Amazingly easy, but it looks lovely! I’m very happy with the final ring that will finish this doily. An easy repeat of 5 and 8 again.
Now to finish writing down the pattern… and then testing it at least twice (once for the written pattern, once using only the diagram)… and I will have doilies to sell on my Etsy site and the pattern too! Yay!
This pattern is from Corticelli Lessons in Tatting by Nellie Ellison page 52, published in 1916 (one hundred years ago). What I like most about it is how convoluted the rings (or “rows”) are – there are actually only 2 rings here! It is wonderfully intricate, but easy to do with only one shuttle and a ball.
Part of my reason to rework the Emma pattern was to lighten it up and breathe some more air into it. I’m adding this trial ring to see if this will do it. See my next post for the inspiration pattern I’ve used.
This image is the doily on the pillow I use while doing tatting – a good spot to smooth things out, and it keeps the work closer to me in my lap.
The previous pattern I created with the petticoats just didn’t work for me, but this more substantial ring looks better to me.
An interesting note: this use of 8 stitches, and it’s component 3 stitches and 5 stitches has easily complimented this design which is based on an 8 sided centre. It’s not too tight nor too expansive. There may be something to this mathematical approach!
After a bit of washing, pinning and ironing… Emma seems to have some petticoats.
I’m not sure if the outer rings of frilly, picot heavy tatting really do the inner rings with the hearts any good. I’m pretty sure there is too much red… but even in all white, with just red hearts… probably not. I’m going to try something else for the outer rings.
Even with only the hearts red… not sure I like the petticoats.
Yes, as you can see in this image, the hearts – which are supposed to be the focus – are overwhelmed by too much fluff on the outer rings.