"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Doily Progress

Here are rounds 1-6:
For this round, I used slope-and-roll joins instead of lock joins to avoid the little color spots that would have occurred. There are times when I don't mind those color spots, and even use them as a design element, but this is not one of them. Since the previous two rounds were all chains, which I did CTM using only the green thread, they had no color spots at the lock joins; thus having little spots of pink on this round would have looked goofy.

For any new or occasional readers, I'm making this doily as a wedding present for a friend of mine. The pattern is "Rising Star" by Janet Carroll, from her book Elegant Tatting Patterns. The threads are "Peace" and "Leafy" by Yarnplayer.

So far, it measures about 6 1/2 inches (17cm) across. The book says that the finished doily is 16 inches (41cm) in size 30 thread. I'm using size 40, so it should end up just a little smaller than that.

Only four rounds left, but the next one will probably take the longest.


  1. Your doily becomes prettier with each round!

  2. Each new row that we have seen looks complete and finished. You could stop at any time and no one would be the wiser.

    Your doily gets more lovely by the day. What a beautiful wedding gift!

  3. Delightful! You have created a wonderful doily!
    Fox : )

  4. Its coming along real great. I guess it is worth the wait for the exact HDT.

  5. Thank you all for the compliments. Of course, the credit for the doily's prettiness also has to go to the designer, and of course the one who dyed the threads!

    I've noticed too that each round looks complete in itself. However, if I wanted to end it early, I would have to plan to do that and not put any picots on that round; since, after the first round, there are only joining picots, I wouldn't want to leave a bunch of picots just hanging out with nothing joined to them.

  6. Wow, great joins, have downloaded the info, haven't heard of a join called that before.
    Looking more beautiful by the minute.