Sunday, January 30, 2011

You were right....I was wrong.

It did turn out. Below you see the final Ice Crystal doily. It turned out quite nicely.

I don't think the 'dropped' joins really matter. And, you were also right when you said continuous reference to the pattern was necessary. I was not able to move away from the pattern as the repeats were quite involved.

As the discussion continues out in Tat-land about traditional tatting verses front-side tatting...I figured I'd give it a whirl. This was my first attempt at front side tatting. I think I only forgot to do the front side tatting on one of the outer rings. I'm pretty content with that.

Now, I'm starting the second course (artisan) stage for the T.A.T. proficiency program. The first stage (apprentice) was a wonderful learning experience in which I acquired several new techniques. The jury was quite nice with only a few surprises. I've waited quite awhile for this stage as there are a few things I'm not 100% interested in learning. However, I will probably really appreciate the learning. I really want to work through this stage over the next couple months.

Have you all worked through this and what was your experience?

Happy Tatting!


  1. Your Ice Crystal doily is lovely! I get confused with front side/back side tatting, and I'm content with just forging ahead. I can see a difference between the two, but I don't have the time or interest in being that particular.

    I've now had my apprentice T.A.T. binder for three years, and I've only completed the first lesson! Congratulations on moving on two phase two!

  2. Here, here Diane and John. Pleasant to 'know how to do it' (front/back side tatting) but unless the item is ALWAYS going to be seen from the supposedly 'right' side then what's the point of aggravating brain cells and upsetting them!

  3. You have done a very nice job on the Ice Crystal doily! As to front side / back side tatting - I pick and choose as to when I will use it. It does have a special effect at times and at other times it really doesn't matter. Congrats on completing your apprentice T.A.T. and good luck with phase two!

  4. Great job! Very nice tatting.

    FS/BS? Once I knew about this, I knew I had to try it and I have never looked back. To me, it is intuitive, and I love the way each side looks - and they are quite different.

    Took me a long while to be able to immediately see which is which, but once I did, that was it for me. I still make a lot of errors, but usually catch most right away and usually correct them, as I really enjoy the finished effect.

    Loved the T.A.T. course. Found it invaluable, as I learned over the course of one year what would have taken me YEARS of frustration!

    I think this is a very valuable educational tool for any serious tatter and highly recommend it whenever I can!

    I do have a sneaking suspicion that it is infinitely more appealing to the picky, fanatical, obsessively-driven type A's ... ...ahem... if you get my drift...
    Fox : ))

  5. Such a beautiful project, well done. I don't tat, although I tried to learn, from a small booklet. Nice to "see" you're back, thanks for sharing your photos. :)

  6. Your doily looks great! I like tatting frontside/ backside - like Fox, I like the look of each different side. I also think it has helped me really concentrate on what the stitches are supposed to look like, which has helped me when it comes to learning new techniques as well. I do think it's up to each tatter though - no one else would ever know!

    I, too, have the Phase II T.A.T. course binder - for 2 years and haven't started. I found it extremely helpful to have the lessons and the feedback for the Apprentice phase. I wanted to take some time and just tat and practice without worry of being judged, but I think it's time for me to get busy and work on that Artisan phase. Good luck to you too!

  7. This looks so wonderful. You've done beautiful work here.

  8. What a sweet little doily! Where does the pattern come from? Is it available?