"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

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A New Development to the Challenge

Last night, reader Frances pointed out to me that the doily on the fabric print is actually the first three rounds of Nancy Tracy's "Mom's Pink Doily", found here. I issued the "Tat This!" challenge on the assumption that the doily must have been a vintage pattern, because surely the fabric manufacturer would have chosen something in the public domain. Well, that's what I get for making assumptions.

I think that the readers who have taken up the challenge have each found their own ways of doing things enough that there may not be a copyright violation. Certainly none of us intended to violate copyright. On the other hand, I did say at the beginning that what people come up with should be "recognizably the same doily". I have contacted Nancy to ask how she would like me to proceed; I will let you know as soon as I hear back from her.

I hope the fabric manufacturer is compensating Nancy for the use of her design!

In the meantime, Diane has finished her challenge. Her version differs from Nancy's in that she made 10 repeats instead of 8, and she used chains instead of bare thread spaces in the third round. Also her stitch counts are different.


  1. And to think I could have started with Nancy's pattern...

  2. I hope Nacy knows about the fabric, the challenge is a good one and you were not to know they had printed on fabric a design from a tatter.

  3. I like Diane's pattern. What a fun challenge - and when we see tatting, it is normal for our brains to figure out "how did they do that" ...

    enjoy the day

  4. Frances was quite observant! Now this brings a whole other dimension to the saga. The big question is - how did the representation of this section of Nancy's doily get onto the fabric to begin with? It will be interesting to see what Nancy has to say! I'm guessing she doesn't know about it!

    What I'm happy about is that now I can see exactly how Nancy did that third round with the long picots! And it appears that she didn't connect any of the small rings together! But who knew this was just the third of six rounds - and it is a beautiful, vintage-looking design! I'm glad she won a ribbon for it.