The Doily Project

Ages ago, I promised my cousin a doily. Not because I’m a doily person, or that I tat in order to make doilies. The only doily I own is more the size of coaster, and it was crocheted by my grandmother.

Nevertheless, if you want me to tat you something, I’ll do it, if only for the practice.

What you see above is the first round of a pair of doilies for said cousin, for her birthday, back in June. By my best guess, they’re the sixth start I’ve made.

There was always something wrong with the first five. Spacing. Tension. The junction between rings and chains. Needle size. Then I discovered front- and back-side tatting, and I had to start all over again. And then again, because I was still having trouble with the junction between rings and chains. It’s perhaps the easiest doily pattern ever, all rings and chains, but as long as I wasn’t getting that right it was a problem.

This, however, is the last time I’m starting these doilies, because I’m going to finish them. Soon, I hope—she has another birthday in June!

Project sources: Ruffled Doily #17, Ultimate Book of Tatted Doilies, page 12

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4 Responses to The Doily Project

  1. Brenda says:

    Very pretty. And I’m right now looking at some early samples, and your tension is much better now. (As if I have the knowledge or expertise to comment on such things, but just looking at them, I can tell the difference. You look professional. And yes, your cousin has a birthday EVERY year–hopefully for awhile!)

  2. Kelly says:

    My tension is likely better, but what you’re now looking at on the blog is needle tatting, which is always going to look neater than shuttle tatting, unless I get super good at shuttle tatting.

  3. Brenda says:

    Steve saw this and said, “My mom used to do this, but I didn’t know it was called tatting.” I’m slightly bummed about that. I have a couple of tatting shuttles, but I only had one 30-minute lesson, and it wasn’t enough. (And the books just don’t cut it for me.) I also inherited a shuttle from Steve’s mom, but she dabbled in a lot of things, and I never knew she actually tatted. A lost opportunity.

  4. Kelly says:

    I couldn’t learn from the books either. That’s one reason needle tatting might be a better place to start. And a needle tatting video.

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