I am currently planning to switch thread manufacturers because the DMC thread is harder for me to source (the reliability of sites like Herschners.ca is very disappointing) and because the colours offered by DMC are not being updated with new choices. The Lizbeth thread is very commonly praised by other tatters on their blogs, so I am trying it out.
The shocking part is that the sizes of Lizbeth and DMC threads are wildly different!
The higher the number, the thinner the thread, the smaller the finished tatting should be. But this only applies within the brand!
Doing completely the opposite to what I was expecting, Size 8 in DMC makes a much smaller snowflake than Size 10 in Lizbeth.
I though size 20 would be much smaller than size 12, but it turns out it makes much bigger doilies.
Even when comparing DMC size 8 to Lizbeth size 20 is a shock – they are close to the same!
After a reset on the side, I started with repeating the clusters from the top.
Still doing the repeat, with a mirror image of the top.
For a new attempt at the side, a departure from the clusters. Note that joining at the picots was necessary. I started without the joins but that let the work flop and fold around the side, so I redid the work making all the joins.
Put onto the pincushion, this side pattern repeat seems to be working.
This is not enough to complete the pattern, I will need additional row(s) for this pattern.
Using the inspiration cluster and swoop for the top of Jackie works well. Note that this did need to be altered once I started working on the side… the clusters worked well in a ring with 13 repeats of the cluster, but the uneven number made the side very difficult!