Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Seeing Size 70 . . .

. . . is a real feat for me. I haven't tatted with such small thread before, but I really wanted to use this beautiful turquoise thread on this hanky because it matches so well.  I was thinking I really wanted to find a pretty edging that wasn't just a simple ring and chain.  Then I re-thought about that, and after considering my lack of experience with such small thread, I decided to go with a fairly simple edging from one of my favorite books - Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns.  This is the Clover edging on page 36. 

Size 70 thread is so dainty looking when tatted - but I don't know how I would ever pick out a mistake.  I can barely see the stitches, but I think I can tell that the more I tat with this size, the more comfortable it will be.  And it's even MORE portable than usual.

This edging is going to take me awhile . . .


  1. oh, what a pretty color for that edging, and it goes so well with the hanky

  2. It is absolutely beautiful!

  3. Oooh that's gonna be pretty! I love the color. (:

  4. I feel like a real tatter when I use 70 or 80! Sometimes simple edgings are best, and I think you've chosen a great one for this hanky!

  5. When I tat with this fine of thread, I always have to wear my glasses instead of my contacts and I often take them off to really see the stitches. I use one of my smaller needles to loosen up stitches that I have to untat. I find that going slower usually means better tension and less retro-tatting. Also a slightly looser tension means the rings and stitches open up easier. The finer the thread, the more delicate and lacy it looks, but that effect can be lost if you have to deal with frayed ends too much or lots of extra ends to hide because the thread breaks. Worth the effort though.

  6. It is going to be just wonderful! Hang in there! And use a pin for un-tatting, not the plastic point of our shuttle... My two cents, since I KNOW all about this, since I have to un-tat so often!
    Fox : ))

  7. A nice choice of edging for this lovely hanky. In that size thread even a simple pattern looks very lacey and special. I don't often tat with anything that small because I keep breaking it by pulling too hard :( It may take awhile but it will definately be worth it in the end.

    (Are we in a Dr. Suess book? my work verification is 'thingb' - no, wait, that's thing 1 & thing 2 isn't it?)


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