Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Little Bit of Tatting

Sorry for the delay in posting. Life kinda got in the way. I wasn't feeling good for a few days, and then I had an "issue" at work yesterday that has me questioning if I want to continue working at that store. I had planned on posting yesterday but instead opted to write a letter to the store manager and my supervisors. But it not worth talking about here. Onward to the tatting!

I didn't get as much tatting as I had hoped, though the motif was quite large. Anyway here it is:

This is Fan Coaster from Rosemarie Peel's book Tatting With Colour. I bought this book off of eBay a couple of years ago, but haven't tatted anything from it till now. There are a number of cool looking motifs in the book that I will have to get around to tat. For this motif, I used Lizbeth size 20 thread in colour #s 656 Dark Wedgewood and 611 Gold. The finished mat is about 4 3/4 inches in diameter. I really like this pattern and I think I did a pretty good job tatting it. Until the end. It was going good. I had to open three rings due to me joining to the wrong picot, and I did so successfully. I have opened rings in the past, but not three successfully in a row. However, when I got to the last ring, I missed making one picot and three double stitches. I probably should have opened it and fixed my error, but I wanted it done and decided to leave it. It's not that noticable, the ring in particular is just a little smaller than the others. This motif is #25 of my Third 25 Motif Challenge. I don't think I'm going to do the challenge again. At least not right now. I really want to work on some of my WIPs (or rather (WISPs). And I want to work on my tatted tie idea. Thanks to some inspiration from Sharon, I have an idea on how it may work. I'll share later. I need to try it out first. The idea is currently just theory.

I'm not sure how much tatting I'll get done this weekend. I probably will work on some chainmaille. I decided to try Etsy's Showcase feature to promote my shop. I'll be in the Jewelry - Bracelets section beginning midnight June 11. I don't know if it will help, but Etsy claims that all shops that use the feature get more traffic and have more people favoriteing them. That could mean more sales in the long term. I guess we'll see. Till next time.


  1. Very cool motif!
    I hope you get the work thing smoothed over! If not, I hope you find the right job for you!
    ~TattingChic ♥

  2. Very nice motif, Jeff. Karen

  3. Very beautiful little doily!

  4. I'm right there with you - if its retail you are having misgivings about! What a bummer! I deal with it continuously.

    Elizabeth Zimmerman, of knitting fame, said, "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises."
    Change the one word and tat's it!

    Love the doily. Nicely done.
    Fox : ))

  5. The motif is beautiful. You are right not to worry about that one ring. I wish I could remember which of our wise lacemakers said it, but early in my tatting days someone told me that an error is proof that it is handmade rather than machine made. If they ever start producing tatting by machine, we may want to start planning in an error!

  6. Your motif is eye-catching with its marvelous color. Your error is not. Hardly noticeable, if at all. You were right not to stress over it.

    Looking forward to your ties, and have my fingers, arms, legs, eyes...(you get the point) crossed that your theory is proven successfully.

  7. Unusal and beautiful in every respect, did not look for the error, no need to.