Monday, October 1, 2012

Lace Mat Lag

Norma Benporath Lace Mat Tat-Along
Rounds 1 and 2


With round two complete, the Norma Benborath Lace Mat has been put on the back burner.  Why?  Because the thread color I chose for rounds three and four has not yet arrived from China to the Handy Hands warehouse.

The lace currently measures 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in diameter.  Rounds 1 and 2 are tatted in Lizbeth®40 Pineapple Parfait #170.  I would like to continue rounds 3 and 4 in Lizbeth®40 Honey Drizzle #180.

My progress for this Tat-Along may be behind many of the other participants, but no worries. It is not a race. When the new Honey Drizzle thread arrives I will carry on.

Norma Benporath Lace Mat Tat-Along
Rounds 1 and 2

While the rhythm of this pattern makes it enjoyable to tat, the repetitive picots on all the chains (IMHO) make this lace look old-fashioned. Some people really like this look.  I am not a fan.

If I were to tat this again, I would remove the picots on the chains of round one and omit all but the joining picots in round two.

Adding beads to all those decorative picots would certainly "sparkle up" this mat.  Not sure if it would make me happier. What say you, bead lovers?  Does this need a dose of bead love?

14 comments:

Jane Eborall said...

I think like you that I'd work it without all the 'fancy' picots but just leaving the joining ones. I'm not a picot fan - had too many in my youth!!! Beads? Not sure - I think the pattern should show itself without those too.

Nancy in Dallas said...

ooooh! Off to a wonderful start! Color was worth the wait!

Michelle said...

It looks lovely, can't wait to see what the honey drizzle looks like!

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely colour, I hope the thread comes soon
Margaret

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

This is luverly.

And I like it WITH the picots!
(or with some beads...)

Ladytats said...

good looking mat.
I have only just started round 2 and did not do any tatting this weekend, we are heavily into corn harvest and nothing else gets done until that is.

Bree at "Bree's Way" said...

I love it in this color, yours is looking wonderful :) I can't wait to see yours finished, I am just now starting the last row, hoping it comes out nicely :)

tattrldy said...

The mat is looking good but I do agree with you - all those evenly spaced picots makes it look old-fashioned to me, too. I would probably try changing those up, either eliminating some or all of the decorative ones. I think beads could look good in this, but I'm not sure where I'd be putting them.

Ginny W said...

I think adding beads might be nice as long as you take care of what it is used for things might not sit flat and tip in it. But i think beads would be a great idea

Julie Romero said...

Really pretty in the yellow...looking forward to seeing the honey drizzle added. I like picots, but I love old fashioned tatting :-)

Patti said...

Love the color..Can hardly wait to see what the Honey Drizzle is like.I myself have not be brave enough for beads yet.

Val said...

it didn't occur to me that i cld remove the picots! good point, although i wld keep just a couple on the lengths of chains lest they look bare. wait till you tat the next row with 12 picots! i definitely not a fan of picots! good luck!

Marilee Rockley said...

It's really pretty just as it is. I'm thinking that tatting only half of the design (a semi-circle) would make a nice necklace with chains added at the sides.

goudenregen said...

Looks good! I wouldn't add beads myself, but I am always curious about how it would turn out. I think you're right about the picots, it is a pattern with lots of possibilities.