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Saturday, 26 July 2014

an aunt is a treasure

We went to visit relatives of my hubby this week. I've adorable aunts, not less than my hubby has. I felt like a child when she said "Hey, I'll be back in a moment, there's something that you should have...". Do you believe? That collar is nearly 100 years old, it was a present from her aunt. From an aunt to another, this little treasure came to me! It used to be put on black or blue dresses, that was appropriate for aged women, but with a little frivolous flashy accent! There are 14 repetitions of a square, then a connection finishing round, a very simple pattern. what seems like a SCMR, really it's not, it is a ring made with sh1, in fact I suppose this was tatted with one shuttle and the ball. The side to be attached to the neck is finished with a single crochet row. If you like it, I could post the pattern. Anyway, if someone recognize the pattern, please tell me.

Then I showed her my mystery doily, saying that I didn't follow the pattern and it isn't perfect, ruffling a lot because I continued to experiment variations. You should remember that I followed Reynolds' pattern with a different stitch count, proportionally one third bigger. But I liked those big holes, so for the fourth round I followed the indications by Pat Dowden. The doily was ruffling a little in third round, but it was nothing, compared to the fourth!!! Buhhh!!!

She - the wise aunt - simply said that everybody can copy, the authentic artisan makes experiments all the time. That made my day, I turned from sad to more confident, and decided to think as it was one of my doily: I laid it on the table and changed again the rings' repetitions on each cluster. It's working, I hope to show you the fifth round completed as soon as I can.

Many many thanks to Lee Theresa, a Korean tatter who has been so nice to introduce my blog here: http://2sunb.blog.me/220072168763

Ciao
Ninetta

12 comments:

  1. Wow, Ninetta, what a fabulous gift! And the gifter knew you were the right person to give something so precious to, which is a compliment in itself. I like your doily with its more open look and think it's an excellent idea to personalise it my doing experiments.

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  2. Very beautiful collar!!! What a special treasure!!! :)
    Still love your doily!! :)

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  3. I can imagine how thrilled you were to be given the collar and to think that it has been kept and treasured and now you have got it. Most of us like experimenting but it is frustrating when it doesn't work out, but it looks as though you have solved the problem, the doily is looking great, well done.

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  4. What a lovely collar! What a lovely aunt! :-) And, that Mystery Doily - it does make you tear your hair out, doesn't it? ;-)

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  5. Thanks all :) Nice comments!

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  6. That is a very, very beautiful collar. What a sweat aunt you have!
    Don't worry about the mysyery doily. The Original may have been a dishcloth for all we know.

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    1. Oh my dear! I got it! And smiled too! Hugs

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  8. I would love it if you could post the pattern for that collar, Ninetta! Even a higher resolution close-up of one end so we could count stitches would be awesome!

    And I agree with both your aunt and Tally Tatty - experimenting makes it your work of art, rather than a copy of what might have been someone else's reject (though I rather doubt that!)

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    1. Oh, sorry! I didn't see the corner close-up in the photo! Maybe a little bigger? (Bad eyes here, LOL!)

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    2. Thank you so much Kathleen, I like a lot that doily.
      Don't worry, save your eyes, I've a long todo list but the silk collar jumped to the top. Just after the mystery doily! Hugs

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  9. thank you for sharing - I already have wound shuttles in hand to try the square ; )

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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta