"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, July 29, 2012

Another Ornament, and a Challenge

For the latest ornament, I went back to white.

The edging pattern is Mary Konior's "Curds and Whey" from Tatting with Visual Patterns, and the little rings are just 1-2-2-2-2-2-1. I originally wanted to alternate the little rings with the beads on the same row, but I ended up with an odd number of repeats on the edging, so the math didn't work out. Putting the beads and rings on separate rows looks OK, too. I randomly remembered that I had these ribbon roses on hand, too; I did actually buy them for something in particular, but I now have no idea what it was. Since the red was a good match for the satin ball, I decided this was as good a use for them as any.

Now for the challenge. Yesterday I showed a fabric I found with tatted doilies printed on it. It's a simple, three-round pattern, all simple rings and chains. Monica suggested a "Yes-U-Can" style challenge for people to try tatting this doily. So I now present the "Tat This!" challenge. Tat this doily based only on the print on the fabric. You can make some minor changes if you want to, but it should be recognizably the same doily.

This picture shows the whole thing.

This one gives you a better idea of the first round.

 I have to say that I myself probably won't be doing this, at least not right away, because I have so many other projects floating around in my head right now. However, if you want to participate in the challenge, put pictures of what you do up on your blog, and leave me a comment with your blog address so I can link to it; if you don't have a blog, you can e-mail me your pictures and I'll post them here.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that Jess went to the trouble of finding this fabric on Jo-Ann's website yesterday. The link is http://www.joann.com/premium-quilt-fabric-flee-market-dollies/zprd_11556677a/.


  1. This looks like a definite maybe for me! ; )

  2. I have a lot on at the moment but if I get a moment I might try it. I love the material, pity I don't live in the US


  3. Your ornament is very elegant!!! :)

  4. How cool that you decided to do this! No way I can fit it into my schedule right now, but maybe in a couple of weeks......... (plotting colour schemes already - not one for white... I should also think of someone to give it to, or some use for it...)

  5. Hi, not sure if I am too late to post my reply. I am a beginner tatter, and I decided to take on the challenge to create my very first doily, :) it is not too great, but I really enjoyed working on it. Here is the link to my blog: http://cecisfrivolite.blogspot.com/p/my-tatting.html

    Thanks :)