Friday, January 1, 2010

New Doily for a New Year

During my week off between Christmas and New Year's, I decided to start work on this Gerbera doily pattern.   This is a good pattern with basic rings and chains - good for me to practice my tatting and work on accomplishing something a little larger than what I've done so far.  And BIG it will be!  I thought I'd use the Lizbeth thread I received from a Secret Santa - size 20 - so once I started, I realized that it is going to turn out fairly large.  That's OK - I think it will be pretty!

As I thought about the pattern and which thread to use, I decided to join in the 25-motif challenge in 2010 to motivate myself to keep practicing my tatting.  I'm a little unsure of keeping up, but I love a good challenge!  I am determined to stick with it and continue to learn tatting techniques - and get working on that T.A.T. Artisan Phase II.  

So, I'll count the center flower motif as #1 in the challenge.  (Since it took me 3 tries to get ONE done correctly, I could probably count my attempts as #1 through 3.  But I won't ruin the challenge right off the bat!)

I am using the Lizbeth "Jelly Bean" thread with white, with a round of Lizbeth "Spring Green" in there.

I'm not sure if this would be a good doily to enter, but last summer I noticed our county fair had ZERO tatted entries.  I am going to try to enter something in each category, mainly to keep the tatting from being eliminated from the categories altogether, and maybe it will stir up some renewed interest as well.  I'm hoping to get a couple of doilies made so that I can choose one I think will be worthy of an entry.  For now, I guess I better finish this one first :)


  1. It's BEAUTIFUL! I got some jelly bean thread because I kept seeing it pop up on different blogs and loved the colors. I think it's great that you are going to enter some tatting in the fair!
    :) Ann

  2. You have a very good start on the doily - it looks great! I admire your ambition to enter every category of tatting in the fair. As you say, it may keep them from being eliminated and maybe get someone else interested in entering as well. Between that and the 25 Motif Challenge you have a lot of motivation to keep tatting. Good luck!

  3. Your doily is coming along wonderfully! And you will do great on the 25 motif challenge! Great start to 2010.

  4. Very nice! I like the colors. That's such a nice pattern, too!


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