Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Magic Squares and a Korean Book

I have to say, it feels awesome not having to work on the Monster Doily. Yeah, I am so happy to have it finished. Don't get me wrong I am pleased and proud of myself for finishing tatting it. It was just so....big. Thank you to everyone for the comments. I appreciate each and every one of them. Keep'em coming! I will post a better photo of the Monster after it's been blocked, along with other info-finished size, thread information, etc.

I started tatting one of Robin Perfetti's Magic Squares (Triangles Variation). You can find the pattern in her Etsy Shop here. I started tatting the pattern back during the beginning of the year while I was avoiding the Monster Doily, er, taking a break. I initially was going to tat the "Option 1", or a small square version, but once I had tatted half the square, I decided to turn it into the "Option 2" square.

I think it turned out quite well. Once you learn the pattern, it tats up pretty quickly.  I did make a few mistakes though. I forgot to join several picots. Instead of retro tatting or cutting off the errors, I just tied the picots together after. This is just a test piece anyway, as I really didn't care for the thread I was using. It is DMC Babylo, size 20. It's not a bad thread, I just found it pretty soft to tat with. It will be great for some crochet projects I plan on working on soon. The square measures about 5.5 inches, um, square. I'm working on anther one right now.

Finally, I got a new tatting book! It is one I've wanted for awhile, though, I haven't seen much blogged about it. It is a Korean book called Tatting Lace With Your Life by Ha Mi- Kyeong. Thanks Mary Victoria for the author's name.

I chose a small motif to tat from this book. This motif is called "One of the pleasures". It was nice and quick to tat. I started tatting it Sunday morning, and finished it Sunday evening. After the Monster Doily, it was nice to start and finish a tatting project in the same day. As you can the see, the motif is on the front cover of the book. I need to tat it again, as the picots in the centre are too big, and causes the motif to lose it's round shape. After tatting with the DMC Babylo for the previous project, I found the Lizbeth thread stiff. The motif is rather stiff too. I guess I need to loosen my tension a bit. The motif is about 2.75 inches across. Thread stats: Lizbeth size 20, colour #?. I put the ball of thread away, and don't want to look for it right now.

That's about it for now. I have to get to bed. I'll try to post again soon. Till next time. 


  1. Congratulations on finishing the doily! I know exactly how you feel about it. Mine took a year. It's been finished 1 3/4 years, and I still haven't blocked it properly. I guess that's because I don't really have a place to display it right now.

    I love that Korean book, and that motif is one of my favorites!

  2. That Korean book looks interesting, that's a nice motif on the cover and yours looks lovely in that shade of blue.
    Robins magic square patterns are brilliant, well done

  3. Tatting does not become fun when you struggle to get something finished but your monster doily is such an achievement so feel very proud of it. Your other projects look good too, keep tatting!

  4. Hi! The South Korean book you mentioned is terrific! It is by Ha Mi- Kyeong. It is available through a Handy Hands. It is really inquire- there are QR codes that you can scan with your phone or tablet that show animations for making the various projects! Of course the narration is Korean- but they are clear and easy to see. All patterns are diagrammed. Her work can also be seen on Instagram @tattingweed. It's a gorgeous feed! Thanks for showcasing the book- and also Robin's always awesome patterns. I'm such a huge fan of Robin's, and can't wait to try this magic square. Thanks for this great post!!

  5. I have the book but have yet to tat anything, perhaps your post will be my push. Nice little motif and magic Square.

  6. Great magic square!!! :)
    Great motif!!! :)

  7. Wonderful book. I actually downloaded and saved all the videos that were linked. You will like it, I am positive.