Sunday, January 8, 2012

Motif 18: Forever doily

I had some quite time at the end of last year, so I tatted and tatted.  The first thing I have to show for my tatting spree is this doily.  I joined a tat-along on the Malaysian Tatters facebook group earlier this year.  The pattern was a clover doily by Eileen Stafford.  I over-complicated things by adding beads.  After many starts and stops, the last double stitch was completed a few days ago.

Somehow, finishing wasn't very satisfying.  Finally, I bit the bullet.  First, the doily got a good wash (it really needed it after being carried around in my bag for almost a year).  Then I stretched it into shape on an old cloth diaper, covered with another diaper and stacked a pile of books on it.  Here's the result.

Much more satisfying!  I also tatted these...

Here are 7 indistinct blobs of tatting.  Inspired by the header of the 25 motif challenge blog, I made a medallion, a snowflake, a heart, a bookmark, a butterfly, a pair of earrings and a small bit of tatting.  Looking all those messy ends, I'm starting to question the wisdom of my 'tat first, finish later' approach.  Considering how long it takes me to finish, block and photograph things, it might be another year before I finish writing up the posts for all of these.


  1. Your doily is gorgeous! Well worth the wait. The " blobs" are interesting too, I like the one on the top left especially. Some thing that made a difference for me for hiding ends (and even sewing buttons on) was getting self threading needles. For some reason I don't procrastinate any more about it. Have you tried one ever?

  2. Your doily looks amazing!!! :)
    And the different motifs look nice too! :)

  3. Michelle,

    No, I've never tried self-threading needles. I can see how they would stop procrastination. I'll definitely grab some next time I see them. Thanks!