My version of Jon's Tat-along of The Lace Mat is done! I've attached the trefoils correctly now, and I'm kind of agreeing with Fox that the doily was pretty enough without those little extensions. But, I like the added shape they give, and for the sake of finishing the pattern as written I've included them.
Thanks so much to Jon for translating the pattern, and running this Tat-along!
I used size 12 Pearl Cotton for my doily. The colors seem to be very hard to capture in a photo, but are basically taupe and ecru. As much as I like color, I tend to opt for neutral colors for doilies unless they need to match something special. (What a fuddy-duddy, huh?) I think I also like to use a harder, shinier thread for doilies. The pearl cotton is nice and soft, but I just have to wonder if a stiffer thread like Lizbeth would be nicer for a doily.
Jon has more finished doilies in the gallery showcase HERE. It's fun to see how the same pattern looks so different in the various colors chosen by everyone - they are all beautiful!
I don't iron my tatting but I do use my Best Press - my favorite stuff to make my tatting hold its shape. I used to crochet a lot of doilies and used good old liquid starch mixed with water. Now I like the Best Press better because it doesn't have a residue that flakes off when it dries. And, it just gives the shape some hold rather than stiffen the work.
I got back to some junking this morning - I just love old stuff. And I like old stuff repurposed even better. But I want to do the repurposing myself - I just need to see ideas. I'm a good copier - not such a good thinker-upper! Sooo, this market with about 20 vendors was at a local greenhouse. The vendors involved have little occasional shops in nearby cities/towns. If you are not familiar with occasional shops, they are small boutique type shops that are only open one weekend a month. (And then it's a frenzy of shoppers.) I'm not sure if this is popular in other areas, but it's quite popular in Minnesota.
Anyhoo, I picked up an old frame that has been painted - but of course, I will repaint it the way I want it. I intend to put some chicken wire behind it, and make a jewelry holder to hang on the wall. Sounds odd, I know - but I'll post a photo of the finished piece. The other treasure I found is the drawer part of an old sewing machine case. It's another piece I will re-paint and put a top on for storage. Maybe for tatting, maybe for jewelry. So. That was my morning adventure today. Photos to come of the finished pieces, but here's what they look like now:
Anyone know where I can buy some time?