Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Round 4 of Fair Doily

Row 4 of Purple and Teal Square Doily
Debbie Arnold © 2002

Round four (4) is complete and thankfully went smoothly. Except for the final ring with that blasted final join. It took three tries to get it right.

(Fox be praised! She sent me instructions to understand how to make the final join correctly.) Thank you, Fox!

This motif now measures four inches (10.2 centimeters) from corner to corner. It is tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Linen (color #693) and size 50 Treebeard HDT from LadyShuttleMaker.

The split-ring clovers in round four are why I chose to tat this doily. When I get to round seven (7) you will see a pretty scallop emerge after the second round of split-ring clovers are added. Cas tatted this great example in blue and white in 2005.

Whether or not the scallop stands out in my doily remains to be seen. The ladies from my lace guild think the mossy/linen combo looks elegant and "not at all old-fashioned." What a nice compliment. 

Tatting Tea Tuesday
Brewing up a cuppa green tea Kombucha to settle in for some much needed tatting zen.

It has been melancholy around Silly Hat Central since Saturday, May 1st, after learning of a SCAdian friend's death from lung cancer. The news came as a shock since I hadn't known the lady was ill.

That's all I have to say about that.

Two packages arrived in the mail over the weekend: one from Jane Eborall and another from Jan Stawasz. The first mailer, Jane's, was destroyed in my enthusiasm to get at the contents.

It contained two superb Pop-a-Bobbin shuttles: one made from Iroko and the other from Ash. That brings my greedy total to four Pop-a-bobbin shuttles. Gonna load 'em up for a test drive today!

Jan's mailer included these two shuttles.

Two Jan Stawasz Shuttles

These generously sized beauties are three inches in length (7.6 cm) and 5/8 inch wide (1.5 cm) so they are well suited for larger projects. Gonna give them a go too.

Today I will attempt Dragon in Egg from Heather, the Tarnished Tatter's book, "Afternoon Tatting."

Since I have "geared up" my tatting goals lately, I  am adding tatted wedding hearts to the list, plus a stab at a treble clef. That's a tall order!

Better get tatting . . .

Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful. See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!


Tatskool said...

your doiley will be wonderful. Shuttle heaven for you...the Jan shuttles look great.
So Sorry about your friend.
Keep up the tatting zen!

Dale Marie said...

This doily is going to be GORGEOUS!! I cannot wit to see the finished product. I absolutely love the colors you chose. And I love your new shuttles. Jan makes such lovely shuttles. He is a truely talented Tatter and shuttle maker!

Unknown said...

Ooooh, that doily looks gorgeous so far! I ♥ it! Good for you for getting the Jan Stawaz shuttles while you can! I have 4 of them and I am glad I did! I am hanging on to those puppies! :)
~TattingChic ♥

tattrldy said...

Your doily is looking great! I'm looking forward to following it's progress right to the fair. And more shuttles?!! Oooh, lucky you! have fun with them. We expect to see lots of pretties made with them ;-)
So sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers go out to you and your friend's family.

Typstatting said...

What a stunning doily! and your shuttles I am envious! Enjoy tatting with your new purchases.

Fox said...

I am sorry about your friend.

Your tatting is wonderful! I immediately thought of - get this - Maid Marion, of Robin Hood fame! I love the pattern and you are doing a terrific job!

How did you get the shuttles from Jan? I emailed a few times last year and got no response. I would love a couple of those!
Fox : )

Cindy said...

Beautiful - I love that treebeard color. Is this for a county fair?

Sorry for your loss. Cancer seems rampant - I'm sure our friends would want us to live to the fullest each and every day!

Fox said...

I keep coming back for another look at this - I love it. And the thread you have chosen is so perfect. So, I just downloaded the pattern - all of it. Hmmmm... thanks a bunch, Isdihara!

It seems I will do anything to put off starting Anne's dragon which intimidates me! This has many rounds but at least it is ROUND!
Fox the Cowardly

IsDihara said...

Thanks everyone for your praises of Round 4 of the County Fair doily -- as well as for your kind and supportive thoughts!

I cannot express how much they mean to me.

Oh, and Fox, you are not cowardly. It is very wise to be cautious when approaching a dragon!

JB said...

Your doily is beautiful. The color combo is very classy looking. Can't wait to see it finished.

Your talk of those fabulous shuttles have me ordering some.


Valerie said...

awesome. love the colors you chose for this doily. can't wait to see it come together.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Late to the party, but your doily is really beautiful - I *love* the colours. I've not tatted a doily yet, but have been thinking about it. This has 'decided me'Ii think! The colours you've chosen are so lovely.

N. Maria said...

Wow, oh wow! Stunning doily....
Someday, I'll be as good as you!

I am sorry about your friends death..very sad.

Barbara Gordon said...

Love the doily..! Really like the colors your using to.
I sure wish I could still get some of the Jan Stawasz shuttles. I'd like one of the gold ones especially.