Rather than use the B-word (because aren’t we all?), I’ll tell you that this semester I worked full time and took two classes. I spent spring break tatting, and not studying, just to clear my head. Then I thought about tatting some more and identified how I get in my own way and what I’ve been doing about it.
There are two things I don’t like about tatting:
- Hiding ends
So I tat away (lots of these Flowering Quatrain bookmarks and motifs and doilies). They end up in a drawer, waiting for the next step, and they can be waiting for a long time. Those doilies, especially—I’ll tell you more about them someday.
So I came up with a simple workflow that I do every day, soon after I get up:
- I hide the ends for one item from my end-hiding drawer.
- I block one item from my blocking drawer.
- I tat up one piece of leftover thread from one of the thread drawers. One of those bits that’s too long to throw away but too short to make something with. I look at it as deliberate practice for improving my technique. Usually I do a simple ring-and-chain repeat, but I also might tat up a bit of cloverleaf edging—I don’t like tatting cloverleafs AT ALL, which means I avoid them when I can, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, being that cloverleafs are a helpful design element.
After I do those three things, I do these other things:
- I set up the next three things for the next day: one piece that needs end-hiding, one piece that needs blocking, and one length of thread.
- Then I set up my portable project box for the day. These days it might have one of the doilies, or a bookmark, or a piece I’m developing.
Without tatting anything new, it would take me a while to work through everything in the end-hiding and blocking drawers. But! I am tatting new things! Bookmarks and scarves and doilies and hair ornaments.
During the time that I’ll work on the outer rounds of the four current doilies, I might even clear out those two drawers (or so I can hope).