round 4 by now but I just needed a little break from projects. I think it has to do with more that those who get it done faster are just more focused on the goal and excited to get it done rather than it having to do with having a life or not...cuz we are all breathing right? I am excited to get it done but I just haven't felt like working on any projects the last few days, that comes and goes I usually pick back up after a little rest. I might just start round 4 tonight! LOL
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 9:47pm
I'm studying civil engineering at university, but I don't know when I will graduate. In other universities the first year you are in first year, the second year you are in second year, and so on. Doesn't happen in mine. A career of a 5 year-plan with an average number of subjects usually turns into 8 years for an average student. And mine is the longest career here, so I won't know until I'm close to graduate. :-(
Reply by Verito on 2 June 2008 at 10:04pm
Well done! Glad to hear you accomplished this. I'm checking your blog right now. But this partial view already tells me that it's a beauty.
Reply by TattingChic on 2 June 2008 at 10:15pm
Thank you very much. I always enjoy your comments.
Reply by Verito on 5 June 2008 at 6:23am
Here's a new image of my tiny doily in progress...
13-06-2009, 03:42 PM
Reply by Melissa on 5 June 2008 at 6:31am
Woo Hoo!!! Now we are at the same spot!!! I was thinking of starting round 4 tonight but I'm kinda tired it is getting late here, so if not tonight I'll start tomorrow for sure.
Reply by TattingChic on 5 June 2008 at 8:24am
It's beautiful, Verito! Isn't this pattern pretty?
Can't wait to see yours, Melissa, either.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 5 June 2008 at 8:56am
It's looking very pretty!
Reply by Verito on 5 June 2008 at 9:01am
Thank you, my dear tat-along mates! And thanks for the patience.
Reply by Ais on 5 June 2008 at 9:55am
Okay... I back. Was away from home for a few days and this is what happened with my doily. At first look at the pattern I went, "Uh oh... I still haven't learned to work with two shuttles"
At the second look, I went, "I'll give it a try." Made the centre. Cut it off...made it again, cut it off and then made it again.
Then I came to round two. The first time I didn't know what to do with the shuttles... couldn't handle them. The second time I made a wrong join, the third time I understood the concept.
Then... I made the second round and today.. I realise it is wrong!!!I am supposed to carry the shuttles around?!! I think I need a little detailed explanation as to how I should work with two shuttles. Or... I need to study the pattern more closely.Here are some pics... advice anyone?
13-06-2009, 03:44 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 5 June 2008 at 1:09pm
Hi Ais, thanks for the pics that was helpful to see what you meant. Okay. You know how when you do a chain and ring you usually RW or reverse work and the double stitches of the rings face away from each other?
Well when you work with a second shuttle you let one shuttle be the ball thread and wrap it around your left hand the same way you would any other ball thread and that second shuttle just hangs there while you tat your chain with the first shuttle...
BUT on the second round of this doily you will see that the rings stick UP out of the chains they don't face upside down away from the chains (like in the heart you did).
SO, this is where the second shuttle comes into play....
you tat the amount of ds for the chains as the pattern says
(with the second shuttle hanging there like the ball thread)
THEN when it comes time to make the ring you
PICK UP the second shuttle
and make your ring with it sticking out of the chain!
The first shuttle just hangs there out of the way doing nothing
while you tat these rings. Don't use it at all.
Isn't that amazing? I think it is.
Then when you go to make your chain again
you just wrap the second shuttle's thread around your
left hand again just like for the ball thread for the chain
and tat the double stitches with the first shuttle as before.
When it comes time for the ring you do the same
thing I mentioned above with the second shuttle and let the first shuttle hang out of the way.
You will see that the chain continues nice and smooth
almost as if there were no interruptions in it
except that there's just these rings sticking up.
I hope this makes sense...
Does it help at all?
Please let me know so it can be described in a different way
if need be. I'm so glad you're trying the doily
Reply by Melissa on 5 June 2008 at 5:36pm
TattingChic explained it really well, the second round uses what's called a floating or thrown ring. At first it can be confusing but once you get it you'll see that it's really easy after all. I only recently learned them myself! I looked up a few links for you if you need more help:
Reply by Melissa on 6 June 2008 at 1:00am
I've finally started round 4 today and after a bit of Tatting Disorientation got a repeat done. Here is a couple photos:
This last photo is a shot to help with anyone else who might feel disoriented when starting this round, it will look upside down when you join it, the first join is on the left and second join is on the right and then you are off! LOL
13-06-2009, 03:45 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 6 June 2008 at 1:04am
Good one, Melissa.
Reply by Melissa on 6 June 2008 at 1:07am
Here is a couple of ideas of the graduating color that I was thinking of doing the doily in next. Even though Rubi threads aren't my fave they at least have enough shades to do it in, so that's what I'll do. I'm still deciding how I'll go about it though, but at least I pulled some colors to possibly use.
13-06-2009, 03:48 PM
Reply by Wally Sosa on 6 June 2008 at 2:25am
Those are nice! I have hear so much about the Rubi threads. Where you get them? I would like to try some.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 6 June 2008 at 2:25am
It's looking very pretty!
Reply by Melissa on 6 June 2008 at 2:27am
I bought them from Ebay just search for Rubi Thread or Tatting Thread. warning though they are kinda fuzzy and not the best quality for tatting but they are inexpensive and have lots of colors.
Reply by Susan B. T. on 6 June 2008 at 2:28am
You are coming along nicely... keep us posted.
Reply by Verito on 6 June 2008 at 7:16am
Very good, Melissa. Pretty as always. You know, the same thing happened to me with the first ring of round 4. When I understood how it was supposted to be, I had to un-tat it.
Reply by Melissa on 6 June 2008 at 7:19am
Oh, you know I think it's a common thing to happen that's why I wanted to show a photo of how it will look when starting it for others who may happen along our Tat-Along and do the pattern too.
I got 2 more repeats done tonight so I'm half way done with the round. OH I did notice it's making the middle puff a bit and I wonder what's that about, maybe my joining picots are too small or my tension to tight? Blocking it after this round might help though.
Reply by Verito on 6 June 2008 at 7:25am
Ais: I feel sincerely glad to see that you're working on this, that you've taken the challenge because you're learning new techniques with this doily. I'm sure when you finish it you'll feel very good with yourself. This effort you're putting into this will have its reward. You already have very talented tatters giving you advice here, but if there's anything I can do to help, I'll do it.
Reply by Verito on 6 June 2008 at 7:27am
Very smart! In fact, I did make use of your correction of round 3.
Reply by TattingChic on 6 June 2008 at 10:15am
Mine started to curl up a bit, too. I just pressed mine with a damp press cloth between the iron and the tatted lace. Mind you I PRESSED I did NOT IRON...as there's a big difference. It solved the problem I didn't have to alter the pattern at all except for the round 3 corrections. You can block if you like and pressing takes a lot less time, if you prefer.
Reply by TattingChic on 6 June 2008 at 10:17am
They are very pretty colors.
Reply by Melissa on 6 June 2008 at 8:10pm
LOL I might when I finish the round my version of blocking is pretty much just getting it wet and laying it flat and pressing with my hand into shape and let it dry. I've also like you have pressed with an iron if it needs more pressing with heat to help. If I pin it's only a very little to keep the shape while it dries. I do cheaters blocking HAHAHA!!!
Reply by Wally Sosa on 6 June 2008 at 8:13pm
Blocking? What's that? lol Just kidding. I rarely block and my idea of blocking is steaming the object with the iron. I place it over a towel face down (if you tat front/back style) and lightly steam it. That solves most of my problems.
Reply by Ais on 7 June 2008 at 8:47am
I was away and got back just this morning so couldn't read your comment. Anyway, I didn't do any more tatting yet because I was waiting for your comments. I am still scratching my head and trying to make sense of what all you wrote up ^there. I'll try again and come back in a couple of hours to update on what happens.
Thank you so much for replying. It really helps to have experienced tatters to tutor me. ( quickly say 'experienced tatters tutor me' ten times :p )
Reply by Ais on 7 June 2008 at 9:04am
I have checked the links and they seem really helpful. I am going to try the floating rings now and then get back on the doily. Thank you so much for helping me.
I decided to join the tat-along because I knew that I would learn more by doing it with you girls. Experiences shared, doubts cleared and teaching the newcomers... with a little giggling and fooling around here and there. :)
Reply by Ais on 7 June 2008 at 9:08am
Verito, You are right I am learning new stuff and techniques. I am feeling good already. I mean, it was me doing this doily by myself I would have left and moved on but since everyone is involved and doing it I am so excited about it that I don't mind repeating it and starting over so many times.
Also, the encouragements help. Thank You Verito... really I want to get back and start right away but baby asleep and having to finish the kitchen work before he wakes up! Anyway, will post soon.
Reply by Verito on 7 June 2008 at 9:12am
Good luck! Hope you can finish soon so that you can sit back and enjoy your tatting. I look forwards to seeing new posts from you! Happy tatting!!
Reply by TattingChic on 7 June 2008 at 1:01pm
It's hard to explain without photos. I've always taught in person. Tatting is a very visual thing so I'm glad Melissa had some links and articles for you.
Reply by TattingChic on 7 June 2008 at 1:04pm
I'm proud of you for taking on such a big project when you're so new to tatting. I remember trying a doily when I first learned and no one could talk me out of it! I was so proud of that thing when I was finished. It didn't have 2 shuttles of floating rings, so you are learning a lot of new techniques all at once that I didn't even learn 'til many years later because they just weren't around...let alone the internet not being in existence when I learned. So good for you!
Reply by Ais on 7 June 2008 at 3:17pm
And............ I am back! Yes, Thanks to Melissa for the links. I had understood what you wrote but was a little unsure. The links cleared the doubts and I gave it a shot. It is SO easy! I mean it is easier than even working with one shuttle and ball! At first I had thought that I'd check and then if it works I'll redo it from the beginning but for now it looks so good that I think I'll let it continue... or may be not.. not sure.
Another thing, is the first round of two shuttles too. If so, how do I do them. One ring with one shuttle and next with the other?
I still haven't taken a picture. Will post it as soon as I take it.
I remember your story about your first doily. You are really a brave girl to take up a doily in the very first project! I can imagine how much difficult it must have been for you to find instructions and new techniques.
Reply by Ais on 7 June 2008 at 3:45pm
Here is the pic...It looks a little untidy but I am going to practice till I get it right. Oh btw the second picture is of what happens when you try to tat with your eyes on the screen. I joined the wrong picots together so the rings are upside down!
I am starting again ... this time with two shuttles.
13-06-2009, 03:50 PM
Reply by TattingChic on 7 June 2008 at 4:02pm
Hi Ais, it looks like you are reversing your work with these rings on the second round.
It this particular pattern you don't reverse work you use the same shuttle that hung off your pinky why making the chains to make the floating rings and you do NOT reverse work you keep the chains up while you tat the rings with the second shuttle. You can do it. It's so nice that you're doing this with us so we can help you. That's what the tat-along is for. Cool, huh? I'm so proud of you for trying something new.
Reply by TattingChic on 7 June 2008 at 4:06pm
No, just do the first round with the one shuttle as the pattern directed. You may have read that some of us incorporated the first and second round together, but that's for later when you understand how two shuttles work and how to do the floating rings.....you did PERFECT on the first round with one shuttle, bravo!
You are taking on a big task learning the floating rings for now.
Reply by Melissa on 7 June 2008 at 5:43pm
That is exactly right Ais! I learn best that way too, to jump in and have fun, learn from mistakes, and then when you get it you are so happy about it!
Reply by Melissa on 7 June 2008 at 5:51pm
You know I've not seen any vids of floating or thrown rings up and I'm not finished with round 4 yet I'm thinking I could put up a clip that shows how to do them! I'll have to have my hubby video though and he is stuck working today, but maybe at lunch time? If not today maybe Sun or Mon.
Reply by Dr TLT on 7 June 2008 at 6:31pm
I agree, Melissa. This thread comes in SO MANY colors. I don't really care for 2 cord thread, but all perle thread is 2 cord. I would never use the Rubi for a big project or an "heirloom" project, but it's great for small motifs and bookmarks. I've found that some balls seemed a bit more fuzzy and others less so, but wholly uncertain why. I,too, found mine on ebay. For less than 50 cents per ball, you really can't beat the price.
Reply by Melissa on 7 June 2008 at 7:34pm
Yup I totally agree with you too! For sure not heirloom quality! LOL Hey I love that the HDT ladies sometimes dye solid colors of the variegated ones too which is nice maybe one of them will do a shades series or something? We can always hope right? LOL I'm a monochromatic or analogous color girl myself that's just my preference usually but I do enjoy the other color ways too.
Reply by Melissa on 7 June 2008 at 10:29pm
Okay! I had a chance this afternoon and the vid is up and ready!
You can see it on my blog Here
You can also see it in the eTatters video area. Hope this helps!
Reply by TattingChic on 8 June 2008 at 1:37am
Hi Melissa, I saw your video. It was very good. So nice of you to take the time to do that. It makes the tat-along so worth while to be helpful.
Reply by Verito on 8 June 2008 at 3:52am
I've seen your video too, Melissa, well done.
Very true, TattingChic; this tat-along has more (positive) effects than I'd have thought.
Ok... back to my tatting of round 4...
Reply by Melissa on 8 June 2008 at 5:07am
Awww Thanks girls! It is nice that we can help teach and support each other in so many ways with the tat-along it sure is fun!
Reply by Ais on 8 June 2008 at 2:02pm
I was not reversing the work but I think I twisted the ds on the chain and that is why the work looks like I have reversed it. I was under the impression that the ds on the chain should point downwards but then I rechecked and now I haven't twisted them.
I am really enjoying this doily and really learning a lot from this Tat-along. You ladies are really so wonderful! Bless you! Really, your encouragement, help and advice, it is all so valuable to me! I can't believe I met such beautiful people online while learning to Tat. :)
Oh btw, I am planning on starting the 3rd round and wanted to ask you for instructions. It doesn't mention what shuttle to use or whether to use both of them in the pattern. I am a little confused because the rings don't look like they are floating in that. Can you please tell me what and how I should proceed.
Reply by Ais on 8 June 2008 at 2:20pm
Melissa, you are so wonderful! I love you for this. God bless you! I have already done the second round but I was still hoping to see a video so that I know for sure that I am doing it right.
I am so glad I joined this Tat-along. One, I am learning new things. I wouldn't have even known that I was doing wrong if I had done it on my own. two, I met some wonderful people. Three, you made a floating rings video and now there are so many people like me who can learn. :)
Oh btw, can you please answer the question on the doubt that I have asked TattingChic too( about the 3rd round).
Reply by Wally Sosa on 8 June 2008 at 4:47pm
I don't mind working with perle. It's been years that that is almost all I can find to tat with. I think that quality must be a little better than the Egyptian one I got. The #8 is a little fuzzy but the #12 is much better. I got gazillions of them in a lot of colors; mostly solids because variegated are scarce.
Reply by Thymedremr on 8 June 2008 at 10:54pm
I am just finishing the fourth round of the doily. It is slow going because I am practicing split rings and split chains by rewriting and climbing out of each round without cutting. I am also trying to catch up with Jane Eborall mystery tat. I've gotten up to day 7.
Reply by Verito on 8 June 2008 at 10:58pm
Great! Don't you have pictures of your doily progress to share? You're going very well!
13-06-2009, 03:53 PM
Reply by Verito on 9 June 2008 at 12:11am
Let's see if I can tell you something you can use. Once you finish round 2, you cut threads and tie. For round 3 you need 2 shuttles again, or you can use shuttle and ball this time. In my blog I have a picture of round 3 in progress (and round 3 finished), which might help you because there you can see where the round starts and how it continues.
You tie the ends of the threads of the two shuttles (or shuttle and ball), let's say, shuttle 1 and shuttle 2 (and if you're using ball, just replace "shuttle 2" with "ball" for the rest of the explanation :-P). Then leave shuttle 2 hanging, aside, you don't care about it for now, take shuttle 1 only and start the first ring (very next to where you tied both threads!) and do it as you know. (In the picture, it's the ring on the right, that's where the round starts.) Then you DO reverse work, now take shuttle two and wrap its thread around your hand and shuttle 1 in the same hand you had used it for the ring (right hand if you're right handed) you start the first chain of the row.
Now you reverse work again and leave shuttle 2 aside again, and with shuttle 1 you do the second ring, and without reversing work you do the third ring, and without reversing work you do the fourth ring, all with shuttle 1 only.
Now you do reverse work and wrap again the thread of shuttle 2 around your hand and with shuttle 1 always in the working hand, you start the following chain.
Then reverse work again, leave shuttle 2 aside like before and work with shuttle 1 the fifth ring. Reverse work again, wrap shuttle 2 thread around your hand like before and start with the next chain but be careful!! here's where you join this row with the center of the doily for the first time, then continue until you finish the current chain and start over from the beggining.
I hope this didn't sound patronizing, it's that it's difficult to explain with text, and sometimes it's better to take the safer side and over-explain. Hope this didn't bore you either. Good luck!!
Reply by Melissa on 9 June 2008 at 12:42am
Round 3 is normal rings and chains where you reverse the work when switching from rings to chains you don't need to switch shuttles or even use 2 shuttles if you do not wish to.
Have you done clover's before? All they are is a ring then another ring and another without reversing the work or leaving any space between them. When the clover is finished (3 rings side by side) then you reverse the work and do the chain as normal. I hope this makes sense.
Reply by TattingChic on 9 June 2008 at 12:46am
Looks like Verito and Melissa have done a nice job of answering questions. We're all so glad to be here to help you, Ais. I'm so glad you're doing this with us.
Reply by Ais on 9 June 2008 at 2:05pm
Verito, Thank you so much. No, you didn't over explain. For someone who is being as slow as me... that is required. I csan't believe I am still stuck on round two!!! I cut it off after I saw Melissa's video. Finally I know where I am going wrong, again.
This will need a very long blog post. I hope to do it as soon as I get the time. I am at http://aisgetscrafty.blogspot.com
Reply by Ais on 9 June 2008 at 2:09pm
Thank you Melissa and TattingChic. As soon as I finish the second round ( praying that I get it right this time), I'll get to round three.
Reply by Ais on 11 June 2008 at 11:16am
I learnt to do floating rings. the pics and details on the blog
Reply by TattingChic on 11 June 2008 at 12:22pm
Way to go Ais, it finally clicked for you. I'm so proud of you! Your floating rings look wonderful!
Reply by Melissa on 11 June 2008 at 7:49pm
Yeayyyy good job!!! Oh seeing you like diagrams I was thinking you would enjoy Tatman's website! He describes really well with diagrams:
Reply by Susan B. T. on 12 June 2008 at 12:52am
Very nice.. a good diagram also thanks for sharing... learning is fun...
Reply by Verito on 12 June 2008 at 5:46am
It's so good, Ais! See, it's not just you who's happy about it. Wow, now we'll want to see the progress of this very famous doily, LOL. Oh, Melissa and TattingChic had a great idea when they thought of organizing this project.
Reply by Ais on 12 June 2008 at 8:46am
Yeah... I like tat-man's site. I've been there a couple of times.
Reply by Ais on 12 June 2008 at 9:01am
yes learning is really fun"!:)
Reply by Ais on 12 June 2008 at 9:01am
You are right... it sure is becoming quite famous!:D I uploading teh progress now. :)
Reply by Ais on 12 June 2008 at 9:09am
*Phew* second round is complete. Can't wait for the next so starting third round today.
13-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Reply by Verito on 12 June 2008 at 9:17am
Wooowwwww, Aisss!!!! Look at those floating rings!!!! You finished the whole round! Seems like you're with all your batteries on for this lol. You're doing great. It's very nice. Congratulations!
Reply by Verito on 12 June 2008 at 9:18am
Now that you're on round 3, remember Melissa's correction on the pattern.
Reply by Ais on 12 June 2008 at 9:22am
yes, I remembered the correction. That's the reason I came back .:)
Reply by DragonLord on 12 June 2008 at 10:06am
I've made the photo (a few times now) but keep forgetting that I can't upload it via my mobile phone...
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 10:59am
This page here on eTatters tells how to get your photo from your phone to eTatters.
Click here to find out how.
So cool that you finished the doily!
If the route to get it here only gets it to the photos page you can then comment here with a link to the page of the photo if you'd like so we can all see your doily.
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 11:04am
Woooo Hooo! Yay! Look at those rings...they are ready to float away! You'd better start on that third round to keep them from floating off...LOL. Good job Ais. I'm so proud of you. :)
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 11:14am
Hi Thymedremr. Good for you. It doesn't matter how slow going it is. Everyone's at different stages of the doily here. I guess now that Jane's TIAS is done perhaps we will have the good fortune to see more of you here! I am looking forward to seeing how your doily is coming along!
Reply by DragonLord on 12 June 2008 at 11:18am
I've not finished it yet (I'm on the second set of chains for the 5th round)
Atm my problem has been getting the data off my phone, I've tried e-mailing, uploading, etc. with no results yet. Also I haven't got round to phoning O2 to find out what's wrong with my phones settings.
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 11:19am
I have never led any horse to the hiding ends water...LOL...I only drink there myself. If ya wanna join me fine, if not fine....silly!
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 11:21am
Hi Sandra, how are you doing on the doily? It's been pretty quiet in that neck of the tatting woods where you live. We miss you.
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 11:29am
Oh, I hope you are able to get that fixed. We'd all love to see a photo here, I'm sure. So, whenever you can.
Reply by Melissa on 12 June 2008 at 6:06pm
Awesome!!! You are doing great!
Reply by Melissa on 12 June 2008 at 6:10pm
I love being silly it's fun!
Reply by TattingChic on 12 June 2008 at 6:12pm
Me,too, silly girl :P
Reply by Wally Sosa on 12 June 2008 at 6:16pm
WOW! It's looking so pretty! I see that you made the original center. Very pretty!
Reply by Susan B. T. on 12 June 2008 at 11:36pm
Congrats on round two..... you are ahead of me....
It is looking good too....nice floating rings..... keep us posted.....
Reply by TattingChic on 13 June 2008 at 4:54am
Hi Susan, I look forward to seeing your progress, too. I'm glad you're still doing this with us....I guess I don't consider myself done, til everyone else is....LOL...even though I've finished my doily. I still feel like I want to see how everyone is doing.
13-06-2009, 03:57 PM
Reply by Melissa on 13 June 2008 at 7:45am
LOL You know you could always tat it again if you want! Maybe a different color?
Reply by TattingChic on 13 June 2008 at 12:30pm
I'm tatting a heart for a friend...I asked her what color do you want? I was thinking how fun it would be to tat in another color besides white (from all that doily tatting) and she said, "Oooooohhhhhh.......WHITE!"
I thought it was funny that of all the colors she wanted it white, but that's okay. I got white! I just thought for sure she'd say pink or red or something, but no....white...LOL.
I think I'll tat a Teri Dusenbury heart for her. Unless you have a favorite heart pattern you'd like to share that maybe I don't know about.
Reply by DragonLord on 13 June 2008 at 1:58pm
I personally like the tattered heart from "a Pattern Book of Tatting" by Mary konior
Reply by TattingChic on 13 June 2008 at 3:09pm
You know, I only have Mary Konior's "Tatting with Visual Patterns" I love her designs. I'll have to check out that book, thanks for the suggestion.
Reply by Melissa on 13 June 2008 at 6:30pm
LOL Nope I only know pretty much the same hearts you do! That is sweet and funny! LOL Well white is a good color!
Reply by DragonLord on 13 June 2008 at 10:26pm
This is the first photo that I've had so much trouble uploading
on my blog if it's not visible (http://dragonlord66.blogspot.com/2008/06/tatting-1.html)
And this is where I currently am.
on my blog if it's not visible (http://dragonlord66.blogspot.com/2008/06/tatting-2.html)
Reply by Marty on 14 June 2008 at 12:59am
I really like your colors, Dragonlord! After seeing Wally's colored doily I started another one with beads. I've been out of town (and have to leave again on Monday -- it's work in Kemmerer, Wyoming) so didn't make any progress this week. It's in the "thinking stage" so I don't have to DO anything about it for a while. I'm considering what kind of chain row or rows I want before I do that final round. In the meantime, here's a scan -- with NO blocking or pressing (that's why it's a little misshapen).
13-06-2009, 04:00 PM
Reply by Ginny on 14 June 2008 at 1:22am
I'm new to e tatters
I taught a gal to tat wow she is good
she is fast and i'm slow looking for a project
What is tat along?
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 1:32am
I couldn't see it here,Dragonlord, but I did go to your blog. You're making progress! The purple color looks great! It looks like you got the floating rings down.
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 1:34am
This looks gorgeous, Marty! I love the colors and the beads. Wow you are great at redesigning things. It doesn't look misshapen at all!
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 1:43am
Welcome to eTatters, Ginny.
A tat-along is where one person picks something to tat and anyone who wants to join in can and then we post our progress with pictures as we tat-along. You can go at your own pace. Start when you want.
It's really neat because when someone has a question, other's who have already tatted it and understand answer questions and do whatever they can to help get questions answered so the person who had the question can learn and grow in their tatting because we're all doing it together. Some people have just started. Other's are on rounds 3 or 4 of the doily.
People like me and Wally have finished and still other's like Marty (you see her above your comment there) That is her THIRD time doing it...she is really something...everytime she retats this doily she comes up with some new and improved design.
We have all level of tatters doing this doily from new tatters who have been tatting a few months to experienced ones who have tatted for decades.
This pattern consists of rings and chains, floating rings and some josephine knots. It requires 2 shuttles. So if you think your student is ready for that and she likes the pattern she is welcome to join! The more the merrier! We've already helped some get past a few bumps. We all help each other.
Reply by Wally Sosa on 14 June 2008 at 2:01am
Wow! It's looking great! I Love the colors combination. I was thinking to make the 1st one with beads and then decided not too. But I'll have to make it with beads!!! Also like the fewer picots version.
Reply by Ais on 14 June 2008 at 9:49am
what is it with everyone tatting hearts?? Heart season, is it? I am tatting a heart too. I started it with a shaded pink but made a few mistakes so I cut it off. The day before I got DMC cébélia in a dark red shade ( maroon) and I was thingking that if I finish the third round today, I'll start on the heart. It's Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts.
Reply by Ais on 14 June 2008 at 9:51am
this is so pretty!! I love the colours Marty!!
Reply by DragonLord on 14 June 2008 at 10:17am
That looks really good, how did you get the chains and rings so neat?
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 11:37am
Cool, AIs, I can't wait to see it on your blog.
Reply by Ais on 14 June 2008 at 3:52pm
Third round done! It looks a little untidy but I think it will do. I forgot about Melisa's correction in two repeats and then ran out of thread in the second last repeat. I am still staring at it.
13-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Reply by Ginny on 14 June 2008 at 6:02pm
thank you I started and I am on the second round
Reply by Melissa on 14 June 2008 at 6:06pm
It's always heart season for me I really love them!
Reply by Melissa on 14 June 2008 at 6:09pm
Yeay! Well you are doing it! I cannot tell the mistakes, usually it's only obvious to yourself, I think you are doing wonderfully!
Reply by Susan B. T. on 14 June 2008 at 6:49pm
It is looking good...to me you are doing very good..... the unevenness and such will come out when it is washed and blocked. So do not worry if it appers "untidy" to you....
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 7:53pm
Awesome, Ginny, so glad you could join us! We'd love to see a pic when/if you can.
Reply by TattingChic on 14 June 2008 at 7:54pm
It looks fine to me, Ais! I'm so glad you are doing it! What a bummer that you ran out of thread, but that's fixable.
Reply by Ais on 15 June 2008 at 2:49pm
if it is that nobody else notices that it looks uneven then... i guess it isn't :D
Th doily has been resting on my pillow n the couch since yesterday. I go ther, sit next to it, star at it and the come back and do something else. I still have to wind my shuttles. May be I will do it today...
Reply by TattingChic on 15 June 2008 at 3:14pm
Yes, winding shuttles and bobbins is my least favorite part of tatting next to unpicking. I think that what Susan said was right, once you finish the ends, launder it, block it and stuff when you are done with the whole doily, you will be amazed at the difference.
Reply by Marty on 16 June 2008 at 4:12am
Oh, yes! I agree with Susan. Washing and blocking can cover up a lot of what you perceive as "mistakes." Everything looks better after blocking -- at least I think so. I have to admire those of you working in white! I haul mine around with me and am not always so careful about the surgical scrub-up before handling. My white things so often end up looking like a grubby child made 'em.
Reply by Ais on 16 June 2008 at 8:28am
okay... if you say so. It is still lying on the pillow staring at me. But I am busy with the heart for now. The doily can stare at me all it wants 'cause I am not touching it until I finsh this heart. I am just in love with this DMC size 20 thread. I had never worked with this thread before and I love it so much I am already thinking of doing the doily in this thread too.
Reply by Ais on 16 June 2008 at 8:29am
I know... white gets dirty so easily! I am surprised mine is still clean but I am afraid it can get dirty by the time I am done with it.
Reply by TattingChic on 18 June 2008 at 3:39pm
I just saw the heart on your blog and it's very nice. I'll bet the doily would look lovely in that color thread, Ais.
Reply by Kersti on 19 June 2008 at 9:57am
Once you guys have it finished could you submit an image so that we can add it to the pattern library?
Reply by TattingChic on 19 June 2008 at 10:21am
Sure Kersti, no problem, my image can be found here at eTatters and I submitted it on June 2.
13-06-2009, 04:04 PM
Reply by Ais on 21 June 2008 at 2:36pm
Yes... I think so too. The doily really would look great in that thread. btw, I am on round four now...did two repeats yesterday.... a bit too busy today... but... I am planning to do some more of it in the evening.
Reply by TattingChic on 21 June 2008 at 2:52pm
That sounds great, Ais. I look forward to seeing your progress! I don't know how you do it all with everything you have to do.
Reply by Verito on 22 June 2008 at 7:14am
I think TattingChic's will be the best for the pattern library... and it's one of the few which is already finished. :-)
Reply by Ais on 22 June 2008 at 1:11pm
:D I agree TattingChic makes everything that she tats come out so perfect that I think her tatted stuff can be choosen as the perfect model all the time. Ofcourse, the variations and colour changes that have been done are also unique in themselves.
What stage are you Verito? How is college and yor studies coming along?
Reply by TattingChic on 22 June 2008 at 2:32pm
Awwww.....thanks you guys that is very very sweet of you both (Verito and Ais) to say. I'm flattered. :)
Reply by erLo on 22 June 2008 at 2:57pm
I put a comment on Donna's picture of the doily she made a few years back. It said the following:
Here is the url to the original pattern for this version of the doily
Reply by TattingChic on 22 June 2008 at 9:13pm
THat is such a lovely version of the doily. Good to know where that one is as I thought that the version that Donna tatted is lovely, too.
Reply by erLo on 23 June 2008 at 10:01am
I have enjoyed catching up on this thread.. spent a few hours reading about braless, bald and beads and was even tempted to tat along although most have finished at this late date. Currently I'm working on some squares.. a pattern from I'm not sure where.. with grandeous ideas of tea cloths but probably only a mat..? lol
But yeah.. this doily in any variation is quite tempting. :)
Reply by TattingChic on 23 June 2008 at 1:10pm
Actually Melissa, who started the tat-along (she will tell you that she and I did, but it's her pic up there...LOL) she has not finished! I think she's on round 4, not sure, but that's the last she told me and Verito and Ais are still tatting it...so feel free to join in!! We'd all love to see what your progress is on it, who knows it might encourage the others to get theirs done! Melissa started it because she's never done a doily. I joined in because I hadn't done one in over 15 years and thought it would be fun....and it was! I guess you read from the "bra burning" etc. that this just "isn't your grandmother's tat-along!"
So, anyway, the point is that there are still quite a few who are still tatting it and you would not be alone! :)
Reply by Ginny on 23 June 2008 at 2:55pm
Wow I'm doing it. thank you for the motivation.
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Reply by TattingChic on 23 June 2008 at 3:44pm
Hey, Ginny! It's looking good! I like the blue center with pink. This will be fun to watch progress. BTW you can actually upload a photo into the messages of this forum so we can see it directly, also. That's fun, too!
Reply by Ginny on 23 June 2008 at 3:46pm
how do you do that?
Reply by TattingChic on 23 June 2008 at 3:57pm
When you open up the field to write in to respond
to this forum by clicking on "reply to this" at the top of the field you will find some options to click on, for example "B" for bold and "I" for Italics...etc. THe last option has box with colors in it that a mini icon for a photo. Click on that and then it will give you the option to browse your own computer for the photo and then upload.
I hope that helps you, Ginny! :)
Reply by Melissa on 23 June 2008 at 6:42pm
Ya I agree with TattingChic anyone at anytime can join, even if we were all finished I think anyone who comes along and sees our discussion should feel free to chime in and add their progress!
Oh and ya I am still on round 4 like half way with the round too...I've kinda got artist/crafter ADHD and toggle around to different projects so the doily will probably be worked on again soon...I WILL FINISH though it just may take some time for me to have breaks. LOL
Reply by Melissa on 23 June 2008 at 6:44pm
WOW it's looking great so far! Very cheerful colors!
Reply by Verito on 24 June 2008 at 6:40am
Great, Ginny, I like it a lot, I think the colours are very nice.
Reply by Verito on 24 June 2008 at 6:43am
I'm still on round 5, and I'm so far from finishing it... Let yourself be tempted! Join us!! :-D You know you want. ;-)
Reply by TattingChic on 24 June 2008 at 12:44pm
Verito, I wanna see....I wanna see.....LOL!
Reply by Ais on 24 June 2008 at 1:35pm
'LOL! I seem to be saying that to myself too. "I WILL FINISH, I WILL FINISH". I am half way through round 4 too. Somehow... it is taking so long!
Reply by TattingChic on 24 June 2008 at 1:52pm
Your first doily does take FOREVER, Ais, especially when you are new to tatting. I remember my first doily took about a month and a half and I worked on it almost everyday. I thought I would never finish. The more you tat the faster you will get. I look forward to more pics! Yay! you're almost half way done!
Reply by Ginny on 24 June 2008 at 3:44pm
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Reply by Ginny on 24 June 2008 at 3:46pm
cool thank you for you help
I am having soooo much fun
Reply by Sewicked on 24 June 2008 at 3:56pm
I really like your choice of colors. I would not have chosen those and it would have been my loss.
Reply by TattingChic on 24 June 2008 at 4:15pm
Ginny, it is looking great! I love the colors. It is so much fun seeing all the colors people are doing. So glad you posted a photo and I'm even more glad that you are having so much fun!
Reply by Melissa on 24 June 2008 at 6:48pm
LOLLLL I know huh I do need to pick it up soon for it to be just a break and not become UFO (UnFinishedObject) WISP's are perfectly okay in my book (Work In Slow Progress)! LOL I just got my package of fabric for a crazy quilt contest and I'm so excited I want to work on that now! LOL Maybe I should start taking the doily with me in the car our drive is an hour the only thing is it's HOT and you know how much hot and thread mixes! LOL
Reply by Melissa on 24 June 2008 at 6:49pm
Oh yes it's looking wonderful and the alternating colors you chose is very playful and fun!
Reply by Marty on 24 June 2008 at 10:31pm
Those colors are great! Bright and bold is a good thing, and think how cute it would be in a nursery (unless the nursery was decorated in yellow and green or something). It could sit right under the lamb-base lamp. :)
Reply by Susan B. T. on 25 June 2008 at 1:01am
It is looking good.. Love the color combo.. keep going.
Reply by Ginny on 26 June 2008 at 1:50pm
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Reply by Ginny on 26 June 2008 at 1:55pm
I had to add several times(5times) to the fourth ring.
This ring was a challenge, because I was running out of thread.
I usually give up at this point on a project. Not this time.
Thank you for your support
Reply by Sewicked on 26 June 2008 at 2:16pm
4 cheers for Ginny. It's looking really pretty.
Reply by TattingChic on 26 June 2008 at 3:35pm
It's looking great! I'm glad you kept at it. Good for you! :)
Reply by Melissa on 26 June 2008 at 5:48pm
You are doing awesome!!! Great job keeping on keeping on!
Reply by Ais on 28 June 2008 at 1:44pm
Wow!! beautiful Ginny, I love the colours....
I finished the fourth round on wednesday... on the fifth now.
Reply by Susan B. T. on 29 June 2008 at 12:32am
It just gett prettier with each round you finish.....
Reply by Melissa on 5 July 2008 at 3:42am
I've finally finished round 4!!! Now on to round 5...slow poke that I am! LOL
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Reply by TattingChic on 5 July 2008 at 4:24am
Yay! It's looking great. I can't wait to see it all finished. I forgot what size thread you said you are doing it in. You're not a slow poke! You're doing how many other projects right now? LOL...I don't know how you find the time to get it all done.
Reply by Melissa on 5 July 2008 at 6:20am
LOLLLLLLL You are right, it's only slow because I haven't sat down and DONE it! LOL Which is what I did the other day when I finished this round! LOL I have...I don't know lets see....about 5 other projects going on right now too and the Tea Party to plan! LOL I enjoy switching projects as I work on them though!
When I finished this round only the center was puffed out and not laying flat so I had to wet it and iron it heavy to get it to lay flat! Probably have too loose of tension in the center motif. Oh well! LOL
Reply by erLo on 5 July 2008 at 6:24am
Ahhhh.. must resist.. must resist..!! All the pretty doilies here are so beautiful in all their variations! I'm a slow tatter too and have yet to complete the doily challenge of the previous version of etatters (eek!). So many UFOs and not enough time!
Actually we talked about it at my SnB this evening. I'm really tempted. Both my tatting students are entrenched in doing larger projects but not this big. You never know though.. they never cease to surprise me.
Reply by Valerie on 5 July 2008 at 6:25am
it's certainly looking good, melissa. admire your patience. i'm trying to get back the momentum and finish my 2 doilies... very slowly.
Reply by Melissa on 5 July 2008 at 6:31am
Keep it up! I think the key is to keep coming back to it even if it does take a while, that's why I just had to sit down the other day and DO it! LOL
Reply by Melissa on 5 July 2008 at 6:32am
LOL I totally understand! LOL But really this doily is pretty small compared to some out there a good starter doily, at least I think so! LOL
Reply by TattingChic on 5 July 2008 at 10:26am
Feel free to join in whenever you feel like it. This will still be here even after you've finished your other projects. You can start on the doily and post here even after others have finished if you want.
Reply by DragonLord on 7 July 2008 at 4:59pm
Unfortunatily I've been distracted by knitting. (haven't done it since I was 8)
Reply by Verito on 8 July 2008 at 4:04am
It's looking great, Melissa. Look how yours keeps its shape. That's not happening with mine. And you're not slow, you're just waiting for some of us (you just don't know it :-P). It's looking pretty, really.
Reply by Verito on 8 July 2008 at 4:07am
Your doily is being very very original with those colours. And you're doing great, you really did a lot. Did you tat any more in these days?
Reply by Verito on 8 July 2008 at 4:17am
The only time in my life I knew how to knit was when I was a little child. LOL
Reply by Melissa on 8 July 2008 at 5:05am
Well it didn't keep it's shape but I wet it and ironed it into shape! LOL
Reply by Verito on 8 July 2008 at 5:16am
The thing is I also did that, but still... LOL Is there any other secret?
I'm telling you: yours is looking very good, relatively and absolutely speaking!
Reply by Melissa on 8 July 2008 at 5:32am
Hmmmm let me see a photo of yours again...maybe I can see what's going on?
Reply by Ais on 8 July 2008 at 3:34pm
WOW!! Melissa...your doily looks so perfect. WHere did you say it curled up? I can't see any curlng at all!
I am back on fourth round...finished two repeats and continuing.:)
Reply by Melissa on 8 July 2008 at 6:49pm
Well...if you look really closely you will see the picots of the center motif and round 3 are smooshed so that the center motif lays flat (it was popping/puffing up). I already ironed it so it's a good thing you cannot tell, that means I can continue on with the doily! LOL I'm happy that the ironing helped it enough to be a good doily.
Reply by PattyD on 9 July 2008 at 12:44am
Remeber me??? I started this doily and I am actually working on it now that other distractions have stopped stopping me! LOL
I am soldiering on with the triple row of chains, so progress is being made. Of course all my DS counts are now different since I made changes. We shall see what we shall see. Right this minute it's just a big ball, so nothing to see. I keep making the same mistake of joining the chain to the wrong picot. I can count, I can do higher math, what's wrong with this picture???
Reply by Melissa on 9 July 2008 at 12:48am
LOL I'm on the chains part too but haven't started I have only joined it by threading the ball thread through the picot and wound my shuttle and there is sits! LOL I guess I'm waiting for the right moment to sit down and do it with no distractions.
Anyway can't wait to see yours!
Reply by Marty on 9 July 2008 at 4:25am
I had to give up on those chain rounds. They don't look good when I do them. After fiddling and fussing around with it I finally finished the beaded one. I'm still not satisfied with that last round, but I'm not cutting it off! This is probably going to be my last attempt at this pattern (for a while, at least). Anyway -- here it is:
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Reply by Melissa on 9 July 2008 at 4:36am
Marty that is really beautiful! The design kinda reminds me of an Iris N design. I love the placement of the beads too, very very pretty!
Reply by Dr TLT on 9 July 2008 at 4:47am
What a beautiful doily, Marty! The beads really add so much to this piece. I love the choice of colors, too.
Reply by Marty on 9 July 2008 at 4:50am
Thank you Melissa and Tammy. I suppose we are all more critical of our own work, aren't we? Perhaps it IS rather nice after all. :)
Reply by Verito on 9 July 2008 at 5:02am
Cool, Marty!! It looks great! How original! I never thought the doilies could look so different. That is very good. You should write down your modifications and pass them to the pattern library! Good job again!! :-D
Reply by PattyD on 9 July 2008 at 6:17am
Splendid! This really works well, design, execution, color, beads, everything.
Reply by Valerie on 9 July 2008 at 6:48am
I'm IN LOVE with your doily, Marty! It's very beautiful and exquisite. Good job.
Reply by Sewicked on 9 July 2008 at 11:48am
Marty, it looks gorgeous. Those beads are a fantastic touch.
Reply by TattingChic on 9 July 2008 at 1:29pm
WOW!!! I agree with Melissa, it kind of does look like an Iris Niebach doily. Although, we all know it's done in rounds. I love the colors and the beads. Very very pretty.
Reply by erLo on 10 July 2008 at 7:10am
I really love this doily. So very different from the original variation and the simplicity makes it airy. Very beautiful work Marty!
Reply by Verito on 10 July 2008 at 8:32am
I was going to ask you how's your doily going. :-) Good to hear you're still on it. I'm having some problems with mine too.
Reply by Verito on 12 July 2008 at 8:22am
Well... you have... :-|
Reply by Ais on 16 July 2008 at 9:40am
I am on a vacation and can you believe it... the only reason I am here at my parents is so tha I can complete my doily?!
Reply by Joy on 16 July 2008 at 5:31pm
I can believe it! You make me long for the days when my parents were still with us and my daughter was little. We would pack up for the weekend and go visit. I always got lots of project time because my parents were busy fussing over their granddaughter.
Reply by Ginny on 30 July 2008 at 3:52pm
hi i'm back I got a little distracted I learned about bamboo yarn and had to make something with it.
I started on my fifth and final round yah.
Reply by TattingChic on 30 July 2008 at 6:00pm
Yay Ginny! I can't wait to see the finished piece! Good for you!
Reply by Melissa on 16 September 2008 at 5:55pm
ACK!!! Whatever happened that it's been so long from taking up the doily and working on it!!! Wow, life sure did get in the way for a bit there, I'm still planning on finishing it up though! Is anyone else fallen behind?
Reply by TattingChic on 17 September 2008 at 12:49am
LOL! It's all that t-PARTYING you've been up to, Melissa! ;)
Reply by Ais on 6 December 2008 at 10:19am
I did it! It's done ...complete...Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Reply by Ais on 6 December 2008 at 10:28am
I made a couple of mistakes but I am hoping they are well hidden.:)
Reply by Melissa on 6 December 2008 at 10:27pm
YEAYYYYYYY Good Job!!! Now if I can only find the time to finish mine I'm still at the exact same place I left off! I still have a couple Christmas gifts to finish first though!
Reply by TattingChic on 31 December 2008 at 5:12am
Yes! YAY! Very good job Ais!