Today I decided to post what I’ve been working on even if I haven’t finished anything lately. I have spent more time on the internet looking at tatting than I have actually tatting. I’m sure some of you tatters can relate.
First I have a doily in progress using size 80 threads. The variegated is Lizbeth in a color called Summer Fun. The solid is just white DMC tatting cotton. I can feel a difference in the threads though and I like the Lizbeth thread better. I also used a shuttle that I didn’t care for very much for the white round. It is a white plastic shuttle with a black plastic bobbin and makes an awful noise when you pull more thread out. It also has an edge around the protruding hook that catches the loop on my hand constantly. I will be going back to my trusty Clover shuttles, thank you very much.
The pattern for this doily is called Gerbera and is not in pdf format. It is just a diagram, but is still very easy to follow. It is recommended for beginners and only requires one shuttle unless you don’t want to tie and cut between rounds. You could just use the ball to tat with though to get from round to round. I’m just cutting and tying at the moment because I wanted to be free of that shuttle.
Another piece I started working on is a bookmark in size 20 Lizbeth Spring Garden colorway. I should be finished with this real soon. It is a pattern by Julie Patterson in an ebook called Just Marking Tome. It has lots of split rings. I plan on tatting many more of this designer’s patterns.