"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, July 31, 2013

Doily Identified!

Thanks to Mary McCarthy of the Here-Be-Tatters list, the doily from my last post has been identified.

The doily is from Coats and Clark Book No. 317: Laces to Knit, Crochet and Tat. Mary uploaded the back cover of the book, showing the doily, to the HBT photos section, accessible to list members.

The next question is where have I seen this doily before? I don't own the book myself, but I am certain I have seen it. Maybe it was on somebody else's blog. I'll probably never know for sure.

Now, having taken this from Klara and John's house, I'm going to tat something else for their new quarters in the assisted living facility. I know what colors I'm going to use, to match the upholstery on the loveseat they're taking with them. I haven't decided on a pattern yet. I know it will have to be smaller than this one, but I can't decide on what I want to make.


  1. Yes ,I believe it was one of Ann Orr's patterns...and Georgia had it on the online tatting site at one point ..

  2. That's brilliant to find out the pattern, perhaps a smaller doily for their new home?

  3. Your doily is so pretty, and I love the way it's framed!

  4. Cant wait to see what you choose next, keep us posted

  5. I'm still trying to get over your trip! The 2-day drive would have done me in, especially after that goofy flight up!

    I'm pleased you found the pattern source, and especially am delighted that Mary McCarthy came up with the answer. I tatted several of Mary's patterns back in the 1990s, as she seemed to be in every magazine (before the internet) and I certainly tatted her Workbasket butterfly many times. I believe she's a member of Shuttlebirds and at one time she wrote a newsletter, which I didn't become aware of until it ended. I always wanted to thank her for her patterns!