Friday, 18 July 2014


I'm puzzled. I won't post again till the end of the next round. Will the ruffle disappear? Will I give up?
One never knows ...


I  forgot to say that the meeting of lacemakers last week was great! I gave away about 10 little butterflies that means about 10 wanted to try tatting, some were children. I was waiting to have a group shot taken by a friend, but there's some photos in the facebook page of the association named "Ago filo e fuselli" (Aprilia).

Thursday, 17 July 2014


There's another useful link for this doily: it's a file prepared by Patty Dowden that could be found at this page
It's very well diagrammed, I find it very easy to follow. Thanks! Wonderful!

But! The chains have a different stitch count!

Plus: I found a beautiful site by an australian tatter, another master tatter I think, who tatted the doily a dozen years ago:
(Sorry for the .it but I'm not sure that it's ok everywhere! Ah! Uncertainty...) Then go to her page "doilies". She writes that used 5-5 for chains...

Then I'm no more so confident on picots' size, neither. Look at the red circled part: I would have done shorter picots to give more stability. I'm not yet convinced that picots could work all of the same size. I'm not sure , but...

There's also a little ruffle in this fourth round! 
Oops, no no, it is the third!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

ok, up to now...

I forgot to tell you the number of ds that I'm tatting in chains. All chains are the same in the 2-2-2-2 ring version of the doily, so one could reasonably think it is the same here. In this case rings are 1/3 bigger and so it should be for chains.

Chains are formed by two parts, the inner  part is 6-6 ds, with a vsp.  Then the pattern asks to reverse work and the outer part of the chain is 7-6-7, with joins and normal lenght picots. Also, picots coming from rings and supposed to be joined to a chain, should be normal picots. That worked for me, maybe it could be useful to you too.

I still don't understand well which is the right size for picots in each rings' cluster. But I'm only at the second round!

Thread is DMC cordonnet special, ecrù, size 40.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

close shave

It's a pity to restart again, isn't it? I'm not so brave and I've also noted that I should have changed the size of picots among rings of the same cluster. About choosing between enchantment or witchcraft, in this moment I lean toward witchcraft!

Then, here I've one picot more than what I needed.
Cut the fourth picot
 Remove ds 
hide ends with the help of a needle ...
or with help of a crochet hook.

shave "whiskers"

Unfortunately, I've not yet finished to recover all flaws. That one is the very starting ring of the second round. Maybe it's better to pretend nothing happened and re-tat it again as the last ring.

Yes, I was aware of how it's easy to get wrong with this pattern, last year I followed the master tatter Fox with bated breath! (


Monday, 14 July 2014

Sunday, 13 July 2014

familiar, of course!

The upper white version is following the instruction by   Vickie Reynolds ( The version below is a trial with rings 3-3-3-3. It's a great challenge, a matter of picots, as far as I can understand. The previous post showed my use of vsp, normal picots and long ones, I'm guessing right till now, let's see what is going to change in next rounds!