"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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hey, No Blip!

I haven't made any further progress on the doily. Well, I started the next motif, but then one of the threads broke in a place where I decided I'd rather start over than try to fix it. I do intend to work on it today and tomorrow, though.

In my last post, I said that I had tried Jane's method for joining without the color blip a few times in the past, but I never managed to eliminate the blip. I consider myself a pretty good tatter, and I can't stand being conquered by any technique, so I decided to give it another go. I have no idea what I was doing wrong before, but this time it worked perfectly on the first try.

This makes me happy. The current doily started out with blips, so of course it will have to continue with them. But it's good to know that I can use this technique for future projects. Sometimes the color blips can enhance a design; sometimes, as in this doily, they don't much matter one way or the other; but sometimes they can be very distracting. It's always good to have options.


  1. I've never been successful despite great directions! Wish I knew your secret!

  2. Blips don't bother me... still, I think it's impressive that you were able to go blipless this time around!

  3. I get little confused, if you flip that over is there a blip on other side?

    1. Nope. On an ordinary join, there would actually be a blip on this side, this being the front. But Jane has a technique where you can pop the shuttle through one extra time and eliminate the blip, on both sides.

  4. Looks like you did a great job learning!! :) I will have to try that sometime. :)

  5. Blips don't bother me either, but perhaps I should give Jane's technique a try anyway.

  6. I love that 'blip' is a technical term.