14 January 2022

Rounds 7 to 12

Of the Dutch doily.  Really pleased the way this is going although I did stumble somewhat on starting this round.  What fascinates me is the fact that I've managed to progress from round to round mostly without many split chains.  I'm hoping that any test tatter who might come forward will help me rectify any anomalies in the pattern.  

Meanwhile I'm thoroughly enjoying this experience.



12 January 2022

Tat It And See starts today

Here we go.  

I'm publishing the day 1 link here but mostly it'll be easier to find the links on the actual TIAS blog.  So, here's the link to that blog.

I will still be posting progress on the Dutch doily on this blog when I have time and have something to show you.  There are no adverts on the TIAS blog so if you've time please click on those on this blog to keep the pattern pages going!!!

Another past TIAS.



11 January 2022

Janet's mermaid

This is Janet's mermaid.  She kindly sent me the picture last week and I thought today was a good day to blog it as an added incentive to join in this year's TIAS.  

The mermaid was the result of 2018's game and was the last one I was ever going to do.   You can thank Covid for last year's and this year's as my voluntary work hasn't yet started again so I do have a bit more time on my hands!!!  Something good came out of the pandemic after all!!!

This is the last reminder as tomorrow we start!!!  Keep an eye on the TIAS blog here for the links which can be found at the top left of the screen.  Well, not that near the top!!!



10 January 2022

Yes this is more serious!!

Don't forget that the TIAS starts on Wednesday.  For more details on the game please visit this link.  

Today I have further progress on the Dutch doily and have since found out that it's also been published in Spanish and Italian.  Now I'm not sure if I can ever let you have the instructions for this but will continue to research the publishers etc. 


7 January 2022

Things might slow down now

Before I start today - don’t forget that next Wednesday is the start of the TIAS (Tat It And See).

Here are rounds 2 & 3 and I think things might just get a bit serious soon.  So far it's been pretty straightforward.  

I will be looking for an experienced test tatter at some point.  One who has two balls of thread in size 20 and who can check also that I've got my front side/back side instructions correct too!!!  Bit of an ask but my last test tatter who helped greatly with the other Dutch patterns has disappeared into the ether!!!  Please contact me via email if you feel you can commit to this challenge.


6 January 2022

Round 1

From what was originally a square the shape has morphed into a circle.  Interesting and the beauty of it so far is that it lies flat!!!  Beautifully FLAT!!!

I think I can admit that I'm now seriously addicted to this challenge although sometimes I find the translation a little confusing!!!!


4 January 2022

Off to a good start - I think!

Well this is the centre of the doily.  I've chosen a colour that I don't particularly like but I did check before I started that I'd got two balls - just in case I run out.

The doily looks HUGE so I didn't want to run out at all.

I start this project (like the other translations I've done) by scanning the pattern.  Thankfully I forced my brain to learn touch typing when I was 50 and this makes life  a LOT easier.  

I have Google translate on one side of my screen and the jpg of the text on the other side.  I also use 'markup' and make a line that I can move down the page on the jpg as I work otherwise I get into a real mess!!!  I don't speak Dutch so it can prove quite a challenge.

Then every so often I copy the translated text onto a blank copy of Pages.  I work in the cloud so that I can access the whole thing when I sit down eventually to try and work out what I need to do.  Each row is then re-written in 'Jane' so that I can understand what I'm doing.  This is not for the fainthearted!!! 


3 January 2022

The doily I've chosen

Am I bonkers or am I bonkers?  No, you don't have to answer that.

This is the doily that I've chosen to translate and work up from this book.

What attracted me to this particular one is the swirly effect.  Can you see that it swirls in two different directions too.  I'm going to have to get BC3 out and polished up before I tackle this one!!!!  

As usual I will be re-writing this in 'Jane' and will try and find out who the designer is or rather, was.  If anybody can offer me a clue on this I'd be very, very grateful.



30 December 2021

Sidetracked from being sidetracked!

Yes it happens regularly to me.
While I was looking for the Coats book I came across this Dutch book.  Now the cover design doesn’t appeal to me at all but there are some very interesting designs inside.  I found one that I particularly like so that may be another ongoing task for me.  No, that’s not quite the truth!! It WILL be another project!!!  Maybe one I’ll get underway during the TIAS as the one I like is a doily.  I’ll show you that shortly.



28 December 2021

The Coats leaflet

Do you remember this post from last week?  Well that was going to be my task for over Christmas - to make a good start on it.  
I’ve chosen a size 40 Lizbeth thread and the first centre motif is now done.  

I have started a second but then I got sidetracked.  I know, it’s tedious but that’s what happens in the land of BC3!!!  I’ll show you what’s done that to me tomorrow.

Please note - I do NOT use a picot gauge in case anybody thinks I do.  They’d not been invented when I started tatting except probably (and I do mean ‘probably’) they were occasionally used for the occasional very large ones.



23 December 2021

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