Katie – Experimenting & Documenting

Katie's rows
Katie’s various rows documented on my iPad with Adobe Draw

While putting together the Katie pattern – which has taken a lot of experimentation – I have also been experimenting with a new tool… my iPad, Apple Pencil and Adobe Draw. It’s been a learning experience all round – I love it!

Here you see images of the work in progress. When I have a row the way I want it, I stop and take a photo and then write how many stitches I’ve used on top of the photo.

After I’ve washed, pinned and ironed the doily I will reassess and then finalize and document the pattern. I use both written instructions (example, 7ds 1picot 7ds) and a visual pattern I will create with Adobe Illustrator, and I may include photos of the work in progress. I really enjoy this part!

And I’ve ordered some nice bright white and kelly green thread to make the versions of this doily that I will sell on my Etsy store. So I will be making colour choices for each row… fun!


Lydia – Inspiration 1

Lydia Anne Orr Inspiration
This simple little design – the outer ring of it – from Anne Orr Tatting Book No. 48 from 1950 looks like a good starting point.

After a quick wander through one of my favourite old tatting books, I’ve found a simple little design that I think will look good for my newest doily design. This is from the Anne Orr Tatting Book No. 48. This is a medallion, there is also an edging which uses the outer ring of this design on the next page in the book. Obviously a useful design that can be adapted easily.

One change that I will make to this pattern is to use 2 shuttles rather than 1. The flipping to make a ring that goes in with the same shuttle means a twist in the design, which I don’t like. It’s hard to see in this image, but when I did a test of the pattern the twist was obvious. This often happens with the old patterns.

Katie Experimenting 2

second step on Katie experiment
A good start, a few modifications still needed on this, and then more to come.

Working with some thinner thread as I progress towards a pattern, this is a version pinned to a pillow so I can see it all and think about what’s next.

The variegated thread is not really helping me see the pattern.

second step on Katie in Black & White
Black & White version of Katie Experiment 2

Doing a bit of photoshopping on the image lets me see the pattern a bit better. The open netting kind of feeling I want for this pattern may work… I need to experiment some more.


Katie Experimenting 1

first experiment on Katie design
A set of shamrocks, and figuring out how to join them together.

Spring is coming, and shamrocks are on my mind… so my newest pattern that I will call Katie will be full of shamrocks.

This photo has a lot of experiments on the start of the pattern. I started with the little shamrocks in the middle and tried to figure out how to join them. Then I thought some bigger ones could be added. The stitches in between are full of small rings in case I want to join something to the base design.

Katie Inspiration

Katie Inspiration Loose Design
A looser, more relaxed than usual vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 88.
Katie Inspiration Open and Airy
An open and airy vintage design. From Tina Frauberger Schiffchenspitze 1921 book page 66.

Inspiration for my next doily pattern which I will name Katie. I’m planning a shamrock filled, relaxed and airy design. Both of these inspiration pieces are from a German book published in 1921.