Emma: Steps to a Finished Doily… or is it finished?

Emma finished piece
Emma tatted doily.

Working with a very simple centre doily (from a pattern I’ve created before), a more evenly spaced doily looks much better than the first experiment. I would give more detail, and I intend to do more description on future patterns that I will add to my blog, but I’m not sure this is a finished pattern.

Emma diagram
Diagram of Emma pattern without stitch count.

I’ve used Adobe Illustrator to create a diagram pattern (shown here without the stitch counts because I may sell the pattern, so I don’t want to give it away). I’ve written the pattern up in words and put it into Adobe Indesign, as I typically do with new patterns.

I’ve tested the pattern by creating a second doily, which I may sell in my shop.

But I’m not sure if this is a finished doily. It is only about 13cm (5 inches) in diameter. Which makes it rather small. And what do you do with a little doily like this?

I’m not sure whether to sell the finished doily and pattern on my shop on knotshire.etsy.com or not.

Emma: Experimentation with hearts on a doily

Emma pattern first attempt
First attempt at new pattern Emma.

Not likely to be a keeper, the first attempt is always a fun piece. Here you can see a little problem with size. The centre is too small. And there are way too many hearts too close together. The outside arched chains look good.

But I did get a lot of practice making dimple hearts.

Emma: Experimenting with dimple hearts

String of tatted hearts
String of hearts

The next step in creating a new pattern is experimenting. This string of little hearts takes the idea of the outer round from the inspiration pattern and puts hearts where the simple rings were.

I’ve always found that tatting, which includes rings and joining arched chains, a bit awkward for working with hearts. The roundness at the top of the heart is easy enough, but the point at the bottom is difficult to manage convincingly.

For my little hearts on Emma I’ve used a “dimple” technique. This is where you create a picot and join to it in the same ring. I do this to get a convincing point at the bottom of the heart. This makes for cute little hearts, but it can be a challenge to manage properly when closing the ring.

Emma: Inspiration


Tatting by Anne Orr  book 13 Plate 40 – Vine Medalion

This tatting book is available for free at The Antique Pattern Library at: www.antiquepatternlibrary.org

For me, inspiration often comes from looking at old tatting pattern books. I was looking for something Valentines-like so I made up this pattern in red and white. I liked it because it was light and cheerful. Particularly, I like the edge. I thought the two rings could be modified into hearts.