Saturday, March 19, 2011

And then there were....

Only Two More!!

Greetings to you all! I have been tatting away at these little buggers. After figuring out the right mix of space in relation to picot size...I've been tatting, tatting, tatting. Only two more of the small motifs and then I get to do the rounds which will attach them to the mother ship doily.

I'll keep you posted....until then, happy tatting!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

So, here is the blocked 'middle' doily. I realize I'll have to add more pins to the final blocking because there are several areas that are a bit wonky...

A couple more...

Now, for the outside 15 motifs. I've been trying to figure out the right combination of picot size and thread space...seems to be a bit tedious.

This morning I think I finally got it (not pictured here though). So, I'll start tatting this evening (if I have time).

I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I did it. I spent some time this morning blocking the doily. I soak them in a Tupperware container using Oxyclean. I put them in hot water, seal the container and then every time I pass by I give it a good shake. Then, I rinse and rinse and rinse.

Here it is...

I tried to stretch the doily a bit to see if the thread space will look alright after it dries. The jury is still out on this.

Here's a close-up.


I got a bit artsy with the, here are a few pics

I'll be posting again tomorrow to show the blocked project and show you the humorous journey I've been on to tat the Perfect medallion to attach to the outer round. It's been frustrating and humorous at the same, until then, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blocking Questions...

So, here it is: the Anne Orr 'Large Table Doily'. I'm working on the last full round and have gotten 1/2 way around. (still having trouble with the last split ring in each of the diamonds...they're getting better...just not as nice as I'd like)

I will probably soak and block the doily after this round and before the 15 small motifs are started. I have so many questions that I'm not sure where to begin.

To block:

1. Should I start in the center then alternate between the center and outer rounds?
2. What do I do with the unfinished thread space?
3. Do I direct all the unfinished thread space to march in file or can it find it's own way?

So, you get the picture. I need some suggestions as to how you might progress with a mess like this. I've got the pins. I've got the blocking foam. Now, two more days of tatting and's off to blocking land.

Please, help bring the blocking anxiety into a manageable place.

Happy day!