Those onion rings are still occupying space in my head, so I made this little onion ring doily.
This is the 'Green Vedallia' doily from Roger AKA Freedman's needle tatting site. My version should be called 'Yellow onions and shallots'.
I have great memories of the needle tatting boards. I learned to tat in my teens, but I had trouble getting past simple one ring edgings. The problem was those old line by line patterns. I didn't know it then, but I' miserable without a diagram. I slogged at it though, because I really liked the look of the lace.
Then in my twenties, I found the needle tatting boards. There were many lovely intermediate patterns that I wanted to try. The things is, I don't needle tat so half the instructions sounded like gobbledygook. The instructions didn't make sense, but Roger AKA Freedman has some of clearest pictures I'd ever seen.
It finally hit me that I didn't need the words. I just needed the pictures and the stitch counts and I could figure it out myself. It was a eureka moment for me and I've been a happy tatter ever since.