Thursday, June 24, 2010

Done...with alot of questions

Greetings to you all!
Here is the most recent project. It is the Sunflower pattern from Blomqvist and Persson's "Tatting Patterns and Designs". I'm very happy with the results. But, as a result of the project I have new questions.

In both the first and second rounds there are many joins from the end of a chain to a picot on the previous ring. I reversed the work performed the join and then flipped back to the original side. Is this correct or how would you perform the join?

Secondly, in the first round there is a join from the end of a chain to the base of a ring...this was a bit awkward for me and I am wishing they were a bit cleaner. Should I have left the dreaded gap at the base of that ring in order to join in the gap? What do ya'll think?

I like the doily without blocking...but, I think I'm going to block this one.

BTW, the visit with my parents was priceless. We had a wonderful time. In just a few months of tatting, my 70 year old mother is taking to it like the proverbial duck to water. We bored our significant other as we commiserated in tatting and picking.

Please have a great day!


  1. Hi, John,
    Looks beautiful to me! Well done.

    I do not reverse the work to join. My joins are also not as tight as I'd like, so I can't help you!

    Also, my opinion? I like the blocked one. In it, one can see the design more clearly.
    Fox : )

  2. The doily is beautiful, John! I think I'll have to search out my copy of that book and try it out.

    I don't reverse my work when I join. Like Fox, my joins aren't always as tight as I like, but they do seem to get a little better with practice. Of course, that could be just my imagination! Maybe I'll be able to make better suggestions once I've tried the pattern.

  3. Nice work and that is one of my favorite books to work from! I don't reverse work to make a join. For me, the best way to join to the base of a ring is to use a small crochet hook to bring the core thread through and then make a shuttle join. I also tatted that doily. You can see it here:

    The picture is clickable, so you can see all the gory details. ;)

  4. I don't reverse to join either. If you need a "reversed" joined you probably want to use an up-join. That's where you lay the thread across the top of the picot (or space) and pull it through then make the join (instead of putting the thread under the picot and pulling it through). I'm not even certain that makes sense!

  5. yeah, Marty it does. The problem with teaching myself... I've done both the up and down joins. Thank you all for your kind comments. I'll have to see someone do the join in order to understand more clearly.

  6. I am still new to tatting, but your doilies are just beautiful to me. :)