Somebody mentioned to me the other day that I only seem to tat my own patterns. Well, that's not quite true as I do venture off to 'pastures new' and I do help out with test tatting quite frequently as well. I'm also regularly tempted back to do things I tatted in my teens as those intrigue me. They pull me back as I want to see if I still like them and also love to see them done in colours - there were no colours when I was a kid or a very limited selection!!!
I spent over thirty years tatting anything I could find before I started out on my own 'stuff'. I also (sad to say) like the way I write patterns down and don't like old fashioned notation or some of the new ways when patterns are written using 'new' names for well known techniques. 'Just diagram' patterns annoy me intensely so those I avoid like the plague!!!
Another reason - I don't like to spend too much time looking at other designs is in case they influence me and inadvertently cause me to step on another person's toes!!!!
So, what to do next? Well I'm playing. Playing with something that I've been drawn towards for a month or so. More later!!